The Watson Twins release “Hustle and Shake,” first single from new album DUO

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The Watson Twins, Chandra and Leigh, are fellow University of Evansville graduates. Leigh and I took printmaking class together. One time in Nashville, after they performed with Jenny Lewis, she invited me back to the Kings Of Leon’s house for a party. I declined because, at the time and for no real good reason, something about hanging out and drinking with the Kings of Leon guys gave me a lot of anxiety. I’ve think always regretted not going. Our grandmothers even played in a weekly card game together. Anyway, that’s all just to disclose that at one time, we had a friendly, personal relationship.

The twins will release their sixth and latest album, DUO, on October 12th, and the first single, “Hustle and Shake,” is a beauty. The two expertly showcase their years of harmonizing and creating compelling folk music together. The sister co-write all songs and sing all parts together throughout the album. The album was produced by Russ Pollard (Everest, Sebadoh) and also features guest musicians Carl Broemel and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Vanessa Carlton, Mickey Raphael and The Cactus Blossoms.

Tracklist:
1. Hustle and Shake
2. Cry Baby
3. Rolling Thunder
4. Lucky Star
5. Down In The Valley
6. Call To You (feat. The Cactus Blossoms)
7. Blue Tonight
8. Playing Hearts

The Watson Twins On Tour:
September 11-16—Nashville, TN—AmericanaFest
September 20-23—Marfa, TX—Trans-Pecos Festival at El Cosmico
October 13—Nashville, TN—The Basement
October 19—Atlanta, GA—City Winery*
October 20—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle*
October 22—Richmond, VA—The Black Iris
October 23—Washington, D.C.—City Winery*
October 24—Annapolis, MD—Rams Head On Stage*
October 26—Holyoke, MA—Gateway City Arts*
October 27—Boston, MA—City Winery*
October 28—New York, NY—City Winery*
*supporting Pokey LaFarge

Rayland Baxter // New Album + Hi-Fi Indy Show

In the Fall of 2016, demoing his latest album, Wide Awake, Rayland Baxter isolated himself, for three months, in an old rubber factory in rural Kentucky, with little more than a mattress, a guitar, and a Wurlitzer. The fruit of this odd behavior was released last week through ATO Records. It’s a collection of catchy songs, full of pop hooks, and Beatles-esque melodies.

On the new album, Baxter recently told Rolling Stone magazine:

“I like telling stories, and beautifully told stories as well. To captivate another human is a really cool thing to do. I want to be captivating, always, and to be captivated. I’ve just been getting better at it, because I feel like I should be a songwriter and a singer. It’s the thing I’m best at in life at the moment, it’s the thing I’m getting better at the most. It’s an evolution.”

Baxter will play The Hi-Fi in Indianapolis on August 1st.

Rayland Baxter – Strange American Dream

Rayland Baxter – Casanova

Rayland Baxter – 79 Shiny Revolvers

S.M. Wolf // Bad Ocean

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Indianapolis-based psych/power-pop band S.M. Wolf have recently released their sophomore album Bad Ocean through PIAPTK Records. The band, led by elementary school teacher Adam Gross, has been impressing midwest audiences since 2015 and create an updated sound comparable to many mid-to-late-90s alt-rockers, like Weezer, Ozma, and Nada Surf. You can check the album’s lead single, “The Station” below, and stream all of Bad Ocean on Spotify.

Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) // Throwback

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My Morning Jacket’s Jim James will release his latest solo album “Uniform Distortion” on June 29th. Yesterday, James released the second single from the album, “Throwback“. It follows “Just A Fool“. “Throwback” is a track that MMJ has actually been playing, as a band, here and there for a couple years, so it is interesting to see it released as a solo work. In an Instagram post, James wrote:

i wrote this song doing pretty much what you are probably doing right at this very second: scrolling thru social media. it struck me as SO wild- how, as you scroll back in time thru someone’s account you watch their face grow younger…but as you do this REAL TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!!! the clock is ticking…instead of doing good work or creating love or taking a walk in nature i am here STARING AT MY FUCKING PHONE!!!! ha ha ha. don’t get me wrong- social media is an amazing tool…but i think we should look at it more like a tool, like a hammer you pick up for a little while to do a job, and then you PUT IT DOWN. you don’t sit there and keep hammering away or else pretty soon your entire world would be destroyed and fall apart! and i feel like that is exactly what is happening right before our very eyes to this precious real beautiful human-filled earth. so lets WAKE EACH OTHER UP PEOPLE! lets stand up against injustice and use this tool of social media to fight for peace and love and equality! let’s throwback for a minute but try and live in the NOW for a better future.

“Just A Fool”

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