Folky rocker Chet Vincent is out in the world via Misra Records (one of my favorite labels to work with: the bad bois who also brought you Melaena Cadiz and Anthonie Tonnon), and he is so great. Reminds me quite a bit of classic folky-rocker stuff like The Band or Neil Young, or I often catch glimpses of contemporary Langhorne Slim in there too. Super easy to love, and from recent experience I can tell ya this record works great as a jam on a long road trip. Too much rock for just your folk charts (in my opinion), and I didn’t have many hard copies of this one to work with so odds are higher than usual that this came your way as a download. Check your station’s email and grab it today!!

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Misra Records

Not every great songwriter is prolific, and certainly not every prolific songwriter is great—but those who qualify as both tend to face a common challenge: How do you sort and classify a body of work that might span moods, styles and genres? What goes together, and what goes where?

Chet Vincent—frontman of The Big Bend and longtime notable in the pool of singer-songwriters in his hometown of Pittsburgh—has been living something of a double life on account of just that problem. There’s Chet the rock singer, leading the increasingly loud and raucous Big Bend on an entropic path over the years. Then there’s what you might call Chet the folk singer, honing his craft in the quieter corners of town, palling around with singer-songwriters who might not even realize The Big Bend exists.

Vincent’s latest effort, Where the Earth Opens Wide, is a product of the latter Chet, though you might say it bridges the gap between the two. For the nine-track album, out now on Misra Records, Vincent dipped into both his catalog of solo tunes and an impressive crew of collaborators from across the city’s music community.

The songs themselves are simple, in a way: they were, after all, written for guitar and voice only. To avoid the trap of overly simple folk songs—the ones that all start to blend together halfway through an album—Vincent began to experiment as a writer, changing up tunings, for example, and exploring varied song structures.

He then took the songs, optimized for just one musician, and took them into the studio (Alex Herd’s Thunderbird House, in Pittsburgh) to flesh them out with a full band of ringers: Nathan Zoob of Wreck Loose, James Hart of the Harlan Twins, standup bass-around-town Trish Imbrogno, and a handful of other known quantities.

The album that results is at once familiar and original—familiar not because it sounds like Vincent’s other band, but because it draws from reference points like Neil Young, George Harrison and The Band. It’s sonically interesting, playing with echo and effects to create moods a solo artist can’t alone. At its heart, though, it’s still a roots-centered record, on a level bringing to mind what happened when John Cale hired the core of Little Feat to back him on Paris 1919: an album that stretches the boundaries of tradition, but refuses to abandon it.

RIYL: John Prine, Neil Young, George Harrison, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Langhorne Slim, The Band, Bob Dylan

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You’re already loving the new EP by COACH PHILLIPS, right?? Chill male/female-vox indie pop with some garage/slacker-rock vibes, straight from my suddenly-now-sunny home of Seattle. Or another excellent way to describe it came from the wonderful Tori at WUOG: “such a great synthesis of tweemo and post-country”. YES. I also love how Kaili McDonald of WLOY described a favorite track: “’Lake MI (Dream),’ like the whole EP, is really really great.” TRUE. I actually was lucky enough to work as a house manager for a show they played recently (via one of my other jobs!), and see them play live for my first time. They covered Jay Som which led to my realization that Jay Som is totally a solid RIYL band for these guys. (I know it’s a white guy on the EP cover but just FYI while I’m comparing this band to Jay Som, and because recognizing & representing WOC musicians is important, I’ll note that there’s a v cool Asian-American woman who gets pretty equal time as bandleader/singer when ya see Coach Phillips live!) This EP keeps on climbing the NACC charts: we’ve spent 4 weeks on the Top 200 so far (after hitting #19 Most Added in Week 1), so far peaking at #142. YEAH!! This band came to me via the recommendation of 2015 Band Mom artist San Juan, and then I later found out that Coach Phillips’ drummer, Chet, also played in 2015 Band Mom band Pocket Panda! Seattle’s music scene isn’t quite THAT small of a world but on the other hand I guess sometimes it is. Anyway I’d locate this band’s sound somewhere between Melbourne’s Dick Diver and Seattle’s own Car Seat Headrest (with that added pinch of Jay Som to taste). Highly recommended! And it’s only a 5 track EP so it doesn’t take a lot for you to dig into it – what are you waiting for?!

