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04.15: Alt-country songwriter A.W. opens live-streamed show for Future Teens

Experts say that we may not see another live concert until next fall, but that won't stop the most passionate from chasing their dreams of performing great music. Alt-country songwriter A.W., a major collaborator in the alternative scene, will perform live on Instagram on Wednesday, April 15th as an opener for Philly-based indie powerhouse Future Teens. A.W. has worked with artists and bands such as The Front Bottoms, The Wonder Years, and Chris Farren, and has released three full albums and several EPs of their own original music. As one of the key voices in the rising alt-country scene, A.W. is an act to watch, even if it's on the small screen for a while. Take a listen to their latest track, "Good Luck", which they released under the name Charlie Mtn., and don't miss their show on April 15th at 3:00 p.m. on the Instagram account @SmartPunkRecords. - Will Sisskind

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Ryan Burns & The Vocal Ghosts "Mistakes Were Made"

Ryan Burns (of Distant Brothers) recently released a new single called "Mistakes Were Made". This is his first single since rebranding to include his live band, The Vocal Ghosts, in all marketing. This is the first new music from Burns since last year's EP "The Institute", and the first single single from the band's forthcoming album.

You can hopefully catch Ryan as part of the Distant Brothers on May 11th at Montrose Saloon and as Ryan Burns & The Vocal Ghost on June 11th at Cole's Bar.

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Hayfitz charts the human condition softly on "Kitchen"

It’s been an engaging (and exciting) experience to see the through-line developing on Capsules, the forthcoming debut record by New York-based folk soothsayer Hayfitz, something one could liken to reading sections from a diary non-linearly. New track “Kitchen” maintains a similar environment to previous single “Daylight,” as Brandon Hafetz’s quiet, impressionistic recollections of the past drift over evenhanded guitar chords and lush analogue synths, but while Hafetz’s last single detailed the harsh truth of being honest and having “sober conversations,” “Kitchen” feels like a fresh start. A repeating chorus of questions (“What’s your name? What’s your story?”) emphasizes the different kind of intimacy the single details, the terrifying prospect of knowing someone else and being known yourself. Once more, Hafetz’s focus on the vulnerable nature of the human condition, the pain inherent to our interconnecting lives, is rendered brightly, beautifully, and softly, through trembling falsetto and an intrepid blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. Give it a listen below ahead of his LP’s release on May 29th. —Connor Beckett McInerney

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Anna May highlights sincerity in new record "I’m still thinking of you"

Waterford, Connecticut’s Anna May, takes her time, she allows the full sonic embrace of her new record I’m still thinking of you to grip, to heal. “I believed” is the long track that welcomes you to a world formed by Anna’s light acoustic guitar strums, rich vocals, and heartfelt, succinct lyrics. Tracks like “Velvet and gold,” tell through upbeat folk music stories of people you may want to know, precious individuals, as precious as they are described. “Where I belong” is the type of country-style song that is as sincere in its storytelling as it is pleasant in sound. There is a soothing nature that exists in the picturesque tales Anna presents; in times of uncertainty, music, and tales are exactly what we need. Stream the title track below for a glance at the imagery the music elicits. - Rene Cobar

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Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding "Last Flight Out"

Steve Dawson (of Dolly Varden) & Funeral Bonsai Wedding are returning on May 8th with their latest album, Last Flight Out, on May 8th. They recently released the album's title and opening tracking which is accompanied by the Joel Benjamin and Diane Christiansen animated video below.

The core of the Funeral Bonsai Wedding are the talented local jazz greats Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone), Charles Rumback (drums), Jason Roebke (bass and string arrangements). Through out the album he is also joined by a string section consisting of Inger Carle, Andra Kulans, Vannia Phillips, and Melissa Bach.

When asked about the album's title track Dawson had this to say; "The more I think about this song, and the whole album, really, it seems to be about the feeling that we are all living through a giant collective ending. With climate change, global rage and violence, the undoing of the fabric of society it feels like an ending. So, the next thought is, “how can I best use the time that’s left?” This song feels like an acknowledgement of the situation. The song purposely has no tonic - no clear home base chord - and the strings wind through it like vines searching for places to hang on."

Photo by Matthew Gilson

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