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new music: Sarah Mary Chadwick; Roxy Rawson

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“Sugar Still Melts in the Rain,” Sarah Mary Chadwick

–if you like Amanda Palmer, you probably like Australian visual artist and songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick. It’s a beautiful altfolk song with sparse piano and bold speak-singing which conveys heartbreak and emotional depth—“I float here on a cloud of pain but I would do it all again.” Sugar Still Melts in the Rain [Sinderlyn] is due out May 11, 2018.

“Rounded Sound,” Roxy Rawson

–Bay area artist and classically trained musician Roxy Rawson impressively fuses varied elements and vocal stylings for an artistic, eclectic result. She studied violin and piano at University of Paris VIII. Rawson’s vocals remind me a bit of St. Vincent. Her full-length album Quenching the Kill is out March 23, 2018.

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music review: Wind Burial

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Favoring female vox atop swirling melodies anytime any day and gravitating toward darkness, Wind Burial immediately caught my attention as it manages to convey intensity, danger and beauty.Varied instrumentation combined with sweeping arrangements resonates with atmospheric moodiness. It’s a compelling folk, alternative, psychedelic mélange that the Seattle band dubs desert-psyche.

Vocalist/Moog player Kat Terran provides a sonic depth with vulnerable and bold vocals. Her vocals sound similar to Zola Jesus, Chelsea Wolfe and Valerie Forgione. from my favorite 90s band Mistle Thrush. “Sleeping Giant” gloriously spirals and shimmies and immediately reminded me of Mistle Thrush. “Crown of Bones” features ominous lyrics and dazzles, twists and rocks a bit. Into the depths for the exquisitely wistful “A Story from the Sea.” The band effectively starts with gentle melodica and churns to a heart-pumping crescendo on “We Used to Be Hunters.” Terran showcases her stunning vocals yet again on the slower emotional “Traveler.”

The band recorded the album in an old wooden church in the historic seaport of Anacortes. Sounds like a cool setting. This is an album to play on repeat. Wind Burial quickly became my new favorite band.


Wind Burial
We Used to Be Hunters
Release date: March 17, 2015

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new video: Chelsea Wolfe “Flatlands”

–if you like gloomy folk, this is for you

29 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The El-Rey

6 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Cactus Club
7 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Firebird
8 – Louisville, Ky. @ The Veron Club
9 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Bottletree
10 – Tallahassee, Fla. @ Retrofit
11 – Orlando, Fla. @ Will’s Pub
12 – Tampa, Fla. @ State
13 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Jackrabbits
14 – Atlanta, Ga. @ The Earl
15 – Carraboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
16 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock n Roll Hotel
17 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ Union Transfer
18 – New York, N.Y. @ Highline Ballroom
**19 – Cambridge, Mass. @ Middle East
20 – Montreal, Q.C. @ Il Motore
21 – Toronto, Ont. @ Lee’s Palace
22 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Pyramid Scheme
23 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
24 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Triple Rock

5 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Blue Lamp
7 – Portland, Ore. @ Ted’s – Musicfest NW
8 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Biltmore
9 – Seattle, Wash. @ Barboza
12 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Rickshaw Stop
14 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Echo

for more info: Chelsea Wolfe website

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