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Dispatch release first album since 2012, America, Location 12

Dispatch has released their first album since 2012 with America, Location 12. The band members have recently been working on solo projects, with both Chadwick Stokes Urmston (stage name Chadwick Stokes), and Brad Corrigan releasing solo projects over the last few years.

America, Location 12 is a great album for summertime with the positive vibes and just general upbeat tracks that Dispatch has made themselves famous for. Some of our favorite tracks include, “Only the Wild Ones”, “Painted Yellow Lines”, and “Midnight Lorry.”

I had the privilege of attending one of their release shows in Providence this past weekend. Dispatch performed an intimate set of four songs, three songs from the new album and one of their old hits.

Here is a link to the new album on Spotify:

 

 

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Two New Singles by Judah & The Lion

Nashville based indie-folk band Judah & The Lion have released two new singles this week, Stockholm and Take It All Back 2.0. The band also released a music video to Take It All Back 2.0, showing live footage of performances and background shots of the band.

Stockholm has a similar sound to Mumford and Sons, with a powerful chorus and a rhythmic beat.

Take It All Back 2.0 is a different adaptation of the original track, which was featured on the album Folk Hop N’ Roll, released earlier this year. The new version has a faster paced strumming on the banjo, and enhanced vocals. This is definitely seems like a song that would be incredible live.

Judah & The Lion are only gaining more popularity. Their music is fun, upbeat, and high energy. I have not attended one of their concerts yet, but it is something that is definitely on my bucket list.

 

Jam of the Day: Struggle by Cardboard Kids

Nashville based rock band Cardboard Kids have released a new single, “Struggle” off their anticipated upcoming EP Mint coming out in July.

“Struggle” has a relaxed vibe, and contains smoother vocals than the band’s previously released music. “‘Struggle’ isn’t the kind of song that reveals some uplifting formula to get through struggle in order to be happy. It’s an honest song about being in the middle of some crap and dealing with it because that’s just where you are.”, said frontman Jake Germany.

“Struggle” is a great glimpse of what’s to come for the Cardboard Kids, and the single can make fans even more excited for the upcoming EP with various styles of sound now in their repertoire.

 

Album Showcase: Calm Down, Everything is Fine by Mike Mains & The Branches

Mike Mains & The Branches sophomore album Calm Down, Everything is Fine has a great blend of various styles. There are songs that have rock influence, while their are other songs such as “Slow Down” which is calm and has a folk feel.

These mixtures of style are blended on the last track of the album Calm Down, Everything is Fine. The tack starts off calm, with some intimate verses, but picks it up halfway through and turns into a fantastic rock song. It contains really well written and clever lyrics, having lyrics that mention wine, Jesus, and Davey Crockett.

The album features some star studded musicians, with Matt Hoopes of Relient K on lead guitar, and Zac Farro of Paramore on the drums.

 

Jam of the Day: Lazy Eye by Silversun Pickups

A few weeks ago on my way to work, the radio station I was listening to mentioned the band Silversun Pickups. Ever since then, I have been jamming to their song “Lazy Eye”.

“Lazy Eye” has a great beat from the beginning of the track, and gets louder and heavier as the song goes on. It nearly sounds like two different singers, but it is the lead singer, Brian Aubert, on vocals the entire song.

If you enjoy this song, I would also recommend their song “Kissing Families”. It has a similar beat, and is also a fantastic song.

 

Artist Showcase: Run River North

Run River North is a band that I found about a year and a half ago. The bands first self titled album ‘Run River North’ had multiple tracks that were awesome, and had a overall very chill vibe. The tracks that I would highly recommend from this album would be Monster Calling Home, Lying Beast, Run River Run, Growing Up, and Foxbeard.

The second album ‘Drinking From a Salt Pond’ has more of an indie pop feel, and doesn’t hold the same chill vibe that made the self titled album great. With this being said, it is a good indie pop album, but I am just not feeling it as much as there first album. A jam I would recommend from ‘Drinking From a Salt Pond’ is the song ’29’.

Overall if you were to listen to just a few songs from this band I would certainly recommend checking out ‘Run River North’ over ‘Drinking From a Salt Pond’. But if you are more of a fan of indie pop ‘Drinking From a Salt Pond’ is worth checking out.