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#235: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, “Sideways to New Italy”

Is there anything more typical of music publications in the 21st century than waiting for an indie rock band to fail miserably with the release their second record? Don’t let them tell you “Sideways to New Italy” is lacking something important. The new Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever album has all the melodies and hooks you need to survive this festival-less summer so you can pretend everything’s fine. We’re adding a fourth sentence to this paragraph because it seems like it’s mandatory to reference the Go-Betweens and/or the Feelies every single time we talk about this band.

Plus: new tracks by Run The JewelsDJ LycoxPop Dell’ArteNo Age, Lithics, OhmmeDougie PooleWhiskey Wolves of the WestSwampmeat Family BandCrystal ShipsssHelvetiaMuzzThe ClienteleLA PriestBecca MancariSarah LouiseBrigid Mae PowerThe World of DustSamantha CrainCamille DeleanModern NatureMt. JoyJoan Shelley, and Torres.

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#229: Lucinda Williams, “Good Souls Better Angels”

Fourteen LPs into her career, Lucinda Williams is roots music’s biggest treasure. Not sure how she hasn’t crossed over enough into an ocean of indie reverence. Their loss. “Good Souls Better Angels” is yet another gem from the Louisiana singer-songwriter. Plus: new tracks by Angelo De AugustineJohn Paul WhiteLizanne KnottHazel EnglishKatie Von SchleicherJennie LawlessJenny O.Jaime WyattWhitney RoseIsrael NashThe Texas GentlemenGarrett T. Capps, Lithics, No AgeBuilt to SpillSammy BrueOkey Dokey, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, John K. Samson, Chuck Prophet OfficialZachary CaleModern Nature, Blake Mills, Sam Prekop, and Khruangbin.

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#224: Mapache, “From Liberty Street”

Mapache define themselves as “cosmic West Coast Pop Americana”, which is enough of a descriptor to deter me from writing anything else to try to explain what they sound like except for “They definitely know their Everly Brothers”. The Californian duo has just released their second album and we’re delighted to share it with you on our second (third?) week of quarantine. We didn’t even know it was Wednesday. New tracks by Bright EyesWaxahatcheeCar Seat HeadrestModern NatureArbouretumHexvesselWax Machine, Empty Country, SquidDoglegTropical Fuck StormLEYA, Kenny Berg ft. Chico da TinaJ BalvinLil YachtyBaxter DuryMargaret GlaspyKelsea BalleriniJennah Barry, Blake Mills, Natalia Lafourcade Oficial & Los Cojolites, Dave Simonett, Carl Anderson, and Lucinda Williams.