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Clarence Bucaro, “Two Men Down”

Apr 30, 2012 6:00 AM by Will Durkin
Clarence Bucaro, “Two Men Down”

With his literate lyrics, richly toned voice, and rustic aesthetic, Clarence Bucaro has developed a singular sound that is distinctly American. On his fifth album, Walls of the World, he explores the concepts of political and personal division, and how they affect both our personal lives and the larger narrative of world events.

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Bucaro was first inspired to write about this topic during a trip to Jerusalem and experienced the contrast between the old world majesty of Jerusalem and the squalor of the refugee camps in Ramallah and the West Bank. The imposing presence of the wall that separated the two sides was impossible to escape and served as a physical manifestation of the larger divisions between the two cultures.

Clarence explains. “These songs were written after having my son and my perspective changed as I saw how having a child fits into a conflicted and divided world. So the two perspectives of the album became a marriage of observing the outside world with how it ties in to my personal own world.”

“Two Men Down” is an elegant folk song written as a tribute to two conflict photojournalists – Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington – who were killed in Libya while covering the rebel uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

If you enjoyed “Two Men Down,” check out his video for “Child of War” – another track off of Walls of the World.

Hiss Golden Messenger, “Westering”

Apr 27, 2012 6:00 AM by Will Durkin
Hiss Golden Messenger, “Westering”

Hiss Golden Messenger is an eastern seaboard collaboration between North Carolina-based songwriter M.C. Taylor and Brooklyn-based multin-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch. The two have been playing music together for almost two decades and are finally getting the proper attention they deserve with their fourth full length album, Poor Moon. For a taste of their unique alt-country sound, check out album highlight “Westering.”

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Letterist, “100 MPH”

Apr 26, 2012 6:00 AM by Will Durkin
Letterist, “100 MPH”

New York dance rock group Letterist formed in 2006 through a chance encounter at a party – a fortuitous circumstance considering the three members come from Minnesota, Missouri and Florida. Since then, they’ve been cranking out tunes that they describe as “the perfect soundtrack to the best 80’s John Hughes film never made.”

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich, “Atlas Hands”

Apr 25, 2012 6:00 AM by Will Durkin
Benjamin Francis Leftwich, “Atlas Hands”

With a voice soft and sweet like Elliot Smith, Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a musician whose songs are immediately captivating with their intimate sound. 

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MxPx, “Far Away”

Apr 24, 2012 1:04 PM by Will Durkin
MxPx, “Far Away”

As someone who grew up in the 90’s, it’s hard to believe that MxPx are turning 20 this year. Their California skate-punk sound is something that is quintessentially youthful, but they, along with like minded groups such as Green Day andNoFX, have proven their longevity by continuing with album after album of fun, energetic punk.

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Martyr Man, “When It Rains, It Pours”

Apr 24, 2012 11:32 AM by Will Durkin
Martyr Man, “When It Rains, It Pours”

New Orleans native Martyr Man is addicted to making music. His life is a constant hustle to achieve his dream of making it as a musician, but his story is one that many artists share – the burning desire for self expression hindered by the economic realities of the world. 

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Daniel Bedingfield, “Secret Fear”

Apr 23, 2012 12:41 PM by Will Durkin
Daniel Bedingfield, “Secret Fear”

In 2001, Daniel Bedingfield was catapulted to international music fame with his surprise smash hit “Gotta Get Thru This.” He followed that with a string of hits that had many critics naming him the next big thing in pop, but in 2004 his career stalled when he ran into troubles with his label. Now free of those issues, Bedingfield is back and ready for the spotlight.

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Duniven, “Passage to Nowhere”

Apr 20, 2012 3:26 PM by Will Durkin
Duniven, “Passage to Nowhere”

LA rock n’ roll troubadour Patrick Duniven and his band (who collectively are known as Duniven) plays the kind of rich, Americana style music that is reminiscent of many great American rock heroes. Listening to a track like “Passage to Nowhere,” it’s easy to hear traces of Dylan, Petty and Springsteen. Duniven skillfully avoids repetitive terriotory though, instead continuing the tradition with his own take on the genre.

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Brave Chandeliers, “Mad Men”

Apr 18, 2012 6:00 AM by Will Durkin
Brave Chandeliers, “Mad Men”

In the midst of the Great Recession, Nick Drum and Jon McNeill did the unthinkable – they quit their jobs. Feeling tied down in their respective corporate environments, the two friends took a leap of faith and decide to follow their musical dreams. All it took was one jam session for them to realize that they had something special. Thus the Brave Chandeliers, a soulful power-pop antidote to the 9-5 daily grind, were born.

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Diya Kareem, “Love, Space and Time”

Apr 17, 2012 6:00 AM by Will Durkin
Diya Kareem, “Love, Space and Time”

Have you ever met someone and felt that instant connection where deep down something clicks and you know you just get them? In some cases those moments lead to lifelong relationships, but in others external factors get in the way and it doesn’t work out. Even if it’s just for a brief instant though, those moments of mutual understanding are powerful experiences. 

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