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British indie soul musician Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) recently released his highly anticipated second album Otherness. The album follows his critically acclaimed 2012 debut LP World, You Need a Change of Mind. Now based in Geneva, Bainbridge has ties to Philly. In May 2007, he studied at The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study, where he was the recipient of the Eric James Johnson Memorial Fellowship, and created an album, Live In Philly. On one of the songs for the project, he collaborated with Kurt Vile.
Philly’s Son Little is the new musical project from Aaron Livingston. He’s collaborated with The Roots and RJD2, and his song “The River” was one of our recent Gotta Hear Songs of The Week. John Vettese called it “a barn-burning bootstomp jam, an utterly catchy song that’s a little bit electronic, a little bit soul, a little bit blues.”
Fly Golden Eagle is fronted by Ben Trimble, originally from Detroit, who made his way to Nashville to attend college. When he got there he settled into a creative community of musicians anchored around producer and recording studio owner Andrija Tokic’s Bomb Shelter, the East Nashville epicenter of many things musically cool: Alabama Shakes, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Caitlin Rose, The Ettes, and many others have recorded their records here. Trimble recorded the Alabama Shakes debut and has toured, opening for the Shakes.
September’s Artist To Watch is the Milwaukee, Wisconsin band Field Report. On October 7th, the band is releasing their sophomore album, Marigolden. This week the band’s single, “Home (Leave The Lights On)” is our Gotta Hear Song of the Week. You can listen to it here
He’s a 24 year old, soft spoken, unassuming fiery rock and roller based in New Orleans. His debut record will be our August 19th. Some of you may have seen him at Non-Comm. Check out the Key's NON Comm recap of his performance here.
The now based in Brooklyn indie rock band formed in 2010 and debuted with the critically acclaimed Light Up Gold. They release their new album, Sunbathing Animal, today. Three of the four members are from Denton, Texas and the band’s music recalls Pavement, Velvet Underground, early Talking Heads. Website | Facebook
Strand of Oaks is the recording and performing name of singer-songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. They release their new album, Heal, on June 24th on Dead Oceans records. HEAL is Showalter’s coming out rock and roll record. His previous releases were more rooted in the singer-songwriter, indie-acoustic tradition.
May’s Artist To Watch is Sam Smith, a young (22 years old) British singer-songwriter already turning heads from his appearance on Saturday Night Live and a recent cover of his song “Stay With Me” on The Voice.
Andrew Hozier Byrne, AKA Hozier, is the Irish singer-songwriter who sings the emotionally moving “Take Me To Church,” one of XPN’s 2014 break out songs.
He’s just released his second EP, From Eden, with a full length to come later this year. He’ll be performing at this year’s Non-Commvention in May.
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Fronted by Rachel Price, the band has a fresh take on pop, R&B, blues, rock and soul influences. The band recently released their album, Bad Self Portraits. Recent appearances on The Colbert Report, Letterman, and a critically acclaimed performance at the “Another Day/Another Time” concert celebrating the music of Inside Llewyn Davis concert last September at New York’s Town Hall has set this band into a rising star trajectory. The band’s songs offer a fresh and versatile take on pop, R&B, blues, rock and soul influences with lead singer Rachel Price’s confident voice at the center of the music. Simply put, Lake Street Dive are blowing up. Last month David Dye chose them as a World Cafe Next artist and they recently recorded a session for an upcoming Cafe. They play Union Transfer on April 2nd.

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