Somerville duo Spot Collins’ album, Birch Beer is a stripped-down collection of folk-punk songs. The “punk” label may not be so apparent at first in the face of Spot Collins’ quiet, acoustic sound. But listen to the evocative lyrics, listen to the little twists going against the folk norm. Each song tells a single, encapsulated story, many of them presenting glimpses of life as a musician, especially “Jackie O. In Heat” or “Pretty Girl at the Punk Rock Show.” The simple, sparse instrumentals leave the spotlight on the raw, plaintive vocal line, adding to the overall intimate nature of the album. Overall, Birch Beer sounds weary, but happy, like someone picked up a guitar in the living room as the party’s winding down.
Here’s another batch of new releases from Massachusetts artists on Bandcamp! It’s a mix of singles and albums, all released in approximately the past two weeks. Take a look and find something new for your iPod this week. Continue reading
This week’s Five Songs features music from Worcester and the surrounding towns. I’ve already mentioned the Worcester area’s Amanda Cote Project on here, but let me just plug them again because they’re amazing and play out constantly. Listen to them, they’re awesome.
Here’s a sampling of some other music from this part of Central Mass. Continue reading
Two Tree performing at the Radio Bean in Burlington, VT. Photo taken from twotreeband.com.
Earlier this month, I recommended the album Save Me Summer by Two Tree, a folk band out of Northampton. This week, the duo was kind enough to answer some questions via email for Ten Miles, giving us a deeper look into the band and its music. Continue reading
This week’s Five Songs all come from Cape Cod. The Cape’s music scene is eclectic and exciting, something I’ve tried to capture with these tracks. Tracks that I could embed have been embedded. Other links lead to the artists’ sites. Continue reading
One of the tags on Two Tree’s Bandcamp page is “woods.” And that is exactly the image their music evokes, that of an intimate gathering in a wooded area. The Northampton duo plays low-key and deceptively simple folk music, with Keri Florence on vocals and keyboard and Luis Granda on acoustic guitar. Continue reading
Dogs of War, a fantastic folk band out of Western MA/Northern CT are almost done with their first self-titled album and need some fan support to get through the home stretch. Check out Dogs of War’s music here (including a couple free downloads!), then please click the Kickstarter link to read their story. Plus, they’re offering some sweet prizes in thanks for pledges, so it’s definitely worth a look.