Many performers balk at the “singer-songwriter” label when asked to describe their music. Not Amos Lee. The Philly-born musician embodies the best of each of those words, being an accomplished songwriter and a skilled singer whose voice is at once ethereal and earthbound.
Amos will return to Chicago for gig along the lake this summer with the Dave Matthews Band Caravan.
With just a couple weeks before Sonic Youth frontman, Thurston Moore‘s new solo album, Demolished Thoughtshits stores, the good people at Matador Records are offering another free MP3 from the record.
Listen & download “Circulation” and another track from the disc, “Benediction” (produced by Beck) for FREE:
Cold Cave[/lastm] have offered up a sample from their second proper full-length disc, Cherish The Light Years titled “Villains Of The Moon”. The band has evolved almost completely from their electronica roots to a synth-rock hybrid echoing 80s goth pop as you’ll hear on the album’s closer.
In support of their upcoming album Collider, the Sam Roberts Band havw offered up the first single “The Last Crusade” for free download. Joined by Califone percussionist Ben Massarella and Antibalas woodwind wizard Stuart Bogie, Collider reinterprets, without tampering, the spirit of the band’s classic pop song craft and infectious melodies that countless critics fell in love with. Immediately apparent on the album’s colossal opening track “The Last Crusade,” which begins as a simmering soul shuffle before gradually intensifying into a brass-blasted Afro-funk blowout.
This country rocker finds Chicago-based David Vandervelde, going by just his surname, channeling Zuma-era Neil Young, mixed with the weary cocaine fanaticism of Marc Bolan. The tremolo-drenched guitars are retro but massive, a nice foil to Vandervelde’s warbling tenor vocals, communicating that age-old pain of people everywhere: “I need you/All I need is you/More than you know.” A fairly straightforward sentiment that Vandervelde makes work with nothing more than sincerity and a few chords. And a lot of cowbell.
The first single from Okkervil River‘s album I Am Very Far is just about as heavy as the band has ever sounded in their prolific career. Piano keys sound like they are being punched, guitars like they are being beaten rather than strummed, and William Sheff’s voice functions as much as part of the rhythmic cacophony as anything else, cracking and accenting the beats like a percussion instrument. It’s the darkest Okkervil River has sounded too, despite the title’s misleading optimism, and that’s a refreshing change of pace from their more gentle, subdued tunes. The music before seemed to just barely contain itself within tension, but now, it is bursting at the seams with energy.
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Lollapalooza has announced their lineup for this Summer’s three-day festival in the Windy City, and it’s a doozy! In addition to headliners like Bob Marley’s son Damian, Coldplay, and My Morning Jacket, Ric Ocasek will be performing a set with the newly reformed Cars at the 20th anniversary of the festival!
If you use a nicotine patch it can give you really insane dreams, really vivid and real. I'd put one on before going to bed to see what would happen.
” Robin Pecknold When Fleet Foxes released their self-titled debut album in 2008 it received much fanfare and critical praise. They set out on a tour that summer and didn’t stop until about a year ago when they decided to go into the studio and start recording their follow up album Helplessness Blues. The Seattle group rented a space where many artists in the past had recorded albums including Death Cab For Cutie and Nirvana.
Lead singer Robin Pecknold revealed to NME that the band’s new album ‘Helplessness Blues’ was partly inspired by nicotine patches he was wearing during recording.
English singer, actress, and rock ‘n’ roll legend Marianne Faithfull is releasing her 23rd album titled Horses and High Heels. In the past she has worked with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, David Bowie, Beck and Billy Corgan, among others. Her 1979 album Broken English is considered a classic.
On this new album she will have four original songs; the rest consists of covers such as the Gutter Twins song “The Stations and “Goin’ Back” by the classic songwriting team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin. She also collaborates with Lou Reed on one song.
You can download or listen to her new song “Why Did We Have To Part” below: