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Daughter Brings Dreamy Pop to KEXP

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When U.K. indie folk-rock band Daughter was promoting their debut full-length album If You Leave in the States earlier this year, they stopped by Seattle’s KEXP studios to play a few new tracks.

Two of those were the dreamily haunting ”Smother” and “Human,” both of which feature frontwoman Elena Tonra’s ethereal vocal talents.

Watch both performances after the jump and visit Daughter’s official Facebook page for more information. (more…)

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The Beatles Release On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2

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The legendary Beatles have released an amazing collection of live performances from their 1963-64 recordings on BBC Radio broadcasts entitled On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2.

The set comes as a companion to the 1994 release of the Beatles’ Live at the BBC, which sold more than five million copies within six weeks.  Volume 2 features a 48-page booklet, 63 tracks – including 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band and BBC’s radio hosts.

Watch a preview below and visit the Beatles’ official website for more information.

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Custom Shop Stories: Sara Ray Paints a Killer Duo-Jet

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Credit Gretsch Master Builder Stephen Stern and renowned SoCal hot rod artist Sara Ray for teaming up to create another gem of a guitar from the Gretsch Custom Shop.

The ’59 Duo-Jet that is headed to U.K. resident Steve Isaacs features a 130th Anniversary logo on a larger headstock and an amazing graphic from Ray.  It was the second time Isaacs asked Ray to paint a guitar, the previous one depicting a tattooed pinup.

“I got to know Sara Ray quite well over the past few years,” Isaacs said from his home in Poole, Dorsett.  “She painted another guitar for me a while ago.  When it’s time for her to work on a guitar, she sends over couple of sketches, but I really don’t like to give her too much direction.  She came up with a couple of ideas, and I loved this one the most.”

Isaacs had also worked with Stern before, as the enthusiast owns a couple of masterbuilt Telecasters from Stern.

“I didn’t know much about Steve Stern, but he had such a fantastic resume.  He’s worked with some of the world’s greatest luthiers,” said Isaacs, who noted that he has been playing guitar for at least 30 years.

“He mentioned that I should check out Gretsch. I have to say, he totally converted me.  They’re great guitars.”

The image on Issacs’ newest piece is of Anne Bonny, the infamous Irishwoman who became a feared pirate.  With a sword slung at her side, Bonny is also holding a boarding pistol.

“I think it really came out amazing,” Isaacs said.  “It is truly one-of-a-kind, and I can’t wait to play it.”

View more of Ray’s work on her official website.

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Nightmare & the Cat Release Video for ‘Be Your Own God’

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Nightmare and the Cat – the group led by Sam and Django Stewart – have released a video for the track “Be Your Own God,” a soulful effort from their 2013 EP Simple.

In the video, the band puts on an intimate performance that is made all the more magical with eye-catching filters on the footage.

Watch the clip below and visit Nightmare and the Cat’s official Facebook page for more information.

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Gretsch Exclusive Performance: Brian Wright

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In September, Waco, Texas native and Nashville resident Brian Wright released new album Rattle Their Chains, a collection of 12 songs that showcases his savvy songwriting.

“There was no conscious theme to this record,” said Wright. “As I listen to it now, there’s a lot of themes that are running through it — self-reflection, where I grew up, where I was living, where I was going. It encompasses far more than location — the past, the future, hope and regret — all the things that are worth writing about it.”

When Gretsch caught up with the singer-songwriter, he gave us this wonderful performance of new track “Can’t Stand to Listen.”

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