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Emily Wells is known as a talented multi-tasking multi-instrumentalist, exercising an acrobatic array of electronics in her live performance. For her latest release, she has shed the protective wall of gadgets and sounds and picked up only an acoustic guitar to reimagine the songs from her 2012 debut. The translation is flawless, and reveals a new perspective on these compositions, which easily hold their own with the stripped-down approach.
Nature Cruise are the trio of Eric, Laura, and Steven: high school buddies from Long Island, NY, who’ve grown up and reunited to take a fresh approach to making music together. Their approach is clear — a tight, forceful rock band crafting meticulously composed and arranged pop songs — so it’s no surprise that they often put their spin on covers of classic pop gems from the likes of Tears For Fears and Michael Jackson at live shows. Here, the band plays “The Crush Of A Crowded City,” one of the songs from their recent session — make sure to check back soon for their full episode with more music and interview.
Brass Bed is a four-piece band from Lafayette, Louisiana, that’s been busy finding its way over the past few years. Brushing off the sheen of studio perfection and pop shine, their sound has grown more raw, showing off all its bare, psychedelic soul. There’s a certain haze to their new sound that perfectly suits the new approach, taking on the confusion and uncertainty of life in song, and making a big, beautiful sound along the way. Here, they play a few tunes and chat with Maia about growing into their sound and getting feedback from longtime friends and fans on new directions.
David Wingo, a film composer from Austin, developed his group, Ola Podrida, from a recording project to a live band while living in NYC. Though their time in New York was brief — only about 3 years before Wingo took it back to Texas — it was a productive time that saw the band sharing stages with some big names, from Fleet Foxes and Beach House to a spot at All Tomorrow’s Parties, curated by Explosions In The Sky. Now a fully-collaborative four-piece band, Ola Podrida continues to craft catchy indie rock with cinematic touches.
Toubab Krewe are a true musical phenomenon. Hailing from the jam-friendly city of Asheville, North Carolina, they blend rock, folk, and West African influences into a psychedelic, instrumental blend of original grooves. Hard-touring, with a heavy foot in the festival circuit, the band is coming up on a decade of spreading their sound throughout the global music community. Here, they play their version of the traditional folk song, “In The Pines.”
Toubab Krewe are a true musical phenomenon. Hailing from the jam-friendly city of Asheville, North Carolina, they blend rock, folk, and West African influences into a psychedelic, instrumental blend of original grooves. Hard-touring, with a heavy foot in the festival circuit, the band is coming up on a decade of spreading their sound throughout the global music community. Here, they play some of their unique music and chat with Maia about how they came to incorporate their various influences into one sound.
Psychic Twin is the project of Erin Fein, an Illinois native from the Champaign/Urbana area who recently moved to New York. Writing and recording in solitude over the past two years, Fein doubled her vocals to create the ghostly mood of what would become Psychic Twin. Joined by Brett Sanderson and, later, Jonny Sommer to flesh out the music’s mysterious synth-rock atmosphere, Psychic Twin is expecting to release a new record later this year.
Dana Falconberry — a Michigan native currently based in Austin, TX, whose songwriting is distinctly inspired by visual art, books, and film — has come a long way from her early days studying classical ballet and modern dance. Her early recordings relied on a sparse and delicate touch, but, with her latest release, she brings on orchestration from a six-piece band to expand on her nostalgia-laden, orchestral pop-folk. Taking lyrical inspiration from idyllic childhood retreats to Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula, the band gives life to Falconberry’s stripped-down songs inspired by dreams, memories, and landscapes both real and imagined.
The Tablets is the music of Liz Godoy, whose background growing up as a dancer in Mexico and her time in the band The Fearsome Sparrow inspired her to work on music that is solely hers. Speckled with hints of Sixties pop, shoegaze, new wave, and lo-fi indie rock, her music is meticulously arranged (along with co-producer/bandmate Brenden Beu) and can happen live in any form from a duo up to seven musicians, varying from show to show.
Blood Red Shoes is a rock n’ roll band from Brighton, England, made up of the duo of Laura-Mary Carter on guitar and Steven Ansell on drums, with both contributing vocals. Big riffs, impossible drumming, and epic pop songs about mortality, alienation, escape, and hope, all bolstered by a fierce live show and a dry sense of humor, have grown the band’s reputation over the past few years. Here they play a few songs and chat with Maia about an encounter with the Rolling Stones, among other things.

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