Friday, October 02, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Deafheaven – “Come Back” (Pretty, cinematic post-rock passages combine with thrash metal and swirling shoegaze-inspired guitar riffs to create a schism between brutality and beauty on New Bermuda, the polarizing post-black metal band’s highly-anticipated third album and first for new label, Anti Records.  As with their highly-praised last album, Sunbather, New Bermuda is a modern day metal masterpiece.)  
Stream the standout track that fades out with a 90’s indie rock influence here:  

Doe Paoro – “Nostalgia” (Doe Paoro is the moniker for singer-songwriter Sonya Kreitzer whose experimental 80’s-inspired synth-driven indie-pop is blended with elements of soul and R&B on After, her new album and label debut for Anti Records. The album was recorded at April Base, the home studio of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver alongside production from S. Carey and BJ Burton with guest spots from Sylvan Esso and Vernon but its Kreitzer’s sultry vocal style and hypnotic melodies that steal the spotlight.)

Stream the throbbing neon-lit standout single here:

Shannon And The Clams – “My Man” (The Oakland trio – bassist/vocalist Shannon Shaw, guitarist/vocalist Cody Blanchard and drummer/keyboardist Nate Mayhem - recently released on Hardly Art Records, Gone By The Dawn, their stunning sophomore album.  Produced by the likeminded Sonny Smith of San Fran’s Sonny and the Sunsets, the album continues their quest for classic pop perfection with golden era rock-n-roll and doo wop vocals laced with a gritty punk spirit.)

Stream the sock-hopping ballad-esque standout here:

Friday, September 25, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Futurebirds – “Hotel Parties” (The Athens, GA based band creates a hazy, twang-y Southern folk-rock sound on their sophomore album, Hotel Parties, out now via their new label, Easy Sound Recording Company.  Lyrically, the band battles with being on the road while longing for home and the standout title track here is the perfect example with its piano-led melody and wispy steel guitar ornamentation.)

Craig Finn – “Maggie I’ve Been Searching For Our Son” (The Hold Steady frontman recently released - via Partisan Records - Faith In The Future, his second solo album.  As always Finn is the ultimate storyteller and does not disappoint as he weaves his melancholic yet vivid tales around his guitar-driven Springsteen-like indie rock but this time around he has added in some keys and synths for good measure.  Be sure to catch him on tour the fall.)   

The Dead Weather – “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” (Jack White, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence are back with Dodge And Burn, their third album and first in five years, out today via Third Man Records.  The collaborative group’s groove-leaden garage-rock is built with White’s stomping drumbeats, Mosshart and White’s feral vocals and Fertita and Lawrence’s heavy, fuzzed out blues-soaked riffs for a muscular sound that will bruise you black and blue.)

Friday, September 18, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Hibou – “Dissolve” (The Seattle-based post-punk project of Peter Michel – former Craft Spells drummer - is set to release his self-titled debut album via Barsuk today.  His nostalgia-inducing 80’s -inspired sound takes references from C86, dream-pop and shoegaze and mixes it with prog-rock tendencies and layers of hazy, reverb-rich melodies for a very promising debut.)     

Stream the shimmering standout single here:   

Windhand – “Hyperion” (Today marks the Relapse Records release of the Richmond, VA-based band’s highly-anticipated third album, Grief's Infernal Flower.  Produced by the legendary Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden), the new album continues the band’s triumphant efforts to blend frontwoman Dorthia Cottrell’s beautiful, powerful yet poppy vocals with slow, stomping rhythms and heavy, sludge-crusted guitar riffs for a psychedelic-laced doom rock sound beyond comparison.)   

Stream the rumbling, bass-led groove and growl of “Hyperion” here:  

Still Alive – “Actors And Puppets” (Death metal growls and guitar riffs and ska-core unexpectedly collide on the new album, Choices, out now via Jump Start Records.  Lyrically, the Chicago-based quartet exposes some of the negative aspects of life - government, depression, etc. – but there is a glimmer of hope in their heaviness and Choices is a collection of 11 cathartic punk anthems that you can dance and shout along to in the pit.)        

Stream the manic metallic single here:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Conveyer – “When Given Time To Grow”

Conveyer, the Minneapolis-based melodic Christian hardcore band recently released When Given Time To Grow, their stunning sophomore album and label debut for Victory Records.  The quintet creates an emotionally-charged brand of spirit filled hardcore that matches the intensity of the lyrical themes that deal with fear, guilt, lust, and hopelessness alongside the hope in God throughout those trials. 

