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Why? – The Vowels, pt. Two

Yoni Wolf is known by many names. Why?, cLOUDDEAD, and Doseone are just a few of the acts that Wolf has attached his name to. The California-born alternative hip-hop purveyor has been known for making folk and indie rock-tinged hip-hop since 2004. Why? boasts a general eerie feeling, while mixing in inventive beats, imaginative lyrics, and Yoni Wolf’s trademark, Interpol-esque vocal twang. Four albums and three EPs in eight years (not to mention releases by his other projects) proves that Yoni Wolf is a busy man, and we’re all to gain from it. Check out the track “The Vowels, pt. Two” off their 2008 release Alopecia below. Read More…

Torch and Twang 4/9/13

Tonight, Torch and Twang brings you some old favorites, a few song you may have never heard and a ton of Michigan artists!

Playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro
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David Ramirez- Stick Around- Apologies

Israel Nash Gripka- Drown- Barn Doors & Concrete Floors

Langhorne Slim- Cinderella- Be Set Free

The Be Good Tanyas- Lakes of Pontchartain- Blue Horse

Dead Man Winter- Nicotine- Bright Lights Read More…

Torch and Twang 4/2/13

Tonight on T&T we bring you all the usual Americana favorites, talk about a few killer shows happening in the Mitten, and play some new music from Steve Martin, Nora Jane Struthers, Deadstring Brothers and more!

The playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro
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Ben Sollee- DIY- Half-Made Man

Caitlin Rose- Everywhere I Go- The Stand-In

The Steel Wheels- Kiss Me Like A Stranger- No More Rain

Punch Brothers- New York City- Who’s Feeling Young Now? Read More…

Torch and Twang 3/26/13

Local punk band Frank and Earnest, who will be opening for Lucero at The Loft this Wednesday, stop by the studio, as well as T&T favorites The Whiskey Pickers, who are headlining Mac’s Bar on Saturday! Plus, new music from Steve Martin, Nora Jane Struthers and more!

The playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro

Lucero- Women & Work- Women & Work
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Annie and the Beekeepers- My Bonneville- My Bonneville

The Lost Brothers- Hey Miss Fannie- The Passing of the Night Read More…

Jeff Pianki’s “Paper Window” Revisited

Now make no mistake, as a junior in college, I have the hometown visit down to a science. I have my personal rituals when I return to my home in Sterling Heights; I see particular people, I eat at particular restaurants, I drive down particular roads to particular places.

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Torch and Twang 3/19/13

Tonight on Torch & Twang we’re going to talk upcoming concerts (including some giveaways!). We’ve also got killer new music to feature at 10 o’clock!

The playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro

Josh Ritter- In Your Arms Again- The Beast In Its Tracks
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Sara Watkins- Lock & Key- Sun Midnight Sun

Ben Sollee- Whole Lot To Give- Half Made Man

Glen Hansard- High Hope- Rhythm and Repose Read More…

My Latest Novel – Sneaker Sister Sneaker Soul

From the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland come My Latest Novel, a four-piece hell-bent on tearing down the walls of folk and indie rock. With a melange of instruments in every song including violins, xylophones, and the use of samples, their music is constantly shifting from theme to theme. The band name seems incredibly fitting, as each song changes within itself, establishing a story line and vascillating moods as a good story does. Each album seems to be a new novel of sorts. With only two albums under their belt, My Lates Novel has tons of room to grow and can be expected to do so. Check out their song “Sneaker Sister Sneaker Soul” off their 2006 release Wolves below Read More…

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