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Dusty Grant: “This Longing Heart”

By Antiem Boyd Dusty Grant has been making music for nearly 20 years and his new single “This Longing Heart” is proof that he has not been wasting his time. From a young age, Grant wrote and recorded his own music, never ceasing to absorb some new aspect of the creative process. Grant has moved […]

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April Martin: In the Blink of a Life

By Lisa Waugh Good hearted with a biting wit, April Martin’s steadily-paced In the Blink of a Life hits all the high and low notes of a life well lived. Whether she’s singing about love or death, Martin keeps her sense of self and humor in tact, never giving into cynicism, but definitely winking at […]

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Sarah Schonert: My Unwinding State

By Rhin Howard Sarah Schonert is not afraid of taking a bold stance in her music, to challenge listeners as so many established artists have. On her fourth record My Unwinding State, Schonert wades into the deep with piano, spoken word, and a melodic discord. The album is direct and unblinking. Schonert layers electronic with synth […]

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Tod Hughes Time Slow Down

By Lisa Waugh Tod Hughes pours himself into his music, telling it like it is to a memorable melody. His latest record Time Slow Down is filled with life lessons and musings that bounce along with vibrant energy. Hughes’s approach to making music is about providing a good time for the audience and for the […]

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Nemo James’ The Minstrel

For most of this life, Nemo James played for everyone else, and now he plays for himself. James, who had a successful music guitar supporting artists such as Tom Jones, Petula Clark, and Cliff Richard, has stepped back into the studio to produce a highly personal record. The 17 tracks on The Minstrel that could […]

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Ben Lorentzen, America in Three Acts

By Antiem Boyd Ben Lorentzen is after you having an experience with his latest record America. The self-labeled ”Acoustic Pop Noir” artist is highly skilled at telling stories. Every track on his latest record America is its own little movie, complete with three acts for each song, all gorgeously rendered. The first tendency is to […]

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Kimia Penton’s Lessons from Life and Love

By R.B. Sloane Violinist and music maker Kimia Penton has put together a smart record with Lessons from Life and Love. The record is a natural mix of life and love songs via the Middle East, London, and Dallas. All those places have influenced Penton to create a universally appealing and rich experience. The blend […]

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A Must Listen: Elessar Thiessen’s A Rainy Week In Paradise

By Lisa Waugh Elessar Thiessen isn’t kidding around even though he appears to be a gentle soul. His music packs a wonderful punch. “Another Love Song” is a rainy love song. It’s a gorgeous rainy love song to boot. It’s a terrific track on Thiessen’s new album A Rainy Week in Paradise. Thiessen sounds like […]

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Anaconda Limousine’s Debut Record Will Pick You Up

by Lisa Waugh Anaconda Limousine Besides having one of the best band names we’ve seen in a long time, Anaconda Limousine is a refreshing surprise. All at once sounding like Hendrix, The Beatles, and some upstart punk band, Anaconda Limousine’s self-titled record is a huge ear treat. The SoCal band is made up of Steve […]

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Arthur Fowler Reveals ‘What’s Keeping Me Going’

Arthur Fowler’s sound is sourced from a long and winding road of genres and experiences. From 60s acid rock to jazz, Fowler has pursued the purest of each genre along his journey. The resulting sound on his latest record What’s Keeping Me Going  is a tapestry of blends that feels like a comfortable, Steely Dan surrealism. Or […]

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‘Heartbeat Serenade’ Americana Road Trip

It’s time for a little ride down the back roads of America by way of CommonUnion59. The duo’s latest record Heartbeat Serenade is a fresh alt country breeze from the minds of Steve McKenzie and Laura Malasig. These two San Franciscans bring that special Bay twist to a folksy, down home sound you’d expect to […]

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