Led by “Haven”, the cathartic and anthemic first single and video, the 11-track album is the perfect balance of mayhem and melody (without clean singing) and they throw in some dissonant Snapcase-like guitar influence - on standout track “Ruined” - and off-kilter breakdowns for good measure.  Additionally, Cam Smith of Hotel Books contributes vocals to the passionate and dynamic album closer, “Impatience”.    

Stream When Given Time To Grow here:

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Friday, September 04, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Manray – “Time Sutures” (Today marks the release of the emerging Dayton blues-rock trio’s sophomore album, Classic Jurassic.  Their groove-heavy garage-rock sound blends jammy psychedelic passages and bluesy classic rock riffs with catchy hooks and elements of 90’s indie guitar-rock that sounds both retro and modern all at once.  If you are in the Dayton area, be sure to check out their album release show tonight at Blind Bob’s.)  
Stream the dynamic standout single here: 

Strife – “Incision” (After their triumphant rebirth in 2012, the Los Angeles 90’s hardcore vets return with a new EP, Incision, out today via guitarist Andrew Kline’s own WAR Records.  The 4-song EP was produced by Nick Jett of Terror and ex-Sepultura drummer Iggor Cavalera returns alongside guest spots from ex-Integrity guitarist Aaron Melnick and Ringworm’s Human Furnace.  Their unflinching brand of metallic hardcore helped shape the scene in the 90’s and influenced countless bands after them and this new EP is a throwback to that seminal sound with some modern elements and a renewed sense of purpose that is palpable.)    
Stream the raging title track featuring vocals from Human Furnace and an incendiary lead from Aaron Melnick here (via Noisey): 

P.O.D. – “The Awakening” (Last week the SoCal alt-metal mainstays released their ninth album, The Awakening via T-Boy/UMC.  Produced again by longtime collaborator Howard Benson, the concept album follows a “prodigal son”-like main character through his good and bad decisions along with all of the consequences but musically, it is just as anthemic and uplifting as their Grammy-nominated music has always been.  Guests include vocalists Maria Brink of In This Moment and Lou Koller of Sick Of It All.)    
Stream the soaring closing track here: 

Friday, August 28, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Static Daydream – “The Only One” (On the heels of their promising debut EP released just last year, the new project of Paul Baker from Skywave and Jamie Casey is set to release their self-titled debut album today as a joint release from shoegaze authorities Saint Marie Records and Moon Sounds Records.  The duo creates an earth quaking guitar-heavy swirl of noise that is contrasted perfectly by the blissful dream-pop, 80’s synths and 60’s girl group melodies that shine through the cracks.)    
Stream the harmony rich and synth-smeared opening track here:

Beach House – “Sparks” (Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally return with their highly-anticipated fifth album, Depression Cherry, out now on Sub Pop.  The new album boasts less live drums and slightly simpler arrangements but the dream-pop duo still fills the room with a soaring, shimmering atmosphere of caterwauling guitars, buzzing vintage synths and lilting pop melodies especially on the standout single heard here.)  

The Atom Age – “It’s A Mess” (After giving away their Free EP in 2013, the Oakland band released their long-awaited third album, Hot Shame this week via Asian Man Records.  The album was co-produced by Blag Dahlia from likeminded punk outlaws, the Dwarves and is full of feral fury with 60’s-inspired garage rock and anthemic old school punk colliding with elements of surf rock, vintage organ and tenor sax thrown in to the snarling chaos for good measure.)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Free Download: Kid Cadaver – Roam EP

Kid Cadaver is an emerging indie-pop trio hailing from Los Angeles and last week they released their second EP, titled Roam as a free download via their website and Bandcamp page. 

Led by the Passion Pit-like synth-pop of the Game Of Thrones-inspired standout single, “Keep Well” and the twinkling 80’s synths and jangly guitars of lead single “New Friends”; the new EP is filled to the top with catchy and exuberant sing-along hooks, driving beats and emotionally-charged lyrics.  Another standout is the opening track, “Ropes” with its chiming melodies and matching soaring falsetto vocals.  

