Mount Carmel: Real Women

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1970s American blues-rock has returned to us in the form of Mount Carmel (think Humble Pie, Free, The Allman Brothers Band, etc.). The Columbus, Ohio power trio deliver a soulful, no-frills sound in a era of music desperately in need of a little more rock & roll. Real Women is the group’s second LP and it packs a riff-heavy punch. Stream the album’s title track and “Oh Louisa” below and you’ll quickly know what I mean.

Real Women:

Oh Louisa:

Father John Misty

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By now you’ve probably heard that drummer/guitarist J. Tillman has left Fleet Foxes to concentrate on other projects. While he might not be leaving for greener pastures, it’s not a huge shock considering that Tillman was putting out solo work a few years before joining Foxes in 2008. Tillman has now released a couple of new tracks under his pseudonym, Father John Misty. “I Would Love You,” a duet with Phosphorescent, is very much in the vein of Fleet Foxes, but his latest single “Hollywood Forever Cemetery” has an edgier Neil Young & Crazy Horse feel than anything his former group put out. Download both tracks below and check out a video of “Hollywood Forever Cemetery” (featuring Park and Rec‘s Aubrey Plaza going crazy) after the jump.

MP3: Father John Misty & Phosphorescent: I Would Love You

MP3: Father John Misty: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Tim Fite: We Are All Teenagers

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One of the my most memorable concerts was seeing Tim Fite in Boston in 2005 opening for Iron & Wine and Calexico. Fite has uncanny strange presence and engages crowds through bizarre bits of video accompaniment and storytelling in between songs. The majority of the crowd wasn’t there to see the relatively unknown artist, but most of us left with his debut album in hand. It’s hard to categorize Fite, who has done everything from folk to hip-hop, but underneath it all is surprisingly powerful songwriting.

On March 6th, the Brooklyn artist will be releasing his third album on Anti-. According to his label, the central focus of the new album, Ain’t Ain’t Aint, “is the pain, hope and unbridled passion of one’s teenage years.” Fittingly, the first single of the album is called “We Are All Teenagers.” Have a listen below.