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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…

Torch and Twang 3/12/13

Tonight on Torch and Twang, Eric brings you not only the usual jams from the americana world but also an incredible lineup of new music! New records from Josh Ritter, Shooter Jennings, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Bow Thayer, Stella (featuring Jo Serrapere and Jen Sygit) and more!

The playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro
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The Howlin’ Brothers- Gone- Howl

Son Volt- Wild Side- Honky Tonk

Samantha Crain- Never Going Back- Kid Face

Enter The Haggis- Down the Line- The Modest Revolution

Flatfoot- Buffalo Creek- Blue Water Read More…

Cotton Jones – Up A Tree (Went This Heart I Have)

Fans of Page France have been wondering for years what happened to the band after suddenly quitting with very little warning. Well your search is over. Cotton Jones (formerly known as The Cotton Jones Basket Ride) have been making music since 2008 and have advanced from releasing EPs off of Ann Arbor-based Quite Scientific Records to currently being signed to Suicide Squeeze. Blending psychedelic folk with indie rock (and some clear baroque influences for you classical fans out there), Cotton Jones is the epitome of hippie music. Like The Mamas and The Papas after a Saturday morning wake and bake, they make some of the most relaxed and peaceful music out there. Check out “Up A Tree (Went This Heart I Have)” off their 2009 Suicide Squeeze debut Paranoid Cocoon below.

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Torch and Twang 3/5/13

Tonight on Torch and Twang, Eric plays some old favorites as well as a few artists never to grace the T&T airwaves.

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 2/26/13

Tonight on Torch & Twang, we celebrate the Man in Black’s 81st birthday with a special tribute. We’ve also got tons of a great new music from Son Volt, Enter the Haggis, Gurf Morlix, Michigan’s own Small Houses and more!

Tonight’s playlist:

Link Wray- Rawhide- T&T Intro
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Wayne Hancock- Ride- Ride

Ha Ha Tonka- Usual Suspects- Death of a Decade

Bennett- Days Are Running- A Brand New Start

Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer- Geordie (Child 209)- Child Ballads Read More…

Album Review: “Eternity of Dimming”

This being the first album review for The Impacts’s new blog, there wasn’t any previous format for me to go off of. Being overwhelmed with the idea of all the possibilities or lack there of that came to my mind, I decided to just get the ball rolling. I loaded indie folk-country band Frontier Ruckus’s newest album Eternity of Dimming onto my iPod and took a nice little Sunday stroll, letting the inspiration come to me.

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Pygmy Lush – Yellow Hall

It’s always great to see a band showcase their all-around musicianship by completely switching up genres. Pg. 99, a hardcore/metal group, decided they wanted to make some heavy-hearted indie-folk and set out to do just that. Pygmy Lush throws around pendulum-esque guitar riffs over hammering beats, allowing vocals to soar easily overhead. Great music for early mornings and after rough days, Pygmy Lush is just the thing you need to soothe your sorrows. Check out “Yellow Hall” below. Read More…

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