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Show Of The Week

May 25, 2016

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I’m really excited for Friday.  Not only will Boyfrndz be releasing Impulse, an album full of Mars Volta-esque gems that I’ve had on repeat over the last couple of weeks, but they’ll be celebrating its arrival with a big show at Sidewinder.  With them will be Hikes, Tia Carrera, Transit Method and Caddywhompus.  It’s going to be rad.  Don’t miss it.

Outside:
Boyfrndz – 11-12am
Hikes – 10-10:30pm
Tia Carrera – 9-9:30pm

Inside:
Caddywhompus – 12-1am
Transit Method – 10:30-11pm

$8 adv/$10 dos

By the way, I suppose I should point out that the Boyfrndz album release gig is presented by 101X Homegrown Live, which is a program associated with a radio show I host every Sunday at 9pm.

Speaking of radio-related things, on Friday there’s also an early show I booked that I’m pumped about.  It’s with 93.7 KLBJ out at the Overlook at the Oasis.  It’s free and features Eric Tessmer, Residual Kid and Ben Ballinger.  If you’d like to spend your whole Friday with me, then come to that as well!

Eric Tessmer – 8:30-9:15pm
Residual Kid – 7:30-8:05pm
Ben Ballinger – 6:30-7:05pm

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Pharoahs, Vomettes, The Sister Rays at Hotel Vegas
- Mrs. Magician at The Sidewinder
- Common Velvet, Wildcat Apollo, Rose Selavy at Cheer Up Charlies
- Migrant Kids, Daniel Eyes & The Vibes at 3ten ACL Live
- Blues On The Green with Mike Flanigin’s The Drifter with Billy Gibbons, Jimmie Vaughn & Charlie Sexton at Zilker Park

Thursday:
- Basecamp at the Parish
- Magna Carda, Leopold & His Fiction, Slomo Drags, Sun Seeker at the Scoot Inn
- Crew54, KB The Boo Bonic, Secret Levels, Protextor / P-Tek, Feral the Earthworm, more at Stay Gold

Friday:
- The Zoltars, The Dizzease, Grape St., Giant Kitty at Hotel Vegas
- Nada Surf, The Misteries at the Parish
- Nic Armstrong & The Thieves, Yuma, Mountain Rag at The Swan Dive
- AlunaGeorge, Kiiara at Emo’s

Saturday:
- High on Fire, Eagle Claw, Bridge Farmers at Grizzly Hall
- DIIV, The Paranoyds at the Mohawk
- Radioactivity, Birthday Suits, Hex Dispensers at the Mohawk
- Broncho, Winter at The Sidewinder
- Marmalakes, Shark Rider at The Swan Dive
- Say Anything, mewithoutyou, Teen Suicide, Museum Mouth at Emo’s

Sunday:
- Lord Buffalo, Solid State Dream Suit, The Sour Notes, Dollie Barnes at Cheer Up Charlies

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20 Austin Essentials

May 9, 2016

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Now that I host both 101X Homegrown and KGSR’s Lone Star State of Mind, I don’t really post quite as many local mp3s.  This is mostly because I spend my Sunday evenings blabbering about all things Austin, so when it comes time to roll out content for SOTO, I often find myself on the hunt for something fresher.  I doubt this will change, so in an attempt to make sure that those of you who avoid me on the radio (but why!?) still get a good dose of Austin, I’m going to occasionally churn out a mix of select local tunes.  The first one is below, and it’s comprised of my top 20 Austin tracks from the first chunk of 2016.  Enjoy.

PS – I left off White Denim and Explosions In The Sky because I figured you guys were more than familiar with them.

PPS – It was surprisingly hard for me to cut this list to 20 songs. Maybe I should have done 30.  I should have done 30.  Next time I’ll do 30.

