A Sound Recommendation: Austin Rockers Swimming With Bears

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Prior to releasing their debut EP, the Austin based four-piece, Swimming With Bears, had been working tirelessly to hone in on their unique alternative soul sound. Following a run of residencies in several Texas cities, as well as appearances at some of Austin’s most renowned venues, the band was invited to open for Weezer and Panic! At The Disco in early June. With a newly released, self-titled EP, the band is set to embark on their first ever national tour this summer.

The EP, which features lead single “Shiver and Crawl,” was produced by Matt Novesky (Blue October).

Swimming With Bears consists of Joe Perry (vocals/bass), Alec Conte (guitar), Jon Kerr (guitar) and Ryan Hannasch (drums).

“Releasing this EP is a long awaited dream come true for us as a band and we’re excited for people to finally hear it. Especially ‘Shiver and Crawl’”, says Perry. “A lot of our music is about the good times, or about love both gained and lost, but ‘Shiver and Crawl’ takes a more serious look at how we all struggle. We had no idea that we would be releasing it in the wake of all the recent tragedies, but we think it carries a message that people really need to hear and can relate to.”

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Rediscover The Voice’s Blues Rocker Lane Mack

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Born & Raised in Cajun Country, Lane Mack knows a thing or two about letting the good times Rock and Roll! From present day stepping off of season 11 of NBC’s Hit singing show The Voice as a member of Team Miley Cyrus; From the past, fronting a garage rock band at the young age of sixteen Lane Mack has graced the stage with numerous national recording artists such as Robert Randolph, Marc Broussard, and Royal Teeth as well as co-founding the band Sons of VooDoo along with his brother. Lane Mack owns the stage with masterful guitar licks and a vocal range that surpasses many. After years of playing and writing with other musicians Mack has finally stepped out on his own to show the world a unique Louisiana Swamp Rock brew he’s been perfecting for years. With a catalog of original songs and classic blues, its a good thing he’s brewed enough for everyone to taste.

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New Music from Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer

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The sisters’ first album together includes covers of Merle Haggard, Jessi Colter, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, The Killers, Nirvana, etc., plus an original song, “Is It Too Much”.   

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Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters’ individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what’s around the bend with a co-written Is It Too Much to close out the ten-song set.  The album was produced by British folk artist Teddy Thompson.

A Sound Recommendation: Boston’s Alt Folkies Tall Heights

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Getting there is half the fun, as the old saying goes, but the journey is really the whole point for Boston progressive-alt band Tall Heights. And singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright have had one hell of a journey, starting from playing simple acoustics on the streets of Boston to reaching Sony Masterworks, for which they have released their biggest, brightest, and riskiest work thus far. Neptune is the band’s latest step in the ongoing evolution of their sound and style.

Neptune is backed with pristine vocal harmonies and splattered with surprises: there’s subtly chugging electric guitar and a spare descending bass line on “Iron in the Fire,” ethereal synthesizers and a spacious drum part on “Spirit Cold,” a brittle splash of percussion to open “Backwards and Forwards” and feedback created by two cellphones on “Cross My Mind.” The album is clearly the product of a long journey, but whether it’s Tall Height’s final destination remains unclear. “I can hear the evolution happening,” Harrington says. “I feel like we’re walking across a bridge from one place to another, and maybe I’ll always feel that way, but I’m really happy with how we’re moving.”

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Nashville Beats: Country’s Coolest Band -A Thousand Horses

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Dubbed “Country’s coolest band” by Rolling Stone Country, A Thousand Horses serve up a helping of Southern rock and contemporary Country mixed with rowdy jams. Their first single “Smoke” went to #1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts after making Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist’s first single.

They also became the first band (with at least three members) to send a debut single to #1 on Billboard Country Airplay Charts this decade.

The band was nominated for a pair of ACC Awards including Group/Duo of the Year, an ACM Award for New Vocal Group of the Year and a CMT Music Award for Group Video of the Year for their hit single “Smoke.”

Their first album on BMLG Records, Southernality, blends the influence of The Black Crowes, Southern rock and Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street era. With Michael Hobby leading vocals, Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar and Graham Deloach on bass, the quartet possesses a unique sound making its way across Country radio.

Their deluxe EP, Bridges is available now.

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West Coast Beats: LA’s Death Valley Girls

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Think of Death Valley Girls as an acid-tripping science experiment that’s been buried alive, and resurrected as a sexually liberated dystopian chain-gang. A cosmic scar, if you will, on the hills of Echo Park, where the experiment began in 2013 by proto-punk Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel — who got lost in the desert, returned to their haunted garage in Echo Park, and pieced together their vision with shopworn images of sexploitation babes, a blood-soaked Iggy Pop, and Bloomgarden’s series of phantasms, the result of spending a year in a mental institution, where she planned her neon-glowing odyssey by listening to Black Sabbath and UFO, reading about alien conspiracy theories, and deriving her band’s moral compass from a line she saw in a movie:

“Everybody’s gotta be in a gang,” from campy sexploitation romp Switchblade Sisters (1975).

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Meet Austin’s Sultry Folk Rocker Jane Ellen Bryant

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Twenty-five year old songstress, Jane Ellen Bryant, is “right in the thick” of that “big decade of your life,” as she calls it in the title track of her three song EP, Twenties. It’s that decade full of the best of times, the worst of times, the first real jobs, and the first bona fide heartbreaks that lead us to the cardinal steps of self discovery. Her music is saturated with the raw, authentic emotions that we all experience during this roller coaster ride as a twenty something. Yet these lessons, trials, and rowdy good times speak to people of all ages and stages of life. Twenties, released in July of 2016, was just a taste of the depth that’s to come from this prolific, young artist.

People have always been drawn to Jane’s spirituous voice and haunting melodies, but her fresh, bold, commanding sound and innovative lyrics have given us all something to talk about. Local audiences are buzzing about this “new rock-n-roll girl in town,” but really, Jane is not new at all. Bryant was born and raised in the Live Music Capital of the World, and she’s soaked with the mystical, rare sound that comes from the heart of Austin. It’s this new, fearless sound that attracted the attention of producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith, who has worked with Jet, Santana, and The Toadies just to name a few. “I’ve experienced many inspirational moments in record production over the last 20 years,” says Frenchie, “but she raised the bar. I had never produced a singer this strong.” He goes on to say that Jane’s music is “capturing the madness of youth, the manic perils of opening up about heartbreak, all while bringing the listener in more and more by telling the truth. What I look for in an artist is believability, and whatever Jane is performing, I believe it.”

 

Have a listen to her new single, All in My Head:

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