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Kevin Devine

Singer and songwriter Kevin Devine has won a loyal following in indie rock and emo circles for his emotionally urgent songs of love, life, and politics. Devine was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 19, 1979. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Fordham University to study journalism, but in 1999 his priorities turned to music; he began performing solo at coffeehouses and open-mike nights, and soon he and Chris McAllen, a friend since high school, formed the emo band Miracle of '86 (the name came from the unexpected World Series victory by the New York Mets in that year). Miracle of '86 earned a potent following on the New York/New Jersey indie rock scene, but it didn't take long for Devine to begin thinking outside of the band's boundaries. In 2002, he released his first solo album, Circle Gets the Square, and began playing solo shows in addition to his dates with the group. In 2003, he would drop a three-song EP, Travelling the EU, and a second full-length solo album, Make the Clocks Move (informed by the death of his father and the 2004 presidential race), before Miracle of '86 finally broke up. In 2005, Devine released his first post-Miracle of '86 album, Split the Country, Split the Street; produced by two of Devine's former associates from the group, Chris Bracco and Mike Skinner; the album moved back and forth between uptempo rock and quieter, more contemplative songs. In 2006, Devine scored a major-label deal with Capitol Records and, working with producer Rob Schnapf (who had collaborated with one of Devine's key influences, Elliott Smith), made Put Your Ghost to Rest. The album earned enthusiastic reviews, but several months after its release, a merger between Capitol and Virgin Records scuttled its marketing, and Devine was dropped from the label. However, the album soon gained a second life when it was reissued in 2008 by the indie imprint Junketboy, and Devine toured in support of the new release. In 2009, he returned with his next album, Brother's Blood, released by Electric Gentlemen Records; he toured in support of it backed by his sometime touring ensemble the Goddamn Band, and with the group the Manchester Orchestra as opening act. The tour went so well that Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra formed a side project, Bad Books, who who released their self-titled debut album in the fall of 2010. In the fall of 2011, Devine returned as a solo act with the album Between the Concrete and Clouds, produced by Chris Bracco and mixed by Rob Schnapf; it was also Devine's first album is a co-release arrangement with Razor & Tie and Electric Gentlemen. In 2012, Devine reunited with Bad Books for the concisely titled Bad Books II. In early 2013, Devine joined the growing number of artists who turned to crowdfunding to finance their recording projects rather than rely on record labels; he launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $50,000 in order to produce two albums, and the target figure was reached in less than a day. After raising $114,000, Devine completed and self-released two albums in the fall of 2013: Bulldozer, a solo album produced by Rob Schnapf, and Bubblegum, a collaboration with the Goddamn Band produced by Jesse Lacey. Along with extensive global touring in support of the two albums, Devine also found time to take part in a handful of reunion shows with his Miracle of '86 bandmates, one a benefit for survivors of Hurricane Sandy. ~ Mark Deming
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Kevin Devine

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Albums by
Kevin Devine

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Kevin Devine

  1.   Song
  2.   Just Stay
  3.   You'll Only End Up Joining Them
  4.   The Burning City Smoking
  5.   The First Hit by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  6.   Another Bag of Bones by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  7.   Less Yesterday, More Today
  8.   11-17 by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  9.   Splitting Up Christmas
  10.   Off-Screen by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  11.   Probably
  12.   Brookly Boy
  13.   All of Everything, Erased by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  14.   From Here
  15.   Buried by the Buzz
  16.   Couldn't Be Happier
  17.   Fever Moon by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  18.   This Box is Empty
  19.   Now: Navigate!
  20.   Damned Old Dad
  21.   Funerals and Carnivals
  22.   No One Else's Problem
  23.   Lord, I Know We Don't Talk
  24.   Lullaby For a Snow-Faced Girl
  25.   The Worm in Every
  26.   She Can See Me
  27.   Sleepwalking Through My Life by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  28.   Whistling Dixie
  29.   You're My Incentive
  30.   Billion Bees
  31.   The Only One
  32.   Afterparty
  33.   Me & My Friends
  34.   Keep Ringing Your Bell
  35.   If We Meet Today
  36.   Safe
  37.   Order In the Court
  38.   Yr Husband by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  39.   Carnival by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  40.   Love Me I'm a Liberal
  41.   No Time Flat
  42.   You Are the Daybreak
  43.   The Shift Change Splits the Streets
  44.   Alabama Acres
  45.   Haircut
  46.   Country Sky Glow
  47.   Marie
  48.   Ballgame
  49.   It's Only Your Life by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band
  50.   Murphy's Song by