:Dumb – I Don’t Wanna Die On I-35:  From the Slack Capital compilation. FB
:A Giant Dog – Sex And Drugs:  From Pile. FB
:Basketball Shorts – Kevin McCallister:  From the Slack Capitol compilation. FB
:Otis The Destroyer – Cheetah:  From the Belushi EP. FB
:BOYFRNDZ – Going Under:  From Impulse. FB
:A. Sinclair – Liars in the State of New York:  From Get Out Of The City. FB
:My Jerusalem – Rabbit Rabbit:  From A Little Death. FB
:Emily Wolfe – Atta Blues:  From the Atta Blues single. FB
:Residual Kid – Scentless Princess:  From the Salsa EP. FB
:Mirror Travel – Yesca:  From Cruise Deal. FB
:Jared Leibowich – And You’re Always On:  From Welcome Late Bloomers. FB
:Walker Lukens – Lifted:  From Tell It To The Judge. FB
:Calliope Musicals – Echo Of The Whoos:  From Times Owes You Nothing. FB
:Slomo Drags – Going Out Of Business:  From the band’s self titled EP. FB
:Ramesh – Redemption:  From the Redemption single. FB
:Booher – Pick Up The Robot Put The Robot Down:  From Funny Tears. FB
:Rain Collectors – Lately:  From RCEP. FB
:Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow – Cora Cora:  Off From The Forest Came The Fire. FB
:Blue Healer – Luminescent Eyes:  From the band’s debut album. FB
:Cross Record – Basket:  From Wabi-Sabi. FB

For the hell of it, here are some other Austin artists that I’ve been digging over the last few months: Alex Napping, Broken Gold, BLXPLTN, Pema, Bayonne, Big Bill, Buhu, Chipper Jones/Chris Lopez, Empty Markets, OBN IIIs, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Growl, Harvest Thieves, Holy Wave, Lowin, Megafauna, Migrant Kids, My Golden Calf, P.T. Banks, Star Parks, The Blind Pets, Ultraviolet.

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2014 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 25, 2014

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Hey!  Here we are with the second volume of my 2014 Austin Essentials.  Dive in.  But don’t tire yourself out, as there’s still a third volume coming your way tomorrow.  Enjoy.

:Alex Napping – Weak Knees:  Alex Napping popped out of nowhere this year and instantly impressed.  Their debut, This Is Not A Bedroom, is the kind of introspective indie pop that college me listened to too much of.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose:  The fuzzy garage rock ways of Hundred Visions have been on point in 2014.  You’d be crazy not to check out their sophomore album, Spite.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Flesh Lights – Just About Due:  My passive appreciation of the punk trio Flesh Lights ended with Free Yourself.  The album features some great songwriting.  And it rocks.  If you’re into that sort of thing, of course.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Sweet Spirit – Let Me Be On Top:  It was a bummer when Bobby Jealousy called it quits, but at least Sabrina Ellis, who is one of Austin’s most dynamic performers, quickly landed on her feet in Sweet Spirit.  Eventually the band will officially release an album and make the world a better place.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Shivery Shakes – Hold On:  Shivery Shakes put out their debut full length, Three Waves & A Shake, this year.  You pretty much have to listen to it if you consider yourself a fan of indie pop.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Gentlemen Rogues – Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All:  Jennifer, SOTO’s purveyor of local music, was adamant that this slice of power pop from Gentleman Rogues make the cut.  Look out for a new album from the band soon.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Grape St. – Wallpaper:  Last year Grape St. released the excellent A Date With You, and just recently they followed it up with the equally fantastic Free Stuff EP.  The band just can’t miss!  They’re a must-listen for fans of jangly garage rock.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Sour Notes – Cutthroat:  Earlier this year The Sour Notes put out a really solid album (their fifth overall) by the name of Do What May.  It’s worth your time if you dig hooky indie rock.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Ramesh – The King:  For those of you that don’t know, Ramesh was once a part of Voxtrot.  His debut solo album, The King, is a well crafted alt pop effort that features a lot of great vocal work.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Coeds – Sensitive Boys:  I haven’t seen Coeds play and this is the only song of theirs I’ve heard, but that’s not stopping me from being into the duo.  Make a note to keep an eye on them and their synthy ways once 2015 rolls around.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Young Tongue – Heavy Metal Thunder:  Once known as The Baker Family, Young Tongue have a sound that’s a pleasant mixture of indie rock and pop.  Recently they released an album titled Death Rattle.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Jess Williamson – Snake Song:  Jess Williamson spent 2014 fully establishing herself as one of the best singer/songwriters in Austin.  If you haven’t already checked out her album, Native State, then you should do yourself a favor and seek it out ASAP.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:A. Sinclair – Shiny Things:  Indie rockers A. Sinclair (formerly known as Frank Smith) had a nice year.  They signed with Dangerbird Records and churned out a good album, Pretty Girls, for all to indulge in.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Boyfrndz – Design:  When it comes to experimental rock in Austin, not many can compete with Boyfrndz.  Their sophomore LP, Breeder, is a daunting, but rad listen.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:  OBN IIIs are a loud, good ole fashioned rock n’ roll band, and their latest release, Third Time To Harm, is further proof that you should be giving them all of your attention. Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Spray Paint – Rest Versus Rust:  Many would argue that Spray Paint are Austin’s premiere punk act, and I think I’d have to agree.  Their album, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, is one you need to hear.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Polio Club – Poison The Well (Demo):  I just recently came across Polio Club, and I’ve already pretty much worn out the demos on their Bandcamp page.  I’m looking forward to whatever is the post-punk act decides to do in 2015.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Wolf – In Waves:  SOTO’s own Dan said that I should include psych-rockers The Wolf.  He’s apparently a big fan of the noisy, distortion-filled sound that’s all over their latest release, Ride.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Christian Bland And The Revelators – Brian Wilson:  Back in September Christian Bland (of The Black Angels) released his third album, The Unseen Green Obscene.  Naturally, it’s a gloriously hazy psych rock experience.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Scuare – Mind States:  SOTO’s own hip hop expert Leah recently recommended Scuare to me, and he’s been firmly on my radar ever since.  This song in particular is pretty fantastic.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