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Coach Phillips is a Seattle-based indie pop/rock band currently comprised of Wade Phillips, Jessica Kim, and Chet Baughman. Founded in the summer of 2017, Coach Phillips was fused when Wade and Chet moved into Fremont’s historic Fitch/Nutt house, Jess moved into a house just down the street, and a series of house-shows followed shortly after.

With less than a year under their belt, the band’s maturity belies its youth. Prior to Coach Phillips’s formation, Wade spent years developing a solo set that culminated in the midst of a traumatic breakup (which found him sleeping on friends’ couches before eventually moving into a Seattle community center). Impressed with the raw emotion in Wade’s songwriting after watching a set that was accompanied by classmate Jess, Chet—a classically trained saxophonist—decided he wanted in on the project and quickly picked up the drums to round out the group.

The Learning How to Swim EP is the debut release from Coach Phillips, and was recorded at the Fitch/Nutt house with the help of former bassist and Chicago-based recording engineer Justice Reed; the EP is characterized by guitar-driven songs which feature a mix of witty, romantic, and melancholic lyrics that tackle life’s numerous growing pains.

“Now this is one low-slung piece of jangle pop…” – Kevin Hugger, MP3 Hugger
“An infectious sound oozing positivity” – Xune Mag

RIYL: Jay Som, Fountains of Wayne, Ratboys, Dick Diver,  The Obsessives, Waxahatchee, Weezer, Pavement, Cloud Nothings,  Pocket Panda, Car Seat Headrest

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GOOD FIELD – SURFACE TENSION is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!!

My dear old pals from Austin, GOOD FIELD, are really killin’ it lately! This is their third record, and the second one I’ve worked (I missed the one in the middle), so some of you may remember this awesome band from past campaigns (whoa that one went for adds almost exactly 6 years ago! Ok I know not many of you have radio memories that long) or how bout that show I once put on where David Byrne showed up in a room of about 100 people (true story) or this other show I put on a year later that also featured their pal Ramesh from Voxtrot?! Anyway it doesn’t matter if you haven’t been following along with all that deep Band Mom history: in my totally unbiased humble opinion, this is their best work yet! Fuzzy psychy groovy guitar pop at its finest. Think War on Drugs x Yo La Tengo. Also fyi members of this band have had past associations with Brazos and White Denim and The Early Tapes. And they’re so good!!

It’s not often that I can say one of my bands has been on the NACC charts for every single week of its run, but so far (5 weeks in) that is the case!! After tying for #20 Most Added, it then climbed the NACC Top 200 to peak so far at #88! I’m totally pumped about this but I still think we can do even better, especially since their last record I worked peaked at #69 (nice) on CMJ, so that’s my number to beat—do you think we can hit it this week?? Let’s give it a try!!

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“We don’t want to be famous, we just wanna stay right here. And that’s what makes us happy.” Sure, it’s a damned lie, but one told with a convincing poker face at the outset of “Ordinary People.”

On their third full-length release, though they’ll dismiss the first two as shoddy little home recordings, Good Field sounds like a band that’s found a comfortable number of beats per minute in which to weave their warm-toned, melodic pop with fuzzy guitar hooks. Confidence looks good on a band that does far too little of its own bell-ringing for any promoter’s taste. It doesn’t hurt when you have Jim Eno (Spoon, Father John Misty) at the sound board and James Petralli (White Denim) on hand to curate some of the rangy noise creatures hatched on the creative retreats where the band claims to do the bulk of its writing.

