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MusicApr 23, 2018

Artist: A Valley Son Hometown: New York, NY Song: "Warm Mexican Beer" Release Date: April 24, 2018 In Their Words: "I was on a city beach last summer, a little drunk and feeling particularly euphoric for a variety of reasons, and this song materialized right there on the beach. By the time I got back home to…

MusicApr 23, 2018

I love songs that have interesting characters in them. One of my favorite questions to ask, when I'm investigating a lyric is, "Who is speaking to whom, and why?" I love it when a song contains a complex idea that changes the way I see the world. -- David Wilcox Paul Simon -- "Train in…

MusicApr 20, 2018

When English isn't the first language of a particular songwriter, the way they play with its intricacies can often breed work just as -- if not more -- exciting than someone born and raised in London or Los Angeles. There's a poetic appreciation that comes from studying the words anew, and a kind of flexibility…

MusicApr 20, 2018

Outside of Detroit’s Motown Music, soul has generally tended to inhabit more southern locales. Yet in Bloomington, Indiana, on the campus of Indiana University, a group of music students discovered how their mutual passion for older grooves kindled fires in the snowiest of settings. Louisiana native Durand Jones moved north in 2012 to attend grad…

MusicApr 19, 2018

Artist: Lonely Heartstring Band Song: “Rambling, Gambling Willie” (originally by Bob Dylan) Album: Deep Waters  Where did you first hear “Rambling, Gambling Willie?” Patrick M’Gonigle: Matt [Witler] actually found the song. It was released probably seven or eight years ago now, as part of The Witmark Demos -- a set of outtakes from when Bob…