Now Streaming: Lydia Loveless’ “Really Wanna See You”

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We can’t wait to see this young songwriter take the stage at the High Noon Saloon next month in support of her recently-released Somewhere Else album.   Lydia‘s alt-country/punk sound has earned her considerable praise in the press:

“This set confirms she’s a rugged, uncompromising young talent with a distinctive voice and take-no-crap attitude primed and ready to take Americana into the next few decades.” – American Songwriter

“It’s anyone’s guess where Loveless will go from here, but she’s already made an album that’s genuinely dazzling, and Somewhere Else sounds like a real contender for best album of 2014.” – All Music Guide 

“…this is a great, memorable and oftentimes moving release from someone who sounds like she has about 20 years and 10 albums more experience than she does.” – Alternative Press

Click here to have a listen to “Really Wanna See You,” and don’t forget to pick up your tickets to see her live in Madison on April 23.

Now Streaming: J Roddy Walston & The Business’ “Heavy Bells”

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J Roddy Walston & The Business return to Madison’s High Noon Saloon on September 11 (tickets here), and we can’t wait to hear these Tennessee natives dirty up the place a bit with their gritty sound.

You can enjoy a preview of that sound with this streaming version of the punchy “Heavy Bells,” off their upcoming Essential Tremors album.   Is anyone else hearing just a hint of Eddie Vedder in those raw screams?

Listen: The Lumineers Cover The Talking Heads


We’re swooning over this one!  Take a listen to The Lumineers’ beautifully contemplative take on The Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place” here.   The track is one of five bonus songs featured on the just-released deluxe version of the band’s self-titled debut.

St. Louis readers, don’t forget to grab your tickets to see The Lumineers at the Chaifetz Arena on October 4.

Now Streaming: heRobust’s Throw That EP


heRobust (who will be opening Gramatik‘s November 22 Orpheum Theater show) and Two Fresh have made their Throw That EP available for your listening pleasure here.

Traptastic Voyage caught up with the artist when he was in Madison earlier this year.  Check out their interview after the jump.

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The Head & The Heart Shake It Up

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The Head & The Heart have just made their latest single, “Shake” available for streaming here.   Take a listen and let us know what you think!  They’re set to perform the song live on Jimmy Fallon tonight (Tuesday, August 6).

Get your tickets to see the band play Madison’s Orpheum Theater on October 28 here.  

Now Streaming: Polica’s “Tiff,” Featuring Justin Vernon



If you fell in love with Polica (along with the rest of Madison!) at the very first FRZN Fest 2 years ago, you’ll be pleased to find that they have just released a new single, featuring another midwestern favorite, Justin Vernon.   The artists shared the stage at Coachella last week and performed the haunting track from their upcoming album for the masses.   So lovely.

Have a listen to “Tiff” here, and tell us what you think in the comments below.  


Now Streaming: Parquet Courts’ “Light Up Gold”

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Light Up Gold is one of the best debut albums you’ll hear all year.” – NME 


Light Up Gold, the debut full-length record from NYC rockers Parquet Courts is now available for streaming.  If you’re a fan of bands like Jaill, Iceage, Mazes, and Bass Drum Of Death, then you definitely want to check this out.

Rolling Stone went a bit further and said, “Parquet Courts are especially versed in the clipped, repetitive buzz of Wire’s ’77 classic Pink Flag, but, like Pavement, they soften post-punk’s cranky edge with the glazed, lonely wonderment of fresh, wide-eyed New York transplants.”  We’re sold!   Check out their live KEXP performance below…

The band will be in Madison for a show at the High Noon Saloon on June 22.  Tickets are still available here, but going fast, so hurry and snag yours while you still can.