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Poetic Memory: Kelsea Little (List)

MP3: Kelsea Little – “Now is All We Have”
MP3: Kelsea Little – “Debacle”
Full album stream: Kelsea Little – Personal Myth

Kelsea Little was still in high school when a video of her folk trio busking in Balboa Park made Pitchfork’s Top 50 Music Videos of 2007. Continue reading…

Video: Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”

MP3: Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”
MP3: Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blues”
MP3: Cave Singers – “Swim Club”
MP3: Cave Singers – “Black Leaf”

On May 3, Fleet Foxes released their sophomore effort, Helplessness Blues. It’s a rich, layered labor of love that finds the band shelving some of its crutches in favor of a more complex, thoughtful sound. Just like its self-titled predecessor, Helplessness Blues is receiving plenty of praise from critics, and the band’s concert tickets are selling like hotcakes. Continue reading…

Billy Bragg Covers Joanna Newsom

This is pretty cool:

We made plans to catch up with Billy at his hotel room during a layover in London. Just watching this again realizing that some plonker outside the hotel is saying “I have to apologize for my wife.” No idea what that’s about. Billy was awesome, he’s really funny, self deprecating, smart, sweet…which is cool because, let’s face it, the guy’s a legend.

Lay Low – ‘By And By’ (Video)

Lay Low

Welcome to Iceland Appreciation Day at Owl&Bear—or “Owl och Björn” in Swedish, which we assume sounds pretty close to Icelandic—where we spotlight up-and-coming musicians from the subpolar island country. Incidentally, Iceland boasts a population of 320,000 and its popular dishes include liver sausage and cured ram scrotum. You heard me.

Okay, it’s not actually Iceland Appreciation Day, but we did just run a story on Seabear, so I figured I’d roll with it. Our next artist to be featured from the land of the great Strokkur geyser is Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir, better known as Lay Low.

The Patsy Cline-inspired singer/songwriter has already developed an immense following in her homeland, claiming the country’s top-selling original album last year with her debut, Please Don’t Hate Me. Lay Low will be turning her sights on the US with the release of her new album, Farewell Good Night’s Sleep, on March 9th, to be followed by an extensive tour. Continue reading