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The summer sun shone brightly through the storefront windows of Luna Music on the day Poliça came by to perform. Already a vinyl lover’s oasis, the store could’ve hardly looked more inviting, more picturesque to even the most melancholy of visitors. But with a bass tone that could narrate a walk down an abandoned alley and the echoic vocals of singer Channy Leaneagh, the Minneapolis-based synthpop group gave listeners no reason to doubt that they were somewhere damp, dark, and reverberant, grooving to the most sexually charged music to hit Luna since it restocked Purple Rain. read more
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” wrote Sir Isaac Newton. As the world becomes more and more obsessed with digital technology and, accordingly, music becomes more and more electronic and refined, the antithesis is, and must be, music that is far less refined; music that is unabashedly nostalgic, sentimental, and pure in accordance with the standards of old. This is not to say that Lily & Madeleine are intentionally rejecting the trajectory of modern music. Their popularity, however, suggests that there is a growing undercurrent of listeners longing for barely remembered traditions to be reborn in a modern context. In this way, Lily & Madeleine are the granddaughters of our imagined music of yesteryear, in both sight and sound. read more comments
This January we kicked off a new year of sessions with Chicago's up-and-coming Bonzie. Bonzie is the talented Nina Ferraro. Ferraro's lyrics and control exhibit a musical talent that is well beyond her years. Nina's often dark and lilting melodies transform and blend into a mysterious yet comforting and familiar sound. Her stripped down set up is rounded out by her wonderfully sweet voice. read more comments
Motel Beds are a veteran rock and roll band from Dayton, Ohio that bashes out whiskey-slamming nuggets of guitar-driven fury while always keeping sharp ears for a memorable hook. It’s a formula that has won generations of rebellious hearts since the glory days of the British Invasion, and Motel Beds grit it up in a no-frills package that does its hometown justice with a guts-and-sweat spirit rather than giving in to trends. read more comments
Jonny Fritz stopped by the Do317 Lounge for a Pabst Blue Ribbon session. Check out this gem he threw down for us. read more comments
In Record Store Day’s inaugural year back in 2007, it’s safe to say hardly anyone predicted its future trajectory towards becoming an official holiday for devotees of song. What started as a modest nod to the locally run brick-and-mortars standing up against seemingly impossible odds is now audiophiles’ annual Christmas in April, with every other high-profile act and major label sidling up alongside perennial indie darlings with exclusive releases, colored vinyls, never-before-released live performances and box sets, and preciously limited prints. read more comments
There’s much to be admired in any act of longevity. When longevity comes in the humble pursuit of happiness in a volatile industry known to lift up one buzzed-about, celebrated act after another - before deriding it and calling it a sellout as it’s chewed up and spit out - to achieve longevity is absolute cause for celebration. Such volatility is the unforgiving nature of the music industry over the course of any given month, let alone each of the dozen months in a given year for a span of more than sixteen years. read more comments
This is Blitzen Trapper. Why have they chosen to spare the other reindeer? I dont know. They never really seem to address their beef with Blitzen. Alas, some questions are probably better left unanswered. What I can tell you is that theyre an acclaimed indie folk/country band from Portland, Oregon and that we at LaundroMatinee are thrilled to be featuring them again. You can catch their 2009 session with us here. I can also tell you that if they finally do trap Blitzen and Santa cant make his annual sleigh ride, theyre going to have to confront an entire generation of disappointed children. A little Blitzen Trapper might cheer them up, though. They are quite good, after all. read more comments
In 2008, Joe Pug stopped by for a quick set outside a heavily shingled house. His hair was long; his clothes were plain and worn. He was living in Chicago, writing and performing as an unsigned musician, though he had just released his Nation of Heat EP. Some might say this was the beginning, but for a writer, the beginning is really when you start forming memories. His songs were good, and he performed them well. You can watch the session here. read more comments
Watching Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros play their communal songs of love, joy and genuine heart at this particular moment in time, its impossible to fully extricate my mind from the mood of our country in the wake what befell our nation so heartlessly little more than a week ago. The devastation of that massacre casted a black cloud over the minds of the entirety of our land as parents, as daughters, sons, teachers, students, friends, neighbors, and sympathetic strangers. An atrocity such as the one that occurred on December 14, 2012 is a tragedy so horrendous many of us could hardly have feared such hell beforehand. Like every senseless tragedy, it was previously an unfathomable nightmare, and now its a reality. read more
