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
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
Get hip to Alex Lahey now before she’s playing SNL. Actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg (daughter of Serge Gainsbourg, arguably one of France’s most revered musicians) has released an achingly pretty pop album Rest.” “It’s evident in the opening track off “Milano,” Luppi’s tribute to Milan in the ‘80s which spotlights the decadence and deviance of the time. The city was alive, and the possibilities appeared endless. The track, “Soul and Cigarette,” shares this optimism opening with the whimsical sounds of a glockenspiel and containing lush lyrics rich with imagery.Continue reading