Sam Evian // You, Forever

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Sam Owens, the New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer that records music under the moniker Sam Evian will release his new album You, Forever this coming June 1st through Saddle Creek Records. We recently featured the album track “IDGAF” on our SIRIUS XMU show, and now Sam is back with two new preview tracks to keep our excitement high. I’m really loving the slacker meander of “You, Forever.” Sam says…

“A few years back, I had a prolific week of writing after I fell on some icy concrete and smacked my head on a steel grate. I’m sure I sustained some sort of concussion, which left me feeling pretty lucid. I had been thinking about Bowie a lot, and decided to try and write something with a ‘Rock and Roll Suicide’ kinda vibe. ‘You, Forever’ just tumbled out of my head, lyrics, melody and all. It was kind of stream of consciousness, which is rare for me. I shelved the song and forgot about it, but dug it out when I was preparing to make this record. It was exciting to sing the words again. They felt more potent than I remembered, but still had the charm of a nice head injury. ‘If you’re anxious, If you’re worn, if you’re keeping to yourself on the telephone’ …who isn’t?”

You, Forever

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Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood // Save Me

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It was a sweet little surprise when Mark Lanegan popped back up on the radar, last week, guesting on Neko Case’s new “Curse Of The I-5 Corridor” track. Now, the former Screaming Trees frontman gifts us with a new one featuring regular collaborator Duke Garwood. Garwood and Lanegan will release a new album, With Animals on August 24th through Heavenly Recordings.

Garwood commented on the new album’s creation…

Over the years, we’ve recorded together and apart. This time, I started this record alone, with many animals as company. It flowed, I set to work and out it came. Our music is instinct, there is not much talking about it, just creating. I think that if you are at peace with your work, and feeling it right, it flows, and can feel “easy.” Music isn’t meant to be hard. Though sometimes it can burn you to ashes. Making music for a singer, so they can inhabit it with a song means hitting the right soul buttons. There is no hit without a miss. It is a healing record, for us the makers, and for the listeners. It grows natural. We are gardeners of sonic feelings.

Matthew Sweet // New Album + Show at HiFi

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After taking six years off, Matthew Sweet has kicked it into gear. Last year, he released a 17-song double album titled Tomorrow Forever via his own Honeycomb Hideout label, and followed it with a large tour, skipping Indianpolis. He returns, this year, with a new album titled Tomorrow’s Daughter, and an extensive tour, this time including Indy and a date at our venue, the HiFi.

Sweet believes he is in the midst of a musical and career renaissance…

When I was young, the artists that I really admired were the ones who always found a way to keep making music and expressing themselves. To me, those guys were the real artists, and I’ve tried to hold on to that attitude in my own work. This feels like a really good time for me, and I feel lucky and grateful to still be doing what I love to do. When I meet young people and they ask for advice about a career in music, I always say, ‘Do music because it’s what you love to do, and because you’d do it no matter what happens.’I’ve tried to keep that attitude about it, because that’s always worked for me. I just try to keep doing my thing and keep believing.

MATTHEW SWEET ON TOUR
5/23: Atlanta, GA at Terminal West
5/24: Chattanooga, TN at JJ’s Bohemia
5/25: Charlotte, NC at Visulite Theatre
5/26: Winston-Salem, NC at Gears & Guitars Fest
6/13 Alexandria, VA at Birchmere
6/14: Annapolis, MD at Ram’s Head
6/15: Fairfield, CT at FTC Stage 1
6/16: Bay Shore, NY at YMCA Boulton Center
6/17: Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
6/19: Dewey Beach, DE at Bottle & Cork
6/20: New York, NY at Le Poisson Rouge
6/21: Philadelphia, PA at World Cafe Live
6/22: Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom
6/23: Ann Arbor, MI at The Ark
6/24: Indianapolis, IN at Hi-Fi
6/27: Des Moines, IA at Wooly’s
6/28: Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest
6/29: Minneapolis, MN at Turf Club
6/30: Lincoln, NE at the Bourbon Theater
7/10: Kansas City, MO at Knuckleheads
7/11: Bloomington, IL at Castle Theatre
7/12: Evanston, IL at SPACE
7/13: Chicago, IL at Square Roots Festival
7/14: St. Louis, MO at Delmar Hall
7/15: Nashville, TN at City Winery

