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Video: Anna of the North – “Us” (Acoustic Version)



Oslo based duo Anna of the North unveil a new take on their latest single “Us” – a self-recorded visual accompaniment to a delicate, acoustic rendition of the original, which has been streamed over 2 million times.

The fascinatingly fragmented, synth-driven follow up to previous singles “Sway”, “The Dreamer” and “Baby”; “Us” delves deeper into Anna of the North’s lore and emotion, dusk into evening and all the promise — good and bad — that night brings.

Speaking of the track the duo, consisting of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith, say: “It’s about a relationship between two people with a really strong connection. When it’s so good it’s bad for you. All of us have had that special person you’ll never forget where the timing wasn’t right”

The duo’s songs have been streamed over 32 million times, and caught the attention from tastemakers like Fader, NYLON, Noisey, Pigeons and Planes and Gorilla Vs Bear and have risen to the top of the Hype Machine charts. “Sway” also garnered an official remix from certified hit makers, The Chainsmokers.

Anna Of The North has recently completed a tour with Kygo, as well as run of UK dates including The Great Escape and shows with Liss. Further news of live shows coming soon.  “Us” is out now via Honeymoon.

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Stream Civil Twilight’s Acoustic Album: Story of an Immigrant


Civil Twilight, originally from South Africa, and now Nashville based, are living proof of what happens when you stop worrying about being the chosen one and make music built on both the roots that grew you and the love that keeps you thriving every day.
Civil Twilight’s songs embrace every corner of human emotion, balancing delicate, poetic lyrics with sweeping arrangements that touch all the senses: a phrase to make you think; a rolling drumbeat you can feel in your bones; a guitar vamp as illustrative as a picture; a shimmer of keys whose light can nearly be seen and heard.
The same goes for their most recent release – a gorgeous, goose-bump giving acoustic rendition of their album, Story of an Immigrant, which premiered via Billboard.  “It was a lot of fun breaking these songs down to their core, stripping them naked and giving them a new outfit,” singer Steven McKellar tells Billboard. “To see what else we could bring out of them and what else they could say. These versions allow the listener a closer look and hopefully a more intimate experience of the original album.”
Available via Wind-up Records and one year since the release of the original record, the acoustic record also features three bonus tracks, “Letters from the Sky” and “Save Yourself”, plus an ethereal cover of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” that premiered a few weeks prior via Consequence of Sound.
Following appearances at Bonnaroo and Firefly this Summer, the band will continue across the country on a headlining tour this July. With a handful of upcoming shows with Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness, the band also announce today that they will be direct support for Nothing But Thieves this Fall.  The tour sees them travel to Canada, down the west coast of America through the Pacific North West and into Southern California, with another leg in October that brings them to the East Coast and into the South.
* with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness 
**with Nothing But Thieves
7/19 The Old Rock House – St Louis MO
7/20 Schubas Tavern – Chicago IL
7/21 Wooly’s – Des Moines IA *
7/22 The Blue Note – Columbia MO *
9/14 Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre**
9/16 Edmonton AB @ The Starlite Ballroom**
9/17 Calgary, AB @ Commonwealth**
9/19 Seattle, WA @ Neumos**
9/20 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom**
9/22 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall**
9/23 Santa Ana, Ca @ Constellation Room**
9/24 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues Voodoo Room**
10/21 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry**
10/22 Pittsburg, PA @ Stage AE**
10/23 Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel**
10/25 Nashville, TN @ Exit In**
10/26 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground**
10/28 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn**
10/30 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West**
11/01 Orlando, FL @ The Social**

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Check ‘Em Out: Rossy – “Roses” (cover)

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Check out this acoustic version of The Chainsmokers’ “Roses” by Rossy. He’s a singer/songwriter, producer and director living in San Diego. This year he plans to release his solo catalog with influences ranging from pop, reggae and hip-hop.

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Listen: Neil Young – “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”

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Neil Young has released a brand new studio recording titled, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?,” via NeilYoung.com.

