“They Told Me” is the lead single off Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside‘s upcoming full-length, Untamed Beast. The track is chock full of dirty, scratchy roots rock marked by drums and bass notes that pound steadily underneath sweat and booze-drenched guitars. Sallie Ford sings with the force of every blues vocalist to come before […]

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There’s a whole lot to like about Willis Earl Beal.  The 27-year old makes hauntingly soulful DIY music that, like his name, draws heavily on blues sensibilities.  Beal began by playing on street corners for quarters, but was eventually discovered and became the first signee to Hot Charity, an imprint of XL. The deal hasn’t […]

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Rule: No white after Labor Day. Exception: White Denim. Why, you ask? Well for one, they hail from my hometown of Austin, Texas. Secondly, they are just plain fantastic. These guys have been up and coming for a bit and getting heavy plays and praise with their fourth album, D, released back in May. I’m […]

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2009’s Catacombs put Cass McCombs on the musical map, for me at least. His deftly executed indie-interpretation of folk, white soul, and blues were addictive. Simultaneously whimsical, wistful, and weary, his songs offer hope and malaise all at once. His newest release, Wit’s End, due out on the 26th, promises to further explore and expand […]

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