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Two birdy bands, one humongous stone

The Mohawk Lodge: Wildfires
When I first heard these guys last summer I thought David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) had started a side project. This time around I forgot I'd heard The Mohawk Lodge before and figured Bazan had decided that going by his own name instead of Pedro the Lion and working on Headphones wasn't enough - he'd gotten some groupies and started a rock band. I have to keep reminding myself it's not his voice I'm hearing.
This is what Bazan would sound like if catchiness was a priority of his (it's not). For non-Pedro the Lion Fans, this is homegrown folk-rock that doesn't try to be cool, but is anyway.

The Mohawk Lodge - Wear 'Em Out
[alt link] (Wildfires)
The Mohawk Lodge - Making Music (Rare Birds)
Buy Wildfires (released July 31st)
The Mohawk Lodge's Website/Myspace
Canadian Tour Dates (no U.S. ones posted at this time)

The Phantom Family Halo: The Legend of Black Six
I got hooked on these guys after MOKB posted on them a week ago. "Black River" and "Lady Blue" sound like a songs of chain gangs and dusty dirt roads, with choruses like "You've got to keep on movin' along." The darkness surrounds you and voices chant together, and the Phantom Family Halo is there singing along.

The Phantom Family Halo - Lady Blue
The Phantom Family Hal0 - Black River
Buy the Legend of Black Six from
(CD version released in the U.S. on July 31st)
The Phantom Family Halo's Myspace (tour dates) / Fanatic Promotion

I'm going to take this opportunity to plug my blog-buddy Megan over at Brainstorm Music, she's been posting some good music lately.

Bonus: Pedro the Lion - Transcontinental

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