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Quickdraw: Pujol, La Sera, HighasaKite, Boyfrndz, How To Dress Well

March 17, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Pujol – Pitch Black:  Pujol have rallied together a follow-up to 2012′s fantastic United States Of Well Being, and I’m excited.  I think we all could use a new dose of the band’s swarmy rock n’ roll ways.  Saddle Creek will release Kludge on May 20.

:La Sera – Losing To The Dark:  “I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag.”  Well, that little nugget from La Sera-mastermind Katy Goodman explains this track’s aggressive approach.  If you ask me, I think it’s a good change for the band.  Hour Of The Dawn is due out on May 13 via Hardly Art.

:HighasaKite – Hiroshima:  I managed to catch a set from HighasaKite at SXSW, and I really liked it.  The band has a pop sound that’s just very easy to love.  This particular track reminds me of Camera Obscura.  Silent Treatment is due out on April 8 via Propeller Recordings.

:Boyfrndz – Design:  When it comes to experiment acts in Austin, Boyfrndz place somewhere near the top of the list.  I think this manic song may be one of their best.  Look for Breeder to be released on April 1 via Brutal Panda Records.

:How To Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember:  Here’s a stellar six minute new one from How To Dress Well.  As is always the case with him, you’re going to need some headphones and a moment or two alone (for maximum reflection time).  No word yet on when a new album will be released, but I imagine this song will end up on it.

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 1

November 25, 2013

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A couple of weeks back I was thinking about my annual Top 50 Songs/Top 25 Albums lists (expect those to start on 12/2), and it dawned on me that I should do something separate specifically for Austin.  So, I did.  There’s no particular ranking to anything in Austin Essentials, I just wanted to share with you some local stuff that I liked a lot this year.  There’s 45 entries (culled from a group of about 70-80) that are spread out over three 15-track volumes, so look for a post tomorrow and then another on Wednesday.  Enjoy.

