On The Verge
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Afie Jurvanen, who records under the moniker Bahamas, spent several years playing guitar and piano with Feist before striking out on his own full-time. The Canadian native released his debut album Pink Strat in 2009 and Barchords earlier this year, which “is more of a sonic statement—more musically realized—than my first album, which was basically recorded live,” he says. “The songs deal with me and my relationships and I don’t spend a lot of time trying to mask those things in metaphors and sound effects.” Jurvanen describes his sound as “folk music with hints of country, a whisper of rock and roll, and notes of blues.” He admits that pain inspires his creation process, as the happy love songs “haven’t stood up the way the darker material has,” and also cites Doug Paisley, Willie Nelson and Neil Young as musical influences. “I’m not someone who worries about re-creating my albums when we tour,” he adds. “I prefer to be more musically malleable, able to interpret the songs in different ways night to night.” Jurvanen tours with a drummer and two singers—but not a bass player—so he has to come up with different arrangements to make the songs work, he says. “And to my ear, it seems that all the elements are there: rhythm, melody and harmony.”
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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