On The Verge
While Steve Marion may not be a “polymath who plays over 40 instruments,” as he’s described in Delicate Steve’s fanciful Chuck Klosterman-penned press release, that doesn’t mean that the man isn’t passionate. “Before there was a record deal on the table, I had this feeling of ‘I’m going to be playing music no matter what,’” Marion says. “I’d be doing the same thing if no one was paying attention.” His sophomore release, Positive Force, is not only a fantastic and ecstatic summer-at-dawn album, but also an impressive piece of musicianship, with Marion performing and arranging the effects-laden guitars, synths and rhythm section all by his lonesome. It’s the kind of musicality that inspires great faith in an artist, from both audience and fellow performers alike. Indeed, while still in his running shorts, he sat in with Built to Spill last year at High Sierra. “[Doug Martsch] starts looking at me once he takes his guitar solo,” Marion recalls, “and realizes I’m watching him on the side of the stage. I pointed to myself like, ‘Are you talking to me?’ So I walked onstage, [and] he took the guitar off his shoulders and put it on mine. I played the end solo to ‘Broken Chairs.’ It was a total fairytale.”
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.
Ron Sexsmith visits the Relix office to perform a tune from his latest record Forever Endeavor.
Crystal Bowersox stops by Relix to perform a song from her new album, All That For This.
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