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Song Premiere: “Flowers of Love” by Pieta Brown featuring Justin Vernon

Photo by Mei-Ling Shaw Williams
Photo by Mei-Ling Shaw Williams

Singer-songwriter Pieta Brown is releasing her new album, Paradise Outlaw on September 30th on Red House Records. Produced by Pieta, with frequent collaborator and partner Bo Ramsey, the album was recorded in four days at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin. The album features appearances by Amos Lee (who co-wrote and duets on “Do You Know,”, and Brown’s legendary singer-songwriter father, Greg Brown, and an experimental group of players Brown calls the Sawdust Collective.

About the album, Brown says:

On my last album, I was recording near Nashville with top-call studio musicians who I hadn’t worked with before, and exploring the idea of craft and trying to hone in on more classic forms than I had previously. Paradise Outlaw came from a radically different place. I was thinking a lot about freedom, experimentation, poetry, folk songs, bending forms and voices. I also wrote and delivered half the songs on the banjo, which was completely new for me. Growing up around many musicians and artists, often living on the fringe, I have always felt most at home among them. And that’s where I made this recording. Surrounded by friends in an underground Mid-western goldmine.

Below, stream “Flowers of Love,” featuring Vernon on harmonies. It’s a warm, welcoming, laid back song, built on a shuffling beat, delicate banjo picking and an easy back porch, soft wind blowing vibe.

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Listen to a new Polica song, “Tiff,” featuring Justin Vernon (Polica playing the XPoNential Music Festival in July)

Photo of Polica lead singer Channy Leanagh by Cameron Wittig
Photo of Polica lead singer Channy Leanagh by Cameron Wittig

Polica debuted a new song this past weekend at Coachella with special guest Justin Vernon. Below, listen to a new song from Polica’s forthcoming album, “Tiff,” featuring Vernon. Polica are performing at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival Presented by Subaru on Saturday, July 27th. Tomorrow morning at 9AM, Michaela Majoun will announce the initial Wiggins Park lineup for the festival. Below “Tiff,” watch Polica perform “Wandering Star” at Coachella this past weekend.

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Chris Porterfield comes full circle with Field Report (playing World Cafe Live on 11/9)

Standing out among this year’s breakout acts is Field Report, the new folk project from Minnesota native Chris Porterfield. Formerly a member of the Eau Claire band DeYarmond Edison (which also featured Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and members of Megafaun), Porterfield relocated to Milwaukee where he rekindled his love for music . When its eponymous debut was released in September, critics hailed Field Report as an artist to watch for its rich, poetic lyrics and quiet-yet-powerful sound. Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who Field Report supported on tour this summer, said “There’s such a perfection in the songs that I wonder how long Chris spent.” This week we caught up with Porterfield over the phone about his experience working with a new group of musicians, his surprise at the success of album, and the band’s resolve to remain true to their Wisconsin roots. Continue reading →

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Hear a new song by Bon Iver written for Silver Lake Chorus; see him in Philly on 9/16

Indie-folk hero Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has written a slew of original songs for L.A.-based Silver Lake Chorus to be featured on their forthcoming EP, Wreckage, due out September 18th. Below, stream one of those songs, “From The Snow Tipped Hills.” The song presents a stunning display of sounds forming painterly natural images, presented in a style suggestive of traditional 19th century choral music, all delicately wrought through human voices alone.  The 25-member group’s EP is produced by Ben Lee and also includes original songs written by A.C. Newman of The New Pornographers. (Don’t miss Bon Iver in Philly at the Mann Center on Sunday, September 16th. Tickets and information are available here).

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Video: Kathleen Edwards and Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) from World Cafe Live

Kathleen Edwards performed last night at World Cafe Live. Her new record, Voyageur, was co-produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and last night’s concert goers were treated to a special appearance from Vernon. Special thanks to the guys from Philly’s Work Drugs for the photos they took during the show. They commented: “Justin definitely played the role of side man, singing and playing guitar on some cuts from the new record.”

Below, you can watch a fan video of the song “12 Bellevue.”

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