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February 18, 2015 2:02 PM

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If you paid attention to San Francisco's indie-rock scene in the early 2000s, you probably know The Court and Spark, the twangy ensemble that borrowed its name from Joni Mitchell's landmark 1974 song and LP. The Court and Spark released a series of polished Americana records between 1999 and 2006, then disbanded, giving way to a spiritually kindred group called Hiss Golden Messenger that includes The Court and Spark's M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch.

Listen to Hiss Golden Messenger's 2009 debut, Country Hai East Cotton, and you'll find it sounds a lot like The Court and Spark. Actually, so do the rest of HGM's records, with their deeply Southern soul and meditative simmer. But Hiss Golden Messenger has gotten more attention than Taylor and Hirsc...

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