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-- The 60's --
The 13th Floor Elevators
Janis Joplin
-- The 70's --
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Asleep at the Wheel
Willie Nelson
The Skunks
Townes Van Zandt
Guy Clark
Jerry Jeff Walker
-- The 80's --
The Dicks
Marcia Ball
The Butthole Surfers
Joe Ely
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Nanci Griffith
-- The 90's --
Lucinda Williams
Arc Angels
Shawn Colvin
Alejandro Escovedo
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
The Gourds
Robert Earl Keen
James McMurtry
Toni Price
Kelly Willis
-- The 00's --
Okkervil River
The American Analog Set
...Trail of Dead
Explosions in the Sky
Patty Griffin
Sara Hickman
I Love You But I've Chosen...
The Octopus Project
Okkervil River
Bruce Robison
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...

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Video: Globelamp, "Breathing Rituals"

Elizabeth Le Fey first made an impression with her self-released EP Star Dust late last year, a lo-fi affair that, even recorded on an 8-track, still brims with a haunting eloquence. It gave us a fuller picture of her mystifying presence, a cosmic starlet whose psychedelic folk is sickly sweet and strange. Le Fey has since furthered the scope of that EP with her first full-length of the same name, and the first promo cut off it, "Breathing Rituals", perfectly exemplifies her freewheeling spirit. The track is coated with an ethereally sensual atmosphere, with a sauntering Le Fey going through a series of mystical rites as its hazy, slow-motion psych lures you with its mantric chord pattern.

Star Dust is out now through cassette and all digital outlets via Gazelle Recordings. 


Video: Hobart W Fink, "So Many Losers"

Hobart W Fink are no strangers to this blog. Their unpretentious, straight forward approach to indie rock keeps us coming back for more. Not to mention they're consistently playing shows and creating content for us to enjoy. Their latest video for "So Many Losers," features the band's newest addition, Lauren Lakis, more prominently as co-lead vocalist. In the vein of 90s ironic rock with a slightly grungy edge, this new tune is hard-hitting and fun at the same time. Recorded Chris Kasych (Wavves, Vampire Weekend, Haim) on a vintage Neve board, this song is a promising start to the group's forthcoming full length expected this August in conjunction with a Tuesday night Residency at Harvard & Stone. - Jacqueline Caruso


Artist to Know: Dawn Golden

Dexter Tortoriello is a busy guy. Not only is he one-half of the heart-achingly dreamy duo, Houses, who released a full length this past year, but he's been simultaneously working on his own solo electronic music, under the name Dawn Golden. Swiftly discovered by Diplo in 2011 from some demos he put on soundcloud, a relationship was birthed that led to his latest creation. Three years in the making, 'Still Life,' carries a similar vulnerability and emotional heaviness as his work in Houses. Tortoriello's vocals stand against stark, minimalist, at times, glitchy production. Lead single, "All I Want," is a powerful anthem. With the titled lyrics repeating endlessly as he shapes the arrangement like a potter throwing clay on a wheel, there's an organic, human quality that pierces through. He describes the album as "if American Beauty was set in the Tron world." Stream "All I Want" from 'Still Life,' out now on Mad Decent, and see Dawn Golden live this Monday, June 2 at Bardot for School Night. - Jacqueline Caruso


Video: The Black Tibetans, "You're Cold"

If you're looking for no-frills garage rock then look no further than The Black Tibetans. The up-and-coming quartet just released an official music video for the track "You're Cold", which forms one side of their new two track EP The Nashville Session. The EP carries the heavy endorsement of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who produced the record and also plays second guitar on the track.

The Black Tibetans - You're Cold - (Official Music Video) from SRCE production on Vimeo.


Highlands announce sophomore album Dark Matter Traveler, share new track "Beauty"

Psychedelic rock lovers, perk your ears! Long Beach natives Highlands are set to release their upcoming album Dark Matter Traveler on July 15th through their own label, Say Again Records.

The band tags themselves beneath “rock, shoegaze and psychedelic rock” genres, which does a pretty decent job of putting their music into perspective. As any good shoegazing, psych-rocking band would, Highlands blankets their tunes in thick coats of drone and fuzz. The depth and warmth of their sound as well as their ethereal harmonies lulls listeners into an aural trance until that moment of cognizance brigns awareness as to how hard this band is going. For instance, the track “Beauty”, which the band recently released for streaming on Brooklyn Vegan, features a pummeling drum line kneading its way through the doughy layers of distorted thickness and echoing vocals that characterize the track. Give it a listen! - Ted Jamison


Imaginary Persons unveils new track "Never Broken"

Late last year we gave Imaginary Persons the "artist to watch" stamp after listening to their impressive first single "Give Up", which was described at the time as "a wistful mid-tempo cut that shimmers with its sheer tunefulness." Thomas Benjamin Alexander has now unveiled his latest offering, "Never Broken", and it's another surprising delight. The track can be described as a straightforward rocker with a neo-psychedelic bent, coupled with a strumming acoustic guitar and a widescreen riff that wants to invoke the spirit of Jason Pierce. As it usually is with Alexander's still-mysterious project, we get just another taste to whet our appetites until a full EP is finally unveiled. 


Stream: machineheart, "Circles"

Memorial Day ushers in the season of pool parties, sundresses and that unrelenting heat. Which means, it's time for mixtapes littered with uptempo, lighthearted pop tunes. Machineheart offers our top pick for the summer season with "Circles." The lyrics are full of positive vibes giving you the feeling of that fresh start that comes with the increase in sunshine. The opening guitar riff lets you know right away, this will be one to keep on repeat, and returns between verses as if to remind your ears how much you enjoyed it the first time. "Circles" is the perfect top down, coastal drive kind of tune. Grab your best mates and turn this one up on your next road trip. - Jacqueline Caruso


Stream: HIPS, "Promise Not to Fall"

Mid-tempo electro pop lends itself to a sensual experience. The three ladies of HIPS have exploited this, creating songs that feel like a chic, edgy, back alley kind of turn-on. Christina Gaillard, Drew Denny, and Natalia Rogovin are veterans of the indie scene, making them a supergroup in a way, as they seamlessly trade off taking the lead. Their blending of synths, electronic drums and three part harmonies feels less like dream pop, and more like a slow grind. "Promise Not to Fall" is the brightest shade of noir pop they have displayed from the three songs released so far. Sure, it's catchy, but there's a mischievous tension that is distinctly peppered with the elusive female tease. As they describe it, their music is for making out and late night drives. HIPS play The Satellite on June 4. - Jacqueline Caruso



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