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Sianna Plavin

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By Zach Kaufmann in New Music on Monday 22 November 2010

Former frontwoman for The Backyard Betties and backing vocalist and instrumentalist for Baltimore indie folksters like Soft Cat and Andy Abelow, Sianna Plavin recently moved to Providence, RI and is readying her first EP. Her songs are gentle and plaintively earnest, reminiscent of Loneliest in the Morning-era Julie Doiron. They wrap you up like a […]

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Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s

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By Zach Kaufmann in New Music on Thursday 23 September 2010

Indianapolis baroque pop band Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s just released their third LP, Buzzard, on their very own Mariel Recordings label, after well-publicized disagreements with Epic Records over their last album led to the split release Animal!/Not Animal. For Buzzard, frontman Richard Edwards enlisted the help of some friendly mid-westerners, including Tim […]

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Future Islands

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By Zach Kaufmann in New Music on Tuesday 20 April 2010

Baltimore synth-pop band Future Islands have been busy lately. Along with In The Fall, a 12″ EP of b-sides released earlier this month, their Thrill Jockey debut In Evening Air is due out May 4, right at the start of a month-and-a-half-long tour. Gerrit Welmers lays down dance-y New Wave rhythms and William Cashion slams […]

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Dead Drums

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By Zach Kaufmann in New Music on Saturday 3 April 2010

Caleb Moore, frontman for experimental pop band Lands and Peoples, has a new solo project, Dead Drums, and a new EP, Fashion Defense. In his own words it is: ’18 minutes of smooth-ass, tape hissed, abstract soundscapes and minimal instrumental pieces’. You can download it for free here.

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Page France

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By Zach Kaufmann in New Music on Friday 26 March 2010

Five feet of snow later and it looks like Baltimore’s finally done with Winter. 65 degrees and the sun shining and I’ve been re-listening to Page France’s jangly folk-pop. Rumor has it Sub Pop is doing a vinyl re-issue of Hello, Dear Wind. Huzzah! [Listen to Chariot by Page France now]

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