Nemes Release New Video for "Butterfly"


Local rock group Nemes have returned with a new single and accompanying video from their upcoming album I Carry Your Heart. "Butterfly" is the Read More

Dwight & Nicole Release First Official Music Video for "Smile"


Our favorite duo hit the interwebz yesterday with the premier of the official music video for their island-soul inspired “Smile,” the second single of Read More

September Spotify Playlist of the Month


We are going to hold on to summer as long as we can here at the M&T HQ and we highly suggest that you Read More

M&T Featured In Moodsnap


Are you a fan of music and photography? Do you wish there was a way to translate your emotional reactions to images into playlists Read More

October Spotify Playlist of the Month


In an M&T first we bring you back-to-back monthly playlists of 40 songs. We're not quite sure what's been in the water the past Read More

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M&T Featured In Moodsnap

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Are you a fan of music and photography? Do you wish there was a way to translate your emotional reactions to images into playlists that totally captured that specific vibe? If you find yourself asking these questions often then Moodsnap is the app that you need in your life. Moodsnap is basically image-driven radio that takes individual photos and associates them with a playlist that is meant to evoke similar emotions to that particular photo. When we were approached by Moodsnap to choose an image and curate a playlist to be added to the app we jumped at the chance.

The process was certainly harder than we had first imagined, but it proved to be quite rewarding in the end. The image we chose (the one situated at the top of this post) immediately caught our eye and forced a flow of song ideas into our minds straight away. The photo, taken by Twenty20.com user @carleez, got us thinking of songs that were airy and epic, yet still very much hopeful. With the photo’s main subject always looking forward, presumably to a long and fulfilling future, we thought it appropriate to choose songs that were vast and sweeping, but still very much uplifting.

The best part about Moodsnap is that all of the playlists are collaborative. We kicked things off with the first 25 songs, but once you find our image in the app you can add and remove songs that you want to hear for that image as well. You can find our playlist and many, many others on Moodsnap all for free by downloading the app via the link below. Plug in, pick an image, and enjoy!

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Dwight & Nicole Release First Official Music Video for “Smile”

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Our favorite duo hit the interwebz yesterday with the premier of the official music video for their island-soul inspired “Smile,” the second single of their 2014 release, Shine On.

Shot, directed and edited by Andy Wesby, the video follows two scientists as they build a robot boy and attempt to teach it (it? him?) to “smile.” Their repeated efforts prove unsuccessful, and while one of the scientists (we’ll call him, Dwight) grows dispirited, the other (we’ll call her, Nicole) schemes a new, ingenious idea. But will it work? Can you you really teach a robot how to smile? I guess you’ll just have to watch and find out.

Robot boy may or may not learn to smile, but you’ll sure be grinning from ear to ear for 3 minutes and 35 seconds. We promise you that!

Will Dailey Releases National Throat & Gives Away Signed Vinyl

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Will Dailey National Throat Album ArtIn January of 2013, Will Dailey published a mission statement that proclaimed his artistic freedom after breaking up with his record label and concluded with the following declaration:

The goal of this song collection is to celebrate this journey and the rewards of enduring artistic struggles. With you, I’m fully confident that the mission will be a success. What we leave behind will be an honest and invigorating album. You are the ears and hearts where my songs find a home.

Mission accomplished. This week, one of Boston’s finest delivered that ‘honest and invigorating’ album that he so passionately foreshadowed 20 months before with the release of National Throat. A three time Boston Music Award winner for Best Male Singer-Songwriter, Will has set the bar high for himself and others as one of our city’s best songwriters and he soars right over that bar with his most rounded work to date.

National Throat’s sonic landscape is full of rich instrumental textures that draw from pop, rock, folk and blues, setting the perfect backdrop for skillfully crafted lyrics about love, fatherhood and navigating life as an independent musician. The album addresses Dailey’s split from his label both metaphorically and head-on, leaving little to the imagination. Not many artists can lay it all on the line like Dailey does, but with National Throat he has made an honest record that is sure to resonate with his peers and fans alike.

National Throat quickly found a home in our ears and hearts, and it’s not leaving anytime soon.

Check out Will’s first-ever official music video for the lead track on National Throat, “Sunken Ship,” and enter to win a free signed copy of his 180 Gram Blue/Gold Vinyl. See details below.

NATIONAL THROAT VINYL GIVEAWAY

We’re helping Will give away a signed copy of his 180 Gram Blue/Gold Vinyl pressing of National Throat. Head on over to our Facebook page now to enter. All you have to do is  tell us about your favorite Will Dailey moment – be it a song, lyric, live moment, video, etc – by commenting on the pinned post at the top our feed. Will will be reading what you wrote and choosing his favorite comment. There were only 250 of these babies printed, so let’s hear it!

