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Fiction Family, When She’s Near


Fiction Family – When She’s Near from ATO Records on Vimeo.

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins teamed up to form Fiction Family with a self-titled, full-length album. The sound is like nothing from the bands that made their reputation but is uniquely addictive.

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The Travels and Tribulations of Otis Gibbs

A singer-songwriter from Indiana, Otis Gibbs channels the rust-belt working man ethos into stripped down songs that just seem to stick around on the stereo. He’s at SXSW this weekend and then off to Europe where the singer-songwriter crowd seems to get a little more respect. Catch him while you can. Read the rest of this entry »

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Buddy and Julie Miller, Written in Chalk

Buddy and Julie Miller are two of my favorite musicians who just happen to be married and play music together. What I’ve heard of their new album Written in Chalk sounds amazing.

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Backyard Tire Fire at the LaundroMatinee


Backyard Tire Fire~The Places We Lived from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo. Read the rest of this entry »

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M. Ward on Late Night with David Letterman

YouTube: M. Ward on Late Night with David Letterman

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New Release from Jenny Lewis: Acid Tongue

David Dye of NPR’s World Cafe interviews Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis on her newest solo album, Acid Tongue, in Jenny Lewis: Drawn Back To Country.

While her band Rilo Kiley is known for its downbeat indie-rock sound, Jenny Lewis finds her foundation in country coming to the fore on her sophomore solo effort, Acid Tongue. Though she recorded the album in just three weeks, Lewis infuses her voice with a hint of jazzy soul without losing her grip on her country-rock roots.

With a healthy dose of guest appearances — by Elvis Costello, Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes and M. Ward — during the recording sessions, Acid Tongue crackles with the vitality of an old-fashioned jam session. In a session with host David Dye, Lewis performs material from the new album.

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Ida Maria

Ida Maria – I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked

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Lisa Hannigan


Lisa Hannigan – Lille from ATO Records on Vimeo.

Brillian video concept. hat tip to anyone’s guess

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New Bruce Springsteen Album, Working on a Dream, Streamed free and legal on NPR

NPR is streaming Bruce Springsteen’s newest album, Working on a Dream in its entirety.

Go forth and listen.

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Before the Goldrush, Covers Project to Benefit Teach for America

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Before the Goldrush, Covers Project to Benefit Teach for America

A virtual open call was made to singer-songwriters around the world to be part of this project. Some are the children of teachers, some teachers themselves, but all believers in the prospects that great teachers can cultivate.

Many of the people in their audiences are recent college graduates who have made a two-year commitment to Teach For America. A commitment to work in schools in urban and rural communities with a focus on creating possibilities for students who might not otherwise have a chance. I’ve seen the love and energy their corps puts into their commitment, firsthand, and it creates a resonance that should be a benchmark for all educators.

The melding of an artist’s soul and a teacher’s heart is a natural. My hopes are that you’ll carry the message of Teach For America and the passion of the musicians involved to your audiences. Tell the story, play the songs, spread the word.

“Before the Goldrush” is a digital-only release and sold as a single unit (containing all tracks). It is available through iTunes, Amazonmp3.com, Napster, eMusic, and other digital download etailers. All profits go to Teach For America and your purchase is tax-deductible.

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