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Song of the Day: Steven Wilson – What Life Brings

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Most people, after releasing a new album from a long-dormant band, might be content to rest on their laurels for a bit. Steven Wilson is not most people. Just a little over a year after the release of Closure/Continuation, which saw Wilson reuniting with (most of) his bandmates in Porcupine Tree for their first release since 2009, Wilson is back with his latest solo album, The Harmony Codex, with that album itself following fairly close on the heels of Wilson’s …

Song of the Day: Sonic Tides – The Maze, Pt. 2

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“The Maze, Pt. 2″ is the latest single from Belgian psych/noise/post-rock band Sonic Tides, taken from their upcoming EP Six Sided Square, which is out on October 13th via Epictronic. Check it out below.

Concert Review: James McMurtry, September 22, Horseshoe Tavern

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In the moments before Texas singer-songwriter James McMurtry would take to the stage at The Horseshoe Tavern on Friday night, a fellow concertgoer struck up a conversation with me, commenting that he knew it was going to be a good show as most of the crowd were over the age of 60. I think I kind of get what he was going for, but then again, I’m also not quite sure that his logic fully works out as older folks …

Song of the Day: Teenage Fanclub – Back To The Light

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Today sees the release of Teenage Fanclub‘s latest, Nothing Lasts Forever, an album that deals with themes of mortality, darkness and light, and the changing of seasons. Based on some of the album’s lyrics and subject matter (or for that matter, the title of the album itself), one might suspect that the members of Teenage Fanclub were feeling a bit down during the period when they were writing the songs for this album, and while it does have its moments …