The creative process for Surface Tension was unique in the fact that it was written almost entirely on these retreats to remote cabins and ranches in West Texas. There’s not a hint of irony or rehashed hippie new ageism with this though, no yoga mats or hot stone massages. Plenty of weed, armadillos and San Saba sunsets, mixed with all-nighter recording sessions for Paul Price (guitar & vocals), Michael McLeod (bass), Esteban Cruz (drums), and Kyle Robertson (keys). All this to capture a simple melodic idea or groove to warehouse for later refinement.

The resulting album, Surface Tension, has as much sonic DNA in common with The Animals or Yo La Tengo as it does The War on Drugs or Deerhunter. In the way that it features simple, deep-voiced compositions with mostly live tracked rhythm sections (quarterbacked by Justin Douglas [Michael Jackson, Celine Dion], and mastered by Alex Wharton [Radiohead, My Bloody Valentine] at Abbey Road Studios), the record rounds the nostalgic bases, but with no winks to belie the passing gestures to the resin on Tom Petty’s roach clip.

“Most of the time, there’s a raw grit tapered with  smooth hooks that recalls the best elements  of  the Strokes, but it’s undercut by a laid back groove that feels like Yo La Tengo. The fact that  it’s such a nuanced blend of these kinds of bands keeps Good Field’s sound fresh and distinct.” – POP PRESS INTL 

RIYL: Wilco,  Midlake, Grizzly Bear,  Brazos, Yo La Tengo, The War on Drugs, Deerhunter

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AND, don’t miss Good Field (and me with them) at SXSW!!

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Industry Interview with NACC!

Oh hello! NACC – the current charting authority/defacto central hub of my little corner of the community-radio music biz – asked me some questions, and I took the opportunity to blather on at length and also mention Third Eye Blind two times. Now it’s a little profile included on their Community page that you can read and make fun of me for. Here it is!Screenshot_20180123-175126

FRIENDSHIP – SHOCK OUT OF SEASON is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

I am so excited that my final priority of 2017 is Friendship, from Philadelphia (via Owen Ashworth’s Orindal Records)! This record is SO GOOD. I’m super lucky to get to get to associate myself even this little bit with it. Also their band name is very on brand, both for The Band Mom and for the fact that it went for adds at Thanksgiving. Pretty great. AND(!!!), this band includes not one but TWO former college radio music directors (sup WVAU and WICB!!). It really belongs here!! My first impression was that the sound falls right in between the music of Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) and that of Ashworth’s own (Advance Base/Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). Introspective folky bedroom pop with lots of interesting musical touches and conversational-storytelling lyrics. Stereogum and BrooklynVegan are already on board, so what are you waiting for?!

This record is my second in a row here that’s DIGITAL-ONLY, so don’t wait for a hard copy, but run don’t walk to yr nearest link from your email (or check in with me for that if you work at a radio station and don’t have it) and snag that thing today! (You could also start by checking out a gorgeous new video, shot on 35mm in their hometown of Philly, if yr so inclined.) (Incidentally: sorry so many of my records lately have been download-only. I know that while for some of you it’s your preference, it’s harder on many of you, and it’s not my preference or my first recommendation to my bands – if you’re new to The Band Mom, I want to assure you it’s not my norm. But sometimes it’s the only option to make it work for the band financially, and if it’s a choice between that or not sending it to radio at all, I hope you can understand why it goes this way! Help prove me right that it’s still worth doing it this way, by downloading and spinning this wonderful work!!)

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Orindal Records

Friendship is a Philadelphia-based band currently comprised of Dan Wriggins, Peter Gill, Mike Cormier, Evangeline Krajewski, and Jon Samuels.

Gill, Cormier, and Wriggins, all originally from Maine, began performing as Friendship in 2015, when they shared an apartment in Philadelphia. They released an LP, You’re Going to Have to Trust Me, on Burst and Bloom Records in late 2015, and an EP, F/V Hope in 2017 with Philadelphia’s Sleeper Records.

