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With a name like Carnymusic, you might be a little surprised to find out that instead of circus sounds, this self-titled solo project from Mike Carnahan is actually a solid indie album. It opens with a Decemberists-like track “Riptide.” I say Decemberists-like due to the fact that Carnahan’s style choices …

Hearing Anne Steele on her latest album, “Made Out of Stars,” a few things surprised me. Firstly, I was surprised that she’s not already signed to a major record label like Sony, Capitol or Universal. Secondly, I was surprised at how much range she shows from one song to the …

You may not recognize Bobbie Morrone by name, but listing to him you quickly realize you’ve heard his style. A bluesy, guitar-driven pop rock artist with vocals very much in line with John Mayer, Morrone unleashes his new album “Lonely St.,” on February 4. The album hits all of the …

It might be at least three months until summertime, but for the Swedish hip hop artist Lil T-Shirt, it’s never too early to start thinking of the warmest time of year. His new song and music video strikes at something we in Montana know all too well — it gives …

Everyone has a past, and with that past comes regrets, mistakes, and lessons learned. Cindy Jollotta in her latest single “Ghosts,” set to drop on Jan. 8, laments about past struggles and the pain when they sneak into your future plans. With the lyrics, “I make a mess of everything I …

If the mainstream music industry was the only template ever used to release music, Sam Fishman’s latest album “End of Time” would never exist. Why? The mainstream music industry has certain strange beliefs that permeate the way musicians do things, even though it’s never the only way to find success. …

The best way I’ve found to describe Todd Warner Moore’s sound is this — he plays songs you want to hear when you’re sitting around a campfire with friends on a relaxing summer evening. Even if you’re nowhere near an open flame, put on Moore’s new album “Spark” and you’re …

Adam Rose is a bit of an anomaly in today’s music landscape. A self-described “multi-instrumentalist and vocalist” who “avoids categorization, (by) simply playing what he loves,” Rose, a Pittsburgh native, knows he’s not your everyday artist, and he seems perfectly comfortable with that. On “Levitate the Base,” his latest instrumental, …

Listening to “Nothing’s Wrong,” the new album from Canadian singer/songwriter Eliza, the feeling I kept circling back to was one you feel when you’re at home late at night watching a thunderstorm blanket your neighborhood. There are other feelings, too, that are just as hauntingly melancholy but, if you’re like …

You might not recognize Heather Gruber’s name, but once you hear her, you’ll know just the kind of sound you’re getting. Which, depending on what you’re seeking, can be a double-edged sword. “Dance Into the Desert,” Gruber’s debut album, drops a collection of uplifting, positive songs that’ll have you thinking …