Amy Ray ‘Feeling Kinder’ on Amy Ray TV

Amy Ray (who you may know as the spirited, punky half of the Indigo Girls) recently released her third solo album, Didn’t It Feel Kinder , and it’s already bringing in praise from big guns like . Amy recently brought down the house with an intimate performance celebrating the release at Housing Works in NYC, with Arizona as the opening act. Didn’t make it to the show? Don’t worry! Her recently-launched online TV station, Amy Ray TV, has some clips from the show currently streaming , as well as Amy’s ambitious one-song-a-day performance series of every track on Didn’t It Feel Kinder . For more on the album, head over to After Ellen for their fan-question interview , or check out a great feature at Queerty , where Ray discusses her music, The L Word , and identity politics. And lest we forget, the music:

MP3 : Amy Ray – Birds of a Feather

A Closer Look at the Como Mamas

Daptone Records takes a closer look at Como, Mississippi’s Como Mamas, one of several gospel groups featured on the new compilation Como Now: The Voices of Panola County, MS, out today. Buy it here. View more videos here. New Yorkers, prepare to shake your booty tonight here. And true soul lovers should plan on making the trek to Memphis for a Como Now concert on September 26th.

Attention Aspiring Music Video Directors!

Do you like Nada Surf? Think you have a good eye for the making of a great music video? Want $3,000? If you answered yes to any of the above, then listen up!

Nada Surf wants you to direct their next music video, and Barsuk Records will award the winning contest entry $3,000.00! The band is looking for a video for “Weightless”, the third single off their current release Lucky. Anyone can enter and give music video directing a shot, whether you’re an aspiring or already established auteur. All you need to do is check out the song via Nada Surf’s MySpace , shoot and edit a video, and upload it to the band’s YouTube group. Hurry, the entry deadline is September 19th, 2008!

More rules and tour dates after the jump. (more…)

Walk On To The Walkmen

TODAY: This is it, your last day to pickup You & Me for a mere $5, all in support of cancer research. If this doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, listen to Pitchfork: “it’s [You & Me] the first that fully commits to their seductive, eminently soused-sounding late night sulk.”

TONIGHT: The Walkmen kick off their 30-date tour with 2 nights in NYC, dates after the jump. Listen to their Daytrotter session to tide yourself over until they make their way to you.

TOMORROW: You & Me is released in stores worldwide (and at full price).

MP3: The Walkmen – In The New Year


Photo Gallery: Mates of State and Takka Takka at Highline Ballroom August 7th

Mates of State and Takka Takka teamed up on August 7th for one killer show at New York’s Highline Ballroom. Both bands are touring behind new releases – Mates’ new album, Re-Arrange Us, hit stores on May 20th, and Takka Takka’s sophomore release, Migration, hit stores on July 29th.

Catch Mates of State on August 20th on NPR’s World Cafe before they wrap things up south of the Mason Dixon. Takka Takka is keeping the show on the road through September with Oxford Collapse. Photos and dates after the jump.