Friendship’s new album, Shock Out of Season, comes out November 3, 2017 on Orindal Records (the label run by Owen Ashworth of Advance Base/Casiotone for the Painfully Alone). It is a collection of songs about work, friends, love, and loneliness, lifted by synthesizer, pedal steel, and Rhodes piano, and set against a combination of live and programmed drums.

Wriggins’ lyrics reflect conversation, humor, and calamity. They stress his characters’ unmediated involvement in each other’s lives, which transcends and is frustrated by their failed communications. These tensions are expanded by the band’s twisted articulation of Americana – waves of ambient pedal steel, droning synthesizers and drum machines, vibraphone, electric piano, and percussion surge and fall alongside minimal guitar and bass patterns.

RIYL: Mark Kozelek/Sun Kil Moon, Vic Chesnutt, Bill Callahan/(smog),  Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lambchop, David Bazan/Pedro the Lion, Advance Base/Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Majical Cloudz, Florist, Lomelda, Told Slant

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“Friendship are a Philly-based band centered around Dan Wriggins’ narrative pull. His stories tend to be long-winded but confined to small moments, and the rest of the band…play into this in an unobtrusive but all-encompassing way.” – Stereogum

“Coupled with Wriggins’ conversational, almost stream of consciousness-style delivery, they manage to create a kind of flipped Americana. If classic folk rock is a space in which an artist can align the incongruities of their lives into some pure, cathartic communication on a channel to which everyone is tuned, then Friendship’s version is the sound when the various parts never quite match up, the narrator left to broadcast on his own frequency in the hope that someone might receive his garbled drift. “ – Various Small Flames

Friendship is a band based in Philadelphia that’s been dubbed “alt” or freak folk by some, experimental by many. Their sounds range from lo-fi DIY, to rambling lyrics that rival The Mountain Goats. Comparisons aside, Wriggins’ lyrics are all at once deadpan and sentimental, delivered with an attention to wordplay and an apprehension that keeps you on your toes. – Paste

“quiet, humble-yet-deep indie pop” – BrooklynVegan



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SHENANDOAH DAVIS – SOUVENIRS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

Alert!!! BZZT!!!! [Airhorn sound!!!!]

My next add is by one of my all-time favorite people, and it’s her first album in six years!! Some of you who’ve been paying attention to Band Mom goings-on for an extra long time might remember my dear friend Shenandoah Davis from her last record The Company We Keep, which I sent out to radio way back in the olden days of 2011. This new one is called Souvenirs and it is so great!! She’s 6 years older, 6 years wiser and more sophisticated, and to be honest it shows in the music. Despite all that growing up, I’m not sure I can describe it any better than I did back in 2011, when I put it thusly: “it’s totally beautiful and idiosyncratic and her voice is kind of like Joanna Newsom’s or Regina Spektor’s – particularly in that it ranges from warbly/weirdy to the more classically agreed-upon idea of ‘lovely’ – in fact she is a trained opera singer! But I would not describe her music as ‘operatic’ in any sense except that it is poetic, deeply emotional, and beautiful.” A lovely Pitchfork review, coincidentally written by another old pal of mine, also really nails it. Check out this pull quote: “Beyond its emotional dexterity, the sound of Souvenirs is astoundingly well-rounded, as Davis’ wise-beyond-her-years lyrics mesh seamlessly with lush orchestral instrumentation and a strikingly high-pitched, classically-trained voice that lies somewhere between Joanna Newsom, Joni Mitchell, and some shivering lovelorn aria”. Awwww yeah. ACCURATE!

This record is DIGITAL-ONLY, so don’t wait for a hard copy, but run don’t walk to yr nearest link from your email (or check in with me for it if you work at a radio station and don’t have it) and grab that ish! (You could also start by checking out a gorgeous new video if yr so inclined.) Also she has now embarked on her massive national tour so stay tuned, and if you’d like to meet her while she’s passing by near you I bet we can make that happen! Tour dates below.




