Every once in a while a new artist or band emerges and brings with them a whole new kind of sound. It might be a unique vocal style, a rhythmic song structure, or a new tone that you’ve never heard before. When Ra Ra Riot first bubbled to the surface of the indie rock scene in 2006, they were unlike any other act out there. Their combination of a swooning strings section and intricate, emotional vocals struck a chord with fans and immediately set them apart from the rest.
From the first few notes, you can tell that T-Bone Burnett was involved somehow. Sahara Smith’s debut, Myth of the Heart, (shepherded by T-Bone and producer Emile Kelman) crosses the same country/blues border that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss straddled on their duet album, Raising Sand. Smith isn’t a Grammy-winning artist (yet), so give her some love! More on Shorefire.com
In electronica, everyone knows it takes two to make a thing go right. Case and point: the duo of Mark “Cosmo” Lamong and Ryan Leary, a.k.a. Streetlab. Their remix resume stands out with reworks of The Beatles, The Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Passion Pit, Hot Chip, and more. Download their single, “Take Care” featuring Noelle.
It’s New Music Thursday and boy do we have some new music for you! Our friend Billy Corgan has released five tracks from Teargarden by Kaleidoscope Vol 2: The Solstice Bare, a 44-track album. Yes, 44 tracks! But you don’t get them all at once. Billy is letting you download one at a time.
Preview the five tracks released so far…
His 2004 breakthrough debut album, Trouble, was a tough act to follow. Six years later, Ray LaMontagne continues to deliver the raw goods as a true folk-rock revivalist. With his new band, “The Pariah Dogs,” LaMontagne is currently on tour with David Gray playing top outdoor venues such as Jones Beach, The Greek, and Red Rocks. More on Raylamontagne.com
Lady Antebellum defied critics last week by embarking on a sell-out UK tour, including a show in London that paid tribute to one of the country’s best-known exports. Footage has emerged showing the band covering Radiohead‘s “High and Dry“, one of the band’s most popular tracks… More on Last.fm Trends
Though David Gray has been a household name in the U.K. and Ireland since the mid-90s, he didn’t break through in the U.S. until a guy named Dave Matthews took an interest in him in early 2000. Matthews liked Gray’s album White Ladder so much that he snatched up the rights and released it in the U.S. on his brand new label ATO Records. Gray’s single “Babylon” went on to be a smash hit.
This week Gray releases his newest album Foundling to rave reviews and is set to play CBS Early Show on August 20th. Read more about Gray’s latest piece and be sure to check out the Street Date for news on the hottest releases.
You wouldn’t normally pin a drag queen who models himself after “Blue Velvet-era Isabella Rossellini” as one of the most sought-after rock vocalists. However, Antony Hegarty draws concert hall-size crowds and has collaborated with notable artists such as Lou Reed and Bjork. Download his most recent masterpiece “Thank You For Your Love” for the price of an email (it’s free).