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TV Mike and the Scarecrows
Gathered in kitchens with kettles and cans of aluminum lager the songs performed by this ensemble echo the limestone hills that they hail from. songs that paint simple stories of hearts and pines but with the heat of another Saturday night We have played with: tUnE-YarDs, Fruit Bats, Horse Feathers, Rafter, Beachwood Sparks, The Donkeys, Karl Blau, The Avett Brothers, The Impossible Shapes, Catfish Haven, My Morning Jacket, Awesome Cool Dudes, Drakkar Sauna, Pink Moutaintops, Minus Story, Cross Canadian Rag Weed, Trailer Bride, and many more.
Brian Belknap’s latest release, Cradle to Grave is a homemade record that benefits enormously from the fact that the home in question belongs to M Ward and She and Him producer sideman Mike Coykendall.
Coykendall was largely responsible for Belknap’s return to the music scene after a 10 year hiatus, helping him put out 2008’s Lucky Me. That album eventually came to the attention of Director Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City) who featured three of it’s songs in the new Showtime series Look! that debuted in the fall. Rifkin has called Belknap “one of the greatest singer/songwriters alive today.”
Cradle to Grave picks up where Lucky Me Left off, with Belknap in top form alternating between accordion, mandolin, slide and acoustic guitar and Coykendall bringing the same sensibility that has put him in demand by everyone from Conor Oberst and Jolie Holland to Blitzen Trapper.
Recorded live in just two days with minimal overdubs the record captures both the intensity and intimacy that makes Belknap so compelling on stage.
Cannons and Clouds
San Francisco’s Cannons and Clouds assert smartly designed, melody-forward indie rock. Their sound, both wistful and dynamic, is accentuated by slow-building acoustics, classical harp, and rich multi-part harmonies portraying unfeigned ballads and confessional narratives.