Friday, February 24, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

William Matheny – “Living Half To Death” (West Virgina-based singer-songwriter William Matheny – former multi-instrumentalist of Southeast Engine – is set to release his long-awaited debut album, Strange Constellations today via Misra Records.  An excellent storyteller in the vein of Craig Finn, Matheny weaves folksy narratives into his brand of Americana that blends Jackson Browne-like 70’s folk-pop with rollicking alt-country for a very promising debut.)  

Dude York – “Black Jack” (Out today via Hardly Art Records is Sincerely, the sophomore album from Seattle trio Dude York.   Out of the garage and into the arena - produced by John Goodmanson and JR Slayer aka The Blood Brothers’ Cody Votolato - the new album steps it up and captures the band’s wild, frenetic energy and gloriously fuzzed-out power-pop that incorporates elements of glam and anthemic arena-rock riffs and melodies.)   

King Woman – “Utopia” (The Bay Area-based band, led by the dramatic and hypnotically-beautiful voice of Kristina Esfandiari – also of Miserable and formerly of Whirr – are set to release their debut album, Created in the Image of Suffering, today by way of Relapse Records.  Esfandiari wrestles with religion and her inner demons set to a stark, gloomy and psychedelic soundtrack of atmospheric yet unceasingly heavy doom and post-metal.)     

Friday, February 17, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

Ryan Adams – “Doomsday” (On his highly-anticipated new album Prisoner, out today via Pax-Am/Blue Note, the shadow of his recent divorce looms, but Ryan Adams shades his country-leaning folk-rock with shimmering 80’s soft-rock textures as heard here on the standout single.  Elsewhere, he plays up his Grateful Dead and arena-rock influences for his best album in years.)     

Carousel Kings – “Bad Habit” (The Lancaster, PA pop-punkers recently released their third album, Charm City, making their label debut for Victory Records.  The quartet brings a positive and inspiring message alongside their energetic sound that blends A Day To Remember-like heaviness with catchy, world-burning melodies that recall Jimmy Eat World.  Also, Dustin Davidson of hometown heroes August Burns Red contributes vocals to a track.  Catch them on tour now!)

Other Houses – “Space Is The Place” (In addition to his other projects Medium Mystic and Hollow Sunshine, Brooklyn singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Morgan Eros is proving to be very prolific. Just five weeks after his last release as Other Houses, he released a new EP, titled Jangle Omega.  The 6-song EP is an intelligently crafted White Album-inspired jangle-fest that leans more toward acoustic folk-pop with traces of Elliot Smith’s melancholic melodies for his best collection of songs yet.)

Friday, February 10, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Title Track Edition)

Search – “Between The Lines” (Search is a new five-piece band featuring members of influential New Jersey Straight Edge hardcore bands Turning Point, Floorpunch and Mouthpiece.  Their nostalgia-inducing debut 7”, Between The Lines EP is out today via Revelation Records and is bursting with fast and furious old school hardcore complete with shout-along gang choruses and a positive message.  Check out the title track here, it is hardcore the way it was and the way it should be!)    

Jesca Hoop – “Memories Are Now” (Love Letter For Fire - her collaborative album with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine - was released last year to great praise on Sub Pop and today, Jesca Hoop is set to release her fifth solo album, Memories Are Now.  Hoop’s spell-binding voice and quirky pop sense combined with her experimental brand of folk-rock and deeply affecxting and personal affecting and empowering lyrical themes make for her most captivating album yet.  Check out the anthemic and empowering title track with its simple arrangement of thumping bass line and bittersweet background vocals.)

Surfer Blood – “Snowdonia” (The Florida-based indie rock band led by guitarist/vocalist John Paul Pitts recently released their fourth album, Snowdonia, via Joyful Noise Recordings.  The new album – the first since the tragic loss of guitarist Thomas Fekete - deals with dark themes of death and loss but with the brightest and catchiest of melodies and with the addition of bassist Lindsey Mills’ vocals, the band’s Pixies-like dynamics are boosted even more.  Check out the epic album centerpiece and title track here.)  

Friday, February 03, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Beachheads – “Moment Of Truth” (Beachheads is the surprising new project from guitarist Vidar Landa and bassist Marvin Nygaard of Norwegian metal band Kvelertak, whose self-titled debut album is out today via Fysik Format.  Instead of Kvelertak’s savage sludge-metal, Beachheads creates an impossibly catchy brand of jangly and highly-melodic power-pop that is blended with fuzzed-out guitars and elements of Brit-pop for an impressive debut.)   

Japandroids - “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life” (The duo of Brian King and David Prowse return with their familiar, propulsive and wildly euphoric rock anthems intact after a hiatus of nearly five years with their highly-anticipated third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, out now via their new label, Anti-.  Their extended time off allowed for a newfound freedom of expression that includes the incorporation of acoustic guitars, layers of synths and some prog-rock tendencies alongside slick production that gives the new album an experimental edge but remains as catchy and fiery as ever.)

AFI – “Snow Cats” (The goth-punk veterans – led by the powerhouse vocals and presence of Davey Havok - recently released their self-titled tenth album, alternatively titled, The Blood Album, via their new label, Concord Records.  Produced by guitarist & sound-sculptor Jade Puget, the new album sees the band returning to the more straight-forward, cathartically heavy and athemic dark, post-hardcore sound that made their 2003 album, Sing The Sorrow a modern day classic.)     

Colony House – “You & I” (The Nashville-based alt-pop quartet - which features Contemporary Christian pop artist Steven Curtis Chapman’s sons, Caleb and Will - recently released their sophomore album, Only The Lonely, via RCA Records.  The new album is loaded with catchy, arena-worthy anthems that blend the percussion-heavy rhythms and close-knit harmonies of the Cold War Kids and the Southern-tinged pop-rock of Kings Of Leon with a Strokes-like swagger for a sound that is sure to dominate the radio waves and festival stages this year.)