Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH'S ALBUMS EUCLID and TIDES

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith studied voice, classical guitar, and piano at Berklee College of Music. She employed many of the skills she refined in college in her indie-folk band Ever Isles, but a fateful encounter with a neighbor who lent her a Buchla 100 synthesizer convinced her to shift her focus to analog synthesizer compositions. Starting with rhythmic patterns and melodic pulses, she began sculpting lush and exciting worlds of sound. You can check out "Sundry" from her forthcoming album Euclid below, and hear more here.

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ELEPHANT MICAH'S WHERE IN OUR WOODS • tour WITH CENTRO-MATIC
For 14 years, Elephant Micah's Joe O'Connell has quietly self-released his work on CD-R and limited LPs. Despite the project’s almost secretive status, Elephant Micah's songs caught the attention of NPR, WIRE, and Consequence of Sound, and have been championed by an impressive cohort of like-minded artists, including Jason Molina, Patterson Hood, and Hiss Golden Messenger. You can check out "Slow Time Vultures", which premiered on The Wall Street Journal, below, and check out tour details and more audio and video here.
Erik Hall
IN TALL BUILDINGS' DRIVER • STEREOGUM PREMIERE

Erik Hall worked patiently and solitarily for four years to craft Driver, his sophomore album as In Tall Buildings. Raised in downtown Chicago, Hall played drums and guitar in high school rock bands, and then went on to study percussion and audio engineering at the University of Michigan. While in college he joined the avant afro-funk band NOMO and met His Name is Alive's Warn Defever, who produced many of the band's albums. As a multi-instrumentalist and producer Hall eventually went on to record and tour with several groups, including old friends His Name is Alive and, more recently, dream-pop duo Wild Belle, performing the rhythm section tracks and lending an engineering hand to their Columbia Records debut.

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grooms
GROOMS COMB THE FEELINGS THROUGH YOUR HAIR

Native Texan Travis Johnson has lived, worked, and created in the ever evolving Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for over a decade.  His band Grooms practiced, and recorded at Brooklyn's Death By Audio for seven years (first as Muggabears, then as Grooms) before they were forced out of their spiritual and literal home.  A little over a year before, with the band's income not providing enough money to support any of it's members, bass player and co-writer Emily Ambruso went on hiatus from the band, leaving Johnson as the only original member.  Despite these unfortunate blows, Johnson soldiered on, soon recruiting Jay Heiselmann on bass, and actor/comedian Steve Levine on drums. Check out "Doctor M" below.

