Dawes’ “Stories Don’t End” Review

I first found about Dawes from Chicago’s 93XRT radio station. They played their song “Time Spent in Los Angeles” off their sophomore album Nothing is Wrong. I enjoyed what I heard so much I decided to check out the rest of the album. I instantly found one of my new favorite rock/folk bands.

Last Tuesday (April 9th), Dawes’ third album Stories Don’t End  was released in the U.S. I had anxiously been waiting for the new album for a little over a month now. The new single “From a Window Seat” grew on me, and all the excerpts from the album’s other songs had me even more excited.

I’ve listened to Stories Don’t End almost exclusively and non-stop for the past five days, and it has reaffirmed to me Dawes is one of the best kept secrets in rock today. [Read more...]

Band of Horses Release New Album Release Date, New Song

Indie folk/country band, Band of Horses, has released the title, release date, and first single (Knock Knock) off their new album Mirage Rock. Mirage Rock is the band’s follow up to their Grammy nominated Infinite Arms and will be released September 18th.

Pre-orders are availble through iTunes and Amazon. If you pre-order it off of iTunes you get the single Knock Knock instantly and am exclusive track entitled Ego Nightmare.

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Take a Listen to Andy Hull’s New Song “When I Met Death”

Frontman of Manchester Orchestra, Andy Hull, has a new solo album that was released today. Rolling Stone is letting you listen and download the track “When I Met Death” for free. 

It’s a magnification song. I’ve had it on repeat for the last 30 minutes, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

Hull has also released some Midwest and East Coast dates. Enjoy! [Read more...]

Two Gallants Announces New Album “The Bloom and the Blight”

Indie rock/folk duo from San Francisco, Two Gallants, announced today their new album titled “The Bloom and the Blight” will be released on September 4th on ATO Records.

This is the band’s first record on ATO records, and their first full album release in five years. [Read more...]

“Guttersnipe” and “Crime of Passion” by Bhi Bhiman

I’m quite glad that HearYa.com has entered my normal rotation of sites to find great new music. I just posted about The Glory Fires, and now I’m back with another terrific artist: Bhi Bhiman.

He recently did a live session with Hear Ya, which has now served as my introduction to his acoustic guitar and vocal greatness.

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“Ho, Hey” by the The Lumineers

If you’ve followed this site for a while, you know that I’m a sucker for a good, catchy folk song with good lyrics. “Ho, Hey” by The Lumineers qualifies. It’s a short, lovely little track that will get your foot tapping and immediately have you reaching for the repeat button as soon as it’s over.

Hat tip to this recent New Release rundown at Indie Rock Cafe.

MP3: “Ho, Hey” by The Lumineers

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Of Monsters and Men Concert Review – Park West Chicago, IL

Originally scheduled to play at the much smaller Subterranean, Of Monsters and Men’s show in Chicago, due to overwhelming demand, was moved to Park West. The show (along with most of Of Monsters and Men’s other shows) was sold out. The fans came, and they packed Park West wall to wall.

There was a sense of uneasiness in the air, and with good reason. Of Monsters and Men’s debut album hasn’t come out yet- it’s due out April 3rd – so many of the people, not all, weren’t too familiar with the music.

You could tell Of Monsters and Men were a little uneasy too. A handful of times in between songs the band talked about how this was their first time in the USA and technically their first ever tour, so their nerves were a little high too. [Read more...]

Listen to Of Monsters and Men’s Debut Album “My Head is an Animal.”

Of Monsters and Men have arguably been the best new indie band to hit the scene this year. Their debut album “My Head is an Animal” will be released April 3rd, but NPR is allowing you to have a “First Listen” to the album for free.

I’ve currently listened through the first five songs, and I already love it. You can pre-order the album on iTunes now. I don’t think anyone who has been anticipating this release will be disappointed. [Read more...]

“Dust Bowl Dance” by Mumford & Sons

For whatever reason, I didn’t get into Mumford & Sons much when they first came out. I didn’t actively avoid them, I guess I just never got hooked by any of the singles so I never dug deeper into their Sigh No More album.

But on the recommendation of a friend, I decided to listen to the entire album and, predictably, found that the songs that never got the major airplay were the best ones.

Right now, my favorite is “Dust Bowl Dance.” The lyrics tell a compelling story, and the emotional crescendo just grabs you at the end of the song.

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“Hey All You Hippies!”- The Low Anthem

I recently attended a City and Colour concert in Indianapolis (an artist that you should also check out), and this band, The Low Anthem, opened up for them. Almost instantly I loved this band, mainly because I have a real soft spot for folk music and bands that you can really tell they love what they’re doing while they’re playing. They even, at one point, played a handsaw with a bow. [Read more...]