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“I Got Nothing” by Scott Krokoff

With a rich and melodic sound drawn primarily from his love of 60s and 70s singer-songwriters, New Yorker Scott Krokoff weaves elements of folk-rock and country-pop into confessional and compelling Americana.

Krokoff’s college band, Equinox, played heavily throughout NYC in the 90s, releasing four albums before the different members settled into the workforce and “real life” took over. Krokoff, however, held his dream close and began pursuing a solo career. 2007’s A Better Life and 2012’s Realizations and Declarations, Vol. 1 both brimmed with lovely and tuneful revelations, which proselytized the art of taking risks in life.

Krokoff’s newest album Realizations and Declarations, Vol. 2 will be available on August 14, 2015.

Have a listen to “I Got Nothing” via Soundcloud or the player below.

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“I Got Nothing” by Scott Krokoff

Scott Krokoff

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“Crossing On A Bend” by Bourbon Street Beat

Inspired by 50s and 60s bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, as well as rock ’n roll legends like Elvis, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash, Bourbon Street Beat is influenced in technique and style. Reinterpreted with an indie edge, their new singles “Crossing On A Bend” and b-sed “She’s His Woman” showcase their sound perfectly.

Iain Hammond (vocals and guitar), Joe Morrison-Hay (bass) and Andy Mackenzie (drums) met at university and formed the band in 2012. Their last EP Knuckles Of Brass earned them a strong following in Manchester.

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“Crossing On A Bend” by Bourbon Street Beat

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“From A Zafira Comfort” by St. Christopher Medal

Scotpop four-piece Life With Nixon signed off for good in August of 1998 at Sleazy’s in Glasgow. A full seventeen years later, Ali and Kenny Mathieson, Billy Nisbet and David Mack, all four Nixons from that night at Sleazy’s, are about to release Sunny Day Machine the wonderful forthcoming debut album by St. Christopher Medal on Stereogram Recordings.

Along with newbie Andy Jeffries on piano, St. Christopher Medal make music that is full to the brim with seventeen years of life, love, kids, jobs and the whole history of rock ‘n roll. Ali Mathieson, who writes the songs and sings them, teaches in a high school in rural Perthshire. Kenny Mathieson, his brother and ace guitarist, spins vinyl at The Dead Rabbit in Upper Manhattan where he lives. Nisbet, Mack and Jeffries play bass, drums and piano in Perth, Teeside and Dorset respectively.

But Sunny Day Machine is a record that none of them could have made in their twenties. Its energy comes from long friendship. From deep love of music. They are about life — growing up, surviving over time, dreams, children — and they are sad and funny. The album is scheduled for release on August 10. Released on June 29, “From A Zafira Comfort” is the follow-up to the album’s first single, “Vatersay Love Song.”

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“From A Zafira Comfort” by St. Christopher Medal

St. Christopher Medal

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“17 Miles” by Jared Deck

Musically, songwriter Jared Deck has always worked to transcend genres, but his current transition comes naturally, as he puts his stamp on the timeless genre Midamericana.

Midamericana is the sound of our world – outside the big cities, between the coasts, where dreams are born and die. It’s the hopeless optimism in our stories and the bumpy rhythm of Old 66. In our world, there’s more culture being practiced than studied, and we like it that way.

Derek released the single “17 Miles” on June 2 with his band consisting of Brandon Cink (electric guitar); Fred Hanradt (bass); Travis McKinzie (drums); Jacy Deck (piano); Chris Wiser (organ); and Derek himself on vocals, acoustic guitar, and tambourine. It was produced by Wes Sharon (John Fullbright, Parker Millsap, Turnpike Troubadours, The Grahams). Plus, it was mastered by Eric Conn of Independent Mastering (Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Nickel Creek, Townes Van Zandt).

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“17 Miles” by Jared Deck

Jared Deck

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“Slow I Go” by Paul Doffing

Indie-folk musician, 6 and 12 string guitarist, Paul Doffing, is currently touring the United States (and beyond) on a bicycle. His first music/bike tour was the five-month Freedom From Fuel Tour in 2012. In five months he traversed the entire continent by bicycle playing thirty tour dates from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, California. He released his second, self-titled album in October 2013 and continues his tradition of touring without fossil fuels.

A road-worn depth reverberates throughout Doffing’s work. Songs unfold naturally, and a peaceful reflecting point is provided through his virtuosic guitar work and rich, poetic lyricism. The direct, unbridled nature of this music hints at someone who has spent long, contemplative hours harvesting melodies. Doffing’s voice shines as brightly as his guitar work, at times, evoking an otherworldly Neil Young. His lyrical content is reminiscent of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy – expansive, symbolic, and surprising. His music is influenced by his compassionate sense of duty more than it is by any particular artist.

