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Stream This

April 4, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ EMA – The Future’s Void

Ghetto Ghouls – Self Titled
Tweens – Self Titled
HighasaKite – Silent Treatment
School Of Language – Old Fears
Off – Wasted Years
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right
Ital Tek – Mega City Industry
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Avey Tare – Enter The Slasher House
Little Racer – Modern Accent EP
SoftSpot – Mass


Pure X

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Maryann, Roger Sellers (Jennifer)

May 29, 2013


In March local quintet Maryann released their rootsy pop/rock opus Outlaw Opry Act I. This Friday they’re holding a release show at Swan Dive for the sequel, Outlaw Opry Act II. Act II features appearances from a variety of guest musicians, including Haley Barnes (Acre Yawn, ex-Buxton).  Below you’ll find a really nice song off of Act II titled Adelaide. If you’re like me, it should make you really look forward to hearing what else Maryann has created.

:Maryann – Adelaide:

Although I see more than my fair share of live gigs, there are plenty of times when all I want to do is simply to unwind and relax to music at home. On one of those recent nights that I did go out for live music, I saw Roger Sellers play at The Blackheart. He draws his sound from both ambient and folk elements. The performance I saw featured a full band, including members playing banjo and stand-up bass. I must admit I’m a sometimes reluctant fan of artists like Sellers. There has to be that certain hard to define quality in the songwriting to draw me in.

Still, I bought his 8 Songs record at the show. When I listened to it at home, I was caught a bit off guard by some of the ambient/electro songs as there weren’t any keyboards and synthesizers played at the show I saw. But they were what I needed to help me unwind, reach that dreamy state, and release myself from a stressful work day. There are songs such as Consequential Ending and Close that deftly combine both musical worlds into a satisfying listen. You can catch his next show on June 20 at The Mohawk with Jack Wilson (for his album release) and The Preservation.

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Belaire, The Couch, MaryAnn, Reservations, Grace Park And The Deer, Hello Caller (Jennifer)

April 10, 2013


There are two great triple bills of local talent this week.  Tomorrow night at the new Antone’s location on East Riverside there is a tasty pop/rock sampler of a show featuring the twangy, rootsy tales of MaryAnn,  infectious, melodic rock from The Couch and the dreamy, bossa nova flair of Belaire. This is an eclectic, top notch selection of bands to satisfy all your pop/rock cravings.

The other stellar triple bill is on Saturday at The Mohawk, and it will feature a blend of acoustic sounds – folk, pop, alt-country, indie. Solo artist Jana Horn has rechristened her band as Reservations (including members from Good Field and Tacks The Boy Disaster), and they are celebrating the release of their self titled EP. They will be joined by Grace Park And The Deer, who have a new album, An Argument For Observation, that’s filled with lush, haunting melodies, and by the jangly, folk infused rock revelery of Hello Caller. This is a very solid bill of up and coming local talent on a Saturday night for only a $6 ($8 under 21) cover.  If you can, show your support by purchasing their latest albums.

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Sally Crewe And The Sudden Moves, MaryAnn, Basketball Shorts (Jennifer)

March 20, 2013


Here’s your opportunity to appreciate a good cover song and do a good deed at the same time. Sally Crewe And The Sudden Moves recently covered the XTC tune Making Plans For Nigel. The song contains the lyric, “Nigel just needs a helping hand.”

Why is the name Nigel important?  Well, he was a stray kitten rescued by Sally in 2007, and then last year poor Nigel had some rough luck after surviving a couple of accidents. For $1 (or more if you wish), you can download the track. All proceeds will go towards Nigel’s medical expenses.

MaryAnn is the latest inception of the band previously known as MaryAnn and The Revival Band. In the last month or so the band has released a couple of video teasers for their latest release, Outlaw Opry Act I. This Saturday the band is holding a free release show for the album at the Scoot Inn.

The video teasers hint at a bleak, tragic tale that will be unveiled at the upcoming performance. MaryAnn will be playing a short warm-up set before they play Act 1 in its entirely; the performance will be accompanied by visuals from Max Kruecke and Dan Eppley.

Get there early to catch the folky, sisterly harmonies of The Villettes. Courtney and Erin Howell from The Sour Notes are 2/3 of the band.

Sometimes a humorous name is all it takes for me to check out a band. A couple of days ago, I stumbled across Basketball Shorts. They’ve released a digital single, Genevieve. Their Bandcamp page describes their sound as “pizza rock.” That seems fitting as it’s a tasty, fun slice of pop rock that has you coming back for more. Pass me another slice and hand me a cold beer while you’re at it, alright?

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