Glass Ghost
GLASS GHOST RETURNS WITH LYFE • DEBUT SINGLE ON STEREOGUM
Glass Ghost's founding members Eliot Krimsky and Michael Johnson have kept busy since the release of Idol Omen in 2009. Johnson joined Dirty Projectors as their new drummer, Krimsky has been collaborating with Here We Go Magic on keys, and the duo welcomed Tyler Wood and Aerial East to the group. LYFE features Joan Wasser of Joan As Policewoman, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, Jane Herships (formerly of TEEN), and Brian Betancourt of Hospitality. Check out "Triangle" which premiered on Stereogum below.
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Balmorhea
BALMORHEA ANNOUNCE NEW 7" + REISSUE OF THEIR 2007 S/T DEBUT ALBUM
We're proud to announce the deluxe reissue of Balmorhea's debut album. The audio has been remastered, and the packaging will feature gold foil artwork. In conjunction with the reissue, we’re releasing two new songs on a limited edition colored vinyl 7″ titled HEIR. On HEIR the band returns to the simple structures and melancholic tone that colored their first recordings. Below you can check out "HEIR I" which premiered on The Atlantic. The band will perform two shows in Texas before Rob Lowe and Michael Muller head to Europe to tour as a duo.
Secret Cities
New SECRET CITIES album walk me home • BAD TRIP VIDEO ON STEREOGUM
Walk Me Home is an album that finally reflects the band's live chemistry and their diverging lives and musical tastes. It took years of traveling in different directions for Secret Cities to make an album that brought them closer together than ever. You can check out the video for "Bad Trip" which Stereogum premiered here, and download the mp3, which premiered on Wondering Sound here.
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The Rosebuds
NEW ALBUM SAND + SILENCE BY THE ROSEBUDS
Working with Justin Vernon (a friend and former bandmate who, in a 2011 interview noted that The Rosebuds make “some of the most important music in the world”) as well as Bon Iver drummer Matt McCaughan and Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn on bass, The Rosebuds created Sand + Silence, an album that radiates with the joyful energy that comes from making music with friends.
Alexander Turnquist
ALEXANDER TURNQUIST'S FLYING FANTASY • VIDEO • THE OUT DOOR FEATURE
New WV artist Alexander Turnquist's latest album Flying Fantasy is now available. The song "Wildflower", premiered on Pitchfork here, and was featured on Stereogum here. Turnquist also recently created a video for fellow WV artist Christopher Tignor, which you can watch here, and he was interviewed for Pitchfork's monthly column The Out Door here. The WIRE magazine calls it “…a work of astonishing beauty…stronger than ever.” Read the Textura review here.
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Nat Baldwin
NAT BALDWIN • IN THE HOLLOWS • stereogum PREMIERE + TOUR + VIDEO
In The Hollows is Nat Baldwin's followup to 2011's People Changes. Despite his busy schedule recording and touring as the bass player for Dirty Projectors, Nat found time to write and record his most soulful and ambitious collection of songs to date. Below you can check out the title track "In The Hollows" which premiered on Stereogum. Date and venue info for Nat's forthcoming tour in support of In The Hollows is available here.
Stone Jack Jones
STONE JACK JONES • ANCESTOR • "State I'm in" on Noisey
Nashville's Stone Jack Jones is pleased to announce his new LP, Ancestor, produced with Roger Moutenot (known for his work with Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, et al) and featuring collaborations with Patty Griffin, members of Lambchop, and Courtney Tidwell. Ancestor filters Jack's lifetime of experience into songs that use the esoteric narratives of an American rambler to elucidate the celestial worlds within each of us. Check out "State I'm In" via Noisey here.
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Ava Luna
AVA LUNA • ELECTRIC BALLOON • "DAYDREAM" on stereogum
We're excited to welcome Ava Luna to the WV family! Their forthcoming album Electric Balloon will be available in March. Stereogum premiered the opening track "Daydream", and said it's "..a jumpy and angular piece of funk music that hits a peak once a manic saxophone line appears, making it a must-listen for anyone who isn’t afraid to admit they love Trout Mask Replica." You can stream or download "Daydream" below.
Dawn Landes
DAWN LANDES • BLUEBIRD
Press coverage of Dawn Landes' new LP Bluebird (produced in collaboration with Thomas Bartlett, and featuring contributions from Tony Scherr, Rob Moose, and Norah Jones) will understandably present this album as Dawn's answer to her ex's "divorce record". However, like any great songwriter, she abstracts her personal narratives enough to leave them open to interpretation and a larger meaning. Check out "Love Song" which premiered on WNYC below.
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NEW ALBUM BY CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR WITH RACHEL GRIMES & JOHN ASHBERY
Christopher Tignor's new album Thunder Lay Down In The Heart, featuring the string ensemble A Far Cry, opens with a rare reading by Pulitzer Prize winning author John Ashbery, and concludes with a rework of the album's title track by Rachel Grimes of the band Rachel's. The Paris Review premiered the opennig track "A Boy" here. You can check out the remarkable video for "A Boy" above, and the video for "To Draw A Pefect Circle" here.
Diane Coffee
Diane Coffee's Debut • My Friend Fish
We'll never know the whole truth about what happened when Foxyen drummer and former Disney child actor Shaun Fleming moved from the West Coast suburbs to New York, but whatever it was fractured his psyche, opened it up, and gave birth to Diane Coffee. Diane's incredible debut LP My Friend Fish is now available. You can check out the track "Hymn" below, and watch Austin Kearns' video for "Green" above.
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Abram Shook
ABRAM SHOOK'S SUN MARQUEE • "Distance" on Rolling Stone
Propelled by an impeccable bass groove, and inspired by artists like Shuggie Otis, Serge Gainsbourge, and Chico Buarque, Abram Shook's solo debut Sun Marquee distills lessons learned and questions unanswered into an accessible collection of pop songs. Check out the song "Coastal" via Indie Shuffle here, read about and watch the video for "Coastal" via Texas Monthly here, and listen to "Distance" via Rolling Stone here.
botany
Botany'S Lava Diviner (Truestory) & "LAUGHTRACK" W/ FATHER JOHN MISTY
Lava Diviner (Truestory) follows Texas native Spencer Stephenson aka Botany on an intensely personal journey, easily moving past stale tropes of beat-based music, while bringing to life a fully-realized, album-length outpouring of profound human emotion. Check out tracks and read more on FADER, XLR8R, Dazed Digital, The Line of Best Fit, and Dummy. You can check out the non-album cut "Laughtrack" featuring vocals by J. Tillman/Father John Misty below.
 
Aisha
Aisha Burns On NPR's World Cafe, BUST, and american songwriter
We're proud to announce the release of Life in the Midwater by Balmorhea's Aisha Burns. According to BUST her music is "Haunting in the vein of Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow but with the Americana roots of Gillian Welch...". You can check out the World Cafe feature here, and read about the song "Requiem" on American Songwriter here. In November 2014 Aisha shared a tour diary with Austin Town Hall, which you can read here.
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