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Introducing the soulful sounds of Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Fort Worth, Texas soul and R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is a name you want to put on your radar. The soul, R&B and gospel influenced musician caught the attention of Austin Jenkins from the band White Denim in a bar in Fort Worth. Jenkins, along with White Denim’s drummer Josh Block are currently working on a debut record by the 25 year old Bridges. According to the Fort Worth Weekly: Continue reading →

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Free download: 5 songs by Minus The Bear

Minus The Bear | Photo by Ryan Russell
Minus The Bear | Photo by Ryan Russell

Minus The Bear recently released a new album, Lost Loves, on Dangerbird Records. The album follows their 2012 release Infinity Overhead, and 2013’s Acoustics II. Formed in 2001, Minus The Bear includes Dave Knudson (guitar), Jake Snider (vocals, guitar), Erin Tate (drums), Cory Murchy (bass), and Alex Rose (synths, vocals). The Seattle band released their debut EP in 2001, followed by their debut album, Highly Refined Pirates, in 2002. Since then, the band has continued to evolve their sound, and on their new album, Continue reading →

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Download the debut single by Philly dream pop newcomers Riva Ridge

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Philly’s Riva Ridge has written one of “those” songs. “Slide,” the debut single from Mel Riva. It’s the kind of song that instantly grabs you and has a hard time leaving. With twinkling reverbed guitars, soft fluffy synths, and a subtle, yet powerful hook, “Slide,” is a sweet slice of soulful, ambient dream pop. Continue reading →

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Download “Slow Knife” by Roadkill Ghost Choir

Roadkill Ghost Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist
Roadkill Ghost Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist

Roadkill Ghost Choir hail from Central Florida. The band is fronted by singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard, and they recently released, In Tongues, their debut full length album. The band released a very impressive debut EP in 2012, Quiet Light, that had a rootsy foundation, more than a handful of rocking moments, and well crafted songs. Continue reading →

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Download a 3 song sampler from UK trio Bear’s Den

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Bear’s Den | Photo courtesy of the artist.

WXPN listeners got their first taste of the British trio Bear’s Den this past summer at the XPoNential Music Festival. Poignant, sentimental, and emotionally intense, the acoustic trio gave a heartfelt and poised performance. The trio, featuring Andrew Davie, Kev Jones & Joey Haynes play stunning, banjo infused acoustic music, feathered with beautiful, warm, ambience. Continue reading →

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Download 12 free songs from Asthmatic Kitty including Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond

My Brightest Diamond | photo credit: Bernd Preiml
My Brightest Diamond | photo credit: Bernd Preiml

Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, Lily & Madeleine, Helado Negro, Mozart’s Sister, and Half-Handed Cloud are all featured on a new 12 song digital sampler from Asthmatic Kitty records. Continue reading →

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Download a 5 song sampler from Lily & Madeleine

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Lily & Madeleine | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sisters Lily & Madeleine Jurkiewicz are set to release their sophomore album, Fumes, on October 28th, on Asthmatic Kitty records. The folksy pop duo from Indianapolis released their debut EP in 2013, and was followed by their self-titled debut full length. They also have collaborated with Son Lux on “Lost It To Trying,” one of our favorite songs from last year. Like The Roches and First Aid Kit, Lily & Madeleine have close, rich and beautiful harmonies that anchor the warmth and allure of their songs. Continue reading →

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