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Paleo about to release third album for September release

In most cases the difference between a musician and a wanna-be is the amount of struggle one is available to put up with in order to keep making music. It's probably also the (always painful and challenging) acceptance that a music career cannot be judged by the bourgeois standards we all use on a daily basis to define what is successful or not. Choosing the rock'n'roll experience can mean living in a car for 5 years, traveling the country by yourself to play intimate shows, having the self discipline to write 365 songs a year, and the strength of being a team of one. This is what makes Paleo a real indie musician. "A View Of The Sky" is his third effort. The songs contained therein (vivid scrawls of a remarkable mind) are the first compositions he made following a marathon year - it is also Paleo's first collaboration with Partisan Records out of Brooklyn, NY-- home to Deer Tick, JBM, Mountain Man, and more. For a taste of the new album, check out this mp3.


From the Open Blog: Love at 20!

Love at 20 is the new project from former members of Clap Clap. Clap Clap received MTVU's "best new band" award, performed ME Television Special and a KVRX radio show, and were featured on "Real World Austin". Members of Love at 20 have produced and engineered acts like: The Sword (Austin), Iron Age (Austin), Nate Grace (Pitchfork Forkcast), Bluu Suede (American Idol Top 12 Finalist) and Cursive (Omaha, NE).

"If Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was more into Brit rock bands like Stereophonics rather than Prince, he would have called his band Love at 20."

"Love At 20 is not a fad band that will disappear into the masses. It has the sincerity and talent to stand on it's own. "Time To Begin" contains the type of music that has the longevity to stay with you for years ahead."

"Love At 20 combines their old band's inclination toward the dance floor with propulsive guitar fireworks and Groener's pent-up, Rivers Cuomo-esque croon." --AV Club

To support the release of "Time to Begin" in early November, four video vignettes will be released, each of which will feature a new up and coming Austin director paying homage to their favorite film maker.

(Ed.: this post taken from Love at 20's post on our DIY Open Blog, check out other Open Blog posts in the Deli Kitchen. Love at 20 are also among the nominees in our current poll...) 


Best of NYC #11: Sharon Von Etten, live at The Rock Shop, August 2

We continue our "Best of NYC Countdown", covering every day one of the artists that made our Year End Best of NYC list (a chart compiled by a jury comprised of local bloggers, music writers, promoters, record store personnel, DJs, and our writers and readers).

In a Brooklyn full of up-and-coming female artists, Van Etten’s sparse yet powerfully passive expressiveness creates a magnetic pull-quality that seems to set her apart. This is most un-rushed stuff I’ve heard in a long time – all while being totally captivating. The slow-paced, hypnotic melodies and harmonies, backed only by an acoustic guitar and set alongside self-reflective lyrics, are by no means boring. Getting utterly lost in the thoughtfully slow-paced arrangements isn’t a voluntary reaction Put that Xanax away – Van Etten’s soft falsetto and meditative melodies will calm both mind and soul. - On August 2, Sharon will be performing at a new venue/bar just next to Brooklyn Lyceum on 4th ave, called The Rock Shop. It's a cool space, we recommend you check it out.


Where Is My Mind?: Post Post’s Michelle Zauner

Don’t get them wrong - Philly’s indie quartet Post Post is a band of college kids, not a college band. Their brand of clever and infectious indie pop is bigger than any campus that can hold the unsigned troupe - comprised of Michelle Zauner (vocals/guitars), Kevin O’Halloran (bass/vocals), Casey Sowa (drums/vocals) and Marisa Helgeson (synths/vocals). And now, after trading in makeshift, DIY soundboards for a formal recording space, Post Post is ready to unleash (digitally and physically) their first-studio EP, Residents, with a CD release party at Kung Fu Necktie this Saturday August 7. We had a chance to chat with Zauner about the double-life of students/musicians and all things Post Post. Check out the interview here! (Photo by Neal Santos)


Night Horse's sophomore album Perdition Hymns drops August 3rd

Los Angeles band Night Horse

High-octane guitars mixed with a heavy dose of southern hospitality is what Night Horse is all about. Channeling inflences from southern rockers like the Allman Brothers, 38 Special, and The Black Crows, the new album was produced by Matt Bayles (formerly of Minus The Bear). Perdition Hymns hits the streets August 3rd thanks to Tee Pee records.

You can download their free EP, released back in June, Sympathy Ain't Free on their official website. If Southern rock gets your mouth watering, the boys will be playing August 8th @ The Echo's Power of the Riff Festival.