By the way, if I had one goal for SOTO this year, it was to try and include more mentions for Austin artists.  Overall, I think we did a solid job, but there’s definitely room to improve.  Hit me up if you have any suggestions for us as we head into 2014.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Sabrina Ellis is one of Austin’s most dynamic singers, and there isn’t a single song on A Giant Dog’s Bone where her enthusiasm doesn’t shine through.  This pop punk gem is my favorite track on the album.  Find A Giant Dog on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Grape St – A Date With You:  Harlem’s indefinite hiatus has now formed three great bands – Lace Curtains, Daytona, and Grape St.  If you dig this song, then definitely pick up the album A Date With You.  All of the other tracks on it are just as catchy.   Find Grape St on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Laughing – Disappear:  The Laughing kind of dropped off the planet for a while, but this year they made their return via Oscillation, a 10-track effort that features some really nice pop rock tunes.  Find The Laughing on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Sour Notes – Do What May:  The Sour Notes may be great friends of mine, but I can honestly say they’re listed here because they earned it.  They’re one of Austin’s hardest working bands and their upcoming album, Do What May, is a really solid prog pop effort.  Find The Sour Notes on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Borrisokane – Amelia Fucking Earhart (A.F.E.):  For those of you who like your pop music to have an experimental side to it, there’s Borrisokane’s Murdering Teeth EP.  I think it’s one of the more quirky (in a good way, of course) listens to come out of Austin in 2013.  Find Borrisokane on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Love Inks – Time:  Love Inks are a quality act, but they don’t seem to have the biggest of followings in Austin.  We should figure out a way to change that.  The band’s album, Generation Club, is a must if you like minimalist pop.  Find Love Inks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Whiite Walls – Easy Love:  When I wanted something dancey this summer I either tossed on Daft Punk’s Get Lucky or Whiite Walls’ Easy Love.  You can’t listen to it and not want to move.  Here’s hoping the band doesn’t take too long to put out an official effort.  Find Whiite Walls on FB here.

:Knifight – In The Fire:  Their name makes them sound like a punk band, but they’re actually more of a New Order/Future Islands type – dark and synthy.  Their debut, Dark Voices, is an intense but good listen.  Find Knifight on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Zorch – We All Die Young:  I love this track.  It’s wild and raw and should only be listened to at the sort of volume that makes your neighbors angry.  Find Zorch on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Boyfrndz – Water Weight:  Boyfrndz are one of Austin’s better experimental rock acts, and I thought they did a good job of proving that on their Natures EP.  Find Boyfrndz on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Major Major Major – Scream Queen:  I was a late adopter of this track, but once I did I couldn’t seem to get it out of my head.  Talk about infectious.  If we’re lucky, the duo will wrap their EP sooner rather than later.  Find Major Major Major on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  Chris Galis (from the Gorgeous Hands) heads up this breezy pop act.  Viper (Found A Good Place For My Love) is the other single that the band put out this year, and it’s also worth your time.  Find Genuine Leather on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Royal Forest – Goldwallpaper:  Over the years Royal Forest have really become a fine pop band.  If for some reason you didn’t check out Spillway, then seek it out.  It’s a nice listen.  Find Royal Forest on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Walker Lukens – Dear Someone:  Walker Lukens somewhat recently made the jump from NYC to Austin, and I’m happy that he did.  The guy knows how to write a good pop song.  Find Walker Lukens on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Yum – Take My Blue:  Yum just sort of popped onto my radar one day over the summer, and ever since then I’ve been a big fan.  Their album, Take My Blue, has a lot on it that plays like a lighter version of Warpaint.  Find Yum on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Stream This

July 19, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Boyfrndz – Natures EP
Zorch – Zzoorrcchh
Jackson Scott – Melbourne
Halaska – Mayantology
Morne – Shadows
Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy
Mean Lady – Love Now
True Widow – Circumambulation
Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – Self Titled
Weekend – Jinx
Coke Weed – Back To Soft
WL – Hold
San Cisco – Self Titled
Matt Pond – Hole In My Heart EP

VIDEOS

Lightning Dust put out Fantasy recently on Jagjaguwar.

David Bowie put out The Next Day earlier this year.

Braids will release Flourish // Perish on August 20 through Arbutus.

Jacuzzi Boys recently put out the Double Vision 7″ via Hardly Art.

Austra’s Olympia is out now on Domino.  They play the Mohawk on September 13.

Sonny And The Sunsets put out Antenna To The Afterworld last month on Polyvinyl.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr put out the Patterns EP earlier this year.

CocoRosie put out Tales Of A GrassWidow earlier this year.  They play the Belmont on November 2.

GRMLN’s Empire is out now on Carpark Records.

Eureka The Butcher’s Music For Mothers is available now.  They play the North Door on July 28.

IndiansSomewhere Else is out now on 4AD.

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Stream This

June 14, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

The Mantles – Long Enough To Leave
Hospital Ships – Destruction In Yr Soul
High On Fire – Spitting Fire
Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever
Melt Yourself Down – Self Titled
Sigur Ros – Kveikur
Empire Of The Sun – Ice On The Dune
Action Bronson And Harry Fraud – Saaab Stories
Lemuria – The Distance Is So Big
Austra – Olympia
Vacation – Candy Waves
Beach Day – Trip Trap Attack
Heliotropes – A Constant Sea

VIDEOS

Polica will put out Shulamith out later this year on Mom + Pop Records.

