“It’s All Okay” by Julia Stone

Released today was Julia Stone‘s solo album By The Horns.

The video for the single, “It’s All Okay,” can be viewed on Angus and Jula Stone’s YouTube channel.

“You might say you’re wounded and I might say I’m hurt. But, we knew the difference then between the fire and the earth. And, we may say we’re broken and we may say we’re weak. But, we knew before we started, oh, the secrets we would keep.” ~ Julia Stone

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“It’s All Okay” by Julia Stone

Image courtesy of Music From Go To Woah

“Like Teenage Gravity” by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies (and a cover by Counting Crows)

Counting Crows’ released Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) via Collective Sounds on April 10, 2012. The album features a cover of the song “Like Teenage Gravity” by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies from his 2010 release Nowhere Nights via Red River Records.

Of the song, Counting Crows’ front man Adam Duritz wrote in the album’s liner notes:

“Ryan Spaulding raved about Kasey Anderson so I bought all the records and I really dug them. I really found out how right Ryan was a few months later when Kasey came down to Austin last year to play Smoke & Sand, Ryan’s Smashing Life (RSLblog.com) & Tyrannosaurus Record’s 2011 SxSW showcase. His big lonely rock songs are addictive but he crushed at Smoke & Sand with an acoustic set. Maybe that’s why I chose ‘Like Teenage Gravity’ to cover over songs like ‘I Was A Photograph’ or ‘Exit Ghost.’ I don’t know. I love his recording. It has a sparse almost hymn-like simplicity.” ~ excerpt from In Music We Trust.

Kasey Anderson & The Honkies are currently in the studio finishing up their forthcoming full-length, Let the Bloody Moon Rise, which will include a re-recording of “Like Teenage Gravity” – changing Anderson’s original into a full-on rock song. Have a listen below to 3 versions of the song: the original, the rough mix of the re-recording, and the Counting Crows’ cover.

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Image and mp3s courtesy of Alex Steininger of In Music We Trust

“Give and Take In” by Christi Lenée

Christi Lenée has been touring the US- many times, being seen on stage with Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band) and a stellar cast of musicians including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Jeff Coffin, and Stanley Jordan. Her recent EP Give and Take In has been receiving excellent reviews and gaining momentum.

Please have a listen to the title track below. In addition, this EP also includes the first of three movements from her modern finger-style piece “Evolution.” The movements have popped up on various internet radio stations recently.

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“Give and Take In” by Christi Lenée

mp3s courtesy of SoundCloud per Laurena Marrone of Grit PR & Promotion

Image courtesy of Lenée’s ReverbNation

“Red Letter Man” by Jason Myles Goss

Singer-Songwriter, Jason Myles Goss, will release his forthcoming album, Radio Dial, on June 17th, 2012. He enlisted the help of friends Austin Nevins (guitars) and Sam Kassirer (keys), both members of Josh Ritter’s Royal City Band. The album has a raw quality as engineer Myles Turney began with a live recording to 24-track analog tape.

Goss loves a good story and a memorable melody. Therefore, his lyrics inject meaning, his piano infuses melodies, and his guitar swells compliment his falsetto.

A common theme runs throughout Radio Dial – one in which Goss parallels the life of a boxer to the life of an artist. He shows how each is a performer at the mercy of their audience, laying everything they have emotionally and physically on the line. The most notable example is the track “Black Lights.”

Goss has previously been selected as a finalist in Newport Folk Festival Songwriters Contest and has been a two-time Regional Finalist in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest (2010 & 2011). He currently resides in Brooklyn and tours consistently throughout the US. You may download “Red Letter Man” on Goss’ SoundCloud.

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“Red Letter Man” by Jason Myles Goss

Image courtesy of Review Fix
Press Release courtesy of Sera Roadnight of MT Press

“Oceanside” by A City On A Lake

Oceanside is the self-titled solo debut and latest creative project from talented Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Alex Wong. After years of working closely with the likes of Vienna Teng, Amber Rubarth, Elizabeth and the Catapult and Ari Hest, Wong decided to pursue a solo career.

He released the first single off the upcoming record, featuring Ximena Sarinana, last week. Like the facebook page for the new project, A City On A Lake, here.

The full album will be released July 17th 2012.

“Oceanside” by A City On A Lake

Image and mp3 courtesy of Direct Current