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Preview – Los Colognes

Preview - Los Colognes

Los Colognes just released their third studio album, The Wave, via Big Deal Media/Thirty Tigers. They open up for Hard Working Americans tonight, October 6, at Iron City.

Though The Wave is steeped in a throwback pop/rock sound, the band has some serious Americana chops as they’ve backed up Margo Price, Rayland Baxter, Caitlin Rose, Nikki Lane, Jonny Fritz, Andrew Combs, Erin Rae and more.

One of the highest and rarest aspirations in popular music is to reach for the transcendental, to access the spirit. On The Wave, Los Colognes succeeds at this – in breaking through the confines of everyday pop song lyricism to tell a holistic story. It’s not a concept piece, but it’s a brooding and joyful song cycle filled with philosophical rumination, effortlessss hooks, inspiring musicianship, and expansive arrangements. It’s an album perfectly suited of the current zeitgeist of unease and hope. -Brett Loeb

So far the album’s been praised by StereogumRelixObserver, Culture CollideTeam Coco and Consequence of Sound, who called their song “Unspoken,” an Americana slow-burner like The War on Drugs sans the hazy psychedelia, calming even as it beckons you to actively…

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Rayland Baxter, Oliver John Rodgers

Rayland Baxter, Oliver John Rodgers

Rayland Baxter

Songwriter Rayland Baxter is a dreamer, a very fine one, as a matter of fact. He is one of a misty-eyed gentlefolk seeking prosperity in a soul, in the soul.

Oliver John Rodgers

Crossing an extremely broad range of styles from indie-folk/blues/Americana to grunge/psychedelia/rock n’ roll, OJR blends a variety of classic influences (The Beatles; Pink Floyd; Dylan; Neil Young; Nirvana; Jack White, to name a few) with his own prolific songwriting ability and ear-catching southern vocal style. The result is a soul-scratching, polished lo-fi, modern homage to a vintage sound that’s completely unique and delivered with tons of swagger.

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A Face In The Crowd: Sara Jane

A Face In The Crowd: Sara Jane

If you’re here, you know what we’re plugged into. But we want to know what YOU have in the headphones! That’s why we’re introducing A Face in the Crowd. At any given time we may pull a perfect stranger out of the crowd and ask what you are listening to. We’ll even mix it up from time to time and pick the brains of some of your favorite musicians. For this edition of A Face in the Crowd, Mother Plug Music welcomes: Sara Jane…

MPM: What’s your name?

SJ: Sara Jane Overby

MPM: What do you do Sara Jane?

SJ: I am a marketing specialist for a local ad agency here in Birmingham. And in my free-time I love to go to shows and I enjoy writing!

MPM: Where are you from?

SJ: I am from Montgomery, AL.

MPM: Did you grow up in a musical family or background?

MT: I grew up listening to music. My family is not the type that would pick up an instrument and actually know how to play it. But, we did have an appreciation for it. At a young age I became kind of enamored with musicians and actually my first boyfriend was a musician, or as much as you could be at 13.

MPM: And,…

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