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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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Laura Stevenson & The Cans play Bowery Ballroom on 07.21

The precise, direct stabs of singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson are the telltale marks of a true assassin lyricist. Hers are words that carve a fine point through anyone caught listening to the singer/songwriter's haunting vocals, and rich instrumentation provided by tight rock outfit The Cans.

The Long Island-based chanteuse dives into her material with an enormous weight; whether hocketing through 'Baby Bones' (from the band's second full length 'A Record') or challenging a violin for dominance in the comforting title track 'Holy Ghost,' from her debut EP. Stevenson's spark and energy doses the band's music with an epic quality perfectly suited for such personal tomes.

Her new full-length record 'Sit Resist' is no different. First single (streaming below) 'Master of Art,' paints a convincing method for bottling time spent between lovers with all the passion and denial necessary to make a statement like that actually work. This is what makes Stevenson such an enduring presence... and also what makes her an assassin.

Catch Laura Stevenson and The Cans when they play Bowery Ballroom on July 21. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

Outernational launches video with Tom Morello and Chad Smith + plays Bowery Electric on 07.11

NYC quintet, Outernational, have had a whirlwind of a year so far. Touring since last year and recording all last spring/summer, these rockers have masterminded their second release, “Todos Somos Ilegales,” an 18-track album that revolves around the issues that haunt the American southern border and aptly combines fiery rock in English and en Espanol, rap, and World music vibes. Just a week ago, the title track’s eye-catching music video, featuring musical collaborators, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Residente of Calle 13, Pop/Latin Rock Producer, Thom Russo, and photo/video submissions from over 100 fans worldwide, dropped and has nearly 34,000 views and counting on YouTube along with heated commentary and debates. “Todos” made it onto a segment of CNN en Espanol and has aired in Venzuela, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and the UK so far. Check out the video below and visit to download the album in its entirety. Outernational will be headlining Bowery Electric on July 11 before heading back out on the road for a summer/fall tour. — Meijin Bruttomesso


The Dead Exs releases single for July 4th

The masters of keeping gritty blues and old time rock ‘n roll alive, The Dead Exs, are serving up a brand new single for the 4th of July. Recorded at Converse’s Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, “Relovolution,” streaming below, showcases the New York-based duo’s signature slide guitar-driven garage blues merged with energetic rockabilly, teasing fans with a fun track that builds anticipation for the rest of The Dead Exs upcoming record. - Meijin Bruttomesso



 For the Artists of the Month
of 2011 see here




Fletcher C. Johnson's new single 'Messin' with My Mind'

Since his last EP, filled with holiday-themed cake throwing and wailing guitar solos from behind the driver's seat, it's been two whole years since Brooklyn based psych-folkster Fletcher C. Johnson's had a release.

Thankfully, the psycho-scorched jangle of 'Messin' with My Mind' has just been released to 7", crafted especially for all your messy road trip fantasies. The pleasantly twangy guitars are ready-made for sun worshipping, while Johnson's vocals fill a nice space between the folksiness of Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold and the brassy energy of Primus' Les Claypool.

No matter what kind of dust you've got kicking around in your head, you'll always find something new to put in it with Fletcher C. Johnson. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)


A staple of the Brooklyn Psych Rock scene: My Best Fiend

Brooklyn rave rockers My Best Fiend have been around since 2005, and their persistence got recently rewarded with a record deal with UK forward looking label Warp. In their Warp debut "Ghostlike Fading" the band puts an almost spiritual twist on a sound that introduces itself quietly, only to erupt into a full-on psyched-out jam. The single "Cracking Eggs" starts out with gently strummed acoustic guitar and stark, spacious piano chords, while emotive vocals sing about "the crack in the egg that provides relief." It's not long before full band pomp and stomp fills the sonic spectrum as harsh textures lift the listener into the clouds. Another favorite song, "Higher Palms" (streaming below) turns to an electric piano for keyboard figures, as full instrumentation is then added in, creating a high western plains feel. Vocals are layered and embedded in hallways of reverb, enhanced by synthesized textures extending the tones. Guitars join in from multiple angles, merging with the rising sonic tide without obscuring the defined rhythm. - Dave Cromwell


Rootsy-pop from NYC: The Devyl Nellys

It's quite rare to find an artist who gives us a Christmas song on a record released during the warmer time of the year. But with The Devyl Nellys' latest release, you get 'Hot Santa' along with plenty of other tracks.

All this from a band clearly rooted in Country Americana, but whose ambitions are far flung. The New York group's debut full-length 'Charm Land' moves from James Bond-style riffing in the mysterious 'Attracted,' to a doo-wop chorus in radio-ready 'Hush.' Singer Nelly Levon handles most vocal duties, but guitarist James Mastro's voice shines in the lush 'Airport'.

For the Devyl Nellys, diversity is their strength. 'Charm Land' is a full-bodied debut to suit most tastes, and just might work equally well in any season. Stream the record here and see them when they play Gizzi's Cafe on Jun 20. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)



Spring 2012 Issue

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