August 12, 2017
July 26, 2017
Indie Pop singer/songwriter, Jess Penner, will release her new ep titled “Imagination” on August 11th through Position Music/Recurrent Records. This laid back collection of tunes for the whole family is ripe with electro pop-folk and will inspire joy not only in youngsters but adults alike. I’ve followed Jess Penner’s music since she was a part of the Hawaii based alt rock band Spooky Tuesday way back in the 90s. She has continued to produce positive, uplifting indie focused pop music for the past few decades through groups like Chandelle, We Cry Diamonds, Kayjez, and her much adored solo work. If you’ve never heard of Jess Penner before, look up her albums on Spotify (streaming below) and make sure to check out this new ep on August 11th.
July 14, 2017
Orion Walsh who has been making music solo since the release of “Tornado Lullabies” in 2008, will embark on a run of dates with another great solo artist, JM Lansdowne. JM Lansdowne also released his new full length via Paper + Plastick last week. Check out both artists via spotify below.
July 7, 2017
I’d like to take a moment and introduce you readers to the talented sounds of female singer-songwriter Norelle K (ZAP Records). This gifted songstress just released her debut 3 song ep titled “Consider the Trees” through ZAP Records this week. Think of a cool combination of Bjork meets Alanis Morrisette meets Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries). Songs are spiritual in nature but not along the CCM lines. This is independent music meant to be enjoyed by the vast amount of masses regardless of personal taste. Simple acoustic guitar oriented songs by a woman with talent and a smooth commanding voice. You can check out the 3 song ep below and make sure to purchase on bandcamp here.
June 24, 2017
June 16, 2017
Coopertheband released the first single off their upcoming album “Kingdoms” today. The song is titled “Rebels” and is the first track on the album. In addition to a new single Coopertheband announced that Kingdoms will be released on July 11, 2017. Continued →
April 25, 2017
The Apprentice have announced on Facebook that they will be playing a show sometime in June at the Sunday Market in Evansville, IN. The full band will be there and it is their first show in three years. If you have yet to hear the passionate acoustic/folk that The Apprentice do so well, you can listen to and buy their albums on Bandcamp. Continued →
April 17, 2017
March 3, 2017
Married indie folk-pop duo Jenny & Tyler, have just released their brand new covers ep titled “For Freedom II”. It is available exclusively on iTunes here. All proceeds go to organizations that fight Human Trafficking. Catch the group on their cross country tour which is taking place right now. Continued →
February 19, 2017
You don’t need to know how to pronounce Bjéar to enjoy their atmospheric folk debut. For fans of Bon Iver and The National.
February 18, 2017
Solo Americana/Folk artist, Orion Walsh, is currently on tour in Europe playing songs from his new full length “7” as well as all the classics from the past albums going back to 2008 “Tornado Lullabies”. Check out his bandcamp page here for the new album as well as all his past material. You can also download the rare 2002 ep “Part of Me Died” from his last band, Slow Coming Day, at this link here. Download includes 3 bonus rare songs and the whole thing was remastered by Seth at Simpul Studio. For dates and further info on where you can see Orion, click below.
January 21, 2017
January 20, 2017
The Coopertheband is back with a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new album! The album will be titled “Kingdoms” and is the follow-up to their last EP “Kings” (which you can download for free from IVM by the way). Kingdoms will pick up where the loosely based concept album Kings left, offering a conclusion to King David’s life of heartaches, joys, triumphs, and failures. Continued →
January 8, 2017
Grand Rapids’ Anita Ranae has unleashed a lyrical powerhouse in the form of Watercolor Sidewalks.
December 26, 2016
Former Slow Coming Day singer/guitarist Orion Walsh will release his brand new full length titled simply, “7”, on January 7th 2017. You can pre-order the album on bandcamp right here for $7.00. Any money earned through his bandcamp will help him on his upcoming solo tour through the U.S. Continued →
December 17, 2016
The first release from this midwest slowcore project has much to offer for fans of Julien Baker and Sun Kil Moon.
November 28, 2016
In writing reviews, occasionally you come across an artist or band you’re entirely unfamiliar with. There can be a number of reasons for that, but nevertheless, when I come across them, I look forward to writing the review. It’s often a great way to find and share new artists/bands to listen to and you know you’re sure to present a fresh take on the album you’re reviewing. Continued →
November 26, 2016
November 25, 2016
Steven Combs is a new artist out on New Vine Media. He has a new Ep out titled “This is the Day Ep” (listen below) via New Vine Media. His music will please fans of Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) and John Mark McMillan. Check out the music video for “You’re With Me” below and make sure to purchase this new ep here.
November 11, 2016
JJ Heller releases her brand new debut, full length Christmas music project called “Unto Us”. Check it out wherever fine digital music is sold and listen to the song “Christmas is Here” in video form below.
November 10, 2016
Joshua Powell, of Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery, was kind enough to talk with me over email about his music last year. Our discussion covers his take on the current state of the American folk scene, the difficulty navigating between the business and artistic aspects of being a professional musician, and his personal creative songwriting process on his third album Aylosha. Continued →
An interview with Canadian musician Lauren Mann about her new album Dearestly.
November 9, 2016
November 8, 2016
The six-piece band continues to explore unique instrumentation on a new album that’s sure to strike a chord with fans of Sufjan Stevens.
I’ve got to report some sad news today that might bother a few of you, the band The Hotshot Freight Train are unfortunately calling it quits but they are going out with a BANG! That’s right, the band has recorded a 12 song final album and have released it today through all digital networks. The album is also available on a very limited edition CD which you can purchase here (limited to 100). I remember working with a few of these guys when they were in a band called Joey’s Loss. Ever since I first heard their Ep I’ve been a fan. I’ve followed their career closely over the past 10 years through all the peaks and valleys and I can say without a doubt that their last album and this new one are the band’s best material. Let this album serve as a fitting reminder of the power of independent music and the songwriting from seasoned veterans. If you’re a new fan, enjoy this album and make sure to look up their past discography. RIP THSFT, you’ll be missed. Listen to a stream of their album below. Continued →
November 4, 2016
November 2, 2016
October 28, 2016
Josh Garrels will release his Christmas songs album titled “The Light Came Down” on November 24th. Check out the album teaser and tour dates for this album, below. Continued →
October 23, 2016
Singer-Songwriters Jenny & Tyler will release their own collection of Christmas tunes titled “Christmas Stories” on November 4th. Continued →