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River City Extension Release “If You Need Me Back In Brooklyn” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 24, 2013

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River City Extension have released a new music video for “If You Need Me Back In Brooklyn.” Watch it below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Hush Sound Taking Hockey, River City Extension Out On Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 27, 2013

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The Hush Sound are taking Hockey, River City Extension, Gen Schatz of Company of Thieves, and Lucas Carpenter out on tour. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.” 

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Matt Pryor, James Dewees Solo Tour; IIOI, RCE To Support

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2013

Matt Pryor (The Get Up Kids) and James Dewees (The Get Up Kids, Reggie And The Full Effect) are going on another solo tour in April and May. River City Extension and Into It. Over It. are supporting select dates as well. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Review: River City Extension - Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 31, 2012

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“I am writing this for me/So I’m not lost at sea.” In one line, buried halfway between a hopeful opener and a spiritually drained closer, Joe Michelini reveals a deceptively simple explanation for why River City Extension’s music never fails to feel curiously honest. 

Their latest album, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger, succeeds not only because it was composed and performed by a cult of incredibly skilled musicians, but also because the hollow shells of these songs came straight from the depths of Michelini’s morally perplexed intestines. With each song that River City releases it becomes clearer that these gems were not written for an audience, but rather as an emotional outlet for the writer himself; it is this simple creative element that makes the songs so genuine and relatable. 

“Ballad of Oregon” is a flawless example. As with the entire album, orchestration is untouchable. Violins sweep gently in and out of the mix, carefully placed female vocals steal attention when the song’s plot deems it appropriate, tribal drumming paints a vivid picture of the rolling hills and lush scenery that Michelini describes so frequently, and modest acoustic guitar provides the old stand-by foundation. Lyrically, the image is just as rich. Lines like, “Twenty-something/I am losing touch with things I’ll never live to hold” jump out of the verse just as the same epiphany would jump out of your guts in the middle of the night. 

Soon after, a torturously optimistic chorus of “bop-bops” builds behind the melody as Michelini makes the painful realization, “Every time I leave you it gets difficult to find my way back home.” A healthy slab of emotional innocence abides. Cue tears. River City just wrapped every aching Americana heart in a warm, twangy embrace.

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River City Extension Nervous Energies Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 3, 2012

River City Extension recently filmed a new Nervous Energies Session. Check out the band playing an acoustic version of their songs “Welcome To Pittsburg” and “Point Of Surrender” below by clicking “Read More.” 

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River City Extension Added To Manchester Orchestra Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 28, 2012

River City Extension have been added to Manchester Orchestra’s just announced Florida tour. Check out all of River City’s upcoming dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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River City Extension Record Release Shows

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 27, 2012

River City Extension have announced several record release shows. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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PropertyOfZack Playlist : : River City Extension, Diamond

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 11, 2012

River City Extension and Diamond are two bands that we’re big fans of at PropertyOfZack, so we decided to put them both together for a new Playlist. River City’s playlist got a little help from two touring members as well. Check out the Playlists and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!


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Middle Brother - Daydreaming

I decided to start digging into Middle Brother when I fell in love with Dawes. This would now make me a fan of all 3 songwriter’s individual projects. I was pleasantly surprised by how subtle their record is and I appreciate that. This song is the opening track, and remains quintessential example of the solid songwriting these guys are capable of. Short and sweet, Daydreaming is a great tune. - Joe
Stuart Duncan; Chris Thile - Here and Heaven
I fell in love with this song when I first heard it and it hasn’t left my playlist rotation since! It’s about playing it safe with love and not taking chances, always going got the sure thing; it has a driving insistence to the underscore and a minimalistic buildup that propels you forward at all times, along with vocals that make my ears happy :) - Dan
Brainiac - Hot Metal Doberman’s
Rarely can I tell what the singer is saying, but the song and
recording as a whole delivers it’s own feeling and purpose. It’s a raw
creative endeavor from a band that is making the music they know how
to. It’s strange and makes me uncomfortable, but it’s been reminding
me of the importance of staying weird. - Mike
Metric - Calculation Theme
I was introduced to Emily Haines by a co-workers work playlist about 6yrs ago and I have been hooked ever since. This song comforted my 22 year old self during a rough broken heart situation and her lyrics and melodic lines have constantly inspired me. And Emily is a bad ass rockgoddess…just sayin! - Nicole
Dr. Dog - Lonesome
It has hip hop roots with a country twang and a chorus that I can never seem to get out of my head. Banger. - Sam
Daydreaming - Middle Brother.
Joe introduced me to this song right when I got to Jersey in may. A pleasant song and relevant to my life, it keeps ringing out when things get quiet. Thanks Joe. - Ben
Fiona Apple - Waltz (Better Than Fine)
I’ve only just recently discovered all of her music, and Im still not over the initial shock of the genius and beauty of her songwriting; this is one of the standouts. it comes out of the gates with tons of patience, but from right around two minutes when the clarinets and eventually the rest of the orchestra comes in to the end the song blooms into one huge celebration of the present. i dont believe in the wasting of time.  she’s wonderful. - John
City And Colour - Sleeping Sickness
It seems strange to find clarity and peace of mind in such a sorrowful song and artist, but Dallas Green’s catalogue guides me towards a somber catharsis. This brief sobriety allows all of my facades to simply melt away leaving me with a clear mind for approaching anything from an upcoming show to the personal trials of life on the road. - Pat


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Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me (Title Track)

While Motown was pushing Marvin Gaye to stay within the top 40 mainstream, he instead came out with this album, a radical departure from the Motown sound. It then became one of the top albums that the label ever released and is by far his best. It’s inspiring that one of the most influential records was created out of experimentation, as opposed to following convention.
Radiohead - Idioteque
This is the song that opened my mind to other genres. At that point I had grown up listening to punk, emo, and rock. I was somewhat stubborn towards anything outside of that realm. I have since learned that there are good songs and there are bad songs, which has nothing to do with genre. 
The Beach Boys - I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
Not only is the music great, but the subject matter really speaks to me. I find myself questioning a lot of things at this point in my life. Sometimes I feel like I wasn’t made for these times either. Not to mention, Pet Sounds may be one of the best records ever created. - Justin

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River City Extension Album Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - May 30, 2012

River City Extension’s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger doesn’t officially come out until next Tuesday, but you can stream it in full below by clicking “Read More.”

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River City Extension Release New Song

by Zack Zarrillo - May 16, 2012

River City Extension have released a new song called “If You Need Me Back In Brooklyn.” Stream it below by clicking “Read More.”

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River City Extension Release New Song

by Zack Zarrillo - May 15, 2012

River City Extension are streaming a new song called “Ballad Of Oregon” here. Check out what the band had to say about the song below by clicking “Read More.”

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River City Extension Stream New Song

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 5, 2012

River City Extension are streaming a new song called “Welcome To Pittsburgh” here. Check out the band’s upcoming US headlining dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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River City Extension Announce Full US Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 5, 2012

River City Extension have announced a full US tour with The Drowning Men. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More!”

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River City Extension Release New Song; Album Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 15, 2012

River City Extension will be releasing Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger on June 5th. You can listen to a new song called “There & Back Again” and check out the artwork and track listing for the record below by clicking “Read More.”

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River City Extension Begin Recording New Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 3, 2011

River City Extension have announced that they have begun recording their sophomore album with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine). The band is aiming for a spring 2012 release via XOXO Records/Anchor & Hope Music. 

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