Plume Records

Seattle-based musician Shenandoah Davis is thrilled to announce her third full-length record, Souvenirs, out September 8th on Plume Records. Davis has spent the last decade releasing music and touring the globe, gaining acclaim from fans and fellow musicians for her unique, piano-driven orchestral pop. Recorded and produced in a Brooklyn apartment, Souvenirs finds Davis going back through past relationships and personal experiences, picking out “moments both significant and insignificant that had gotten stuck in my head for one reason or another,” she shares.

“And you know how to find Northern lights / and you know how to fight wildfires / and you know the Latin names for every tree / but you don’t know me,” Shenandoah Davis sings on the fourth track of her forthcoming third full-length record, Souvenirs. The song, “Gold Coast,” is one of the album’s many peaks in poetic, yet direct lyricism, showcasing Davis’ astounding ability to distill even the tiniest moment, to pinpoint even the smallest of feelings, and spin them into a dynamic narrative that instantly reels us in.

Shenandoah Davis grew up attached to the piano. Being homeschooled, she’d spend each day racing through her lessons so she’d have time to practice for as long as possible. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in opera performance, she packed up and moved to Seattle to pursue their music/arts scene. Davis has been based in Seattle for ten years now, but has spent nearly half of that time away from home, touring throughout North America and the globe both in support of her solo music as well as part of other bands. This extensive touring and DIY work ethic led Davis to write articles and publish zines, giving detailed advice to fellow musicians based on her own experiences recording and on the road, covering topics such as “The Art of Gratitude” and “Things That Will Probably Happen To You On Tour.” Her most recent full-length, 2011’s The Company We Keep (which peaked at #113 on CMJ’s Top 200), took her to New Zealand, Australia, and Portugal, and also led to coveted slots opening for The Lumineers, Laura Marling, Angel Olsen, and Martha Wainwright, to name a few.

Souvenirs is a breakup album, but not in the traditional sense. Recorded and produced by Sam Miller in his Brooklyn apartment, it delves into breakups both personal and professional, romantic and platonic, intimate and inanimate, shedding light upon seemingly inconsequential occurrences and illuminating their greater meanings and potential consequences in our lives. Its message is amplified by masterful vocals, driving piano, and sweeping orchestral arrangements, with horns and strings that were recorded at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, where Davis’ younger sister had been studying.

In reviewing these breakup moments and putting them into song, Davis realized she had created a new kind of souvenir collection, snapshots of time and emotion that had previously gotten lost along the way. In doing so, Davis has crafted a record that is both deeply personal and wildly relatable, leaving listeners with the room we so crave for self-application and reflection, while solidifying her voice as a powerful and prominent songwriter.

All upcoming tour dates listed below.

RIYL: Mitski, Laura Marling, Angel Olsen, Martha Wainwright, Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor

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9/07 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412

9/08 – Seattle, WA @ Everyday Music

9/09 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412

9/10 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412

9/16 – Portland, OR @ Alberta St. Pub w/Ritchie Young

9/17 – Ashland, OR @ House Show

9/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Eye St. Co-op – facebook event

9/20 – Bolinas, CA @ Gospel Flat Farmstand

9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ House Show

9/22 – Oakland, CA @ House Show – facebook event

9/23 – Boulder Creek, CA @ Lille Aeske w/Nick Jaina – facebook event

9/24 – Santa Cruz, CA @ House Show

9/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ House Show

9/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ HM157 w/Eliza Rickman – facebook event

10/01 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Firecreek Coffee – facebook event

