If you were to play this album for anyone unfamiliar with Boz Scaggs, they’d be VERY surprised to learn his first album came out in 1965. A few bars into the leadoff track “Rock And Stick,” that unique and still-smooth voice belies his 74 years. If you aren’t familiar, Great Lake Swimmers are a Canadian band built around a loose collective of musicians and the guiding light of singer/songwriter Tony Dekker – they went into the studio with the idea of creating an album without one instrument: the acoustic guitar. On Jungle’s For Ever, you’ll hear catchy, synth-laden goodness worthy of the needle drop. Don’t miss the stand-outs: “Beat 54” (an homage to Studio 54), “Happy Man” and “Heavy California.” Rarely do bands have record labels get into bidding wars for their services with only has one song in their repertoire. Such is the case with Austin’s Black Pumas.Continue reading
On their 9th studio album, Death Cab For Cutie continues the sound that started bringing them fans 20 years ago. Rich Costey’s ethereal production keeps Ben’s light & dream-like vocals out front so we can hear the nuances in his thought-provoking lyrics.
Brooklyn’s Josh Karpeh (aka Cautious Clay) is a 25-year-old artist with a very clear sonic vision. He made a splash earlier this year with his debut EP Blood Type and a quick follow up with the Resonance EP in June.
Charley Crockett is a troubadour in the truest sense of the word. Crockett left home in his teens, hopping railroad cars and busking on the streets to earn his keep. He even spent a year in Paris before returning to his native Texas.
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, The Rock*A*Teens were a band you liked so as to be cooler than your Pavement & Liz Phair-loving friends. Over their 5 albums, no band has combined the ethos of indie rock, rockabilly, and punk better. Hailing from the thriving music neighborhood of Cabbagetown in Atlanta, GA, their influence has been crucial to indie rock.Continue reading
Sparrow is Ashley Monroe’s 4th album, a record that shows the Nashville singer-songwriter heading in a new direction.
Since 2014, Mike Peters, lead singer for The Alarm, has taken on ‘re-imagining’ some of his band’s catalog for 30th-anniversary tributes. Reflecting the world today is the angle Peters takes on the new Alarm album “=” (pronounced “Equals”).
Iggy Pop, one of the grandfathers of punk, continually collaborates with interesting musicians; musicians one would not expect Iggy to venture into the studio with. But perhaps that’s his point.Continue reading
Lake Street Dive vocalist Rachael Price says she’s this generation’s heir apparent to Bonnie Raitt. You’ll hear it in the torch of “I Can Change” and the defiant grit of “Good Kisser.” Their seventh album Free Yourself Up proves this is no novelty act.
Dr. Dog’s new album Critical Equation is the band’s first album of new material in over 5 years.
On his third solo album, Call The Comet, Johnny Marr seems at long last to have found his voice, literally.
It’s rare to have the first song you record top the charts, but that’s exactly what happened to Alice Merton.Continue reading
If you’re going to be born Alejandro Rose-Garcia, and want to stand out in the music world, it makes sense you’d adopt a stage moniker given to you by friends at a campfire when you’re all coming up with Indian guide names. Whether he liked the name or not, Alejandro became firmly attached to Shakey Graves after the massive success of “Dearly Departed” with former Paper Bird member Esmé Patterson singing along. On this 5th full-length CD, I got the feeling Shakey opened his mind to aural possibilities. In December he Tweeted “Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders.”Continue reading
Joshua Hedley’s Mr. Jukebox is one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. Hedley has been a fixture around the Nashville music scene for years. He holds a standing gig at Robert’s Western Wear and has become affectionately nicknamed “The Mayor of Lower Broad” for being in such high demand as a player for almost every genre of music. Glen Hansard spent many years making and playing music before that Oscar-winning film Once.Continue reading
Ron – Little Steven, Soulfire If you’re waiting for that next Springsteen album to come out, I have the next best thing for you. After almost 20 years, Steve Van Zandt (Miami Steve, Little Steven) …Continue reading
Ron – Calexico, The Thread That Keeps Us On the 15-track new Calexico album, I can hear the almost-30-year musical history Joey Burns and John Convertino have between them. Ever since their pre-Friends Of Dean …Continue reading