Music News 360° – January 2019 Playlist
Carmel – Georgia
n e u t r i n o – Flutter
Small Black – Breathless
Sam Evian – Dark Love
slenderbodies – amnesia
Richard In Your Mind – Shooting Star
Sugar Candy Mountain – Breakfast in Bed
Drakkar Nowhere – Higher Now
Blac Rabbit – All Good
Mythic Sunship – Way Ahed
Kevin Morby – Harlem River
levitation room – Friends
Sam Evian – IDGAF
Nap Eyes – Mixer
chris cohen – Yesterday’s On My Mind
Say Sue Me – Old Town
Drug Cabin – Legends
Adam Melchor – Metadata 
Ryley Walker – On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee
Loma – Black Willow – Single Version

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Music News 360° – June 2018 Playlist
U.S. Girls – Rosebud
SALES – Talk a Lot
No Vacation – Yam Yam
Bedouine – One Of These Days
RF Shannon – Had a Revelation
Valerie June – Astral Plane
Sun June – Young
Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous
Caravela – Actress
 Snail Mail – Thinning
G Flip – About You
lovelytheband – broken

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Music News 360° – March 2018 Playlist
The Crowleys – L.A. Sunset
Mary Gauthier – Mercy Now
Falcon Jane – Go With the Flow
Young Galaxy – Under My Wing
Jesse Woods – Gold In The Air
Rich Aucoin – The Middle
Futurebirds – Rodeo
Pressing Strings – Going to California
John Frusciante – Murderers
Khruangbin – People Everywhere (Still Alive)

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Review from No Depression.
Langhorne Slim & the Law pulsate from the first notes of their new album, The Spirit Moves. The frantic bass drum kick of the opening title track sets the tone of an artist trying to get it all in: banjo and horns and feedback and exuberance.

There’s a sense of a man laying out his heart with no apologies.

Langhorne Slim has always seemed like a dude with a pretty comfortable perspective of things. Even heartbreak, as 2012’s The Way We Moved showed. But The Spirit Moves shows Langhorne Slim out of the woods — maybe momentarily, maybe for good.  That easy tension is what makes Slim, his band, The Law, and his music so compelling. He’s a guy you can watch from the floor of a crowded concert hall or in a dark room by yourself and think, “I’d buy anything this guy is selling.”

As the album shifts seamlessly into “Changes,” it’s confirmed: this is the wide-open heart of a songwriter and a band possessed by possibility.  “I’m going through changes, through all of the strangeness,” he sings, with a lilt and hope.

In a recent teaser set in the Philadelphia area that gives him his name, Slim’s performance hinted of the confessional exhilaration of the soon-to-be-dropping album.  Lots of falling to knees, lots of direct pleas to the crowd with hips and jutting chin.  And it all seems a natural and giddy part of the show.  Even in the few awkward moments of the album like the early-‘60s-style number “Whisperin’,” Slim’s somewhat cheeky, somewhat earnest, and somewhat scary delivery draws you in, warms you up, sets you back down, and leaves you wondering what just happened.

If The Way We Moved gave a glimpse of the fully released potential of an artist, The Spirit Moves is the promise fulfilled. In songs like “Wolves,” where he annunciates like he needs you to hear every syllable of the story, the vocal track is right out in front. There’s no muddy, uneven, buried mix anywhere here. No apologies.

The abandon of a song like “Strangers” does what the best pop songs are meant to do: make you joyously bang your head long enough to hear the undercurrent of fear and hope that connects you to the ether.  If it’s not picked up as the theme to something — anything — the industry has no ears.

The comforting drumming of long-time collaborator Malachi DeLorenzo grounds the proceedings like a heartbeat. And the rest of the excellent Law sets down an understated fervor that Slim shimmies on top of.  There’s more steady depth, conviction, and resonance in his voice than the sometimes tinny moments of earlier offerings. On The Spirit Moves, Langhorne Slim sounds like a man fascinated by and satisfied with happiness, or unhappiness.

I lost my direction, from the day I was born
I felt disconnected since they cut the cord
If I learned my lesson
To find me some peace
Cause I need protection from this heart on my sleeve.

Amen brother.

“Airplane” might be the best of the voice-catching, full-frontal emotion that Slim somehow pulls out of himself. It could be a showstopper — it fills with those little tropes that crack your resolve:

Some people live trying to be forgiven
That might be life, but that ain’t living.

This is the album that you recommend to all segments of your friends without reservation. If you’ve got half a heart, it’s likely to break and pulse and soar.

 

Review from NoCountryforNewNashville.
It was Liz Cooper & The Stampede’s turn to put it down. This version of their lineup was a three piece, and I was immediately struck by how full and tight their sound was; chilled out psychedelic work, with tasty elements of jam mixed in for good measure. Liz is a super talented player, and was orchestrating the arrangements in this wonderful laissez faire yet intentional manner that was cool to watch; in complete control, while still keeping the jam fluid. By the last song of their set, they were completely in the zone, until their time came to an end. It was obvious they could have gone for at least another thirty minutes… or more! I look forward to seeing them again in the future, when they can keep the vibes going even longer.

 

Review form No Depression
Alive Records has long-since reached a critical mass that just seems to attract heavy, blues-soaked guitar rock bands. The label’s gravity has pulled this Buffalo quartet into orbit for a follow-up to their independently released Super Moon. Their new album is heavier on the grooves, with guitar strings thick with twang, deep bass lines, resonant snare drumming and just enough organ (both keyboard and mouth) to step this up from power trio form. The songs burn slowly, with tempos that emphasize power over speed. There are a few guitar solos, but they’re rangy rather than flashy, and what really draws you is the unwavering authority of the rhythms. The album hits a soul stride with “Leave it All Behind” and “Right On, the former sounding as if Arthur Alexander stepped out of the studio just long enough for the band to work up an original, the latter could be Little Feat’s heavier alter ego. Handsome Jack’s music resonates with the atmospheres of rock’s great ballrooms – the Avalon, Fillmore, Winterland, Agora, Grande – and the bands who rocked them. They call their music “boogie soul,” but the boogie gave birth to rock and their souls are plugged into an extension cord that stretches from Buffalo to the Delta. [©2014 Hyperbolium] 



Music News 360° – January 2018 Playlist
Chris Stapleton – Parachute
John Craigie – Suck It Philly (Live)
Pickin’ On Series – You Get What You Give
Rising Appalachia – Wider Circles (Live)
Trevor Hall – Green Mountain State
Vetiver – Rolling Sea
Charming Horses – Higher Love – Acoustic Mix
Noah and The Whale – Blue Skies
Donavan Frankenreiter – Butterfly
Middle Ocean – Journey Home

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