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"Imogene" - Cory Branan

"Imogene" - Cory Branan

Sounds Like:

A little bit country. A little bit rock & roll. A+ songwriting that's rough around the edges, just like you like it. 

Why You Should Care:

After five full lengths and a choice take on Princes "Under The Cherry Moon" in 2014, Memphis born (now based in Nashville) Cory Branan has earned the reputation of being one of the most exciting songwriters working in "country" music today.

On Adios, Brannan brings in a lot of the cowpunk energy found on previous releases like 2014's The No-Hit Wonder for songs like "Another Nightmare In America" and "Yea So What," but it's on the plaintive "Imogene" that he heads back to the country, serving it up with a little bit of soul for good measure.

Cory Brannan's Adios is available now on Bloodshot Records.

He plays TONIGHT in Washington, DC at Pearl Street Warehouse. Tickets are still available HERE.


Episode 301: A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs

Episode 301: A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs

First Up: Taylor Swift is gamifying the ticket industry? What does this mean for YOU and is this latest "big bad" really worth worrying about or should we be setting our sights higher.

Then...when Philadephia's Adam Granduciel started The War On Drugs with fellow mellow-rocker Kurt Vile back in 2006, the music industry was rapidly approaching the era of peak indie. Granduciel's small but intricate soundscapes stood out in a landscape dominated by fuss and flash, and on 2014's Lost In The Dream, the expanded lineup hit their stride with an album that balanced laid-back psychedelics with oceans of heart and soul. Dream earned The War On Drugs a rapidly growing fan base and a major-label deal, the results of which can be hard on their latest LP A Deeper Understanding. Kevin, Marcus, and Paul are digging into the band's latest forays to the edges of the sonicsphere to see if the trip is worth the journey, or The War On Drugs best days are behind them now.

Plus! Denver, CO's The Yawpers Boy In The Well, is the straight shot of rock-and-roll that we all need in 2017. Get a taste of this adrenaline fueled, high concept, punk-Americana masterpiece with the track "Mon Dieu." 


Episode 239: The Flat Five - It's A World Of Love And Hope

Episode 239: The Flat Five - It's A World Of Love And Hope

We thought the fighting was done. We thought the battles had been won. Amazon Music had other plans. The streaming wars, continue they must. 

Hailing from the mighty Midwest, The Flat Five, the grooviest "supergroup" known to mankind, has arrived just in time with their debut LP, It's A World Of Love And Hope. After years of performing as a holiday one off, members Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and Alex Hall have captured their magic on wax and are taking the show on the road? Is it groovy, or the GROOVIEST? Tune in to find out.

PLUS! NYC's Hannah vs The Many makes powerful, theatrical rock and roll, and on their latest release, Cinemascope, they're turning it all up to eleven. Check out the first single "Surrender Dorothy" and get hooked. 


"Longer" - Lydia Loveless

"Longer" - Lydia Loveless

Sounds like:

A more-country-than-rock-tinged eulogy for a friend

Why you should care:

The leading single for alt-country artist Lydia Loveless’s latest album, “Real”, (set to release on August 19 via Bloodshot Records), revolves around a real loss in the musician’s life. According to a For the Country Record interview, the death of close friend (and guitarist for The Girls) Joey Blackheart, spurred her to pen this song.


Freakwater @ DC9 - 2/18/16

Freakwater @ DC9 - 2/18/16

Freakwater, the duo of Janet Bean (also of alternative rockers Eleventh Dream Day) and Catherine Irwin, reemerged this month after an eleven year long recording hiatus with Scheherazade, an album of twelve new songs that takes its place amongst the group’s best. As one of the founding bands of the alt-country movement with the release of their first, self-titled album in 1989, the duo has been highly influential over a whole generation of musicians, and it is an all-too-rare treat to get to see them perform live. Last week, they came to DC9 for a show that proved that over a decade out of the spotlight has done little to dull their edge.


"The Asp and the Albatross" - Freakwater

"The Asp and the Albatross" - Freakwater

SOUNDS LIKE:

Twin Peaks version of Johnny and June; Neko Case/Kelly Hogan through a Tim Burton lens; punkcountrygospelfolk

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

For the past 30+ years Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin have been crafting some of the most haunting, genre-defying “Americana” in the canon under the name Freakwater. Their latest album Scheherazade takes its name from the queen/storyteller of “One Thousand and One Nights”, and it’s a perfect metaphor for the band’s first album in nine years.