“Bag of Rocks” by Josh Matthews

Singer/songwriter and alt-folk artist, Josh Matthews, has previously been featured artist on MusicArtiste for his first release, A-Sides.

His new sophomore release, Co-Patriot, will be available nationally on April 19. Describing the writing and recording process, Matthews reflects on Co-Patriot saying, “I was not scared to color out of the lines and be rough.” The new album came together while Matthews was touring A-Sides.

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“Bag of Rocks” by Josh Matthews

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Image and mp3 courtesy of Jennifer & Samuel of Working Brilliantly

“We Belonged” by Stoney

The distinctive songwriting talent of the critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Mark Stoney, has been held in high regard among many in the know on both sides of the Atlantic for some time now. And, his new album More Than Animals demonstrates his natural Brit-pop sensibilities refined with profoundly intimate lyrics and melodic arrangements that burst with passion, personality, and depth.

Stoney’s keen ear for classic pop melody combined with a sharp lyrical potency and rare ability to effectively blend genres from folk to rock to trip-hoppy-electronica earned him a loyal following in the city that spawned such acts as Arctic Monkeys.

Despite his growing success, Stoney decided to cross the pond to Texas, following a performance at the world renowned SXSW festival. Shortly after, he unexpectedly re-emerged with a new musical act called “Bobby Jealousy”. Co- founded with neighbor and friend Seth Gibbs and local punk firecracker Sabrina Ellis, the trio of songwriters combined classic pop songwriting with a punk energy and soulful melodies to great effect. Defining the term “Dirt-Pop”, Bobby Jealousy quickly became one of Austin’s most lauded bands for their originality and rigorous live shows. In 2012, the band released an album and toured both U.S. coasts before Stoney parted ways to resume his solo work.

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“We Belonged” by Stoney

More Than Animals

Image and mp3 courtesy of James Moore of Independent Music Promotions

“Destination” by Nickel Creek

After nine years, Nickel Creek is releasing a new album! I remember seeing these guys perform back in 2004 (opening for Howie Day) at the MSU Auditorium when I was a student. Then, in 2007 I drug my sister to see their Farewell . . . for Now Tour at the Meridian in Houston which has since closed down. My sister loved it!

There will be a limited Nickel Creek tour this spring, as well as some festival dates this summer. Have a listen to the new single, “Destination.”

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“Destination” by Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek

Image and mp3 courtesy of Nickel Creek’s recent email campaign