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Video Premiere: Frontier Folk Nebraska – “Walking In Latonia”

Cincinnati’s Frontier Folk Nebraska have been cranking out quality rock n roll since their debut back in 2011. The group is celebrating their latest and just released record, Freaks, with several tour dates, a record release party on November 29th at the Southgate Revival in Newport, Kentucky and today’s video premiere for album track “Walking In Latonia.”

“Walking In Latonia” was filmed on location in the band’s hometown with guitarist Travis Talbert’s three you old daughter, Ellison roaming wild and free in the place the band grew up. The song’s driving guitar keeps this mid-tempo burner going and when the chorus comes up, “I’m walking in Latonia – got boots on my feet,” you can connect the feeling with your own home town roots.

Frontier Folk Nebraska wear all their emotion on their sleeve here and that’s exactly what you will get with their new album Freaks. Their hard working sound is meant to be turned up! Make sure you watch the video then pick up a copy of the new album. Their current tour dates are listed below along with links to their album order and band info.

Freaks Tour 2019
11.22 Loose Cobra Tolono, IL
11.23 Law Office Yorkville, IL
11.29 Southgate House Revival Newport, KY Freaks Release Party!
12.13 North Second Tap & Bottle Shop Hamilton, OH
12.14 Blind Bob’s Bar Dayton, OH

Frontier Folk Nebraska Bandcamp
Frontier Fold Nebraska Facebook

Video Premiere: Dany Laj And The Looks – “Hold For Love”

TFN is excited today to premiere Dany Laj and The Looks new video for “Hold For Love” off of the bands latest record Everything New Is New Again. Shot in the landscape of northern Ontario’s biggest city, Sudbury, the video gives you a taste of the mining town airs of where Laj is from.

“Hold For Love” is a great power pop track that highlights Dany Laj’s knack for the hook. This guitar driven song is a good representation of Dany Laj and The Looks overall sound and the video showcases their hard working delivery. The video was directed and edited by Joseph Golinski and the camera work was by bass player Jeanette Dowling.

The band is gearing up for another road trip starting this Friday that has dates across Canada and the USA. TFN highly recommends checking them out! You can find all their current tour dates below.

Make sure you also snag a copy of the album – You can find a vinyl copy of Everything New Is New Again HERE at Yeah Right! A CD copy HERE from Transistor 66 and a digital version at their Bandcamp page HERE.

Dany Laj & The Looks Tour Dates
11/08 – Townehouse Tavern – Sudbury, ON
11/09 – The New American Pub – Sault St-Marie, ON
11/10 – The Apollo – Thunder Bay, ON
11/12 – 156 Parkview St – Winnipeg, MB
11/14 – The Slice – Lethbridge, AB
11/15 – The Palomino – Calgary, AB
11/16 – Pat’s Pub – Vancouver, BC
11/17 – Lucky’s Liquor – Seattle, WA
11/22 – The Grizzlar – Edmonton, AB
11/23 – Amigos – Saskatoon, SK
11/25 – Apollo – Thunder Bay, ON
11/26 – Uptown VFW – Minneapolis, MN
11/27 – Mary’s Place – Rockford, IL
11/29 – Lyric Room – Green Bay WI

Video Premiere: Smug Brothers – “Every One Is Really Five”

The Smug Brothers have had a busy year already with the release of February’s Attic Harvest and July’s All Blur And Spark. Well, the group is not ready to close out 2019 yet as today’s video premiere for “Every One Is Really Five” is the debut single from their forthcoming eighth full-length record, Serve A Thirsty Moon, which is due out on November 8th via Gas Daddy Go! Records in conjunction with the first Local Music Day in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, November 9th.

If you are wondering why Smug Brothers have had a creative surge in 2019 they will tell you that it was propelled when longtime members Kyle Melton (vocals, guitar) and Don Thrasher (drums) added Scott Tribble in 2018. Scott brought with him a pedal board, some guitars, various keyboards and a creative mind. Now the band has added one more change for Serve A Thirsty Moon as the Smug Brothers have become an official four piece with the studio debut of new bass player Kyle Sowash.

Serve A Thirsty Moon will offer 21 tracks with a 40-minute run time so there will be plenty of new music for fans to dig into. Make sure you get your first taste of their bigger sound when you play the video today and make sure to check out Smug Brothers Bandcamp page HERE when the album is released next week.

Track Premiere: The March Divide – “Real Life Is Hard”

“Are you lost?” is the serious question at hand on The March Divide’s new track “Real Life Is Hard.” This premiere song is off of The March Divide’s next single series installment – Distractions, Vol. 4. The new installment features “Real Life Is Hard” along with “All I Wanna Do Is Laugh” and are out officially this Friday, July 26, 2019 via Slow Start Records.

