Friday, November 13, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Babes – “Lonely Forever” (The L.A.-based indie-pop band recently released, Untitled (Five Tears), their debut album via Barsuk Records.  The band consists of siblings and cousins and is led by the sweet vocals of Sarah Rayne Leigh, together they blend sun-streaked surf-rock, swaying doo-wop melodies and 80’s-inspired synth-led dream-pop into something infectiously anthemic and deliriously fun despite the emotional and personal lyrical themes.)

White Widows Pact – “The Watch” (The Brooklyn metallic hardcore quintet recently released their highly-anticipated debut album, True Will via New Damage Records.  On it they create an unrelentingly heavy and visceral blend of Florida-style 90’s death metal, sludgy southern rock and brutal NY hardcore with Entombed-like guitar fuzz and throat-ripping screams.  Guests include Sara Taylor of Youth Code, Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats, Aaron Heinold of Hivesmasher, and Leech of Theologian.)  

Porter Ray – “Faces In My Memory” (Perceptive and poetic Seattle rapper Porter Ray – part of the Black Constellation crew along with Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction – recently signed with Sub Pop and will release a new album next year.  In anticipation, he has self-released a new 6-song EP titled, Nightfall as a free download.  The songs were recorded during the same sessions and feature atmospheric, jazz-indebted production from frequent collaborator Kmtk along with Spence Mo, Dez Anthony and AyoB and featuring guests Ca$htro and JusMoni.)   

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SHOW ALERT: The Multiple Cat at Canal Public House TONIGHT!

The Multiple Cat - the Quad Cities based indie-rock project of singer-songwriter and producer Patrick Stolley is touring in advance of the release of their upcoming new album, Intricate Maps, due out on Cartouche Records in February.  Stolley is taking a break from his duties as producer and engineer at the Daytrotter Studios and will make an appearance tonight at Canal Public House along with Americana band, Husky Rescue.

The band formed in 1994 and released a few criminally underappreciated albums of 60’s-inspired organ-drenched jangle-pop in the late 90’s and early 2000’s before going on a lengthy hiatus and then reemerging with the aptly-titled album, The Return Of The Multiple Cat, in 2013 via Guilt Ridden Pop Records.  

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Friday, November 06, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Lettuce – “Phyllis” (Today the veteran funk revivalists released their aptly-titled fourth studio album, Crush.  With a supreme mix of classic and cosmic funk, lively horns and danceable hip-hop-inspired beats, the band has perfectly captured the sound and energy of their can’t-miss live performances along with guest vocalists Alecia Chakour and Nigel Hall, who bring the soul for their best album yet.)
Stream the spacey, psychedelic first single:

Made Of Oak – “Pinebender” (The instrumental solo project of electronic music producer, Nick Sanborn - one half of the electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso - released his promising debut EP, Penumbra this week via Partisan Records.  Much darker, deeper and more fractured than his previous work, he blends hip-hop-informed rhythms with rumbling bass lines and strange synths into a heady, headphones-worthy trip.)
Stream the dark and rumbling first single:

ForeverAtLast – “Shoreline” (The Indianapolis-based post-hardcore quartet recently released Ghosts Again, their sophomore album and label debut for Victory Records.  The female-fronted band rages like early My Chemical Romance with super sharp radio-ready hooks and standout with a positive outlook with relatable lyrics that deal with death and loss.)     
Stream the statement-making opening track: