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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Julien Baker Announces New Album, Stream “Appointments”

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Having slowly built her profile after the release of her great debut album Sprained Ankle, Julien Baker has announced the follow-up, Turn Out the Lights, scheduled for released on October 27th via Matador Records. Recorded at Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, the LP “embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health,” according to the press release. “Appointments” is the first unveiled track from the album and it is an absolute stunner without hyperbole. It is a next level track that is certain to further expand her continually growing audience.

Premiere: Stockholm’s Grapell Announce Debut LP, Stream “We Can Only Blame Ourselves”

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Over four years since their music appeared online and two EPs later, Swedish duo Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygårdh aka Grapell are readying the release of their debut long-play titled Crier on November 3rd via Roll Call Records (album artwork below). As one could possibly take from the album’s name, it draws from themes of love and heartbreak with compositions so thought out unmet deadlines and delays became a standard part of the recording process done their rehersal space and Erstrand’s house. “We Can Only Blame Ourselves” is the first single and characterized by Erstrand a “reminder to all the lovers out there” full of delicate, unabashed soul carried by rhythmic piano and covered in a coppery sheen that hits just before sundown. Simple sophistication comes to mind when describing their music and this track is no different. It sounds like song that could have been created at any point over the last 40 years making it timeless, yet refreshingly organic and nuanced in a time laptop producers get most of the attention. Listen to the song below.

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Kelela Unveils New Single “LMK”

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After what feels like a long wait, Kelela has finally revealed her proper debut LP, Take Me Apart, is coming October 6th through Warp Records. With that reveal via her Instagram, she also dropped the first single “LMK” and it does not disappoint. Everything about it feels big and should catapult her to next level status in terms of her audience. Pre-order here.

Bully Announce Sophomore LP, Stream New Song “Feel the Same”

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After capturing major attention with their fantastic 2015 debut, Nashville’s Bully have announced their follow-up titled Losing on October 20th. The album, engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio, dives into the complexities of getting older. If first single “Feel the Same” is indicative of the rest of the album, the trio still maintains unkempt screeching of their debut. Pre-order it via their new home Sub Pop or Bandcamp.

Tour Dates:
11/02/17- St Louis MO – Off Broadway
11/03/17 – Iowa City IA – The Mill
11/04/17 – Minneapolis MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
11/06/17 – Madison WI – High Noon Saloon
11/07/17 – Chicago IL – Thalia Hall
11/08/17 – Detroit MI – Marble Bar
11/09/17 – Toronto ON – Lee’s Palace
11/10/17 – Montreal QC – Bar le Ritz
11/12/17 – Boston MA – Great Scott
11/13/17 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
11/14/17 – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church
11/15/17 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
11/17/17 – Charlottesville VA – The Southern
11/18/17 – Durham NC – Motorco Music Hall
11/19/17 – Asheville NC – The Mothlight
12/06/17 – Little Rock AR – Stickyz
12/07/17 – Dallas TX – Club Dada
12/08/17 – Austin TX – Emo’s
12/09/17 – Houston TX – Walter’s
12/10/17 – New Orleans LA – Gasa Gasa
12/12/17 – Birmingham AL – Saturn
12/13/17 – Atlanta GA – Terminal West
12/14/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge
12/15/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge

Dinner Returns with New LP, Shares Video for “Un-American Woman”

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Danish musician Anders Rhedin, known better under his moniker Dinner, has announced a new LP, New Work, slated for release on September 8th via Captured Tracks. The album is was created over a intense period of late-night session with a conscious effort to be more collaborative enlisting assistance from Charlie Hilton and Sean Nicholas Savage. “Un-American Woman” is the first song from the release and, per Rhedin, is “about disillusionment and a fear of being stuck in a certain lifestyle” and a desire to be in “constant movement.” It also draws inspiration from William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell. Sonically, the song vocally is Morrissey meets Nico over sharp, interwoven instrumentation and comes in tow with a visual. The pre-order can be found here, including a limited edition clear vinyl release.

Blue Hawaii Announce New LP, Stream “No One Like You”

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Blue Hawaii, the Montreal pair of Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell and Alexander ‘Agor’ Kerby, have announced their first new LP in four-years titled Tenderness. Written over the course of 2016, the album’s inspiration comes from a relationship Ra was having mostly via the internet and the challenges that come from those relationships, whether it be online or in the flesh. The album’s lead single “No One Like You” has an effervescent house and disco feel to it, yet maintaining an intimate warmth throughout. Pre-order is available now via their Bandcamp or Arubutus.