Stream and download the Roam EP here:

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Friday, August 21, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “I Need Never Get Old” (The Denver old school soul and R&B revivalists led by the burly, blues-soaked croon of frontman Nathaniel Rateliff are set to release their stunning self-titled debut album today via legendary label Stax/Concord Records.  Expertly produced by Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen) the timeless album is highlighted by blasts of jubilant brass, infectious stomp and clap rhythms, swells of vintage organ and fun, sing-along hooks.  Also, be sure to catch their energetic live show on their nearly sold out tour with fellow Denver band Land Lines.)
Stream the reverb-rich Motown-inspired rave-up here:     

Publicist UK – “Cowards” (Featuring members of Municipal Waste, Revocation, Goes Cube, Discordance Axis, Freshkills and Burnt By The Sun, including the towering powerful baritone of vocalist Zachary Lipez, the “supergroup” quartet creates a deeply melodic and atmospheric brand of dark, heavy post-punk on their excellent debut album, Forgive Yourself, out today via Relapse Records.)
Stream the theatrical, statement-making opening track:

Myrkur – “Mordet” (The once-enigmatic Danish one-woman black metal band Myrkur - Amelie Bruun of indie rock band Ex Cops - lures you in with the breathtaking beauty of her siren-like voice and straight up pretty and hauntingly atmospheric piano-led passages before the contrasting visceral brutal heaviness steamrolls you over like nothing else before it.  Her highly-anticipated insta-classic debut album, M, is out today via Relapse Records, was co-produced in Norway by Garm (Ulver) and features guest spots from Christopher Amott of Arch Enemy and members of Mayhem and Nidingr.)  

Stream the noise-addled thrash metal-inspired and Christopher Amott-guested standout here:

Friday, August 14, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Good Life – “Everybody” (Today, the side project of Tim Kasher from Cursive released, Everybody’s Coming Down, their long-awaited fifth album via Saddle Creek.  This time around, the quartet featuring Tim, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney, Ryan Fox, and Roger L. Lewis mostly ditched their acoustic-heavy folk-pop sound for something more diverse and dynamic, incorporating noisy psych-rock and colorful synth-pop as the backbone for Kasher’s distinct lyrical sensibility, resulting in an engaging collaborative effort that makes up for the 8 year wait.)

Black Fast – “The Coming Swarm” (The emerging St. Louis metal band recently released their stunning sophomore album and label debut, Terms of Surrender, via eOne Music.  With monstrous technical riffs and thundering blast-beat led rhythms, their sound is a gruesome dissection of 90’s-era Florida death metal and old school 80’s thrash with elements of modern metallic hardcore topping it off.)     

La Luz – “You Disappear” (Last week, the Seattle surf-punk revivalists led by frontwoman Shana Cleveland released, Weirdo Shrine, their second album via Hardly Art.  The new album was recorded by likeminded producer/engineer Ty Segall in a converted surf shop recording studio and is highlighted by its careening reverb-rich psych-surf guitars, droning vintage organs, swooning four-part doo-wop vocals and hip-swiveling rhythms.)

Friday, August 07, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Mynabirds – “Semantics” (With Lovers Know - her new album under The Mynabirds moniker - the chameleon-like Laura Burhenn has created her brightest and best album yet.  Out now via Saddle Creek, the album progresses her folky sound with retro-minded yet futuristic elements of glass-slick 80’s synth-pop, hip-hop and R&B-inspired electronic beats and layers of gauzy guitar alongside her memorable hooks and smooth voice.)

Small Feet – “Gold” (The Swedish folk-rock trio - led by the  mystical Neil Young-like croon of Simon Stalhamre - released their highly-anticipated debut album, From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean, this week with Barsuk Records.  They craft a melodically-rich and emotionally-charged brand of hauntingly atmospheric Americana that recalls Fleet Foxes and Band Of Horses.)   

Deaf Wish – “They Know” (After eight years together and flying just under the radar, today the Melbourne quartet brings the Pain, on their new Sub Pop released album that should garner them the attention that their noise-leaden and punk-fuelled guitar rock deserves.  Recorded in a few short days in just three takes or less, the album captures the fury and finesse of their live shows through short energetic blasts like the minute-and-a-half long standout single, “The Know”, heard here.)

Friday, July 31, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Galactic – “ (Celebrating twenty years together, the veteran New Orleans funk band recently released their new album, Into The Deep, via Provogue Records.  Guest vocalists Macy Gray, JJ Grey and the living legend Mavis Staples contribute their unique assets and match well with the album’s overall soul-drenched sound.)   