10/02 – Tucson, AZ @ House Show

10/03 – Las Cruces, NM @ Art Obscura

10/04 – Santa Fe, NM @ Zephyr

10/06 – Denver, CO @ Ubisububi

10/07 – Silver Plume, CO @ Bread Bar

10/08 – Ft. Collins, CO @ Wolverine Publick House

10/09 – Boulder, CO @ House Show

10/10 – Lincoln, NE @ 1867 Bar

10/11 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb

10/12 – Iowa City, Iowa @ Public Space One

10/13 – Rock Island, IL @ Rozz-Tox

10/14 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache

10/15 – Chicago, IL @ Sofar Sounds House Show



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KINGSBOROUGH – 1544 is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

If you’ve been around for a couple years, you might remember that I worked Kingsborough debut album, titled The Night, The Grind, and the Woes, in the spring of 2015. Lots of you loved it. Now we’ve got their follow-up, and it’s easily as good if not better!! That last record spent 7 straight weeks on CMJ’s Top 200, peaking at #73, so I don’t see why we can’t beat that with this one (although on NACC this time around of course)! These California-based rockers make the kind of straight-ahead, American Rock and Roll that it’s hard not to love. (Think Black Keys, Cold War Kids, Alabama Shakes, Cage the Elephant, Kings of Leon.) Get some!

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Kingsborough Music, LLC

1544 is a collection of stories that happen from the time you leave your “9 to 5” to the time your alarm tells you to do it all over again. It’s the late night adventures with friends, the twilight love affairs, the cold beers you drink after a long week. It’s all the things we use to escape the monotony or normalcy of life.

No Depression gushes about 1544: “Kingsborough integrates many faculties within the intricate music industry and possesses substantial talents of epic proportions when it comes to their versatility pertaining to ingenious musical innovation. This entire album, 1544, was self-produced and providentially holds substantial weight even amongst the top hip tier bands in the contemporary rock genre.”

1544 is the address where all the members of Kingsborough lived and wrote the album. Recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Damien Lewis, this follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed debut, The Night, The Grind, and the Woes, charts a new sound for Kingsborough with more heavy-hitting songs like “Subtle Lies” (track 3), and their melodic tunes like “Hard on the Heart” (track 8) highlight their maturing songwriting chops. The first single off the album, “Low Down” (track 2), is currently featured on Spotify’s “Blues & Roots Rock” playlist and has garnered over 637,000 streams.

RIYL:Cage the Elephant, Kings of Leon, Black Keys, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Alabama Shakes, Cold War Kids

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Aug 10 – Santa Rosa, CA – KRSH Backyard Concert Series

Aug 26 – Morgan Hill, CA – Myers Manor Music Fest

Aug 27 – Novato, CA – Hopmonk Tavern (KC Turner’s Cookout Series)

Sept 2 – Livermore, CA – Front Porch Music Festival

Sept 10 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium (Michael Mina’s 49er Tailgate)

Sept 16 – Petaluma, CA – The Mystic Theatre

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BAND OF LOVERS – AMERICAN TOUR is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

Band of Lovers are so great. They’ve got the male/female co-leads folky vibe you catch from the Head & the Heart or Lord Huron, with some cool dreamy harmony stuff inspired by the Zombies. They’ve been on perpetual nationwide tour for a few years now and that’s basically the theme of this album, which is their second. (They also are literally on tour right now, so if you happen to be in MI, PA, NY, or NJ, hit me up about going to see ‘em!!) Also, FYI, this album is definitely 100% FCC CLEAN (there’s even a lyrics doc you can search for yourself if you don’t trust my word—it’s wrapped up in the download which I can happily send ya if you work at a radio station) – I mention that because there was a misprint on some of the stickers where it only says “FCC” (the “CLEAN” got cut off) and I only noticed it once something like 80 CDs had already been packed up with those stickers on ‘em and sealed into envelopes, so it’s possible you got a CD with a sticker on it that just confusingly said “FCC” with no further FCC details—it’s clean!! I promise!! For sure!! Sorry for the confusing labeling! Anyway, this band is great, you’re gonna love it, and then sometime soon you’ll surely have the opportunity to see them on their neverending tour! Do it!!

