Turn it up, Monday night: Bryan John Appleby

Week 42: Bryan John Appleby

Should I rename this series “Turn Indie up, Monday morning”? I don’t know. Maybe. But I did post Selena Gomez last time . . . Regardless, back on track this week with Seattle-based songwriter Bryan John Appleby. Very mellow and laid back, this primarily acoustic artist is a new favorite. I somehow found him based on liking The Lone Bellow and have really been enjoying this main hit, “Honey Jar” shown above. Happy Monday night, my friends.

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Turn it up, Monday morning: The Lone Bellow

Week 38: The Lone Bellow

Okay, who wants to accompany me to see The Lone Bellow in Boston on November 20 at The Paradise Rock Club? I absolutely love this indie folk rock from The Lone Bellow who originated in Brooklyn. The group just recently released a self-titled debut album which I’m quickly powering through. I love it so much and it’s amazing how much they kind of feel like The Genuine to me (they are still one of my favorite “Turn it Up” features I’ve ever done) out of Winston-Salem. I guess you could say this band’s music just feels like home.

Turn it up, Monday morning: Panic at the Disco

Week 33: Panic at the Disco

One of my favorite bands to run to is Panic at the Disco. Maybe untraditional. But they usually throw good beats even if I’m not always the biggest fan of the sometimes offensive lyrics. Yes, I’m of the opinion you can appreciate music without always liking all the words. Anyway, I digress. My favorite Panic cd was the inaugural “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.” But I was still intrigued when I saw that they have a new, third album coming out this fall. A lot of people who liked old Panic don’t like this newest release for the upcoming album. Did you ever listen? I’m on the fence. I still hear old Panic in there. Maybe it’s just this one song. . .

I have no idea the lyrics. But I cannot turn this off. Repeat. And again.

I raved about The Genuine, a local band in Winston-Salem, a few weeks ago in a Turn It Up post. And tonight I’ve aimlessly landed on some more of their songs. I recognize the one above, “The Light of Love,” from when I saw them perform. I have no clue most of what he’s singing but:

1) I love it.

2) This is filmed in Black Cat. Only the BEST restaurant in Boone.

3) This makes me double-happy.

Listen. And enjoy as much as I am.

Turn it up, Monday morning: The Genuine

Week 26: The Genuine

You guys, this is my FAVORITE post for a “Turn it Up” yet. Why? Because I was at a bar in Winston-Salem on Friday night and suddenly heard a great familiar indie, folksy tune and was completely mesmerized by this band, The Genuine, and their music. I loved it so much that I hurried and snatched a business card after the set. Absolutely entranced. No surprise with the acoustic nature and dreamy vocals. The song, “Western Carolina” below is just one of theirs.

If you like music with a soul that sounds like it comes from North Carolina; listen. Right now.

Sorry, I’m being a little bossy with my recommendations lately — but this band is so fly.

If you like it, check out more on their site.

And if you really like it, message me up and let’s go to their next Winston-Salem show.

Turn it up, Monday morning: Milk Carton Kids

Week 21: Milk Carton Kids

They’re really interesting to watch perform obviously; but also wonderfully easy on the ears. Kind of reminds me of Simon & Garfunkel but with a slightly stronger bluegrass flair. It’s no surprise to me that most of their April concerts have been sold out. NPR has given them a lot of love recently. If you only listen to one song, check out “Michigan.” If you check out more, find “Stealing Romance” or “The Ash and Clay.”

Turn it up, Monday morning: Peter Bradley Adams

Week 14: Peter Bradley Adams

As soon as you hit play on Peter Bradley Adams’s more-popular song, “Longer I Run” above you’ll be able to tell what kind of mellow mood I was in Sunday night. I was looking for something with an indie-like flair, but soothing and great lyrics. All of Adams’s songs fit the bill. My favorite is the one above, but I also like “Los Angeles” from the same “Leavetaking” album, as well as a few of the songs from his newest (2011) album ” Between Us,” including “Be Still My Heart.” Enjoy and in the meantime, I’m going to continue wishing my guitar skills were closer to his.

Turn it up, Monday afternoon: Dispatch.

Week 13: Dispatch

This is a throwback to the 1990’s and once you hit play you’ll probably have a wave of “Oh, I remember this and actually know this song” wash over you. “The General” in the video above is part of Dispatch’s sophomore album “Bang, Bang”, hitting in 1998. The band which infuses some reggae, rock into some soulful indie is a great mix to shuffle with the likes of the Avett Brothers and Amos Lee. My favorite Dispatch album might be the “Who Are We Living For?” album with tracks like “Carry You” and “Headlights.”

I must be channeling my inner 10-year-old is all that I can figure, because this is taking me right back to the late-90s today.

Turn it up, Monday morning.

Week 9: Folly and the Hunter

Yup, they’re Canucks. I didn’t forget my Canadian countdown oath from last week. This time I bring you Folly and the Hunter based out of Montreal. Once you listen, you might roll your eyes and think—wow, Ashley you really like laid-back folk, indie music. And you would be right. It’s not inappropriate to use this comparison:

F & H write tranquil yet sorrowful songs akin to that of Bon Iver, The National and Iron & Wine, while adding energy to the compositions with build ups and cascades of sound similar to that of Sigur Ros, Sufjan Stevens and Arcade Fire. – LastFM

Totally appropriate. Right now I measure good music that I can sit and listen, appreciate and respect the lyrics if I want to. But at the same time I can put in my headphones, jam on some other work and during those moments appreciate the acoustics. This group, like many they are compared to, strike a solid balance. The only complaint is that the first album song-to-song can be a little flat (to me).

While the group only has one album, Resident, out, their next is due in April this year.

My favorite is their song “Cost” so have a listen.