At the heart of Jamestown Revival is a friendship that spans over a decade. Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance grew up together in the small Texas town of Magnolia. From a young age, they shared a love for music as well as the outdoors. About an hour north of Magnolia TX, there was some old family land with a dilapidated ranch house where they spent the better part of their adolescence exploring the thousand-acre property, and when the sun when down they took to the records of the songwriters and bands that inspired them.
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To hear Pickwick tell it, their popular Myths 7-inch series was merely a group of rough sketches theyâ€™d been developing over the previous two years put to wax. That a CD collection of those â€śdemosâ€ť held their hometown Seattleâ€™s Sonic Boom Records #1 sales spot for a period of weeks in 2011 shows those six songs amounted to something more than tossed off basement recordings. Read More »
There are approximately 2,000 miles between Nashville and Los Angeles. Both cities are home to JOHNNYSWIM. However, the duo's music far transcends that distance. It's easy to understand why A Prairie Home Companion declared that Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez are "21st century troubadours." As JOHNNYSWIM, they embody the tradition of the well-traveled singer-songwriter while cultivating a modern style that's uniquely their own. Read More »
Ane Brun is a Norwegian songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, daughter of jazz singer and pianist Inger Johanne Brunvoll, and the older sister of vocalist Mari Kvien Brunvoll and younger sister of photographer BjĂ¸rn Brunvoll. Since 2003 she has recorded eight albums, six of which are studio albums (including a collection of duets) and one live DVD. She has lived in Stockholm, Sweden since 2001, where she writes, records and runs her own label. Read More »
Most bands function like a family, seeing how touring, writing, and studio time force them to share a lot of small spaces for extended periods of time. But Family of the Year has taken that familial feeling a step further, and not just with its moniker. The members of the Los Angeles outfit have formed unbreakable bonds amongst themselves that come from cohabitating in a run-down house and... Read More »
"This time, I really wanted to do something different," says Darius Rucker. "I went straight from my first album into my second, and it really just picked up where the other one left off. So when we went into the studio on this one, we really wanted to take our time and not even start worrying about a record until we had songs that we felt were the right ones. And when I heard what would become... Read More »
Kate Earl has found herself.
Not long ago this remarkable young singer was living in tiny Chugiak, Alaska, nursing the dream to lead a musician's life in between shifts at her parent’s small- town gas station. That dream became a reality when Kate moved to Los Angeles, where her talent was promptly recognized and led to a record deal; soon she would make a couple of albums that... Read More »
Itâ€™s widely known that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert at anything. Andy Grammer logged his 10,000 hours of practice on the streets of Los Angeles. With his car battery-powered amplifier and acoustic guitar in tow, Grammer managed to sing his way from the streets to the center of the music industry. Read More »
It has been quite a year for Sleeping At Last. The release of the September EP concludes the ambitious Yearbook project (October 2010-September 2011), defined most simply as â€ś3 brand-new songs, every month, for 1 year.â€ť Yearbook originated from songwriter Ryan Oâ€™Nealâ€™s desire to devote himself more comprehensively to his creative process. The subscription model offered by Yearbook introduced a revolutionary approach to the modern listenerâ€™s voracious appetite. Read More »
Foals have stepped up from, as Yannis puts it, "songs for indie clubs" to something much, much bigger. Their third album might not sound like Depeche Mode or Nine Inch Nails, but it has much of the same ambitious spirit and grandiose aesthetic that led to those groups touching the lives of millions. This is the sound of Foals arriving. Read More »