Theres no arguing against Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native JD McPherson having been cut from a cloth. Fortunately for us, that cloth is the sort of sweat-soaked, whiskey-stained garment that has lined the pockets of worn denim and wiped thick brows toiling in the midday sun, on factory lines, and behind roadhouse bars for generations. Its an inherently American fabric composed of the touchstones of rock and roll as we know it with stalwart fibers of timeless power. read more comments
Seven years ago, The Lumineers began as folk-rock duo in Ramsey, NJ with Wesley Schultz on acoustic guitar and lead vocals and Jeremiah Fraites providing the rhythm and backing vocals. Fast-forward through a westward move, a Craigslist phone call for a cellist (filled by Neyla Pekarek), and a whole lot of singing and stomping, and you get an indie label-singed, Denver-based trio working their way up the Billboard charts, playing some of the catchiest, most energetic folk-rock around. 2012 has been a particularly good year for The Lumineers, seeing their first LP, self-titled, released by Dualtone Records, and healthy run of sold-out shows across the United States. read more
Whether they wanted to or not, CHAPPO have embraced most, if not all, the storylines for indie bands over the last five years. Borne of a craigslist roommate search, the Brooklyn-based quartet were self-producing and self-releasing their own EPs until recently signing with Majordomo Records for whom they recently recorded an LP at a remote cabin in Vermont. In the last year, theyve been everywhere from Bonnaroo to your television screen via Apple and Sears commercials. Not bad for a self-proclaimed space rock band. read more
Faun Fables, the musical moniker of exceptional songstress and versatile artist Dawn McCarthy and her steadfast partner and collaborator Nils Frykdahl (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), turned in a stunning performance to their loyal cadre of fans when the band brought their patented mix of music, folklore, theater and dance to The White Rabbit Cabaret in early May. Laundromatinee was fortunate enough to earn a private performance from Faun Fables at the Do317.com Lounge in its infancy earlier in the afternoon. read more
To describe Yuna as an emerging pop star is significantly misleading. This stunning young woman has already earned a law degree in her home country of Malaysia. She also owns a clothing boutique. read more
Colin Hays music was popular around the world more than a generation and a half or so ago back when he was the lead vocalist and primary songwriter for the exceptionally popular Australian pop band Men at Work. The band came to a halt in 1985, and Hay knew what it was like to have a collection of radio hits under his belt. What casual fans of 80s pop and Men at Work may not realize is that Colin Hay has proven himself as a first-rate veteran of stirring, prosaic pop music of an entirely different order for more than 25 years in the time since. read more comments
Safe from the rain inside Indianapolis Big Car Service Center, Emily Wells paints us a portrait of the 21st century one-man band. First and foremost, shes not a man, so lets break down that barrier, shall we? The new term to use is one-person band. Doesnt exactly roll off the tongue. Hmmm. Ill get back to you on that. But one-man band is out. Moving on, she blends modern music technology with the classical technique of actually playing instruments. Behind her wall of keyboards, lie a handful of instruments including a violin and three pieces of a drum set. With the exception of the drums, everything gets looped as she performs. Anyone who goes to see Wells in concert gets to witness her building the songs as she performs them, and its quite spectacular process to watch. The end result of her work is remarkable, but her way of getting there is arguably the most enjoyable part of her performance. read more comments
From the staging of this session and what the band had packed in their arsenal for the performance, no time was wasted doubting whether this one was going to be special. This performance is as intimate as music gets. Elliott BROOD gave us three friends in close quarters of brick and steel, singing songs of rumination and hope, to be broadcast to an audience of God knows what size, but it was precious few for the recording between the brick walls of Big Car Service Center. read more
Tennis definitely put work into their music but also retain a sense of fun, darning their name as a joking reference to guitarist Patrick Rileys tennis playing days as a college student. Riley and wife Alaina Moore started the band after meeting in college and were later joined by drummer (and obvious third wheel) James Barone, completing the current lineup. Only two years old, the Denver-based trio has made a fair amount of progress up the indie-rock ladder, catching the attention of NPR with their first album, Cape Dory, and having Patrick Carney of The Black Keys produce their second album, Young & Old. read more comments
On their fourth album, Arrow, Austin-via-Ohio band Heartless Bastards drive home the statement that they are the torchbearers as the finest purveyors of the new classic rock. The four songs of this Saturday afternoon in-store set at Luna make that downright obvious. read more
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