Maddie Medley

Watch: Newcomer Maddie Medley perform “Edith”

Feb 23, 2018

20-year old singer songwriter Maddie Medley is new on the Nashville music scene. With a three-song EP and a couple of singles, she's beginning to emerge and her growing presence has people paying attention. A full voice delivers forthright substance.

"Edith" is a song Maddie wrote when she was 16 to her future daughter, both warning and empowering her to live in today's world. She always plays the breathtaking song last in her sets, which are becoming more regular. It's "the most important song I've ever written." she says. Have a look below at Medley's performance of the song at the Lyric Theatre as part of The Audiovore's Spectra Sonic Sound Sessions on Birmingham Mountain Radio and see why.


Watch: Porches “Goodbye Video”

Feb 22, 2018

Porches just released a video for the song "Goodbye" from the man behind the music Aaron Maine's just released album The House. It finds Maine setting up for a performance at a church rec hall..and submerged in a pool. Nice one. Perhaps it will distract people from the rather unfair criticism he's received recently for "posturing as queer for capital gain".

Zola Jesus

Listen: Zola Jesus “Bound” Reinterpretation

Feb 21, 2018

The Darkwave singer, songwriter and producer Nika Roza Danilova, aka Zola Jesus, released her enthralling sixth album Okovi last year and today she has announced a new album of previously unheard tracks and remixes titled Okovi: Additions to be released on Sacred Bones Records. She shared the first single from the project "Bound"

Heres's some information on the new experimental version from the press release: Okovi: Additions couples four previously unreleased tracks from the Okovi sessions with four remixes by a diverse cast of artists spanning a spectrum of genres including Johnny JewelKatie GatelyWolves in the Throne Room, and Joanne Pollock (formerly one half of Poemss with Venetian Snares' Aaron Funk).

"These four new songs were intended to be on Okovi," Nika Roza Danilova explains. "Each of them represents a snapshot of my journey in making the record, and is just as precious to me as the songs that made it onto the final track listing. The remixes are beloved in their own way, as most were born from organic circumstances, and have drawn the original songs into completely new atmospheres."

A Hawk & A Hacksaw

Premiere: A Hawk & A Hacksaw “A Broken Road Lined With Poplar Trees”

Feb 20, 2018

Albuquerque-based A Hawk & A Hacksaw, the duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, are releasing their eighth album Forest Bathing released by the band's own label, Living Music Duplication on April 13. The new record features guest instrumentation from Istanbul clarinet virtouso Cüneyt Sepetçi, Hungarian cimbalom master Unger Balász, Chicago trumpeter Sam Johnson, Deerhoof's John Dieterich and Noah Martinez, of the band Lone Piñon. Under the Radar has the premiere of new song "A Broken Road Lined With Poplar Trees".

"Forest Bathing," comes from a Japanese term "Shinrin-yoku" for taking in the forest atmosphere and was inspired by travels in Bulgaria, Albania, Turkey, Greece and Romania. It continues the bands tradition of collecting music and inspiration through travel, resulting in unusually stimulating music.

"This is not an urban music." It states on the band's press release for Forest Bathing, "It's rural; songs of the woods and roads where there are no sidewalks or street lamps to light your way." 

Some background on the band: A Hawk and A Hacksaw began in 2000 in the small town of Saumur, France. Initially a solo vehicle for Neutral Milk Hotel drummer Jeremy Barnes, the main impetus of the project was to focus on the gray areas in borders of music and geography. The first album was released in 2002 by Cloud Recordings. Barnes met violinist Heather Trost in 2004 and the band became a duo. The pair has since released six albums, and toured extensively around the world. They have learned from and collaborated with some of the great musicians of Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. The duo has been invited to tour with Swans, Calexico, Wilco, Andrew Bird, Portishead and Of Montreal.


Big Daddy Kane

Watch: Big Daddy Kane Returns With a Live Band on NPR Tiny Desk

Feb 19, 2018

This is one of the most unexpectedly welcome musical sights in a while. For all of the new breeds of hip hop artists and fans who wonder why old schoolers fuss so much about the golden age, well have a look at this. Big Daddy Kane was on of the illest lyricists ever and it's beyond great to see that he's still RAW. Watch "Grand" Daddy Kane bring it with a live band on the latest edition of NPR's Tiny Desk. The set includes "Smooth Operator," "Ain't No Half Steppin'," "Raw" and a bonus freestyle.  Warm it up Kane!


Bon Iver

Watch: Bon Iver Plays Unreleased Song “Hayward, WI” at For Emma, Forever Ago 10th Anniversary Show

Feb 18, 2018

Bon Iver played a For Emma, Forever Ago 10th anniversary show last night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Woulda been nice to be there, eh? Below is a performance of “Hayward, WI” an unreleased song from the time Justin Vernon wrote his classic debut. Could Hayward have been where he secluded himself in that cabin to write his masterpiece?  

Beach House

Listen: New Beach House “Lemon Glow”

Feb 14, 2018

Here's a surprise Valentine's kiss from Beach House at the eleventh hour, for everyone whose day was lovely or rotten. On the band's intagram they are "Wishing everyone out there love tonight". "Lemon Glow" is from the upcoming Beach House album due out this spring....and it's a dandy.


Watch: Preoccupations Video for “Antidote”

Feb 13, 2018

This video catches your attention in the most uassuming way and piques your interest for the forthcoming new Preoccupations album. The Canadian quartet will unleash New Material March 23rd on Jagjaguar, its follow up to their self-titled 2016 debut as Preoccupations . "Antidote" is the second taste of New Material and the video shows the band in bodily animation of the track before its trippy conclusion. 

From the press release: “Antidote” is the second single, a rhythmic burner showcasing a band at the top of their game. The visual for the song was directed by Michael Wallace and Evan Pearce. Matt from the band adds – “Antidote is about humans forgetting that we’re apes, it’s about trying to make sense out of something that we’d be better off not trying to make sense of. Its about having infinite knowledge at our fingertips, but still making all the wrong choices over and over. It’s about trying to find a moment in your day where you can take a breath and remember that we’re basically all just animals bumbling around.” 

The 4-piece will be touring this spring, known for their explosive almost to the point of cathartic live show, do not miss them. All North American dates as well as the UK and Europe shows can be found below.


4/14/18 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
4/16/18 Montreal, Que @ Theatre Plaza
4/18/18 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
4/19/18  Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
4/20/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Zone One) ^
4/23/18  Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
4/24/18  Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
4/26/18  Columbus, OH @ The A&R Music Bar *
4/27/18  Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle *
4/28/18 Chicago, IL @ Co-Prosperity
4/29/18  Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
5/1/18  Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret *
5/3/18  Edmonton, AB @ Starlite *
5/4/18  Calgary, AB @ Palomino *
5/5/18  Calgary, AB @ Palomino 
5/9/18  Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt 
5/11/18 Seattle, WA @ Barboza #
5/12/18  Portland, OR @ Star Theater #
5/14/18  San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop #
5/17/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #
5/18/18  Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo # (SOLD OUT)
5/19/18  Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
5/22/18 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
5/23/18  Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/24/18  St. Louis, MO @ Firebird 
6/5/18 London, UK @ London Underground
6/7/18 Berlin, D @ Musik & Frieden
6/10/18 Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
6/11/18 Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
6/12/18 Ramsgate, UK @ RMH
6/13/18 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
7/3/18 Amsterdam @ Sugarfactory
7/4/18 Hamburg @Molotow
7/5/18 Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
7/15/18 Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
^ w/ Odonis Odonis
* w/ Freak Heat Waves
# w/ Moaning