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After four years of life on the road comes Band of Lovers’ sophomore album, American Tour. Its Americana aesthetic and chamber pop harmonies, born through the tests of constant motion and influences like Brian Wilson and the Zombies, started incubating when the band formed in 2013.

Dave Strumfeld, lead songwriter, singer, and guitarist, had been writing songs since childhood, but he credits this music to life on tour and his creative partnership with longtime friend Sabina Beachdell. “We’ve tried every incarnation of friendship, and the strongest one for us is this—traveling the country and turning that into music together.”

Beachdell, a lyricist, singer, and ukulele player in the band, came up with the group’s moniker in 2013, heavily influenced by her solo travels. “Meeting so many people around the country, I kept coming back to love—everyone is a lover. It’s the one thing we all have in common, and I feel like we should band together around it.”

This is precisely what drew Liliana Urbain—percussionist and singer—to the group. “I’d never seen a project so driven by this belief in love and art, and the call of the road. It was intoxicating.” So much so that after meeting by chance at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 2014, the trio decided to join forces. It was the same way they made most of their decisions— boldly, rashly, and without looking back.

What ensued was a whirlwind: love, heartbreak, copious amounts of songwriting, adventures, depression—some of the deepest highs and lows the band members had seen, apart or together.

All the while, the constants of the road and the music kept them going. “Anthem,” the album’s lead single and first track, became their warrior cry to the motion. “Long Day, Late Night” acknowledged how tired they’d become. “Carry You” rallied around the drive and the minimalist nature of it all. Together they chronicled heartache and triumphs, the call of the West and their own personal dreams.

Now in their fourth year on the road, the band is growing up and pushing onward. True to form, concurrent with the release of American Tour, they’re embarking on a five-month trek to hand deliver the album to nearly every corner of the country.

It’s music meant for motion. Take it with you – it’ll keep you company when the wanderlust kicks in and the open road awaits.

RIYL: The Head and the Heart, Wilco, Fleet Foxes, The Zombies, Lord Huron, Shakey Graves

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6/16 – Boyne City, MI – Stroll The Streets

6/16 – Bangor, MI – Hoodilidoo

6/18 – Grand Haven, MI – C3

6/24 – Indianapolis, IN – The Upside Down House Concert w/ Chad Lehr

6/29 – Port Huron, MI – Schwonk Sound Stead

6/30 – Lake Orion, MI – 20 Front Street /w The Goetz Girls

7/1 – Lake Orion, MI – 20 Front Street w/ The Rough and Tumble

7/3 – Algonac, MI – Pickarel Tournament (Algonac Lions Club)

7/6 – Geneva, OH – M Cellars – Take Steps from Crohn’s & Colitis Benefit show w/ Gage Brothers

7/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hospitality House Concert w/ Buffalo Rose

7/15 – New York, NY—Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

7/16 – Egg Harbor City, NJ – Folk Across the Street


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My newest record is the shoegazey goodness of Monster Movie – the newest release from my good pals at Graveface Records!! OMG!! This one came to you as a DOWNLOAD ONLY (you could preview it by streaming it on their Bandcamp here). If you haven’t heard of Monster Movie, that’s okay—they’ve been around for like over 15 years, but this is their first release since 2010. They’re a British shoegaze/dream pop band, featuring Christian from SLOWDIVE (not formerly—he’s still a current Slowdive member, too!) and Sean from Eternal! On this record they’ve also got a second guy from Slowdive (Nick), James Harrison from Air Formation, and it was produced by Ryan Graveface (the guy who runs the label, and also, btw, plays as dreamend and in The Casket Girls). Basically, this is RIYL Slowdive, or I mean just RIYL good music, it is catchy and layered and memorable and GOOD!

