[MP3] Hosannas: “When We Were Young”

Hosannas, of Portland, Oregon, released a new single, “When We Were Young”, for free download today. It comes as the teaser track off their forthcoming effort, Together, to be released November 9 via their own label Tree Farm Records (in partnership with Hush).

“When We Were Young” is bursting with energy from the very first chord, and plays with a bass heavy, reverb-drenched sound. Fill me with life, Hosannas, and keep telling me what it was like to be young. Because I’m a mere 22 and I’m fast forgetting.

Hosannas – “When We Were Young” [MP3]

Bonus: Hosannas – “Happiness” [MP3]

Bonus: Hosannas – “Opposite People” [MP3]

Check out their humongo tour after the jump.

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Wild Nothing impresses in DC

I first heard Jack Tatum (aka. Wild Nothing) while listening to FM4 radio in Germany a few months back. “Summer Holiday” rang out through the car speakers and ended without the DJ identifying the band before starting another song by another artist. I assumed it HAD to be some obscure, Sarah Records band […]

The Conduits

It’s time for The Conduits. Such a sweet duo, these two. It’s like they’ve known each other for years with their brilliant chemistry! Except…they’ve never even met. Christopher Postill lives in Toronto and Heather Mauch lives in San Fransisco. As far as North America is concerned, they couldn’t be living much farther away from […]


From the indiest of the indie comes Luftwaffe, a band that does everything themselves, in the hottest summer air (without air conditioning, obvz), and releases all their hard work for free. If it makes them happy, then it certainly makes me happy, because I’ve fallen in love with their sublime pop music.

The […]

Stream a new song from Holly Conlan, “Stay”

A Knox Road favorite, Holly Conlan, just released a new single, “Stay”, and kindly provided it to us for streaming purposes. Now, you may not admit to being a sap like me, that’s fine and all, but I don’t believe you if you say you don’t have a bone of feeling in your […]

[Abby’s Road] Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Con

It’s true. I go to shows like it’s my job and buy more music than most women in their late-thirties. Though not a gambler, I’d be willing to put money on it. I’ve been told more than once by the grad students in my department that they’re surprised at my age. My favorite exclamation to date is an MFA’s muffled “HOLY SHIT” followed by a dropped coffee cup after explaining my 36th birthday celebration (to someone) within his earshot. Although being mistaken as much younger than I am is flattering, sometimes talking about my hobbies – passions that are misconstrued as “only for the young folk” – leads some to believe that I am not only much younger than I am but also not a professional. This can result in being taken not-so-seriously, which is terribly frustrating.

Despite my fringe-dweller persona (and my obvious flair for the dramatic), I can hold my own in a conference room, complete an astronomical number of simultaneous tasks in my office in a timely fashion while having Stone Roses and Sigur Rós badges adorning my messenger bag (amazing!). Recently, to make matters even more interesting, I’ve fallen into the abyss that is the World of Comics and Graphic Novels and (wait for it) mentioned it to a few of my colleagues. I should probably just run away and join a traveling circus.

I blame the goofballs that are my sister and my boyfriend.

My little sister always read comics. As a child she had Spiderman and Smurf(y) bed sheets. While in art school she created an installation consisting of a gigantic wood frame découpaged with detached X-Men pages (I think there might have been twinkle lights involved as well) and, in a studio class, crafted a stupendous chair inspired by Tim Burton that was so tall and other-worldly it could barely fit in my parent’s dining room. Today, a successful career woman and artist in her early thirties, she has drawn strips for city papers, illustrated children’s books, album covers and apparel for some amazing musicians. Am I a proud big sister? You bet I am.

My boyfriend, a lovely amalgam of electrical engineer and music nerd with an insane ear for seamless mixing, spent his childhood reading comics (and books) in the treetops of Bavaria. He’s passed along his passion to his nieces and nephews and by some trickle-down/osmosis-like phenomenon I have been swept up in the storm as well. It was just this year then, as the planets aligned perfectly amid a final cajoling from a colleague that we went to our first Comic Con. Oh. My. Goodness.

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[Contest] Ticket giveaway for Jesca Hoop and Eels @ Terminal 5

Jesca Hoop is supporting Eels at Terminal 5 in NYC on September 25 (this Saturday!) and we have TWO free tickets to give away to a lucky winner — drop us a comment on this post with anything at all (hopefully something interesting…) and we’ll pick a winner at random by Friday. Make sure you fill […]

Justin Jones @ 9:30 Club

My first impression of Justin Jones is that he – like this concert review – is the guy who shows up late to the party. Jones, a Virginia/D.C. singer-songwriter who is the first signed to 9:30 Records, a new label launched by 9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz, casually walked on stage to tune […]

[MP3] Joshua LeMasters: “Cold Houses”

It’s been a while since I’ve thrown some warm Americana your way – you know, the type that’s meant for a chimney fire or out on the porch staring into nature’s abyss as the temperature cools off. Don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about – it may seem overly cliché, […]

Nicole Atkins releases free download of “Vultures” from new LP

The wait for Mondo Amore, the second full length LP for Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea due Jan. 25, just got a little easier. Today, the band released a free download (update: now apparently with a redeem code now no redeem code necessary) of “Vultures,” one of my personal favorites since its live debut in […]