If you were a regular viewer of TV series Sons of Anarchy, you’re probably familiar with Jake Smith, who as his musical pseudonym the White Buffalo, has contributed several of his gritty, minimalist, Americana/folk songs to the show’s soundtrack over the years. Smith is also an accomplished singer-songwriter on his own, with four albums under his belt, and a fifth, Love & the Death of Damnation due later this summer.
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Singer-songwriter Noelle Bean released her knockout single “Wildfire” a few weeks ago, a clever pastiche of dance pop and the thunderous, bombastic tones of Lorde and Chvrches. As a special treat for her growing fanbase, the Nashville native who goes under the moniker Bean has released a video documenting a special acoustic performance, recorded at the Gibson Showroom in Los Angeles, which we’re glad to premiere here at PopMatters.
Inspired by such early-‘70s Australian rockers as Buffalo and the Masters Apprentices, Datura4 aim to capture that same psychedelic boogie-woogie feel in their own brand of heavy rock. The band is led by former Stems frontman Dom Mariani and former You Am I guitarist Greg Hitchcock, and their new album Demon Blues is set to be released this summer. They’ve just completed a video for the groovy, glammy, psychedelic blues number “Out With the Tide”, which we’re happy to premiere today. We’ll be even happier if you crank this sucker.
Bearing a likeable resemblance to Biffy Clyro and the Kooks while fitting in neatly alongside fellow UK buzz band Wolf Alice, Essex band Stealing Signs will release their new EP Hide and Seek in a few weeks. In the meantime they’ve made a cute little android-inspired video for the playful title track, which we’re glad to premiere here at PopMatters.
Dreadnought is so immersed in the ‘70s progressive rock and folk that when you hear their hushed, acoustic passages you immediately assume they’re from England. Then the black metal kicks in, and you don’t know what to think. It turns out the band is from Denver, and they’ve done a wondrous job combining classic prog and extreme metal on their forthcoming new album Bridging Realms. Led by the sumptuous dual lead vocals of Kelly Schilling and Lauren Vieira (who also play flute and keyboards respectively), Dreadnought showcase all sides of their eclectic sound on the gorgeous 14-minute composition “Odyssey”, which we’re very pleased to premiere here at PopMatters. It’s like a collision between Comus and Agalloch, and is not to be missed.