Born in Shreveport, Dylan moved to Muscle Shoals, Alabama when he was 11 and he is the dark horse of the vibrant and close-knit musical community there that includes Alabama Shakes, Secret Sisters, and Civil Wars to name a few.
Dylan’s songs however, are considerably darker than that of his Alabama counterparts. He says ‘I wasn’t conscious of a theme before I made it – I didn’t mean to, but I just happen to base a lot of my work on emotions – and at the time, they just happened to be negative ones.’
West Coast natives Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti present Mature Themes, the follow-up to 2010′s hugely successful album, Before Today. While the creative process was new, familiar Ariel Pink signatures remain. In fact, Mature Themes feels like the definitive Haunted Graffiti record, a patchwork of modern America, its esoteric reference points and moments of lyrical lucidity a twilight excursion through backwater LA and late-night TV channel hopping.
Smile Smile’s music chronicles the personal lives of Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme, two musicians who fell in love and started a band. The pair released their first album, Blue Roses while planning their lives together: they got engaged, shared a home and looked toward the future as a married couple. Along the way infidelity ensued, the dream crumbled and the two ended their relationship, but not their musical ties. The band’s sophomore album, Truth On Tape details the heartbreaking end of their union. Their latest album, Marry A Stranger has the duo coming full circle, as friends to create an album together.