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MATT PLESS Perfects “Ashtray” with Re-Recording of ‘Tumbleweed’


Baltimore, MD Folk-Punk Singer/Songwriter MATT PLESS has returned to his 2013 released masterpiece Tumbleweed with a re-recording of the acoustic 12 track LP. Invoking the lyrical brilliance of BOB DYLAN, the instrumental diversity of THE VIOLENT FEMMES, and the folkish undertones of FLOGGING MOLLY, Tumbleweed is an explosion of dynamic discordance, mixing driving, confrontational punk acoustic jams with gentle, canorous melodies. The opening track for the album, “Ashtray,” is the perfect introduction to this uniquely focused musician’s fusion of rock, Americana, and acoustic folk.


“’Ashtray’ came about because I smoked an ashtray-worth of cigarettes in the half hour that it took to write the song…I had been playing music full time for quite a while. I was tired of finding myself performing at shows that were as empty as my pockets and was frustrated at the state of my life, the world, and the indie art community. I had been listening to a lot of obscure music circulating in the punk scene and had stumbled across a song by another artist which included a lyric that said: “If I found God anywhere it would be by the tracks”. From there, inspiration threw me my own variation on the line that would open “Ashtray”: “Someone asked me if I found God, yes, I think we’ve met a couple times. But, I’m not sure if it was Him ’cause I can’t look Her in the eye” – Matt Pless

Cover Art for Tumbleweed

Track List:
1. Ashtray
2. Piggy Bank
3. My Crooked Ways
4. Mad Child’s Lament
5. What You Will
6. The Book of You and I
7. Portland
8. Talkin’ Information Blues
9. The Crayon Song
10. White Picket Fences
11. My Idea of Heaven
12. In the Past Tense

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Combining elements of folk, punk, pop and roots rock, Matt Pless can lyrically turn a phrase with the best of them. He has been compared to some of the top songwriters of our time, including John Lennon, Paul Simon, John Prine, and Bob Dylan. Known for his engaging and thought-provoking, witty word labyrinths, Matt’s music spans topics from love and loss to social commentary to ethereal train-of-thought abstractions, and everything in between.


Bourbon Brawlers Drop New Album “Befriend Your Sins” and Video for “Irish Yoga”

Denver’s DIY Irish folk-punks Bourbon Brawlers just dropped their new 10 song album Befriend Your Sins and a music video for the single “Irish Yoga”.  The 7 piece outfit is the Colorado flag bearer for working class folk-punk angst and heart with songs about drinking, revolution, friends no longer with us and more drinking. The album is loose, festive, and full of great punk jams with an overall theme of having fun while you can. Befriend Your Sins has 8 songs streaming online with a bonus 2 tracks (“Whiskey Souls” and “Kevin and Bob.”) only available on the physical copy of the album.

As a testament to brotherhood bond of the Bourbon Brawlers and the importance their music is to them Damien the drummer suffered through a horrific event just days prior to the album release party for Befriend Your Sins and survived by sheer will and the love of family, friends and band mates. While taking a smoke break at work Damien was randomly and viciously stabbed 5 times by a raging psychopath. 8 days later he skipped out of the hospital to play the album release party. Then he returned to the hospital to finish healing up because he still had a blood clot in his lung. That is about as die hard punk rock as you can get.

Befriend Your Sins Track Listing:



Irish Yoga

Light It Up


The Legend of Shorts McGraw

Weight of the World


Bonus Tracks: Whiskey Souls and Kevin and Bob


Bourbon Brawlers:

Damien – drums

Snoopy – stand-up bass

Rusty – washboard and vocals

Scott – banjo

Tom – mandolin

Raul – harmonica and vocals

Mike – guitar and vocals


“Irish Yoga” Video:




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Breaking Music Magazine has teamed up with Abydos Records Radio and The Heart Riot Agency to bring you The Breaking Music Radio Show, hosted by Lance Waste ( Lead Singer of Darling Waste, founder of The Heart Riot Agency), the show is a weekly look at indie rock bands that are featured here on Breaking Music Magazine. Tune in every wednesday night at 8pm to discover your new favorite band!

Gallows Bound Announce 2016 North American Tour Dates with Old Salt Union


Appalachian folk-punk/bluegrass band Gallows Bound will be hitting the road, crisscrossing America to start the new year. They will be teaming up with Old Salt Union for a string of dates beginning with a home town show 1/8 and wrapping up 2/20 in Springfield, MO.

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“We’re super excited to be hitting the road in 2016! This will be our longest tour yet, as we will be going coast to coast on this tour. 2016 is going to be starting out with a bang!”Jordan Joyes (Vocals)


Gallows Bound with Old Salt Union 2016 Tour Dates:
01/08 @ Blue Fox – Winchester, VA*
01/09 @ The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
01/10 @ Pour House – Raleigh, NC*
01/11 @ Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC*
01/12 @ JACK RABBITS LIVE – Jacksonville, FL
01/13 @ Terra Fermata – Stuart, FL
01/15 @ BackBooth – Orlando, FL
01/16 @ Sidebar Theater – Tallahassee, FL
01/17 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
01/18 @ The Nick – Birmingham, AL
01/19 @ The Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN0
01/20 @ Howlin Wolf Small Room – New Orleans, LA*
01/21 @ Blue Moon Saloon – Lafayette, LA*
01/22 @ Spirits Food And Friends – Alexandria, LA*
01/23 @ Club Dada – Dallas, TX*
01/24 @ Gruene Hall – New Braunfels, TX
01/26 @ Korova – San Antonio, TX*
01/27 @ Stubbs Jr. – Austin, TX*
01/29 @ Surly Wench Pub – Tucson, AZ
01/30 @ Low Spirits – Albuquerque, NM
01/31 @ THE RHYTHM ROOM – Phoenix, AZ
02/02 @ The Hood Bar – Palm Desert, CA
02/03 @ Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
02/04 @ Cafe NELA – Los Angeles, CA
02/08 @ Shea’s Tavern – Reno, NV
02/09 @ Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR
02/10 @ Dante’s – Portland, OR
02/11 @ Funhouse – Seattle, WA
02/12 @ The Roxy – Kennewick, WA
02/13 @ Shredder – Boise, ID
02/15 @ Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
02/16 @ The Elbow Room – Wichita, KS
02/17 @ Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
02/18 @ The 503 – Iowa Falls, IA
02/19 @ The 503 – Iowa Falls, IA
02/20 @ Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO^
*w/ Old Salt Union
^w/ The Goddamn Gallows


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