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Don’t Mess with Texas: SXSW 2012 New Music Sampler

March 5, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

It doesn’t roll off the tongue with quite the same alliterative ease but let’s call this Freeloader Monday.

If you’re heading down to Austin next week, it’s a good bet that you have started to assemble an elaborate SXSW itinerary that will take you all over the city to see literally dozens of shows, from day parties, to official showcases, to late night performances taking place in weird and wonderful locations like, say, the middle of a bridge at 4 am. (Said itinerary will hopefully also take you to many many delicious Tex-Mex and BBQ joints as well but that’s for another post. Sleep, however, is for the weak).

Navigating the list of artists can be a daunting experience but we’re here to help. Our free Don’t Mess with Texas: SXSW 2012 New Music Sampler contains tracks from 23 can’t-miss-artists.

Click HERE to download the compilation. Starting tomorrow it will also be available for streaming on services like SpotifyRdio and Amazon.

Check out the track list after the jump.

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Amy Ray, Pounding Pavement This Fall

September 16, 2008 Artist News No Comments

Hot on the heels of her critically-acclaimed third solo record, Didn’t It Feel Kinder, Atlanta-based folk-punker and one half of the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray has announced a run of October and November dates in support of the album. Joining her on legs of the trek will be the indie-fried alt.country boys of Arizona and formidable folkstress Jennifer O’Connor. The tour will pull heavily from her new material, which was put on display early last month at Housing Works in NYC. For a taste of what to expect, head over to Amy Ray TV for live footage from the event, or take a listen to the delicate album-opener “Birds of a Feather” below. All dates after the jump.

MP3: Amy Ray – Birds of a Feather

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Amy Ray ‘Feeling Kinder’ on Amy Ray TV

August 19, 2008 Artist News No Comments

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 CNN.com . 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

Amy Ray’s Got To Be

August 13, 2008 Artist News No Comments

Amy Ray will not be put in a box, thank you very much. You’ll be clear on this full sentiment–both her transcendence of labels, and the grateful makeup of her downhome outlook–when you listen to Didn’t It Feel Kinder, her newest solo album from Daemon Records, the label she’s run since the success of the Indigo Girls made her and Emily Saliers national icons.

Spanning styles and vocal approaches, the songs on Kinder grapple with the contradictions encountered when getting to know ourselves and our society at large. Barrelling through the rocker “Blame Is A Killer,” Ray, whose rich voice has always overflown with a combination of anger and tenderness, asks, “Did they steal love away from me or did they give me humanity?” eventually declaring, “Yeah, you gotta roll brand new.” On the coolly asseverative “She’s Got To Be,” Ray breaks herself down into the different identities she’s been forced to confront, singing in a halting falsetto, “it’s hard to love this woman in me… I will protect this love, and its anarchy.”

Kinder is the first album on which Ray has utilized an outside producer, Greg Griffith (The Butchies, Le Tigre), and it shows clearly: while all tracks come from the same perspective, each has its own sonic mask, or identity. The more you hear the different sides of Amy Ray, the easier they are to love.

MP3: Amy Ray – Birds of a Feather
MP3: Amy Ray – Blame is a Killer

Shine On You, Amy Ray

August 11, 2008 Artist News No Comments

Atlanta-based songwriter and Rind frequenter Amy Ray just can’t stop. She just released her third solo record Didn’t It Feel Kinder last week, Amy Ray TV is up and running, and she’s still managing to play live shows too! As for the album, it’s chock-full of goodies, including contributions from Kaia Wilson of Team Dresch, Melissa York, Madonna-collaborator Tomi Martin, Brandi Carlile, and the recording help of Greg Griffith (The Butchies, Le Tigre).

Recently, Ms. Ray has chatted with the likes of AfterEllen and Queerty, discussing her music, The L Word, and identity politics. She also performed in an intimate atmosphere at Housing Works in NYC Thursday night, part of which can be seen on her extremely convenient Amy Ray TV channel, along with a whole slew of other performances. “Birds Of A Feather” MP3 below for your listening pleasure.

MP3: Amy Ray – Birds Of A Feather

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