Barna Howard – “Indiana Rose” (Portland singer-songwriter Barna Howard recently released his long-awaited sophomore album, Quite A Feelin’ via Mama Bird Recording Co.  His classic country & western-leaning brand of folk recalls Townes Van Zandt with earnest lyrical sentiments and laid-back instrumental ornamentation that evokes nostalgia for home, wherever that may be or have been.)
Stream the title track and first single with its flickering banjo here:    

Teenage Time Killers – “Barrio” (The much-hyped mega punk/metal supergroup led by Corrosion Of Conformity’s Reed Mullin and My Ruin’s Mick Murphy released their debut album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 today via Rise Records.  They have recruited an impressive list of contributors including, Dave Grohl to play bass of all things, Jello Biafra, Neil Fallon of Clutch, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Tommy Victor of Prong, Lee Ving of Fear, Brian Baker of Bad Religion, Phil Rind of Sacred Reich and many others.  With a twenty-song tracklist of mostly originals and a couple of covers performed by such a diverse set of musicians, though likeminded in many ways, don’t expect much cohesion but each member brings the spirit and essence of their parent band to each individual track.)  

Check out the old school Misfits-like Matt Skiba-led punk anthem here:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Rev Gusto – “Burnt Out Friends” | CONTEST: Rev Gusto – Too Much Rock Single Series 7”

The K.C. garage-pop band Rev Gusto released, Burnt Out Friends, their stunning debut album, this week via High Dive Records (Bummer, Sky Boys, Empty Moon).  Frontman Jerry Frederick along with his brother Sam Frederick, Peter Beatty, Shaun Crowley and Quinn Hernandez create infectiously catchy and laid back 60’s-inspired pop songs that recall the sun-streaked harmonies of The Beach Boys and the raucous garage-rock of The Kinks.  In fact, Frederick studied songwriting in England with Ray Davies from The Kinks.  Don’t worry, the resulting album is not some tired, retro-minded rehash but is near-perfect pop pleasure without the pastiche.
Recorded live in studio to capture their kinetic live energy the album is front-loaded with knockout after knockout with the opening track, “Boys Are At It Again” leading the charge with a hip-shaking rhythm, Jerry’s drunken vocal cadence and an impossible-not-to-sing-along-with chorus. The propulsive acoustic guitars and glam-pop melodies of “Goodnight Laura” follows, giving way to “Click Click” and its jangly Velvet Underground meets beach blanket bingo sound.  The bouncy, organ-drenched “Blood In A Bag”, the trippy, psych-rock of “Surf City/Mind In A Cage” and the piano and trumpet-led album closing single, “Suburb Of Hoboken” are standouts as well. 

Last year, Rev Gusto released a 7” single as part of the Too Much Rock podcast’s Singles Series, which has also included releases from Schwervon! and Josh Berwanger.  The instantly catchy A-Side "Still There" is matched with the band’s take on Graham Parker's New Wave classic, "Local Girls" on the B-Side.   
Atlas and the Anchor in conjunction with High Dive Records and the Too Much Rock podcast have a copy of this limited edition 7” to giveaway.     
Just email with your name and favorite track from Burnt Out Friends for a chance to win.  One winner will be chosen at random on Monday, August 3.  Good luck and thanks for reading and listening!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

SHOW ALERT: Deftones w/ Death From Above 1979 & The Bots at LC Pavilion, Columbus July 28

Currently, 90’s alt. rock veterans Deftones and Incubus are on a co-headlining summer amphitheatre tour along with modern indie rock favorites Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. 
Tomorrow night – July 28 - at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, the Deftones will headline an off night from the tour with all of the previously mentioned bands except for Incubus. 
Deftones are gearing up for the fall release of their long-awaited follow-up to their 2012 album, Koi No Yokan and Incubus recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus with the release of a new EP and have plans to release yet another EP later this year.  The opening bands - the recently reformed post-punk duo Death From Above 1979 and the L.A. based garage-punk duo The Bots –are both touring in support of new albums released last fall.
Join me and get there early enough to catch the incendiary opening set from The Bots, the young sibling duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Mikaiah Lei and drummer Anaiah Lei.  Pink Palms, their very promising debut full-length is out now via the Fader label and it showcases their ramshackle brand of blues-drenched and skate punk-inspired garage-rock that packs a bittersweet pop punch. 
Check out the super-catchy first single, “All I Really Want” and its clever Buzzfeed-inspired lyric video below and pick up tickets for the show here:

