Friday, October 30, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat - Brought to you by the letter "B"

Beach Slang – “Young & Alive” (The Philadelphia band led by punk vet James Alex (formerly of 90’s pop-punks Weston) along with members of Ex-Friends, Nona and Glocca Morra are set to release their highly-anticipated debut album, The Things We Do To Find People Like Us today via Polyvinyl.  They create energetic and catchy punk-infused indie rock anthems with raw, honest lyrics that recall The Replacements and 90’s emo with a modern touch.)

Broadcaster – “All The Wrong Reasons” (The Long Island-based pop-punk trio recently released a new 4-song EP titled, Spin via Jump Start Records.  Bouncy rhythms and buzzing guitars harness their live energy alongside infectious hooks that recall 90’s alt-rock for a modern yet nostalgia-inducing sound that keeps getting better and better with every release.)

Beat Connection – “Hesitation” (The Seattle electro-pop band recently released their long-awaited new album, Product 3 via their new label, Anti-.  The quartet blurs the lines of genres and eras with funky, disco-inspired guitars, danceable hip-hop and R&B-informed beats and slick, vivid pop melodies.)   

Monday, October 26, 2015

Show Alert: Leon Bridges at The LC Pavilion in Columbus TONIGHT!

Classic soul revivalist Leon Bridges released his debut album Coming Home via Columbia Records earlier this year to great praise.  Currently he is on tour in support of the album with most of the shows selling out well in advance.  Bridges will bring his style, instrumentation, stage presence and timeless songs that emanate a charming nostalgic yet modern take on classic 50’s & 60’s-era Soul and R&B to the LC Pavilion in Columbus tonight for a sold out show.  Kali Uchis opens the show with her hybrid hip-hop, reggae and sultry soul sound.

In September, Leon Bridges, the Fort Worth native, released the Coming Home To Texas mixtape, a free digital download that includes reimagined and remixed versions of songs from his debut that are bolstered with samples of rap verses from fellow Texans Slim Thug and Bun B.  Bridges collaborated with producer MICK and a host of others including, Chi Duly, Hasan Insane, Donnie Houston, Jett I. Masstyr, Chris Rockaway, and TedyP.   
Check out tour dates and more info here:

Watch his NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert to get a small taste of his live show here:

Friday, October 23, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Maritime – “Satellite Love” (After a four year wait since their last album, which saw Davey and Didier reuniting The Promise Ring for a spell, Maritime have returned to release their fifth album, Magnetic Bodies/Maps Of Bones, out now via Dangerbird Records.  The excellent new album - produced by the band and Brian Deck - finds the band more energetic and experimental than ever with bouncy synths and infectious rhythms incorporated into their guitar-led indie rock like on the Cure-like first single here.)          

Dilly Dally – “Purple Rage” (Led by the visceral snarling howl of vocalist/guitarist Katie Monks, the Toronto grunge-punk band recently released their highly-anticipated debut album, Sore via Partisan Records.  Their 90’s-influenced sound is noisy and heavy yet heavily melodic, blending catchy Pixies-like dynamics with a raging punk spirit and a sense of humor.)       

Chris Cornell – “Worried Moon” (The Soundgarden frontman recently released his new solo album, Higher Truth, out now via UMe.  Produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), the album leans toward spirited acoustic-based folk-rock and Beatles-esque pop arrangements which are the perfect fit for his powerful signature soaring vocal style; much better than his foray into electro-pop on Scream, his previous solo album.)    

Friday, October 16, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

\\GT// - (Led by vocalist/guitarist Scotty Lee, the Birmingham-based psych-rock trio create a heavy, hard-charging and fuzzed-out fury on their highly-anticipated debut album, Beats Misplaced, out now on Communicating Vessels.  The punk rock rhythm and sharply dissonant guitars of the standout first single heard here, is the perfect introduction to their Southern take on noise-addled stoner rock.)    

Silversun Pickups – “NightLight” (The Silverlake, CA based alt-rock trio recently returned after a three year wait with a new album, Better Nature, released on their own imprint, New Machine Recordings.  With a new label and a fresh, new outlook, the band also has a slightly new sound that favors more electronic beats and colorful synths over the fuzzy guitars of their past and the result is the most anthemic and catchy album of their acclaimed career.)     

The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – “January 10th, 2014” (The Connecticut-based post-emo band recently released their stunning sophomore album, Harmlessness via Epitaph Records.  Their ambitious and atmospheric take on punk-fueled indie rock melds male/female vocal melodies, 90’s Midwest emo, catchy synth hooks and uplifting lyrics into an engaging blend worthy of repeat listens.)