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Song of the Week: Counting Crows – “Elevator Boots”

Posted by Greg on May 12, 2021 in Music

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Despite being a fan of nearly all of their pre-albums, we have to admit we’ve been pretty sour on the last couple of Counting Crows albums. Underwater Sunshine felt too self-indulgent while Somewhere Under Wonderland just felt thin and ho-hum. It’s been a long seven years since then but Adam Duritz and crew have returned with aplomb in the form if “Elevator Boots.” Winsome, roost and deeply felt “Elevator Boots” is arguably the band’s strongest lead single since “You Can’t Count on Me.” Read more…

 
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Song of the Day: Bright Eyes – “I’ve Flirted With You All My Life” (Vic Chesnutt cover)

Posted by Greg on Apr 3, 2021 in Music

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When not reviewing music and film, you can find me lifting weights at a local gym. My personal trainer Garrett is a Cleveland-bred recording artist who just might be the biggest Bright Eyes fan I’ve ever met. During yesterday’s session he introduced me to a Bright Eyes’ cover of Vic Chesnutt’s mortality ballad “I’ve Flirted With You All My Life” and well, the listening experience was otherworldly. Read more…

 
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Hootie + The Blowfish Streaming Event Set for April 23

Posted by Greg on Mar 30, 2021 in Music

Our favorite 90s band (and still a perennial favorite in the SITH household) Hootie and the Blowfish will broadcast the final date on their 2019 Group Therapy tour on April 23 at 9 p.m. EST. The streaming event partners Hootie and the Blowfish with Sessions, an initiative co-founded by Pandora founder Tim Westergren.
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NYC’s Simone Drops “Boy Of My Dreams”

Posted by Greg on Mar 25, 2021 in Music, NYC

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We’re always on the lookout for an artist that is just under the radar. Someone ready to make a big splash. Someone on the precipice of something truly great. Enter New York singer-songwriter Simone. At just 16, she sounds wise beyond her years and precocious enough to take the alt-pop world by storm. Read more…

 
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Doc of the Day: Joe Buffalo

Posted by Greg on Mar 23, 2021 in Music

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UPDATE: Joe Buffalo won the 2021 SXSW Audience Award for Best Documentary Short.

Documentary short films when done well do everything a non-fiction short story might do: they introduce you to a character, reveal said character’s story, detail a battle the protagonist has overcome and in the end leaves you feeling informed, educated and asking more questions. These aren’t questions that leave you trying to dot the I and cross the T. Instead these are questions that make you want to dig deeper into the protagonist’s story more now than ever before. Read more…

 
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Album of the Day: Jasmin Rhia – A Whole New World

Posted by Greg on Mar 22, 2021 in Music

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We’re still gushing from our first SXSW experience (have you not noticed?). But the one thing we’re most stoked on is the contacts we have made. One such contact is Atlanta’s Jasmin Rhia. To date she is a hip-hop artist, record producer, violinist, DJ and mental health activist. Being that I am married to a violinist and am a mental health activist myself there was lots to engage here. Though hip-hop is a genre that we don’t follow or actively engage with, we’re not one to turn down a chance to expand our horizons. Read more…

 
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Doc of the Day: After The Murder Of Albert Lima

Posted by Greg on Mar 18, 2021 in Music

After the Murder of Albert Lima, a Crackle Original film which debuted today on the streaming site, is a documentary which straddles the line between true crime documentary and narrative in a way that is compelling and worth the 90 minute investment. Read more…

 
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Artist of the Week: Emily Rodgers

Posted by Greg on Feb 12, 2021 in Music

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Earlier this week we were stopped in our tracks by “I Will Be Gone” the second single from Emily Rodgers. The song features amiable acoustic guitar, commanding vocals and a bed of windswept folk-rock a la Lera Lynn, Kathleen Edwards and Tennille Townes. Lyrically the song is more telling as it unwinds the memory of her schizophrenic brother and his death by suicide. A violin and pedal steel enter the frame and both wobble steadily as Rodgers eulogizes poignantly. Her vocals while arresting are limp and weary (think Lucinda Williams) and the sonic veneer has a hazy vibe that calls to mind Mazzy Starr, Neil Young and Cowboy Junkies. Read more…

 
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Podcast of the Day: Jack Stafford’s Podsongs

Posted by Greg on Feb 10, 2021 in Music

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As we usher into 2021 we’re trying to shed more light on the arts community and how it’s shining a light through troubled times. One such artist doing exactly that is British-by-way-of-Italy singer-songwriter Jack Stafford. Read more…

 
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AMA and AMAF Announces Board of Directors

Posted by Greg on Feb 9, 2021 in Music

We always love shedding light on the great things the Americana Music Association (AMA) is doing and today that is no exception. The organization announced a new board of directors and many of the names on our list are some of our favorite organizations in the music business. Head to the jump to see the list below: Read more…

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