Nemes Release New Video for “Butterfly”

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Local rock group Nemes have returned with a new single and accompanying video from their upcoming album I Carry Your Heart. “Butterfly” is the first track released from the record due out October 28th and if it’s any indication as to what we can expect for the full-length then we may all have Nemes songs stuck in our heads for the rest of 2014. The video for the catchy-as-hell “Butterfly” is a fun take on the lyric video and incorporates ASL (American Sign Language) performed by each band member. Not too bad for working with a $7 budget. Pre-order the self-produced and Rick Kwan (My Morning Jacket, Zambri) mixed I Carry Your Heart and you’ll get a free download of “Butterfly” to hold you over until October 28th. And don’t forget to catch Nemes performing this Thursday at the Boston Calling Block Party in Dewey Square.

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Exclusive Video Premiere: The Novel Ideas – “Lost On The Road”

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We’re big fans of local folk group The Novel Ideas, so needless to say we were beyond thrilled when asked to premiere their new music video for the single “Lost On The Road.” The video, directed by band member Danny Hoshino, provides the perfect backdrop for the road-weary and nostalgic song. Cutting between live performance footage, and candid moments on the road, the video gives us a deeper look into what it’s like to be a young band on the road. Something tells us though that The Novel Ideas won’t be crammed into a beat up van for long. We think you’ll agree after checking out “Lost On The Road” below. Scroll down for tour dates and make sure to catch the band at Great Scott next week.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

August 17th: Lancaster, PA at Tellus360

August 20th: Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY with Frances Cone

August 22nd: Great Scott, Boston, MA with Frances Cone

August 23rd: The Basement, Northampton, MA with Frances Cone

August 26th: The Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH, with You, Me, & Apollo

August 29th: Oswego Beats & Eats, Oswego, IL

August 30th: Uncommon Ground Rooftop Sessions Presented by Lagunitas, Chicago, IL

September 2nd: Scoot Inn, Austin, TX

September 3rd: Opening Bell Coffee, Dallas, TX

September 4th: Lola’s Saloon, Fort Worth, TX

September 5th: Rhino Coffee, Shreveport, LA

September 6th: Cafe Prytania, New Orleans, LA

September 7th: Moonlight on the Mountain, Birmingham, AL

September 8th: Americana Sessions at the Rooftop of the Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA

September 9th: The Basement, Nashville, TN with Jacob Thomas Jr.

September 11th: House show, Pittsburgh, PA

September 12th: Pittsburgh Winery, Pittsburgh, PA

September 13th: Hill Country, Washington, DC

September 14th: American Field, Boston, MA

Best of 2014… So Far

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(Somehow) we’re more than halfway through 2014 already, and over the past 6+ months we’ve had our headphones in ~85% of the time. Throughout the year we’ve been compiling our monthly playlists featuring 20 new tracks each, but we wanted to share some of our early favorites in the running for the ‘Best of 2014′ designation. Eric and Caroline highlighted an album and a song each from this year’s ‘Best Of’ crop and compiled a playlist with those artists and more for your listening pleasure. Check out our favorites below and make sure to subscribe to the playlist  for continued fun throughout the year.

Caroline’s Picks

Kishi Bashi – “The Ballad of Mr. Steak”

Kishi Bashi’s work has been ambitious from the start, but his 2014 release Lightht offers next-level musical stunts, and pulls them all off. Most notably, “The Ballad of Mr. Steak” is an ode to a cut of red meat that’s equal parts classical, digital and disco. With a whimsical and absurdist storyline set to a whip-smart symphonic arrangement, “The Ballad of Mr. Steak” is the indie-pop groove of the year. But beyond its sonic offerings, the song has a magic, spellbinding effect. It’s simply impossible to be nonchalant when “Mr. Steak” comes on – even the Cool Kids will be cheesing like crazy and doing iPod-commercial-worthy spins down the street to this jam. The song’s blatant joy just cannot be ignored. For three blissful minutes,”The Ballad of Mr. Steak” forces us all to ditch our standard head-bobbing, arms-crossed power pose, and enjoy music as our truest selves. And that’s actually way cooler than being cool.

SKATERS – Manhattan

Hedonism runs rampant in music today, and SKATERS are doing it best in 2014. This delinquent crew of twenty-somethings are unapologetic in their party-sex-repeat lifestyle, and more importantly, in the indelicate way that they write about it. Learning from the example of musical forefathers like The Ramones, SKATERS’ songwriting is straightforward beyond compare. An example (eyeroll trigger warning): on an album called Manhattan, they’ve got a song called “To be Young in NYC,” and the chorus of the song is, “To be young in New York City / To be young in New York City.” So yep, SKATERS’ lyrics may come off as lazy at first, but the overall aftertaste of Manhattan is incredibly refreshing. When flocks of musicians are choosing to over-produce, distort, and mumble nonsense, SKATERS’ move to enunciate every shallow craving and indulgent party story (and then lay them over an incredibly polished punk soundtrack) truly stands out.

