Weekly Roundup for March Thirteenth / rain in the streetlights, you in the midnights

On this week’s roundup…

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Leif Vollebekk – All Night Sedans

Mr. Vollebekk’s new record, Twin Solitudeis bluesy, soulful, peaceful, forlorn yet confident, and just overall incredible.

You need this record in your life, man.

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Pokey LaFarge – Riot in the Streets

Pokey LaFarge continues his one-man mission to prove that yes, in fact, they do still make music like they used to.  And that music can be very good.

Manic Revelations is due out 5/19.

RIYL: doo-wop, Richie Valens, good music, Back to the Future

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William Matheny & the Strange Constellations – Living Half to Death

Judging by the oxford button-up, the accountant’s glasses, and the smart, smarmy lyrics about hard living and soft drugs, it would be understandable to mistake the song below for a new Hold Steady single.

And coming from someone who considers Boys & Girls in America to be one of the 50 greatest rock albums of all time, that comparison is intended as high praise.

Strange Constellations is out now.

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Morgan James – Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover)

Four soulful voices, a piano, and some nominal drums.

This works.  This works every time.

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alt-J – 3WW

Britain’s favorite weirdo indie rock trio keep things mellow, catchy, and suitably off-kilter on this new single.

Their third full-length record, Relaxer, is due 6/9.

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Until next week, cheers . . .

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