His debut album, Blossom is You, combines graceful finger picking and rich lingering chords with deeply introspective lyrics. Like great cinema, the album has moments of bliss, torture, and melancholy. Doffing spent years in a psychedelic rock band before realizing he needed to go in his own direction. After completing Blossom is You, he set out on a 5,000-mile bike trip across the U.S. to bring his music to a broader audience. “I learned to smile at the challenges, to accept and accomplish the tasks I faced, and to feel safe without a plan.”

Songs of a man reveling in a new facet of his artistry were evident in his self-titled follow-up album. It brought out the lyrical side of his work. His vocal style brings in elements of rock and roll, blues, and folk. Lastly, his latest album, Songs from the (quaking) Heart, was released on May 30. The track “The Legend of Mick Dodge” can be viewed on YouTube. And the Austin Town Hall premier of his newest single “Reason” can be heard on Soundcloud. Plus, have a listen below to another gem from the latest album, “Slow I Go.”

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“Slow I Go” by Paul Doffing

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“Hold On Tight” by Sperry Alan

Hailing from Truro Nova Scotia, Canada, Sperry Alan, released their third album Before Our Time on April 21. The creative energy behind the band is John Alan Sperry, an artist who writes the lyrics and plays the music Sperry Alan publishes. John Alan Sperry recorded, mixed, mastered, produced and provided all vocals and guitar on the album.

Since landing on the alt-rock scene in 2004, Sperry Alan has had the privilege of sharing the stage with a number of prolific East Coast artists and has enjoyed the support of local radio air play.

Stream and download some of the tracks via Soundcloud. You may also purchase the album via bandcamp.

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“Hold On Tight” by Sperry Alan

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“17” by Street Party In Soho

The Newcastle four piece outfit, Street Party In Soho, released their critically acclaimed debut single Take Your Time in 2012. In the summer of 2013, the band played Brighton’s Great Escape Festival sharing a bill with the likes of The 1975 and Bastille. On June 29, 2015, they will release their newest single “17.”

With three members who are eighteen years old and a drummer who is just seventeen, Street Party In Soho personify teenage energy but possess a talent for songwriting and musicianship that belies their youth, channeling influences like The Maccabees, Glass Animals and Bombay Bicycle Club. The band consists of Ryan Young (lead vocals, guitar), Jackson Vert (backing vocals, guitar), Harry Webb (bass, sample pad) and Nathan Hogg (drums).

Steam the new single below or via Soundcloud.

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“17” by Street Party In Soho

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“Time For Love” by The Winachi Tribe

Sonic-soul, electro-funk collective, The Winachi Tribe, will release the single “Time For Love” on July 20 via A1M Records. Horns come courtesy of Tim Hutton (Ian Brown). The tracks were mixed by LC Coleman, produced by The Winachi Tribe and mastered at Abbey Road by Geoff Pesche.

The b-side, “Plant The Seed,” to the Time For Love EP has been chosen to feature in an upcoming documentary about legendary night club The Hacienda, titled Do You Own The Dancefloor?

The Winachi Tribe’s influences are as diverse as their own musical output. Sly & The Family Stone sit alongside The Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, creating a melting pot of references.

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“Time For Love” by The Winachi Tribe

The Winachi Tribe

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“Down” by Slim Loris

Stockholm-based indie rock quartet Slim Loris was formed by singer and bass-player Mattias Cederstam and guitarist Robert Barrefelt in 2009. The duo was soon accompanied by drummer Jonas Ellenberg and singer and guitarist Leon Lindström.

The band released their third album Love and Fear on May 19. Production was done by Pecka Hammarstedt (who also mixed the album) at Olga Studio and Mattias Cederstam at Slim Loris Studio. It was mastered by Jonas Ekström at Mastertone. Characterized by a fusion of modern pop sensibility, somber moods and 60’s British invasion influence, the band has been steadily gaining popularity. Stream the lead single “Down” via Soundcloud or the player below.

After a collection of demos in 2010 entitled Amateur Night at the Asylum, Slim Loris’ debut album Down To Earth was released in June 2011, led by the first single “Low” that showed the band’s fine-tuned song-writing skills and classic rock sense of melody.

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“Down” by Slim Loris

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“Captive” by Shannon Nicole

Oregon-based songbird, Shannen Nicole, has the innate ability to pen and deliver authentic, emotionally raw songs, maturely delivered and unmistakably soaked in the Beatles-esque vibes from her parents’ record collection.

Nicole’s debut album, Captive, shows her writing about things she or her friends experienced in high school, always captivated by those around her. The album was tracked at Flora Recording in Portland Oregon, a studio that has recently held the likes of The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket and Beth Orton.

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“Captive” by Shannon Nicole

Shannen Nicole

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