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Riley McShane's "Places" EP is indie folk at its finest

The newest release by San Jose native folk artist Riley McShane is the type of project that sneaks up on you, in the best way possible. Aptly titled Places, it is a drifter's rumination on what it means to be rooted somewhere—in ways both mental and physical. Recorded in various bedrooms, classrooms, and cars, this triumphant EP is a reminder of what makes the D.I.Y. scene so great. Reminiscent of other indie folk greats like Gregory Alan Isakov, Riley McShane is one to watch very closely (especially since he never seems to stay in one place for very long.) Check out his EP, and catch him playing SoFar Sounds on Saturday (an event almost as nomadic as the artist himself.) - Lilly Milman

Listen to our favorite track, “San Jose” streaming below.





Blockhead’s heady hip-hop headlines Elsewhere 12.22

Production is a craft, and Blockhead does it with restraint and delicacy. His earlier work with rap great Aesop Rock proved his talent for beats and hooks, but his more recent solo efforts have shown him capable of unexpected and unusual twists. Instrumental hip-hop demands a high caliber of production and Blockhead’s taste for off-beat samples and ruminating song structures meets the challenge. You can catch the born-and-raised New Yorker next at Elsewhere on December 22nd. – Cameron Carr

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John Isaac Watters chronicles a tangled love affair on 'Past Hope Now'

John Isaac Watters fills his stories with persuasive emotions. The folk crooner has raised his ambitions even further with the release of his latest EP, Past Hope Now, a conceptual piece that he's now turned into a poetic short film about a relationship challenged by seemingly unsparing circumstances. Watters utilizes striking visual motifs to capture the story's essence, utilizing his spacious, acoustic-guitar driven musings in pure and unfiltered form. His mini-song suite careens with artful finesse, elevating his quivering voice with an accented eccentricity that's rightfully his.

Check out the short film for Past Hope Now below. Juan Edgardo Rodríguez

 

 
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New Telyscopes LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Sandwiching the zoomed-in lyricism of bedroom folk with the strange, space-dwelling setting of psych, The Hobbyist, the new album from Telyscopes (led by Jack Hubbell), aligns one on a pleasant trajectory. Light layers of instrumentation are compounded by the tranquilizing presence of falsetto. While the album is characterized as "A 'tuna casserole' with some new songs and old leftovers strewn together in no particular order,” the collection retains a sense of unity. Along with Jawncarlo, Georgey V, and Earthboy, Telyscopes will be performing on Saturday, January 27 at a Castle Productions billing.





Pop duo MISTY MTN debuts with single "Greener"

Earlier this week, new pop duo MISTY MTN released their first single "Greener" after weeks of teasing the release on Facebook. MISTY MTN consists of Montana-based actress and vocalist Morissa Trunzo and Brooklyn-based composer Lucas Segall. They blend the soft folk music of Big Sky Country with the dark synthetic electricity of big city synths and samplers. "Greener" showcases this sound through Trunzo's and Segall's entrancing harmonies and sparkling guitars tucked into pillows of bubbling synth sounds. The duo doesn't have any shows lined up yet, but for now, you can stream "Greener" below. - Will Sisskind

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