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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Love Garden Sounds celebrates 24 years in business with a star-studded lineup this Sunday at the Granada

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This Sunday, May 4, Love Garden Sounds - one of the area's best-loved record stores, open since 1990 - celebrates a (somewhat belated) 24th birthday with an exciting lineup of out-of-town bands and local favorites: Woods, Quilts, Blood on the Wall, Your Friend, Oils, Psychic Heat, Gnarly Davidson and CS Luxem. It's a pretty big celebration, taking place at the Granada in Lawrence and utilizing two stages. It's a lineup that Love Garden owner Kelly Corcoran calls "totally bananas."

Because Love Garden Sounds is nearly a quarter-century into its existence, we caught up with Corcoran over the phone to discuss his plans for the celebration and to get some insight into the history of the shop. 

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Slothrust's Leah Wellbaum on the band's new record and joining a label, at Mills Record Co. Tuesday night

Slothrust's Leah Wellbaum on the band's new record and joining a label, at Mills Record Co. Tuesday night.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM

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If you put on Of Course You Do, the new record from Slothrust, you're likely to get lost in the hazy reverb and thrashy perfection that the Brooklyn three-piece has crafted. Lead singer Leah Wellbaum has a big, bell-like quality to her voice, sounding almost off-key in the way Nico perfected. She plays it against furious guitar work with a driving rhythm section. It sounds like the kind of sound that was born in a dingy basement from the brains of crusty punk kids. 

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Phox at SXSW: "No one is getting their way in this band"

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Just a few weeks ago, the seven-piece Phox signed to Brooklyn label Partisan Records, home to the likes of Deer Tick, Heartless Bastards and Dolorean. This is a big step for the two-year-old Madison, Wisconsin-based band, and a well-earned accomplishment. The band's debut EP, Friendship, showcases lead singer Monica Martin's sultry, smoky jazz-singer vocals beautifully against a lush, glittering pop background that includes a few surprise elements here and there - notably, trumpet and banjo.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Dr. Dog's Zach Miller reflects on more than a decade in the business and writing as a band

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 6:51 AM

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Dr. Dog has come a long way since it first emerged in 2002 with its humble, lo-fi debut record, Toothbrush, and scored a slot opening for My Morning Jacket on two North American tours. Twelve years and a staggering seven albums later, the Philadelphia folk-pop act has achieved something that most bands find only in dreams: stability.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell, appearing this weekend at the Kauffman Center, answers a few quick questions for The Pitch

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Famed master violinist Joshua Bell may best be known in the pop-culture world for two things. First, he played the beautiful solo arrangement for the violin-centered 1998 film The Red Violin. Second, he was part of an experiment conducted in a subway a handful of years ago, in which he, performing sort of incognito (he had a baseball cap on, anyway), failed to attract much attention in a D.C. metro station. It made clear how little we pay attention to our surroundings. One more claim to fame: Bell also owns and plays on a 300-year-old $4 million Stradivarius, which has its own intriguing Red Violin-esque history (read about it here).

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Verskotzi, at Vandals tonight, talks about writing sad songs and where they come from

Posted By on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

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Back in November, Minneapolis artist Joey Verskotzi released his latest full-length album Lemon Heart. It was a highly anticipated release for the community up there, mostly because the 22-year-old Verskotzi - who goes by his last name only - is sort of a return to the roots of the categorical singer-songwriter. His lyrics are specific: themes of love lost and gained, yes, but with a real and genuine flavor. It's some intricately constructed folk pop, like a fruity cocktail blended with shards of glass. Lemon Heart is not a windows-rolled-down summer jam. It is the record you want to put on at sunrise, when everything is quiet and you're sneaking a cigarette.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Amos Lee on learning from Levon Helm and the music that inspires him

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM

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There are two kinds of people who like Amos Lee: those who were listening to popular music in the 1970s, and those who wish they had been born sooner so that they could experience music in the 1970s. Because Lee has built his career by evoking the trademarks of that era, with his folksy songwriting, lazy Sunday morning vocals and a touch here and there of melodic funk.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Trampled Under Foot on the new band lineup and playing with passion

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

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Local blues legend Trampled Under Foot might not immediately make you think of candy hearts and red roses, but when it comes to spending a night with your honey, there is probably no better band to get you in the mood for a good time. And because we hadn't talked to the TUF crew in a while, we decided to call 'em up and catch up ahead of their Valentine's Day gig this evening at Knuckleheads. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Houndmouth's Katie Toupin talks writing new music and sharing a van with a bunch of dudes

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 10:20 AM

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Indiana's Houndmouth sounds like a lot of things, but probably nothing hits closer to home than the Band. The recently college-graduated foursome - keyboardist Katie Toupin, bassist Zak Appleby, guitarist Matt Myers and drummer Shane Cody - might be a little young to make that connection. Nonetheless, the group certainly does a remarkable job of emulating the same spiritual-country vibe that makes every single song on their debut record, last year's From the Hills Below the City, such a treasure. 

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Anaïs Mitchell talks songwriting and learning from Ani Difranco ahead of her Saturday-night Bottleneck gig

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM

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Anaïs Mitchell is an American folk treasure. Since signing to Ani Difranco's Righteous Babe Records in 2004, the 32-year-old Vermont artist has released a string of critically acclaimed albums that have shaken the folk world by its very earthbound roots.

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