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Turn Me On: Catfish & The Bottlemen

Posted by Jim Nelson on 2 August 2016

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Somewhere in Sydney, Australia, there’s a busker who directly impacted the name of a rock band from a small Welsh seaside resort town. Years after the fact. This busker from Down Under, dubbed Catfish the Bottleman for the liquid-filled bottles that he used as an instrument, was pretty much the first musical memory of a very young Ryan Evan “Van” McCann, whose family had briefly travelled to Australia.

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Turn Me On: The Saint Johns

Posted by Jim Nelson on 14 June 2016

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At last, even vegetarians have a reason to celebrate Taco Tuesdays. Or at least one particular Taco Tuesday.

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Turn Me On: Darlingside

Posted by Jim Nelson on 27 May 2016

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Darlingside used to have a drummer. But he sort of got in the way. Not in the spatial sense of “got in the way”; rather, in the aural sense. Basically you had these crisp, air-tight, laser-locked voices—four of them, pretending to be one—struggling to appropriately comingle with the drums. No need for a caucus to tabulate that four voices beat a lone drummer every time, so after a 2012 self-released CD the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based band reduced its number by one.

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Turn Me On: Kaleo

Posted by Jim Nelson on 23 May 2016

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We was fooled by Kaleo. Set up the way a pool shark tones it down before mercilessly blindsiding you with mad skills. When the four-piece Icelandic band snuck into the U.S. consciousness late in 2014 with “All the Pretty Girls,” a gentle acoustic lament on romantic loneliness, the set-up was under way.

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