Today’s track showcases the talent of singer/songwriter Jared Putnam, aka The March Divide, and his dedication to his art as he continues to support this series with over 100 tour dates already played or announced for 2019, and more on the way. The bonus here is that “Real Life Is Hard” is offered in this fitting lyric video that shows you the monotony of driving while receiving the message that everyone deals with some sort of struggle everyday – but you keep pushing on.

This message in the track all plays out with Putnam’s soft vocal delivery and intense acoustic strumming, which easily will stick in your head. The March Divide are most likely a name you have not discovered yet so give “Real Life Is Hard” a listen and then support the artist at his Bandcamp page HERE. You can also catch The March Divide live at the dates below.

The March Divide Website
The March Divide Facebook
Slow Start Records

Tour Dates
Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Muck & Fuss
295 E. San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Friday, August 2nd, 2019
Market BBQ
2707 SE Military
San Antonio, TX 78223

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Muck & Fuss
295 E. San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Friday, August 9th, 2019
Southtown 101
101 Pereida St
San Antonio, TX 78210

Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Freetail Brewing Co.
2000 S Presa St
San Antonio, TX 78210

Friday, August 16th, 2019
Devil & The Deep Brewery
2425 Post Office St
Galveston, TX 77550

Saturday, August 17th, 2019
House Show
Baytown, TX
Email [email protected] for details

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Red Brick Bar
311 E Main St
Norman, OK 73069

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
The Hunt Club
224 N Main
Tulsa, OK 74103

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
KC House
Kansas City, MO
email [email protected] for details

Saturday, August 24th, 2019
Gaslight Gardens
317 N 2nd St.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Sunday, August 25th, 2019
Adair’s Saloon
2624 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75201

Friday, August 30th, 2019
The Point
24188 Boerne Stage Rd
San Antonio, TX 78255

Saturday, August 31st, 2019
Market BBQ
2707 SE Military
San Antonio, TX 78223

Friday, September 6th, 2019
Muck & Fuss
295 E. San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Saturday, September 7th, 2019
La Tuna Icehouse
100 Probandt St
San Antonio, TX 78204

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
Joe Blues
1420 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX 78210

Friday, September 13th, 2019
Muck & Fuss
295 E. San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Muck & Fuss
295 E. San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
Red Brick Bar
311 E Main St
Norman, OK 73069

Thursday, October 17th, 2019
3227 E. 17th Street
Wichita, KS 67208

Saturday, October 19th, 2019
KC House
Kansas City, MO
Email [email protected] for details.

Video Premiere: So It Was – “The Hour (Live At Candyland)”

Louisville, Kentucky’s So It Was released their self-titled debut earlier this year and today TFN is excited to share this premiere video with you, along with SofaBurn Records, that features one of the album’s tracks captured live at the Candyland Recording Studio. If you know the band or the tune, you already are familiar with the soft delivery that So It Was offers, as “The Hour” highlights singer Daniel Lobb’s Sufjan Stevens type vocal.

What this video adds to the story is that now you can visually see the passion behind the music which includes the intricate guitar of Lobb, the intense concentration of flute from Alexis Marsh, and the flowing piano of Dan Dorff, Jr. as he just drifts along perfectly with the music. It is a session video that makes you feel like you are in the studio and as a music fan – that is where you want to be!

Photographer Michael Wilson and engineer Mike Montgomery (R. Ring) captured the session, along with producer Daniel Martin Moore, so if you even questioned the talent behind the scenes – don’t! So It Was and “Hero” have all the makings of your new favorite late-night track, as it will set the tone for your tomorrow with its freshness of the world just after a storm vibe. It is the perfect reset that new starts are made of!

So It Was Website
So It Was Facebook

Video Premiere: Smug Brothers – “Today Is Always Today”

Smug Brothers have been busy in 2019. The Dayton, Ohio based band released the excellent Attic Harvest earlier this year and now TFN is excited to premiere a new video today for “Today Is Always Today,” which is off their new record All Blur And Spark.

The best news – All Blur And Spark is available today! You can read all about the new album in our Headphone Approved review HERE. You also can then head over to their Bandcamp page HERE and pick up the new album on limited edition CD or digital download.

Smug Brothers Website
Smug Brothers Facebook
Gas Daddy Go! Records

Video Premiere: Jess McAvoy – “Do What You Want”

Happy Valentine’s Day Fire Note readers! Let us introduce you to the talented singer/songwriter Jess McAvoy. The video premiere today for her new song, “Do What You Want,” is the perfect play for a day where there is so much pressure to be a certain way, buy specific things and maybe even take things a bit too serious.

