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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
Fastball
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
Spoon
The Sword
What Made Milwaukee...
   


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Brandon Davis' "Lay You Down"

Brandon Davis’ recently released single “Lay You Down” is fantastic. Pensive acoustic guitar and melancholy vocals aid in creating a touchingly longing tone. His honest lyrics about watching someone he cares about struggle with addiction while trying to handle his own really hit home. --Hannah Brady

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The NRIs' Playground EP: indiegogo campaign and release show.

The NRIs are working towards the release of their third EP, Playground EP, and they need your help! Their indiegogo campaign is nearing completion, and there are some great rewards beyond the normal copy of the EP. Many of the members of the bands are teachers of music and you can get a lesson, or you can splurge and get on the band’s guest list for life! There’s even the option to attend a Nationals game. It’s all very exciting. You can check out the world premiere of “The Streets” on the April 29th edition of the Hometown Sounds Podcast along with lots of other great music (as usual). And don’t miss the NRIs record release show at Iota on May 31st; it’s a special one, with an early all-ages version (for the kiddies, and folks with kiddies) at 5PM, and a 21+ version at 9PM. Check out their promo-video below.

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Amos Piper opens for Amen Dunes at Sixth & I on May 14th.

Baltimore’s Amos Piper won our recent Band of the Month Poll, and they're just getting started. They will be opening for enchanting new alt-folk star Amen Dunes at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on May 14th. It’s a great lineup that will highlight Amos Piper's chill, jazzy, dream-pop, both sets being full of soft tones and warm drones, and should make for a perfect warm Wednesday evening of music in a beautiful space. You can check out Amen Dunes’ album Love streaming on Pitchfork, and some Amos Piper tracks on Soundcloud.

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Tonight at Galaxy Hut: Dead Women and Nice Breeze

There's an awesome two-band lineup at Galaxy Hut tonight (May 5th) for those interested in seeing some solid gritty garage-rock bands poised to start playing much larger venues in the near future. The Dead Women are preparing their second release (May 30th) which you can preview over on their Bandcamp. A frenetic rhythm section drives gnarly guitars and melodic vocals, propelling the band towards a sound that's a combination of early Wire and The Smiths. Nice Breeze strips their sound bare of anything but pure high volume, high gain distortion from their amps and shouting phrases. Lo-fi indie-rock and roll at its best. I'm gonna link Nice Breeze's Transparency for you, 'cause I love the vicious retro guitar sound, but don’t hesitate to check out the other links and come out to this show! --Natan Press

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Hypercolor's Resonate.

I’ve been listening to Hypercolor’s second EP Resonate a lot since it was released. I was led to it while covering (DC Deli Band of the Month for April) Avers. Hypercolor is the project of Avers’ bass player Alexandra, and Adrian, one of the (many) guitar players. It shares Avers’ technical proficiency, both with the instruments, and in the studio, and the sound is reminiscent to Avers in a psychedelic/shoegazey kind of way. I think where Avers is “rock,” one would call Hypercolor “folk.”

Perhaps psych-folk? I dunno. It’s pretty, and soft, kinda chill, but purely, almost aggressively, analog, with soaring, screeching guitar riffs lifting above clouds of background harmonies, chiming and buzzing layers of rhythm guitar, fuzzy bass and occasionally thunderous drums accented tastefully with reverb. Alexandra's voice is sweet and comforting. Hypercolor is a good name for the band; the sound is vibrant. The definition of resonate is “produce or fill with a deep, full, reverberating sound.” No false advertising here. This EP is a refreshing thunderstorm passing by too quickly under a hot summer sunset. I think it’s gonna be a favorite of mine all summer, and I can’t wait for what’s next. --Natan Press 

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