The new song is featured on Young’s upcoming album, STOREYTONE, which will be released this November. Details to be revealed soon. The song was originally performed at a Crazy Horse show in the U.K. this summer and more recently part of Young’s solo acoustic set at Farm Aid this past Sept 13th, at Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh North Carolina. The audience did indeed stand up and sing along in unison in support of the song’s plea to end our dependence of fossil fuels and realize our responsibility to protect our earth’s fragile eco systems to ensure the quality of life for future generations. To learn more visit: http://www.neilyoung.com/news/

Young also recorded the track backed by a 92-piece symphony and choir. Live, orchestral and solo acoustic versions of “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” are all available via NeilYoung.com. Here are all three versions to check out:

Listen: Neil Young – “Who’s Gonna Stand Up” (Orchestral Version)

Listen: Neil Young – “Who’s Gonna Stand Up” (Live Version with Crazy Horse)

Listen: Neil Young – “Who’s Gonna Stand Up” (Acoustic)

“I’d like to make a record with a full-blown orchestra, live — a mono recording with one mic. I want to do something like that where we really record what happened, with one point of view and the musicians moved closer and farther away, the way it was done in the past. To me that’s a challenge and it’s a sound that’s unbelievable, and you can’t get it any other way,” Neil told Billboard in March.

More information to be announced soon. Until then, please enjoy “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” Lyrics are below:



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Speaking of folk music…

Somehow I forgot to mention another great act that’s coming to town…on Monday, actually!

Matt Jones, from Michigan, has a new debut solo album that’s going to be released on the 7th. But I will tell you, I’ve heard it, and it’s good stuff. The Black Path is a good cd to have on while you’re cozied up on the couch reading a book. My favorite tracks are “Threadlines” and “Holy Light”, though all 11 songs are beautiful; melancholic, but captivating.

On Monday, the 9th, he’ll be performing right here in the Burgh. Guess where? Morning Glory Coffeehouse!!! So, check out Matt on last.fm (where, again, I’ve posted the show under his profile)…and then go see him in person. THEN, in another week and a half, you can go again to see The Accident That Led Me To The World!!!

Oh yeah, you can go check him out on MySpace, as well. (Of course!)

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It Wasn’t an Accident

Cover from self-titled debut album
Cover from self-titled debut album

“Will disappear into the horizon in the blink of an eye, leaving your panoramic ocean view fathomless and without object.” That is the last sentence in the description on last.fm for The Accident That Led Me To The World. That one sentence sums up their entire persona.

Sometimes we need to be reminded that being a musician takes more than being able to pick out cool beats and mix ’em all up. Mark Mandeville, Raianne Richards, and Zack Ciras can show you all about being musicians. Just listening to their melodies forces you (in a good way) to remember and appreciate the skills necessary in making music.

It’s impossible to get bored by their sounds because of how many instruments they play. They’ve got guitars, bass, a banjo, and clarinet. Not to mention their voices themselves.

They’re a folk music trio from Massachutsetts, and they’re coming this way! They’ll be here in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, February 18th, playing at the Morning Glory Coffeehouse. (I’ve added the event onto their page on last.fm that you can find here.)

If you love listening to music in a relaxed, intellectual setting with like-minded people, you should definitely come to the show. Even if you don’t go to relaxed settings to listen to ‘quieter’ music often, you should still come to this show. It’s a Wednesday people, save your fist-pumping drum-blaring jams for the weekend! (ha!) Show these guys how awesome Pittsburgh is!

Cover from newest album "The Island Gospel"
Cover from newest album “The Island Gospel”

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Don’t Keep it on the Low

I wanted to take the chance to tell you guys about my boy Brando. He’s a great friend and cool guy that’s been making music in some form or another for years. He’s recently moved to Orlando, and has just posted a new song up on his MySpace page.

His music ranges from acoustic and reggae and mostly whatevers in between. His new song, “Keep it on the Low” is fantastic. So, if you get a chance, swing by his page (by clicking here) and check it out (along with his other jams, too!)!

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