Discover The Hidden Shelf and New EP Cut It Short a Year Ago

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The reason behind the name is because I have yet to share my work so far with most of my close friends. I don’t care if they manage to find them at one point, but when they do, I hope for the experience to feel like they’ve found, at the least, an okay book or an artwork or what have you from a “hidden shelf” in a corner. – Minji Kong

Not everything with social media is bad. This past weekend, we happened to be directed to Philadelphia project The Hidden Shelf, the moniker of singer/songwriter Minji Kong, through Tyler Andre. To say we instantly connected would be an understatement, as we haven’t stopped spinning it since. The three tracks that comprise Cut It Short a Year Ago could easily stand on their own individual merit, but collectively showcase an artist slowly coming to her own identity on top of an already robust catalog of music that spans only to the middle of last year. The songs are subtle in delivery, but nuanced in their construction as small notes of sound are precisely woven together creating a bubble of emotion and introspection. It goes without saying, we can’t wait to hear more.

Major Murphy Announce Debut LP, Stream New Track “No. 1”

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After honing their craft on a couple of excellent EPs, Grand Rapids trio Major Murphy have announced their debut long-play aptly named No. 1 slated to drop on March 30th via our homies at Winspear. The collection if full of lighter tendencies recalling the ’70s soft-rock heard from the back of our parent’s car, however with sensibilities aligned with current guitar-driven trends offering a familiar comfort when listening. In addition to the previously heard “Mary,” the band has offered up the title track to the release available for streaming below. The album is available for pre-order now on all formats, including a very attractive limited edition pink vinyl, here or via the band’s Bandcamp.

For those in and around the Bloomington, IN area, you catch the band along with many other talented artists as a part of their label Winspear’s review this Thursday along with several other upcoming dates. Current itinerary is below.

Tour Dates:
1/25/18 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
2/17/18 – Traverse City, MI @ The Little Fleet
3/13-3/18/18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
4/09/18 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
4/12/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
4/15/18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
4/18/18 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
4/21/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
4/28/18 – Toledo, OH @ Pau Hana

Listen to “Wallowa Lake Monster” from Sufjan Stevens

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Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell album was our favorite from 2015, so you know we are stoked he is releasing a new collection of outtakes, remixes, and demos from the Carrie & Lowell sessions under the title, The Greatest Gift Mixtape. “Wallowa Lake Monster” is the first reveal from the 11-song set. The tracks is as beautiful and haunting as any cut from the Carrie & Lowell album is seasonally appropriate both lyrically and by title.

Premiere: Brandon Whyde // Come To Jesus

Brandon Whyde

I would often walk into a Fountain Square bar and there would sit Brandon Whyde…relaxed, beyond cool, smiling and being smiled back at by the prettiest lady in the room. I couldn’t help but admire his aesthetic. He was (is) cool, but he was also, maybe surprisingly to some, shy and kind, and if you broke through with a little effort, easy to talk to to.

Whyde is a soulful singer-songwriter with a penchant for mourning and reflection. His whiskey-infused voice tells tales that sometimes will make you weep and other times will make you holler in celebration. He’s seen his fair share of success, in his early career. He’s opened for the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, Lady Antebellum, and Nathaniel Rateliff, and he even sang at Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl’s wedding.

Whyde ultimately decided to leave Indianapolis. He headed to the greener musical pastures of Nashville, Tennessee to create his third album, “Silver Apples of the Moon,” which he’ll release on September 19th. When he wasn’t working on the album, he was co-writing songs with Grammy-winning country songwriter Clint Lagerberg and modern Americana music stars Jamie Kenney, Tony Lucca and Stone Aielli.

Whyde’s new album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Nutt in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and it includes some of the veteran musicians who helped The Shoals earn acclaim as a hotbed of musical talent. Spooner Oldham, who played keyboards on Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and Bob Wray, who’s played bass on more than 30 #1 country hits, are just a few of the artists appearing on “Silver Apples of the Moon.” Today, we premiere the first song and video from the album, “Come To Jesus.”

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