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Friday, July 24, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Watkins Family Hour – “Brokedown Palace” (The brainstorm of siblings Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, the Watkins Family Hour is the acclaimed monthly residency at the Largo in L.A. that began in 2002.  Recently Sean & Sara gathered some of their virtuoso musical friends and residency performers such as Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Greg Liesz, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington to record their self-titled debut album, out today via Family Hour Records.  Recorded live in studio in just three days, the recording captures the spirit and spontaneity of their live performances with a selection of cover songs originally by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and more.  Additionally, the collective will take the show on the road for the first time this summer.)

Check out the Fiona Apple-led album closer, “Brokedown Palace” here:  

Strange Wilds – “Starved For” (The Olympia-based power trio formed from the ashes of hardcore punk bands Negative Press, Outlook, and Wreck; their debut album, Subjective Concepts is out today on Sub Pop.  Their retro-leaning yet modern sound recalls the early days of the label with thunderous blasts of gritty, noise-addled skate punk alongside fuzzed-out grunge for a very promising debut.)

Stream the stomping, sneering Bleach-era Nirvana-esque single here:  

Hope Drone – “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning” (The experimental Australian post-metal band released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Cloak Of Ash, today via their new label home, Relapse Records.  On it the quartet combines oppressively dark, Deafheaven-like black metal atmospherics and a brutal, sludge-thick heaviness with sweeping layers of droning, dissonant noise all to prove that they are an all-consuming, unrelenting force to be reckoned with.)

Stream the epic, torrentially mournful first single here:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Free Download: Bad Bad Hats – “Psychic Reader”

The Minneapolis indie-pop trio, Bad Bad Hats - led by guitarist/vocalist Kerry Alexander’s honey-sweet vocals and sharp, biting lyrics - released their highly-anticipated debut album, Psychic Reader last week via Afternoon Records.  The album is available as a free download in exchange for your email address and will also be made available on vinyl later this fall.

Building off of their excellent 2013 It Hurts EP - led by the infinitely infectious title track - the band has stretched their legs on their full-length to include crunchy 90’s-indebted guitar tones, danceable rhythms and synth-smeared dream-pop melodies for an assured and very promising debut.  
Standouts include the anthemic sing-along “Fight Song”, the propulsive, starry-eyed title track, “Psychic Reader”, the melancholic yet bouncy opening single "Midway", the swooning acoustic guitar-led "All-Nighter" and the catchy, garage-rock rave-up ‘Shame”. 

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Friday, July 17, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

White Reaper – “I Don’t Think That She Cares” (Today the Louisville garage-punk band has released their highly-anticipated debut album, White Reaper Does It Again, via Polyvinyl Records.  With a punk-informed snarl and a stuck-to-the-ground bubblegum melodicism, their energetic take on rock and roll explodes with fuzz-leaden guitars, bouncy New Wave-like synth lines and furious breakneck rhythms that deliver on the hefty promise of last year’s outstanding debut EP.)   

Failure – “Mulholland Drive” (After nearly 20 years, the legendary 90’s alt-rock trio led by Ken Andrews recently released The Heart is A Monster, the long-awaited yet unexpected follow up to their 1996 masterpiece, Fantastic Planet.  The band reformed in 2014 for a few celebrated reunion dates, which turned into a full-fledged tour with Tool, which turned into a new album and now even more touring.  The stunning new album is a collection of 18 perfectly crafted songs that are drenched in their trademark dense guitar-driven space-rock and Ken’s knack for soaring, ear-worming melodies for a most welcomed return that is worthy of the lengthy wait.)    

