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Sean Hoots Unlocking Doors at Bourbon & Branch June 21

Sean Hoots has established a commanding presence with his roots-molded, crooning-folk warmth in Hoots & Hellmouth. However, on this evening, Hoots reaches in a somewhat different direction, fusing the bodily personal connection of soulful R&B, while venturing into uncharted sonic territory, developing mind-searching experimental tones that test one’s limits or unlock doors, depending on perspective and openness. Soulful-LA folk duo Freddy & Francine is sandwiched between a pair of locals. With a canvassing brightness, Ross Bellenoit touches on the traditional singer-songwriter feel, while offering his own touching spin to opening the proceedings. Bourbon & Branch, 705 N. 2nd St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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Virginia's Milo in the Doldrums play Velvet Lounge on 6.29

Just a month ago Milo in the Doldrums, hailing from the sandy beaches of Northern Virginia, released their self-titled debut EP. The EP is tinged with a touch of melancholy but charged with an electrifying sense of life, a heart vibrantly pounding with every drum beat and a rush of blood coursing through the guttural strums of the guitars. May’s vocals, at times razor sharp and smooth and then quivering, glide elegantly over the weighted guitars, which break out in bouts of heavy and melodious riffs, often building up to a climax before stripping back down to merely vocals and then beginning the whole process again. Milo in the Doldrums will be playing DC’s Velvet Lounge on June 29 but you can listen to their EP streaming below.

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The National Reserve brings authentic Americana to City Winery tonight (06.21)

Genuine Americana bands are few and far between in NYC's indie scene, and The National Reserve may be among the most authentic of them all. Their 2015 EP Easy Does It should hit all the right spots for anyone yearning for Western (and Southern) sounds. Twangy guitars, blusey overtones and shuffling drums are arranged into compelling songs that merge blues-rock, folk and country.  Lead-singer/guitarist Sean Walsh also has the perfect ammount of scruffiness to his voice that adds the necessary character to the stories he tells. The National Reserve played at The Rough Trade NYC on June 8, ad tonight will perform at City Windery within a tribute to the music of Merle Haggard.. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best rootsy songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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PREMIERE: Focus! Focus! - "Desert Hearts"

 *photo and video by Jess N Pierson

"Desert Hearts," the new track from Focus! Focus!, features soulful vocals from singer Elly Swope, laid atop a clean execution of slightly reverb-heavy, twangy guitars and straightforward drumming that make for an all around solid track.

The cleverly shot video for "Desert Hearts" was filmed as a live performance at Fuzzfolk Studios and even features a special appearance by the cutest little pup pup. It's part of a triad of videos being released by Focus! Focus! today, where they'll be having a video premiere show tonight at the Liquor Store.

Also playing the video release show tonight is rowdy performance art outfit KULULULU and experimental folk band Willow House.

Check out the video for "Desert Hearts" below, and be sure to watch the new videos also dropping today for "Angry Song" and "Secret Heart" before you head to the Liquor Store tonight!





Cordovas debut is a classic and a sign of things to come

I, for one, am thrilled that we're all coming around to recognize that "dad rock" doesn't have to be a snarky ol' put-down. Some folks were way ahead of the curve on that, though. Take for example Cordovas, whose 2012 debut is proudly dad rock as hell and sticks the landing. Between the Eagles-like harmonies and some heavy touches of The Band, the sound is a little like the greatest supergroup that never existed—classic, but a totally unique take on a sound. This album's a little on the old side but just now coming to my attention as the guys are gearing up for some extensive touring and new recordings due out before all too long. They'll be on the road for a little while after some recent appearances around town, but you can catch them in September at Americana Fest alongside some fresh-faced up-and-comers with names like John Prine and Steve Earle. -Austin Phy

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