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Monday, December 19, 2016

Stirring more ingredients into our Marvelous Mix

Hat tip to for bringing our attention to Sarah Bethe Nelson, and thanks to Burger Records for giving us an advance copy of "Hazy," a song from her second album, Oh! Evolution, due out Feb. 24. The track blends a 70s pop sound, a breathy, laid-back vocal and some nifty hooks in a dreamy swirl of sound. This San Francisco singer-songwriter may still have a day job as a bartender in the Mission District but we're looking forward to hearing more from her music career.

Rubblebucket is one of those bands that's hard to categorize - and those can be among the most interesting to hear! calls them "A spirited indie pop dance-band with a reggae-pop past and a penchant for worldbeat and ska-infused arrangements." Sure, we'll go with that. We saw them live in NYC recently (opening for Lake Street Dive) and they were a blast! We've got a brand-new single from them - "If U C My Enemies" - that'll take you on a great bouncy ride.

A new album from Son Volt - the eighth, if we're counting correctly - is coming out in February. Founder Jay Ferrar, alum of Uncle Tupelo, describes Notes of Blue as inspired by Mississippi blues. But the first single, Back Against the Wall, has more of a roots-rock sound.

Iceland's Kaleo is also in our New Music bin with "No Good." It's the lead track from the band's debut album, A/B, which was released this past summer. It took us a while to catch on to this band because the first single to spin out of that album, "Way Down We Go," just didn't grab us. But this noisy blues-rocker sure did!

Also freshly added to our Marvelous Mix of Music: "Fleetwood Boogie" from the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band's brand-new album, Live at the Belly Up. We'll have more to say about this 2-hour live compilation once we get the time to listen to some more!

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