“Do What You Want” is about finding two people in a relationship, just for the enjoyment of each other’s company. It’s ok to live in the moment and feel good today no matter where it might eventually lead. These are great tips to remember on Valentine’s Day.

It also helps that the message comes in the form of McAvoy’s catchy bluesy vocals as “Do What You Want” sways with its guitar swagger structure. Jess really says it best when she sings “there’s only this moment, don’t you want to own it.”

Well, TFN hopes you enjoy your day and make sure you share this video with all your serious friends! If you live in the area, you can also check out Jess McAvoy live on March 1st in Los Angeles at The Study. More info on Jess McAvoy can be found at the links below.

Jess McAvoy Website
Jess McAvoy Facebook

Video Premiere: A Delicate Motor – “Man On Fire”

A Delicate Motor is the sound composition project of Cincinnati Ohio native Adam Petersen. Originally a solo, loop-based songwriting effort from Petersen, A Delicate Motor now consists of drummer / producer Ben Sloan (WHY?, Lazy Heart, Naytronix), guitarist / bassist Stephen Patota (The Happy Maladies, Lazy Heart, Naytronix), vocalist Libby Landis, vocalist / guitarist Brianna Kelly (Soften) and vocalist / pianist Rachel Mousie. This ensemble released their latest full length, Fellover My Own, mid last year on SofaBurn Records.

In today’s TFN video premiere, you get to enjoy A Delicate Motor’s artistic vision in single “Man On Fire.” You can see how all of their talents join together to create their unified sound while still having a focus on individualized components. The track is a wave of note perfect intensity that has a multitude of sonic peaks. Before you check out the video make sure to read below what Petersen had to say about “Man On Fire.”

“Man On Fire derives from living experience, from inward turmoil. It is a sober acknowledgement of how raw emotional reaction can reveal the ugly shadow being within each of us. This piece reminds me to be patient and gentle with the shadow, the inner child, whom although he sometimes flares, needs to be held and loved. “I find it colder than a man on fire making stupid faces. Pardon my explicative guile, I’ll shut me down for a little while.” – Adam Petersen

If you like what hear make sure to head on over to SofaBurn and pick up a physical copy of Fellover My Own.

A Delicate Motor Website
A Delicate Motor Facebook
SofaBurn Records

Track Premiere: King Serpent – “Ohio Honey”

Today’s premiere track is from the Columbus, Ohio indie rock group King Serpent. The duo consists of guitarist Elizabeth Rasmussen and bassist Mathew Franklin, which both have been playing music live for 15+ years. King Serpent was formed in 2017 with the idea of creating something unique to both members experience which is why you will hear a drum backing track on “Ohio Honey.”

This debut single and band is best summed up by the group themselves: “We’re really excited to finally share a project we’ve been working on for almost two years now; it pays tribute to our rock ‘n roll roots while simultaneously shining a light on our unabashed love for the perfect pop song.” TFN could not have said it better!

Of course, when you spin todays premiere track, “Ohio Honey,” your focus will not be on the backing drums or newness of the group but on the fierce vocals of Rasmussen. Her vocal power is relentless as it cuts through King Serpent’s power riffs which just pulse. “Ohio Honey” is heavy rocker that will kick your weekend off right. Enjoy your Friday!

If you like what you hear today make sure to pick up the single and then keep a lookout for more new music from King Serpent soon. You can also catch them live if you are around the Columbus, Ohio area on October 20th when they play their debut show at Rumba Cafe.

King Serpent Website
King Serpent Facebook
Buy “Ohio Honey” Single

Video Premiere: Xuan – “We Were Just Talking”

Xuan (pronounced “Swan”) Nguyen is a singer/songwriter from Dallas, Texas. She grew up in the burbs of Big D but being the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants helped influence an exploring life move to Viet Nam where she hosted a TV show. She then traveled around Southeast Asia and Australia before making another move – this time to Ireland!

She started writing songs in Ireland but it was after she moved back home and connected with Salim Nourallah (producer Old 97s, The Damnwells, Rhett Miller) at an open mic that got things rolling. He invited her to record at his studio which turned out to be her debut, Have Some Fun.

Have Some Fun is not out till November 16th via Palo Santo Records but TFN is giving you a premiere look (and listen) with her new video for album track “We Were Just Talking.” The video follows Xuan in the development of a new relationship and shows how it is not always easy. I don’t want to ruin it but it does have a happy ending!

Beyond the fun video, Xuan’s infectious indie pop voice makes this upbeat song stick in your head with her Jay Som meets Juliana Hatfield type of delivery. Everything about this video and track will have you wanting to hear more so make sure you check out Xuan’s social media and pick up the record on November 16th!

Xuan Website
Xuan Facebook
Palo Santo Records