Refused – “Elektra” (Yet another surprise came from the monumentally-influential Swedish punk band Refused, who recently released Freedom, their first album since 1998’s iconic The Shape of Punk to Come.  Out now on Epitaph, they return with an incendiary new set of politically-charged punk anthems and though they claim “nothing has changed” on the feral first single with its metallic riffs, stuttering rhythm and throat-shredding screams; the band shows off a new experimental side that introduces elements of Chili Pepper-like funk and bright pop production from Top 40 mainstay Shellback into the mix resulting in an experience both polarizing and satisfying all at once.)
Stream “Elektra” here:

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: Bummer – "Spank" EP

Bummer is the Olathe, Kansas based trio who are destroying eardrums and everything else in their wake with their heavy, knuckle-dragging brand of 90’s-inspired sludge-punk that recalls the Melvins along with elements of noise-addled hardcore like Deadguy.  After forming in 2012, they have released two EPs and will release their third EP, titled Spank, tomorrow via High Dive Records - available digitally and on limited edition cassette and 10” vinyl.
The 6-song Spank EP includes standouts “Infinite Witches” and “Escotada” from their self-released Milk EP (2013) in raging re-recorded form and is led by the crunching, pummeling first single, “Dude Baby” and the lurching bass-led rhythm and feral fury of the anti-rape anthem “Bad News”. 
Bummer’s Spank EP is already at the top of my list of the best EPs of 2015, listen and see what you think here:

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Friday, July 10, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Kaia Kater – “Come And Rest" (Kaia Kater has quite an interesting back story – born in Canada with mixed Afro-Caribbean heritage, singer/songwriter/banjo player – but really it’s her smooth voice and timeless Appalachian roots music that takes the spotlight.  Kater’s sophomore album, Sorrow Bound was released last month via Kingswood Records.  Assisted by producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Bartos (Sarah Harmer, Barr Brothers), it is a nice mix of four originals along with seven traditional folk tunes arranged in her engaging banjo-centric style, including one sung in French.)  
Stream the album’s standout closing track and original tune with its propulsive flickering banjo figures and Gospel-soaked vocal melodies here:

Between The Buried And Me – “Famine Wolf” (The prog-metal veterans return with their cinematic seventh album, Coma Ecliptic – which blends classic 70’s-era prog-rock with their distinct brand of technical death metal - out now via Metal Blade.   Check out the dynamic standout track here with its chugging strings, swirling finger-tapped guitars and theatrical pop-leaning moments.)  

T. Hardy Morris – “Me My” (The former frontman of the Georgia psych-rock band Dead Confederate recently released his sophomore solo album, Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountain Top, via Dangerbird Records.  Improving on his promising debut, he has added in raw, grunge-smeared garage-rock guitar riffs and melodies to his country-leaning folk-rock sound that fits right in line with his Southern vocal snarl.)

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Stream It From The Mountain: mewithoutYou – “Pale Horses”

mewithoutYou, the Philadelphia-based post-hardcore art-punk band recently released Pale Horses, their highly-anticipated sixth album and debut for new label, Run For Cover Records.  Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Circa Survive) the new album perfectly captures what the band of 15 years does best - alternating between explosively intense moments of cathartic triumph with spiraling guitar melodies and quieter, more intricate and introspective arrangements with poetically spiritual lyrical themes in frontman Aaron Weiss’ distinct vocal cadence. 
Standouts track on the album include the shape-shifting, hymn-reciting “Watermelon Ascot”, the pretty opening title track, “Pale Horse” and the standout single, “D-Minor” with its galloping rhythm and twinkling guitar melodies.         

Stream Pale Horses here: 

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Hanz Bronze – “Elderberry Dawn” (Hanz Bronze is an Oregon-by-way-of Kansas City singer-songwriter who was used to playing in the background, playing percussion on the White Flight (Justin of The Anniversary) album and writing lyrics for Suzannah Johannes.  That all changes now with the Range Life Records release of his eclectic self-titled debut album, available digitally and on limited edition cassette.  Recorded and mixed by Dave Jablonski of Marmoset, the spotlight now shines on his short blasts of quirky pop sensibility, humorous lyrics and raucous slacker-rock riffs alongside jazzy, lounge lizard freakouts for a very promising debut.)  

Check out the shimmery and jangly falsetto-filled funk of the standout single, “Elderberry Dawn” here:

Ecstatic Vision – “Astral Plane” (Featuring members of former metalcore band A Life Once Lost, the Philly-based Ecstatic Vision – self-proclaimed “primal heavy psych” band - creates a hypnotic Hawkwind-like hybrid of heavy 70’s-inspired psych-rock meshed with pounding tribal rhythms on their trippy debut album, Sonic Praise, out now via Relapse Records, that certainly lives up to the description.)  
Stream the cosmically epic and mind-altering first single here:

