On The Verge
New, New England Folk
Aunt Martha is part of the burgeoning folk-rock scene that includes acts like Fleet Foxes and Ray LaMontagne. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Tim Noyes says, “If there’s any band that’s been a constant in our arsenal of influence it’s My Morning Jacket.” Originally formed as a trio at the end of 2008, the group is now a quintet though their latest, Norway, ME, was written and recorded entirely by Noyes on his laptop at his family’s cabin (in, you guessed it, Norway, Maine). With layers of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, light percussion and stacks of vocals falling into beautiful harmony, it’s a haunting, moody album that’s reminiscent of Bon Iver’s debut For Emma, Forever Ago both in tone and approach. Conceived after a year full of struggle and disappointment, the material crackles with big rock energy onstage but it’s the naked, raw intimacy of Norway, ME that makes it exceptional. (The band earned high marks at this past year’s Bonnaroo for covers of everyone from Eminem to Phosphorescent.) “Those [songs] all have a bit of honesty and desperation to them” explains Noyes. “[The album] is trying to capture the vulnerability that I imagine we all feel.”
Click here to see a performance by Aunt Martha live at Relix.
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
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