Washed Out

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The music recorded by Ernest Greene as Washed Out has been nothing if not dreamy, but for his second full-length, he’s taken the idea of letting your mind wander to another state a huge leap further. On Paracosm, just released Aug. 13 on Sub Pop, the Georgia-based musician explores the album’s namesake phenomenon, where people create detailed imaginary worlds. The concept has been used to describe fantasy lands like Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’ […] Read more »

Diego Garcia

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Diego Garcia was born in Detroit, Michigan to Argentine parents but was raised in Tampa, Florida. He first broke into the music world as the lead singer of the New York-based indie band Elefant and  has just released his second album as a solo artist. Paradise, will be released on October 8. Listen to, “Sunnier Days”, from the forthcoming release and let me know what you think. I get a fresh feeling from Diego’s music although some comfort […] Read more »

Midlake

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Although Midlake have been making music since 1999, the new album, Antiphon, has prompted a feature in this week’s Buzz Worthy. I was driving home from work a few weeks back and grabbed some freshly opened CDs to take on the road with me. With a stack of 5, I hit the road. That day and for the next 10, the only CD I listened to was Antiphon.  The jazz influence of the members (who hail […] Read more »

Vance Joy

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James Keogh, better known as Vance Joy, is a 25 year old Australian singer-songwriter born in Melbourne. (Cairns.com)”I started writing music out of high school, but they were crap songs,” he laughs. “I guess I started writing better songs in about 2009.” His debut album, ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’, was released in March and produced the single “Riptide”. Upon first listen, I fell in love with the carefree musical flow of the song […] Read more »

The Temperance Movement

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Recently, I was approached and introduced to sound of  The Temperance Movement. It was an instant attraction that reminded me of my love affair with Bad Company and The Black Crowes. I immediately felt compelled to share my passion with you. The Temperance Movement are a British blues rock band formed in 2011 by Glasgow-born vocalist Phil Campbell and guitarists Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer. The rhythm section consists of former Jamiroquai bassist Nick Fyffe and […] Read more »

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

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Having grown up in Falls Church, Virginia, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began performing in a pop country duo in high school. She spent most of her 20s touring, supporting artists like Andrew Bird, Mirah, and producer Tucker Martine. After settling down in San Francisco about a year ago, Thao collected her work and stepped into the studio with producerJohn Congleton (St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, The Walkmen). The result is her latest release We the Common. […] Read more »

Rose Windows

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When I heard my first note from Rose Windows, I knew I had fallen in love. The band from Seattle presents familiarity of an historic psychedelia, yet with a fresh approach.  From Sup Pop Records: “The band follows standard Western traditions in their instrumentation, using the basic tools employed in past decades of American and British rock music. Elements of The Band’s folk-infused rock, The Doors organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath’s blues-based dirges can be […] Read more »

Valerie June

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After growing up in the small towns of Jackson and Humboldt, Tennessee,Valerie June made her way to Memphis following high school to start her music career. Three independently-released albums later, she will finally release her signed debut, Pushin’ Against A Stone, August 23rd on Concord Records. The album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who also co-wrote several of the songs. Learn more about Valerie June at her Official Website, “Like” her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter. Download “You Can’t […] Read more »

Cayucas

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Though named for a sleepy little seaside town in San Luis Obispo County, California, Cayucas (pronounced “ky-yook-us”) actually hail from Santa Monica. The group consists of singer-songwriter Zach Yudin (formerly of Oregon Bike Trails), his twin brother Ben on bass, Banah Winn on keyboards, Casey Wojtalewicz on drums, and Christian Koons on guitar. Their debut full-length,Bigfoot, came out April 30th on Secretly Canadian Records. Learn more about Cayucas at their Official Website, “Like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.   Read more »

Rogue Wave

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Although Rogue Wave has been around for awhile, their new project is all the buzz. Rogue Wave formed in Oakland, California in 2002, when Zach Schwartz(a.k.a. Zach Rogue) lost his dot-com job and decided to put a band together. After traveling to New York, he had an album’s worth of material and constructed the initial lineup of the band. Their debut, Out Of The Shadow, came out in 2003. Since then, their songs have been featured in TV shows, movies, and […] Read more »