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by Brice Ezell

27 May 2015


Drummer/vocalist Kitty Pause and guitarist/vocalist Skool-Ejekt helm a roots project called Hymn for Her. What a surprising—and delightful—turn of events, then, to see them pull a clever sonic 180 in the form of their new project the Mix Tapes, where they are joined by bassist/vocalist Reverend Rewind (of Go Man). The debut of the Mix Tapes, the modestly titled #1, finds the trio crafting tunes that bring together punk, vintage pop, and indie rock into one straightforward and catchy mold. For one such example, stream the number “Just Don’t Get It” below; the track is comprised of equal parts Spoon-esque rock and sing-alongable Beatles pop.

“Just Don’t Get It” is no mere mishmash, though. As far as the Mix Tapes’ rock chops are concerned, one need only read this anecdote from when AC/DC‘s Brian Johnson saw the group perform live: “He caught a show and told us that it was the most entertained he’d been since the Beatles died,” says Reverend Rewind, adding, “You do the math.”

by Brice Ezell

27 May 2015


Alabama’s famed Muscle Shoals has long been a goldmine for the recording of great music, particularly in the Americana, blues, and roots genres. For Amy Black, her ties to the town are more personal, as both of her parents were born there. In channeling both her own past with Muscle Shoals and her love for gospel, roots, and R&B, Black took to the town’s FAME Studios to record The Muscle Shoals Sessions, her third solo outing, drawing from legendary sources of inspiration such as Etta James, Mavis Staples, Wilson Pickett, and Aretha Franklin. Another key tribute on the album is a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me”, the fun and goofy video of which you can view below.

In the press release for The Muscle Shoals Sessions, Black says, “Making this music has changed me as an artist. It’s altered my musical course and I’m so glad.” One viewing of “Bring It On Home to Me” and it’s easy to see that she’s right on the money.

by Brice Ezell

27 May 2015


Rachel Lynn, a powerhouse vocalist out of New York City, bolsters her take on pop with her classical training as a singer, something quite uncommon in the modern pop landscape. Such vocal gusto is more than obvious from a single spin of her tune “The Claim”, which finds her in striking form.

by Brice Ezell

27 May 2015


With a little Dylan inflection in his voice and a troubadour’s penchant for storytelling, Nashville’s own Woody Pines sounds just like the kind of musician you’d stumble across while walking down Music City’s Lower Broadway street. Pines represents both the vintage sounds of Nashville past and the vivacious energy of its music scene at the present. Having cut his teeth in traveling widely across the country, including with artists such as Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Gill Landry, Pines has taken a solid base of raw talent and refined it over the years, resulting in works like his upcoming Woody Pines LP.

Below you can stream the album cut “Little Stella Blue”, which has a particularly powerful story behind it.

by PopMatters Staff

26 May 2015


“Emergency” is a bouncy number that’s headed for clubs and the summer music charts. The electroswing touches are pretty sweet too.

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