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Graveface Records & Curiosities

Christian Savill and Sean Hewson have been in bands together since the late ’80s. In 1989, one of these bands, Eternal, released a single on Sarah Records called “Breathe” that featured the dreamy, fuzzed out guitars soaring over pop melodies that Christian brings to any project he is a part of. Sean was missing for that but returned for a shambolic gig supporting Slowdive and Chapterhouse in Reading. Shortly afterwards, and with some justification, Christian left to join Slowdive.

Ten years later, Christian and Sean formed Monster Movie in a failed attempt to go Krautrock. In 2001, they released their first EP on Clairecords which contained a few seconds of Krautrock but was mainly dreamy, fuzzed out guitars soaring over pop melodies. In the years spanning 2002-2010 Monster Movie put out four full-length albums, a mini album, and a few EPs, the majority of which were released on Graveface Records.

Since 2014 Christian has also been involved with Slowdive’s reunion and subsequent touring. The band have just released “Star Roving,” their first single in 22 years. Slowdive’s reappearance has also had a positive effect on Monster Movie with Sean and Christian realising that they needed to move away from being a studio project and become a proper band. For their latest and strongest album, Keep The Voices Distant, they were joined by James Harrison from Air Formation on drums and Nick Chaplin (Slowdive) on bass with Christian and Sean contributing guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals. Since September 2015 Monster Movie have been Kev Wells (guitar/vocals/everything), Sean Hewson (bass/vocals/everything), Christian Savill (guitar/vocals/everything) and James Harrison (drums/vocals/everything).

Keep The Voices Distant is Monster Movie’s fifth album and their first record since 2010’s Everyone Is a Ghost. It was recorded with Martin Nichols at White House Recording Studios in Weston-super-Mare and produced by Ryan Graveface. As with all Monster Movie releases, it is a combination of Christian and Sean’s song-writing, playing, arrangements, general grumpiness and chaotic, personal lives. This time, however, with James, Nick and Ryan in the studio with them, the songs have really been allowed to take off.

RIYL: Slowdive, Eternal, Night School, Air Formation, Whirr, My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, Ringo Deathstarr, Ride

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BRIGHT BROWN – SOFT LANDINGS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

My newest record is some good pals of mine from my time living in NYC, Bright Brown! I met the bandleader Alex when we worked together (me as a door person/stage manager, he as a sound engineer) at a venue in Brooklyn. And I was instantly won over by his sweet personality as well as super impressed when he told me he used to play in John Vanderslice’s band as well as work as a recording engineer sometimes at JV’s famous San Francisco recording studio, Tiny Telephone. Yeah!! Since moving to NY he joined forces with a drummer, Nick Smeraski, and started Bright Brown, which is a cool classic rock-influenced outfit that occasionally (my favorite parts) includes vocal touches added by kids—last album included Alex’s own kid, and this one includes my favorite track, “Less Tunnel More Light” (track 7), featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (which also includes Alex’s son). Another cool thing this band uses is the rarely seen chapman stick—which is usually associated with instrumental/experimental jazz. Alex is one of very few singer/songwriters/rock musicians (if there are any others) who plays one, which allows them to get a a huge ethereal sound as just a duo. You should look into this, it is cool!

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Bright Brown is sonic cinema. The Brooklyn based ethereal, avant-indie duo of vocalist and Chapman Stick player Alex Nahas and drummer Nick Smeraski evoke a visual sound that is at once epic, poetic, and intimate. Their new record, Soft Landings, also features the rich embellishments of piano, organ, and a childrens’ choir. Where Bright Brown’s previous release, Oceans, deals with embarking on reckless searches to find meaning, Soft Landings deals with finding safe places to retreat to during those journeys grappling with themes of time passing and acceptance of who you are. Songs like “Tick Tock” and “Sloop” are realizations that time is sailing past, while the spiritual “Less Tunnel More Light” and “Wide” are pleas to find inspiration from what’s inside us or readily within our reach.

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RIYL: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, New Order, David Bowie, Flaming Lips, John Vanderslice

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