Friday, October 12, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat

Extra Arms – “Done To Death” (The Detroit band - led by Ryan Allen, formerly of Thunderbirds Are Now! – will release their fourth album, Headacher, today on Get Party Records.  The previous three albums were solo showcases for Allen but this new album is a collaborative effort along with guitarist Michael Gallacher, bassist Ryan Marshall and drummer Sean Sommer.  Together they create a seemingly effortlessly catchy brand of punk rock infused with power-pop melodies that recalls both Cheap Trick and the Get Up Kids.  Check out the pop-punk pyrotechnics of the standout single heard here.)

Live – “Be A Giver, Man” (After reuniting in 2016 and touring relentlessly since then, the 90’s alt-rock favorites have just released their first new music together since 2006.  Out today, the Local 717 EP pushes the boundaries of their fan-expected sound to reveal more of the band’s heavier side – much like, “Lakini’s Juice” - with crunchy guitar riffs and an off-kilter rhythm, as heard on the dynamic and positive-minded standout track heard here, which also features percussion from Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction.  The five-song EP features four new tracks as well as a cover of The Velvet Underground's glam-rock romp "Venus In Furs".)    

Kurt Vile – “One Trick Ponies” (Philly’s favorite folk-rocker storyteller continues to prove that he is no one trick pony with his new album, Bottle It In, out today on Matador Records.  His eighth album – and first in three years - is led by the laid back charm of the standout single, heard here, with its Americana-inspired banjo-driven rhythm and honeyed vocal harmonies from Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint and Farmer Dave Scher of Beachwood Sparks.)


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