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Mammoth Life / Panda Circus / Rusty Scott

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Mammoth Life's first album "Kaleidoscopic Art Pop" was already completed by the time the seven-piece outfit first hit the stage a couple years ago. What began as a collaboration between Nicholas Goss and Elizabeth Mead has evolved into a friendly collective of musicians, artists, filmmakers, poets and clothing designers who share a headstrong vision to craft cheery chamber-pop music and inject a little more sunshine into this crazy, crazy life. The recently hitched Goss and Mead brought two new songs along for our podcast with them last year, which also features half a dozen cuts of their earlier musics. Lawrence's Panda Circus is putting the finishing touches on its debut album of "orchestral indie dance pop," tentatively titled "The Panda Magic Happy Fun Show." The Circus's cheery sound takes cues from bands like Beirut and the Decemberists en route to motivating bashful people to dance, or at least smile and bob their heads. Local boy Rusty Scott hooked up with engineer Chris Crisci (of Old Canes and the Appleseed Cast) to help him produce his debut record. He played all the instruments on it—guitar, drums, banjo, harmonica, etc.—save some trumpet performances by his friend Kyle Robinson, who currently joins him onstage along with members of Ample Branches. Scott’s down-home songs toe the line between folk, rock, and bluegrass, working their way into your subconscious with easygoing melodies and old-fashioned instrumentation. Check out our podcast preview of Rusty Scott's latest album.

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