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We are down with the local sound; music from Upstate Carolina's, both current era releases and heritage artists! Stocking and celebrating artists and bands either currently from this area or whose history had a chapter in the Western Carolinas.

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Band Of Horses
Guitarist/vocalist Ben Bridwell and bassist Mat Brooke formed Band Of Horses in 2004 after the dissolution of their nearly ten-year run in northwest melancholic darlings Carissa's Wierd. Carissa's Wierd trafficked in sadly beautiful orchestral pop, whose songs told unflinching stories of heartbreak and loss, leavened with defeatist humor. Band Of Horses rises from those ashes. Buoyed by Bridwell's warm, reverb-heavy vocals (which channel a strange brew of Wayne Coyne, Neil Young, and Doug Martsch), the group's woodsy, dreamy songs ooze with amorphous tension, longing, and hope. Both raggedly epic and delicately pensive, this is an album painted gorgeously in fragile highs and lows.
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Band Of Horses

Cease To Begin [Vinyl]

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For a lot of reasons, Cease to Begin is the perfect title for this new record. Not only do the songs themselves weave this theme through the record, but stopping and starting anew is also a reflection of the past year and a half for Band of Horses. The songs are strikingly beautiful, if less elliptical and more straightforward, with more sophisticated arrangements than the last record.
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Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria

Silences [LP]

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Two years after the release of her critically-acclaimed debutBeyond the Bloodhounds, Nashville-based modern blueswoman Adia Victoria returns with Silences. The albumwas recorded withAaron Dessner(The National) at his studio in upstate New York. Throughout the album's 12 tracks, Victoria brings the topics of mental illness, drug addiction, sexism, and all the elements that consume the day-to-day lives of women attempting to make a world of their own.

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Marcus King

Marcus King

El Dorado

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The debut solo album from Marcus King, El Dorado, is a revelation. Passionate, penetrating and deeply soulful, El Dorado weaves soul music, gospel, R&B and country into a something modern and classic. Teaming with producer Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) for sessions at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, the pair co-wrote the 11 songs on El Dorado along with esteemed writers on various tracks including Pat McLaughlin, Paul Overstreet and Ronnie Bowman.

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