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January 2015
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Our regular readers may have noticed that we like to highlight residencies played by local artists in local venues, but admittedly we entirely missed Bonsai's November one at Pete Candy's Store - admittedly, we weren't aware that the lovely east Williamsburg venue actually had residencies! Well, not only they have them, but they also pick good artists for them, since Bonsai's music is an absolute delight. Their self titled debut EP is a delicate and dreamy alt folk gem. Opener "Bonsai Trees" - the most accomplished track on the record, streaming below - shows the trio's interest in revisiting traditional American music in new ways, employing intriguing percussive textures, inventive and appropriate guitar parts, and a production that's edgy without being over the top. Of course, all this wouldn't do much if Simone Stevens' vocals and melodies weren't spot on, confident and compelling. The magic continues with "When it Rains," a more subdued track floating in oozes of reverb and supported by what sounds like an acoustic guitar two-note sample loop. Atmospheric ballad "I fashion you are a dreamer" turns up the melancholy big time with a verse as intense as it gets, only to deliver one of those powerfully uplifting choruses that - unless you are fully corrupted by life - can touch you in deep ways. Upbeat pop number "I Like You Man" and final folky song "Messed Up" fill up the record competently, but without reaching the heights of the first three tracks. This is a small, beautiful record with the power to awaken emotions and make people closer, i.e. exactly what the doctor orders every time a new year begins.

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Bob Dylan

Simon and Garfunkel

Velvet Underground
The 70's
Patti Smith
The New York Dolls

The Ramones

The Talking Heads
Richard Hell
The Dead Boys
Lydia Lunch
The Contortions  
The 80's
Sonic Youth
Bad Brains
Beastie Boys
Bruce Springsteen
The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
They Might Be Giants
John Zorn
Arto Lindsay
Sonic Youth
The Fleshtones
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Jeff Buckley

The Magnetic Fields
Yo La Tengo
Soul Coughing
Cat Power
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The Strokes
TV on The Radio
Fiery Furnaces
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Bravery
Animal Collective
Bright Eyes
Devendra Banhart
Moldy Peaches
Le Tigre
Blonde Redhead
Grizzly Bear

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Brandy Zdan Releases First Single "More of a Man"

Brandy Zdan has an impressive resume thus far: she's been half of Canadian/Americana duo Twighlight Hotel, and was guitarist/utility player for all-girl Americana group The Trishas in addition to releasing a handful of solo EPs under her own name. So it goes without saying that her first full-length album is long overdue. Zdan teamed up with producer Teddy Morgan and cherry-picked pals Carl Broemal and Tom Plankenship from My Morning Jacket as her backup band for her self-titled LP. Her first single, "More of a Man" shares the same sunny disposition as some of Sheryl Crow's poppier numbers, but, like the album, has a streak of rebellion running through it. Zdan moved to Nashville from Austin to record the album, and immediately tweaked her creative style to run contrary to the traditional spirit of the city. Keep up with Brandy Zdan for tour dates and developments on the release date at www.brandyzdan.com. -Terra James-Jura



Blank Range to Release "Phase II" 10" 4.10

Okay, so if you're a Blank Range fan, you might already have a cassette of "Phase II" kicking around in your car. The band recorded the 6-track tape back in April of 2013, an ambling testament to true garage grit that sparked enough momentum to won them a Bonnaroo set, sent them to SXSW, and lead them to record the 7" "Scrapin/Before I Go To Sleep" with a real engineer in a legitimate (read: non-basement) studio the following fall. The tape also wraps up with "Last Crash Landing," one of the most enduring gut-punchers of a song that we've come across thus far. Now the band is preparing to release a 10" pressing of "Phase II," lest there be an empty 10" space on their merch table on their upcoming 28-date tour supporting Two Gallants and Mountain Goats. Blank Range will be marking the occasion with a show at The Basement on April 10th with local bros Music Band and Joey Plunket. The show kicks off at 8pm and tickets are $5, so come on out and pick up the new format! -Terra James-Jura



Catch Dustin Sellers at Acme Feed & Seed on Tuesday 3.24

This is a great show to catch if you find yourself at the end of Broadway tomorrow night or are just jonesing to see some talented bands for $0.

We’ve been tickled by Dustin Sellers and his reformed alt-rocker with an old-school soul visage ever since he won our Artist of the Month poll last fall. We’re excited for his upcoming album “Mint Market,” and are looking forward to hearing some cuts off of it tomorrow night when he and his Rat Pack play No Country for New Nashville’s weekly showcase at Acme Feed and Seed. We're especially digging the driving, Western vibe of "Mind at All" (check out the Shaker Steps video below.) Joining the lineup are Whoa Dakota, whose blues rock machine has been gaining steady momentum since their self-titled debut EP last year, and has been propelled in no small part to front woman Jessica Ott’s steamy dynamics. Rounding out the evening’s new traditional theme is Amanda Broadway, who is taking a quick step away from being part of Acme’s Funky-Tonk house band to belt out a set of solo material.

Catch Dustin Sellers, Whoa Dakota and Amanda Broadway at Acme Feed & Seed on Tuesday, March 24th.  The show starts a 7pm, and cover is free!


Show Alert: Creature Comfort at The 5 Spot Saturday 3.21

All your buds down in Austin right now? Well, enjoy a night out with your extra funds not spent on gas and tacos at The 5 Spot this Saturday. Our buddies and Artist of the Month winners Creature Comfort are returning from a brief hiatus with a few friends to make you thankful you stayed in Tennessee. The quartet put out the amazing "Fox Tales" last year, an intelliegent mashup of dream pop and Modest Mouse-level prosiacism (check out the beautifully shot and NSFW video for "All My Friends" below.) They are being joined by darkly catchy Cincinnati crew of Injecting Strangers and more hometown sounds from female-fronted party rockers The Saturday Night Specials. The show starts at 8pm and is a measly $5. Come on out! -Terra James-Jura




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