Besides having similarly structured names, the bands this week are perfect for any hippie at heart. Their sounds are similar in that they capture a “down to earth,” folksy vibe that invites listeners to think, sing along, or simply listen.


1. Liz Cooper And The Stampede.

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Liz Cooper and the Stampede is a Nashville-based band, featuring the earthy vocals of Baltimore native, Liz Cooper. The Americana band has a folk-western sound that slides melodically through the listener’s ears. Cooper’s vocals are natural and earnest, with a gruff, sexy edge. The band recently released their first EP, “Monsters,” this June. Their song, “Anna”, tells the tale of the late Anna Nicole Smith, that has a bluesy-folk feel, that captures the sad story of Smith. Liz Cooper and the Stampede makes one feel as if they are in a local Nashville bar, ready for a shot of whiskey. Listen to Liz Cooper and the Stampede’s new EP on iTunes and Spotify.


2. Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros 

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros playing on a rooftop in Soho NY (

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is a 11 piece indie rock band formed in 2007 by front man Alex Ebert. The band draws its inspiration from communal music bands popular in the 60’s and 70’s. Edward Sharpe builds their ecclectic, communal sound with their 11 members each contributing something audibly unique. Their feel good tunes capture a sound that is both swinging, folky, and traditional 60’s hippie, calling on the world love in a more universal sense. “I Don’t Wanna Pray” is an upbeat, shapable tune, that encompasses Edward Sharpe’s communal vibe. Edward Sharpe makes anyone want to spend a day dancing in the sun raining flowers on passerby’s. Let your inner flower child out by listening to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on iTunes and Spotify.


3. Grace Potter And The Nocturnals

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is an American rock band from Vermont that boasts the impressive vocals of lead singer, Grace Potter. Potter’s voice encompasses hints of Norah Jones, Janis Joplin, and Alanis Morisette, and their Americana rock sound shows influences of blues and roots rock. Their song, “Keepsake,” is a classic lamenting love song with a rock, blues vibe combined with the soul and strength of Potter’s voice. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals released their last album, “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” in 2012. Hopefully, they will release a new album soon. Until then, give them a listen on iTunes and Spotify.


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