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Sam Evian unveils single 'Sleep Easy' + announces LP 'Premium'

The solo project of (Deli celebratedCelestial Shore’s Sam Owens, Sam Evian showcases the transformation of a quirky, talented songwriter into a more mature, original artist. Latest single “Sleep Easy” (streaming) features a more linear sound, without giving up the songwriter's beloved odd tempo changes, which are almost randomly - but very organically - disseminated throughout the song. Sam's experimental urges, though, don't distract from the song, a mid tempo ballad venturing into dreamy territories not entirely foreign to the sound of Celestial Shore, although folkier and twangier than anything ever released by the Brooklyn band.  Check out the video here. The track is off debut album, 'Premium,' which will be released soon by Saddle Creek Records.

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New Track: "Nightswimming" (R.E.M. Cover) - Rob Grote (The Districts)

Before leaving for tour, The District's Rob Grote was asked to record a tune for Amazon's Songs of Summer playlist. He chose to cover "Nightswimming" by R.E.M., off their 1992 LP Automatic for the People. There is certainly a nocturnal feel to this lo-fi version, transporting you into simply a music lover's bedroom in the middle of the night, where he is alone with his toys and one of his favorite songs. You can stream the new track HERE.

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Buzz Alert: NYC's folk-pop quartet Bailen tours all over the place + plays Rockwood on 06.30

Music fans have different tastes, we all know that, but it's rare to find somebody who can't relate to pitch perfect vocal harmonizations. That's something NYC folk-pop quartet Bailen delivers with flair. The group might have recorded just one song so far ("Something Tells Me," streaming, released at the beginning of the year), but that was enough to open several doors, including the Rockwood Music Hall ones (where they'll be performing on June 30th) and the... Taipei, Taiwan ones! Yes, the band is scheduled to perform four July shows in the Asian island, supporting local hero Yen-J, before embarking on an East Coast tour that will take them right back to Rockwood Music Hall on August 26th. The video for the single gives us an obvious clue on why Bailen is getting fresh buzz in a scene as crowded as NYC: they are really good performers, and their music is extremely reletable and sincere. Don't miss the Rockwood show on the 30th!

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Rosali Record Release Show at Ortlieb's June 26

Philly singer-songwriter Rosali recently released her debut full-length album Out of Love via well-respected local indie label Siltbreeze. The LP effortlessly flows with her mellifluous vocals and a tinge of psychedelic twang, helping to root her songs in a timeless sonic spectrum. Rosali just came back from a run of shows in the South with Mary Lattimore, and they'll be celebrating Out of Love tonight with a hometown show at Ortlieb's. The tour buddies will also be joined by the garage-pop sounds of Baltimore's Hothead, a.k.a. Laurie Spector. I can't think of a better way to wind down this summer weekend. Ortlieb's, 847 N. 3rd St., 7pm, $10, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman

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Free Kittens & Bread Rock Out Some Sad Tunes with “American Miserablist”

Austin-based guitarist Chase Spruiell has gathered his bandmates once more (Mark Hawley on guitar, Nate Lugo on bass, and Gabe Garcia with drums) to create this newest album from up-and-coming indie punk rock band, Free Kittens & Bread. The jovial group’s newest effort, called American Miserablist, was released through Bad Wolf Recordings, and it is eleven short punkish songs that will give you the perfect amount of rush.

Standing opposed to the lighthearted humor of their band name, each song from the album is marked by some sad, ornate lyrics. It’s kind-of an emo alternative- a great break-up album that provides listeners with a good mix of slow and fast songs for any situation that might have one down, but without the screaming and all those not-always welcome emo trappings. That’s nice for those of us who don’t really get the emo thing, as that genre and country have a pretty good lockdown on the sentimental break-up racket, which just isn’t that fair. If nothing else, that alone is worth appreciating this excellent piece of local indie/folky/punky rock music.

If you’re going through a rough patch, give a listen below, and maybe set a few of those sorrows free with some music that gets where you’re at.

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Chandana Kamaraj

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