August Burns Red – “The Wake” (This week the Christian metalcore mainstays released Found In Far Away Places, their sixth album and label debut for Fearless Records.  The excellent new album is bursting with all of the positive lyrics, raging riffs, brutal breakdowns and off-kilter time changes that you have come to expect from the band but well-placed experiments with soaring and waltzing old world-style orchestration bring a fresh approach to their unrivaled sound.  Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember contributes vocals to another standout track, “Ghosts”.)   
Stream the first single and pummeling, statement-making opening track here:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Desaparecidos – “City On The Hill” (Though they have released a couple of standalone singles in recent years, the politically-charged punk band led by Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes returns after thirteen years with their incendiary sophomore album, Payola, out now on Epitaph Records.  Tim Kasher of Cursive, Brooklyn punks The So So Glos and Laura Grace of Against Me! guest but the focus remains on Conor’s anthemic vocals and fiery lyrics as well as the metallic guitar riffs and poppy punk melodies for a nice surprise of an album that is worthy of  year end lists.)  


Bully – “Trying” (The Nashville-based band led by Alicia Bognanno released their stunning debut album, Feels Like this week via Startime International/Columbia Records.  Bognanno wrote, produced, mixed and engineered the album herself at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio, where she previously interned.  Without sounding trite, the combination of her sweet and sour voice - that displays both vulnerability and throat-shredding power - along with her catchy, 90’s indie rock and punk-informed fuzz-pop melodies sounds like what you would imagine music from Frances Bean might sound like.)


Leon Bridges – “Smooth Sailin’” (Leon Bridges, the Texas-based old school Soul revivalist with the smooth-as-silk voice has released his very promising debut album, Coming Home this week via Columbia Records.  Everything including his style, instrumentation, stage presence – he is also a trained choreographer and dancer - and timeless songs just ooze a charming nostalgic yet modern take on classic 50’s & 60’s era Soul and R&B.)

Stream the stylish yet simplistic video for the Sam Cooke-inspired standout single, “Smooth Sailin”: 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Mates Of State – “Staring Contest” (Husband and wife indie-pop duo Mates Of State released their new long-awaited new EP, You’re Going To Make It, this week via Barsuk.  Led by the saccharine-sweet wide-eyed love song and first single, “Staring Contest”, the duo has incorporated more danceable electro beats to their infectiously catchy drums/keyboards setup.  Better yet, they released this video starring their two adorable daughters, Magnolia and June.  Move over kittens and baby goats, this is the cutest thing you will see on the internet all day!)  


Christopher Paul Stelling – “Horse” (The Brooklyn-based troubadour trades in fiery Gospel-drenched and blues-soaked traditional folk with stomping percussion on Labor Against Waste, his excellent third album and label debut for Anti- Records.  Check out the standout single with its back-porch Bluegrass jam-inspired flickering mandolins, fluttering fiddle and howling vocals here.)

Dave Monks – “Gasoline” (This week, the Tokyo Police Club frontman released his debut solo outing, All Signs Point To Yes, ​via Dine Alone Records.  The outstanding 6-song EP is stripped down and highlighted by acoustic guitar-led and piano-laced 60’s pop-inspired folk tunes that showcase a gentler, more earnest and organic side of his songwriting.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Trails And Ways – “Skeletons” (The Oakland art-pop quartet Trails And Ways recently released their sparkling debut album, Pathology via Barsuk Records.  Their incredibly catchy and colorful brand of lushly layered indie-pop takes an “everything and the kitchen sink” approach, incorporating danceable disco and bossa nova rhythms, sincere, politically-minded lyrics and surging 80’s inspired synths that reflect their world travels.)

Born Cages – “Bigger Than Me” (Formed in 2011 by frontman Vlad Holiday, Born Cages released their highly-anticipated debut album, I’m Glad I’m Not Me last week via Washington Square/Razor & Tie.  On it the trio creates a joyous synth-smeared brand of modern English indie rock complete with gigantic choruses and bombastic echoes of Queen and Arcade Fire for a very promising debut that is primed to breakout.)

Algiers – “Irony. Utility. Pretext.” (Algiers, the trio of instrumentalists led by the powerful, soulful vocals of Franklin James Fisher recently released their experimental eponymous debut album on Matador Records.  Their thought-provoking politically-charged protest songs are laced with elements of haunting Southern Gospel and 70’s Motown soul set to sparse 80’s breakdance and 90’s techno beats and primal post-punk fury for a smart, engaging and exciting debut.)