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False ME222 TOP ARTISTS Today’s music genre boundaries have been greatly blurred, which I believe is a very healthy state… it just makes my dewey decimal- esque mind a little uneasy. Matt and Isom is a group that blurs those lines and defies any classification one might throw at it. They’re rock, like Radiohead’s ‘ Kid A’ is a rock, and electronic like, well, Radiohead’s ‘ Amnesiac’ is electronic. You seein’ where I’m going with this? It’s not subtle. Their new album “ AugustJesusDepression” beautifully combines the elements of a great singer songwriter album ( think vocals, acoustic guitar, melody), with the very best that electronic production has to offer. Great ambient soundscapes, loops, beats, etc., dance with the vocals, live drums, and acoustic guitars in a symbiotic movement that is hard to pull off successfully. Many groups have tried only to sound like what Madonna sounds like trying to rap… forced and completely contrived. Matt and Isom are not riding a trend. They are what others try to emulate. The album’s opening track sets up this dichotomy of organic vs. produced from the get go. An acoustic guitar and vocal lead the way, only to be joined by a thick, aggressive keyboard pad and quick, light electronic loop down the road from whence they walk hand in hand down the yellow brick road that is this album. Listen to it and you may not end up in Oz, but you’ll end up in a very satisfied place, a place where music genres don’t exist and the only classification is ‘ good’ or ‘ not so much.’ Matt and Isom definitely land in the former. Matt & Isom by TJ Stafford

False ME223 TOP ARTISTS When the ‘ Big Book of Texas Music’ is written, there will be a chapter about young artists who looked to veteran artists for their inspiration. It will proudly include those who did the old- schoolers’ legacy justice as well as those who pissed all over their shoes. The Slow Rollin’ Lows will, no doubt take their place in that chapter as those who were ‘ keepers of the flame’. Hailing from a small- town in Southeast Texas, a hot bed of national talent for decades, the Slow Rollin’ Lows are the “ real deal.” No country covers and no “ sexy tractors” here - just original music about real themes. These are songs about love and loss, bars and booze, ups, downs and ‘ all- arounds’ - real life. Songs like “ Forevermore’, ‘ You’re All I Need’ and ‘ Jesus Loves A Man Who Writes A Song’ have themes with which people can identify. The Slow Rollin’ Lows are torchbearers for country music and their light has only begun to shine. Slow Rollin Lows by Daniel Miller