Those Darlins

Blur The Line feels like an eponymous debut. This record is not a departure, nor is it simply growth. It is a realization purely of where Those Darlins are as artists right now. After sophomore record Screws Get Loose, Jessi, Nikki, and Linwood set out to uncover the true complex, contradictory nature of themselves as individuals and as a band. The result is a record to file on your shelf between Patti Smith’s Easter and Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. Blur The Line is a first-rate album of powerful tracks that mingle heavy rhythms and distorted Neil Young guitars with ear-candy harmonies and a slew of captivating lyrics. The band called on Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, John Cale, JEFF the Brotherhood) to produce Blur The Line, and it turned out to be a revelation—a chance to stretch and give shape to their work with his supportive, laid back demeanor and experienced hands at the helm.

Diane Coffee

Everybody's A Good Dog is the first true realization of Shaun Fleming's Little Shop of Horrors -meets-Aladdin Sane vision, recorded in a proper studio with an assortment of guest artists, horn section, and string ensemble (all firsts for Fleming). The resulting 11 tracks are a sky-scraping sound kaleidoscope, touched with euphoric instrumentation and dark lyricism. 


Just as Diane Coffee's debut LP, 2013's 'My Friend Fish,' was inspired by Fleming's move from sunny California to New York City, Everybody's A Good Dog took shape after this former Disney child actor and current drummer for Foxygen uprooted again from NYC to the much smaller town of Bloomington, IN – "spontaneous moves have always helped to inspire my writing" he explains. This downsizing provided Fleming with a blank slate to create – "I missed the quiet. I missed having a fire. I missed the color green."

The songs on Everybody's A Good Dog capture this sense of clarity, channeling the New York Dolls or T-Rex at their strutting-est and Meatloaf at his most theatrical, with shades of Motown-worthy soul. The gentle psychedellia on opener "Spring Breathes" gives way to a pounding prog breakdown, "Mayflower" leads with a monster funk-fueled horn riff, while on "Tams Up" Fleming fronts his own one-man doo-wop group.

Jesus Sons are a quintet from Los Angeles, CA. Coming from the city of angels they have developed their own sound while capturing the esthetic feel of Los Angeles bands of the past. With sounds similar to the urban mayhem of The Velvet Underground to the relaxed spacious skies groove of New Riders Of The Purple Sage they bring one hell of a party to their live shows. They will be on tour for their third full length album "Easy" this summer.

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