Hebronix will release Unreal on July 9 via ATP Recordings.

Pure X recently put out Crawling Up The Stairs on Acephale.

Boyfrndz will release Natures on July 16.

Young Galaxy’s Ultramarine is out now.

Hooded Fang’s Gravez is available now.

Mum will release Smilewound on September 17 via Morr Music.

The Uncluded recently released Hokey Fright on Rhymesayers.

Blue Hawaii’s Untogether is out now on Airbus Records.

Water Liars’ Wyoming is out now.

Sombear will put out Love You In The Dark on July 23 via Trans-Records.

Quilt have a 10″ split with MMOSS titled New Hampshire Freaks that’s out now.

Dungeonesse’s self titled album is out now.

Kisses’ Kids In LA is out now.

Black Sabbath recently released 13.  They play the Frank Erwin Center on July 27.

Angel Haze recently put out the No Bueno single.

Maps And Atlases’ Beware And Be Grateful is available now.

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Quickdraw: Big Deal, Honeymoon, GRMLN, Boyfrndz, Camera Obscura

May 20, 2013

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Today’s music is willing and ready.  Enjoy.

:Big Deal – Dream Machines:  If you don’t have Big Deal’s upcoming album on your “anticipated” list, then you need to whip out your pen and scribble it in.  So far in 2013 they’ve released three stellar singles, and I can’t wait to check out what else they’ve crafted.  June Gloom is due on June 4 via Mute.

:Honeymoon – Sure Stuck:  Here’s a new act that was created by Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant.  The pair of producers apparently wanted to do something that reflected their love of 60/70s psych pop, and I think they nailed it.  A full length is expected out at some point in the summer.

:GRMLN – Do You Know How It Feels?:  I haven’t spent a ton of time listening to the Yoodoo Park-lead GRMLN, but this catchy bit of 90s-enthused indie rock makes me want to.  So, maybe I will.  Empire will be available on June 4 through Carpark Records.

:Boyfrndz – Water Weight:  I’ve liked Austin’s Boyfrndz for a while, but I think this is the first time they’ve really impressed me.  This is a great track with a big, adventurous sound.  Natures is due on July 16th via Boyfrndz Records.

:Camera Obscura – Fifth In Line To The Throne:  It’s unlikely that I’ll ever tire of how impeccable Camera Obscura always sound.  I mean, just listen to this!  The damn thing is stunningly beautiful from beginning to end.  The band will release Desire Lines on June 4 via 4AD.

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Stream This

October 11, 2012

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Savoir Adore – Our Nature
Majeure – Solar Maximus
Win Win – Double Vision
Daphni – Jiaolong
Ben Gibbard – Former Lives
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!
Santah – You’re Still A Lover
Tamaryn – Tender New Signs
Boyfrndz – All Day Pass

VIDEOS

Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory is out now on Carpark.

Yeasayer put out Fragrant World earlier this year, and they are currently out on tour.

Sharon Van Etten is set to play Fun Fun Fun Fest.  This song is off of Tramp.

The Mountain Goats play Emo’s East on December 5.  Transcendental Youth is out now.

Matt And Kim just put out Lightning via Fader.  They play Stubb’s on October 20.

Trail Of Dead will release Lost Songs on October 23 via Richter Scale/Superball Music.

Rhye are expected to put out their debut full length early next year.

El Perro Del Mar will release Pale Fire on November 13 via The Control Group.

Taken By Trees just released Other Worlds on Secretly Canadian.  The play the Mohawk on November 13.

Gap Dream just released the Ali Baba 7″ on Suicide Squeeze.

Diamond Rugs put out their self titled debut earlier this year.  They’ll be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Talk Normal will release Sunshine on October 23 via Joyful Noise Recordings.  They play the Parish on November 11.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros released Here a few months back.

Sleeper Agent are currently in the studio.  Celabrasion is out now on Mom + Pop Music.

Jack White plays ACL this weekend.  Blunderbuss is out now.

Levek’s Look A Little Closer is out now on Lefse.

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