Friday, July 29, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Amazing – “Floating” (Just over a year and a half after releasing their highly-praised album Picture You, the Swedish psychedelic folk-rock band recently released Ambulance, their stellar fourth album via Partisan Records.  The new album is a three guitar-led swirl of ethereal, dream-pop textures and melancholic melodies that feels both heavy and feather-light at once with the aptly-titled single heard here as the perfect introduction.)

Devin Frank – “Cardamom Waves” (Singer-songwriter Devin Frank - formerly of defunct Des Moines, Iowa band Poison Control Center as well as Fliight, Jowlz and Mantis Pincers – recently released his debut solo album, The Vanishing Blues via Cartouche Records.  The nine-track album is an off-kilter blend of dusty blues, fractured folk and psych-pop with Frank’s sometimes talk/sung vocals and warped storytelling for a very promising debut.)

Adam Remnant – “When I Was A Boy” (The beloved Ohio folk-rock band Southeast Engine went on hiatus over four years ago and since then frontman Adam Remnant has cobbled together a home studio and crafted When I Was A Boy EP, his debut solo recording, out now via Trailer Fire Records.  For this new EP, Remnant played all of the instruments and turns his folksy narratives on their head with personal yet relatable lyrical themes, though his distinct baritone voice and experimental take on folk music remains.)    

Monday, July 25, 2016

SHOW ALERT: Shy Boys & Fullbloods in Ohio at The Tree Bar (Columbus) and South Park Tavern (Dayton)

K.C. garage-pop band Shy Boys released their excellent eponymous debut album in early 2014 via High Dive Records to great praise.  The trio is currently touring the Midwest and will be coming to Ohio for a few dates including stops at The Tree Bar in Columbus on Tuesday, July 26 and South Park Tavern on Wednesday, July 27.  High Dive Records label mates, Fullbloods – who released their new album, Mild West last fall - are joining them on tour.

Shy Boys create a loose and raw brand of surf rock-inspired garage-pop with reverb rich guitars, propulsive rhythms, infectious 60’s pop melodies and swooning falsetto vocals. 

Fullbloods have crafted a nostalgia-inducing yet modern take on indie-pop inspired by 70’s-era soft rock, disco and lounge that they combine with spacey, strange vintage synth lines, jangly guitars and catchy, velvet-smooth vocal melodies throughout.

Friday, July 22, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Rooftop Vigilantes - “Oracle Cop” (After forming in 2008 and attracting then losing the attention of major labels, the Lawrence-based garage-punk band has finally found a home in High Dive Records for their third album, Let It Be.  Appropriately self-proclaimed as the “punk rock Zombies”, the quartet blows through 14 tracks that combine insanely catchy Beatles-esque melodies with punk-inspired shouted hooks and layers of  psych and surf-rock-inspired guitar and organ riffs for their best album yet.)  

Jill & Micah – “Grew On Me” (The emerging Dayton indie-folk duo are set to release their debut album, Slowly But Surely today via local label Poptek Records.  With their quirky, melancholic yet highly-melodic brand of folk-pop combined with their catchy, closely-knit vocal harmonies, the husband and wife duo’s promising debut has set them up for success.)   

Save The Lost Boys – “Nothing’s Real Outside (Blending the dual vocalist approach and humorous catchy melodies of Blink-182 and the crunchy, heavy guitar riffs of A Day To Remember, the Dayton-based pop-punk quartet are primed and ready to explode with their excellent debut album, Temptress, out now via Victory Records.)    

Friday, July 15, 2016

SHOW ALERT: Digable Planets at Woodward Theatre Monday, July 18

Digable Planets - Credit: Chris Lee

If I had to choose just one rap album to listen to for the rest of my life it would be 90’s hip-hop trio, Digable Planet’s debut album, Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space).  Released is 1993 - when I was in eighth grade - the album was an instant favorite for its cool jazz-inspired samples and abstract yet positive-minded lyrics.  The album was led by the smooth, Grammy-winning single, “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat” but became a cult classic in the years since.  The NYC-based trio – consisting of Butterfly (Ishmael Butler also of Shabazz Palaces), Ladybug (Mary Ann Vieira) Doodlebug (Craig Irving) – split up after releasing Blowout Comb, their just-as-great sophomore album in 1994 and were long dormant except for a handful of reunion dates scattered over the years. 
In celebration of 25 years as a band, Digable Planets have reunited this year for a lengthy tour this spring and summer that includes a stop at the Woodward Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, July 18.  Likeminded rap group Camp Lo will perform as well.
For tickets and more info:

Watch Reachin’ track “Where I’m From” here: 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat - Promowest Fest Edition

The inaugural Promowest Fest will be held this weekend in Columbus, Ohio.  The first time event is organized by Columbus’s Promowest Live, owners and operators of Express Live (formerly LC Pavilion), Newport, The Basement, The A&R Bar, and the successful Bunbury Music Festival.  They have secured a top notch bill with headliners The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg and Brand New along with Ryan Adams, Garbage, LL Cool J, The Decemberists and 30 more great artists.  Locals such as Way Yes, The Worn Flints and Nick D’ & The Believers will be represented as well.   
For tickets and more info:
Check out music from 3 of the bands playing Promowest Fest here:
Brand New – “I Am A Nightmare” (After a long hiatus, the emo-era favorites returned to touring in the last couple of years and have also very slowly released new music  in the form of two singles, the latest of which is heard here and was released in May.  Anthemic and energetic, the band is back in full form and will be on display on Sunday night.)

The Wombats – Give Me A Try" (The Liverpool-based trio The Wombats released their third album, Glitterbug last year to great praise via Bright Antenna Records and their infectious, festival-ready synth-driven indie-pop will be the perfect way to start the fest off on opening night!)

Atlas Genius – “Molecules” (The L.A.-by-way-of Australia alt.rock duo consisting of brothers Keith and Michael Jeffrey – whose stellar sophomore album, Inanimate Objects was released last year via Warner Bros Records - will bring their danceable rhythms and bright synth-pop melodies to the Promowest Fest stage on Sunday.)