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Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – We Don’t Call

San Francisco’s Thao & the Get Down Stay Down produce the kind of alternative folk-rock that proves to be creativity at its purest form. Genuine innovation is experienced, as each song is able to to introduce something new. Be it syncopated saxophones, ever-changing percussion sections, or a mix of production elements, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down manage to keep ears perked from start to finish. The Impact has a feeling that these guys are about to get real big, real soon. Check out their song We Don’t Call” off their 2013 release We the Common below. Read More…

Torch and Twang 4/23/13

Tonight, Torch and Twang brings you the best from the worlds of bluegrass, folk, alt. country, rockabilly and more! We also have a few ticket giveaways for y’all!

Playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro
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JD McPherson- Scratching Circles- Signs & Signifiers

John Fullbright- Moving- From the Ground Up Read More…

Torch and Twang 4/16/13

Torch and Twang has a lot for you tonight! Some concerts to talk about, new music from Kim Richey, Patty Griffin, The Milk Carton Kids, Luke Winslow-King and more!

Playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro
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Shovels and Rope- Bad as Me (Tom Waits Cover)-Blue Series

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line- Party Line- Carnival

Annie and the Beekeepers- An Island- My Bonneville

Billy Bragg- I Ain’t Got No Home- Tooth & Nail Read More…

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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