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July 2014
Peter Matthew Bauer
"Liberation!
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Thank God The Walkmen are on a “hiatus.” As unpopular a statement as that might be to fans of the beloved indie-rock outfit, the resulting album, Liberation! (Mexican Summer), by the group’s former bassist Peter Matthew Baur reinforces the truth behind what I think. Baur has taken the time as a chance to expand his wingspan creatively, producing an album that’s slick, resonant and infectiously psychedelic.
 
It’s a heady journey through the artist’s far-from-normal life, never lacking in emotion and fundamentally based in a sense of optimism. Also, one of the most fascinating things going on with Liberation! is how it blends local and international aesthetics without ever feeling like appropriation or pandering. Songs such as “I Was Born in an Ashram” and “Philadelphia Raga” feel organic and refreshing, incorporating exotic influences without ever making them feel awkwardly placed or unnecessary.
 
The whole effort is the culmination of a meditative post-“hiatus” tour through Europe, and it shows. The record is relaxed and casual yet exploratory, never seeming to break a sweat while being thoroughly entertaining. The collection of songs has a comforting accessibility reminiscent of couchbound evenings of honesty-filled, drunken/stoner chats with your best buddies, which may seem to come few and far between as all of us get older and busier. - Daniel Ludwig

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Simpleton & Cityfolk

Simpleton & Cityfolk have released a new video for their track "Le Moyne & Hoyne" which appears on their recent ep Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.

You can catch Simpleton & Cityfolk along with many other great bands at Green Music Fest on June 22nd.

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The Orwells "Disgraceland"

Disgraceland, the new album from The Orwells is out today via Canvasback. Despite the strange nature of their first performance on Letterman, the band will be returning to The Late Show stage on June 10th.

You can catch The Orwells on June 16th for a free in-store at Reckless Records and at Schubas for a free private show on June 19th. The band will also recording a JBTV performance on June 17th.

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Jenny Gillespie

Today marks the release of the latest album, Chamma, from Jenny Gillespie. We previewed the release back in April and gave you the history leading up to the recording of this fantastic album. To celebrate the release Jenny has released a second single from the album, "Child of the Universe" and a video for the album's first single "Holi".

 

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Album of the Month: Thomas Comerford

Thomas Comerford has spent the last three years preparing for his second solo album, II, the follow up 2011's Archive + Spiral. The result is a thoughtful, introspective album filled folk and western sounds and themes. Most of the eight tracks are built from acoustic guitar and deep, rich vocals. The sound and style could be compared to Mike Johnson. Several tracks, "Silt and Dust", "Chrysalis", "Prefer Not To", and others, then build with twang and organic instrumentation into small southern symphonies. This is bedroom meets barroom but at times it swells into larger realms. This is most apparent in "Done and Done" with its lush full band sound.

II will be released by Strange Weather Records on June 10th.

Comerford recently released a video with the help of local animator Chris Sullivan for the track "Prefer Not To".

You can celebrate with Thomas at The Burlington Bar on June 12th with Mar Caribe and Angela James.

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June 2014
Thomas Comerford
"II
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Thomas Comerford has spent the last three years preparing for his second solo album, II, the follow up 2011's Archive + Spiral. The result is a thoughtful, introspective album filled folk and western sounds and themes. Most of the eight tracks are built from acoustic guitar and deep, rich vocals. The sound and style could be compared to Mike Johnson. Several tracks, "Silt and Dust", "Chrysalis", "Prefer Not To", and others, then build with twang and organic instrumentation into small southern symphonies. This is bedroom meets barroom but at times it swells into larger realms. This is most apparent in "Done and Done" with its lush full band sound. II will be released by Strange Weather Records on June 10th.

Velocicopter

Velocicopter recently released a digital single containing "Galvanizer" b/w "Tongues". Both tracks are taken from the band's forthcoming album Pals.

You can catch Velocicopter at Do Division West Stage on Sunday June 1st. They will also be performing at Hideout on June 20th.

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Charming Axe @ Szold Hall

The folk trio Charming Axe have released their latest album Gathering Days. The album is honest, simple Americana with a tremendous amount of charm at it core.

You can help Charming Axe celebrate the new album on June 1st at Old Town School's Szold Hall at 4pm with Sweet Hello.

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Angel Olsen "Lights Out"

Pitchfork released a video last week of Angel Olsen performing "Lights Out" from her 2014 album Burn Your Fire For No Witness. The video is a part of their City of Music Series.

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