Eric’s Picks

Girls Guns and Glory – “Rockin’ Chair Money”

If you aren’t familiar with Girls Guns and Glory and their new album Good Luck you may assume upon first listen that its twangy vibes come straight from Nashville…or maybe Boston? Though our home city isn’t known for being a country music mecca, GGG have embraced Beantown and led the local charge in the recent revival of alt-country. Though Good Luck is certainly solid from front to back, the slow-burning “Rockin’ Chair Money” stands out above the rest. The track is nestled near the end of the record which seems fitting as it starts softly and unassuming, but quickly picks up the pace midway through. As the reverb laden guitar hits, the track immediately becomes reminiscent of A.M. era Wilco, a record that clearly inspired many of today’s artists who identify with the alt-country classification.

Grey Season – Time Will Tell You Well

I’m not trying to play favorites by writing about another local band here, this record deserves to be on any ‘Best Of’ list along with the nationally touring heavy hitters. Grey Season is a band who has been written about quite often on this blog and it’s for good reason. Their full-length debut, Time Will Tell You Well, was recorded primarily at Levon Helm’s iconic barn in Woodstock, NY and I think it’s something he would certainly be proud to be affiliated with. Though some may be quick to pigeonhole Grey Season as a bluegrass band, songs like “Good Friday”, “Satellites”, and “Look at Us Now” clearly show that there’s more to this band than fingerpicking and footstomping. TWTYW is the perfect record to play on your porch this summer, and every summer for a very long time.

Nate Leavitt Releases New Album, Set To Play Plough & Stars June 14

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Earlier this year local singer-songwriter and guitar whiz, Nate Leavitt, released his debut solo album You, Me and the Silence. Though Leavitt has been performing locally for more than 20 years, this album marks his departure from recording work with other Boston powerhouses such as Oldjack and Parlour Bells. The sound that Leavitt has found on You, Me and the Silence strays from that of the previous bands he has worked with, and seems more to draw inspiration from contemporary country music in the vein of Jason Isbell. With the increasing popularity of the Newport Folk Festival and mainstream critical praise for artists like Isbell, Josh Ritter, Joe Fletcher and others, it seems that Leavitt picked the perfect time to make his solo debut.

You can purchase You, Me and the Silence now via bandcamp and stream the title track below. Click the button below for more info on Leavitt’s upcoming show at Plough & Stars in Cambridge on Saturday June 14.

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TOKiMonsta – “Soul to Seoul (Part 2)” Video

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Los Angeles based producer/DJ Jennifer Lee aka TOKiMONSTA released her sophomore LP Half Shadows in 2013, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to sit around and let the songs get stale. Last week Lee released the two-part music video for Half Shadows track “Soul to Seoul.” For the project, TOKiMONSTA collaborated with LA based Maker Music to create a captivating and deeply emotional video. I would continue to try and do the video justice with more praise, but I think this is one of those situations where a picture (or a video in this case) is worth a thousand words.

Boston Clawing Offers Alternative to 5/25 Boston Calling Festivities

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Couldn’t afford tickets for Boston Calling? Modest Mouse isn’t your cup o’ tea? Well have we got the Sunday night solution for you. Thanks to Dan Nicklin and the team behind this year’s SXNE festivities, you can see 10 bands at Ned Devines in Faneuil hall for the low low price of FREE 99. Yup you read that right. Boston Clawing, as the evening has been dubbed, is a celebration of local upstarts Tigerman WOAH (who will be playing that little festival next door earlier in the day themselves). The fearsome foursome will be joined by other local all-stars like Friendly People, The Silks, Parlour Bells, Eddie Japan and of course, Dan Nicklin’s outfit Oldjack.
All these awesome bands for a grand total of $0.00. So if you need a break from Boston Calling, or are in the area looking for something to do, there’s no better spot to stop by than Ned Devine’s.
Check out the full lineup via Facebook and a selection of tunes from some Boston Clawing performers below.

Exclusive Video Premiere: As The Sparrow – “Emily”

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Today we are beyond thrilled to premiere a brand new video from one of our favorite up and coming folk acts in the local scene- As The Sparrow. Their video for “Emily” was directed and edited by Elena Guy and features a storyline that follows a CLUE themed murder mystery. It’s got everything you would want in a music video– deception, drinking, Colonel Mustard…and of course, great music.

“Emily” will be part of As The Sparrow’s forthcoming In A Box EP, which will be released early next month. The band will be playing two EP releases shows, at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on May 15 and at Arlene’s Grocery in New York on May 16. If you can’t wait that long you can also catch the band at John Harvard’s Ale House on April 18th. Check out the video below for “Emily” and  be prepared for a suspenseful, yet playful re-imagining of your favorite childhood board game.

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