In spite of his age, singer, guitarist, and harmonicist Jack Skuller fronts his namesake band the Skullers with all of the verve of a veteran who’s been at it for decades.
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Opening with a driving electric riff, Lone Kodiak‘s “Smile” is an emotional indie rocker with a progressive sound. Following partially in the footsteps of bands like the Head and the Heart or the National Parks’ recent sonic evolutions, their music is accentuated by layers of sensible pop sounds.
“What do you do when a dream becomes a lie?” is the central question of “When Cinderella Dies”, the latest single off 21st Century World (2017) by singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano. Produced by Mike Montali (lead singer of Hollis Brown), the song is among the highlights on Sudano’s sixth, self-penned solo album. Director Katherine Paige renders the story to haunting effect through glimpses of insidiously surreal imagery, glued together by Audra Bryant’s powerful dance performance.
Canadian band Gunner & Smith first hit the Americana scene with their 2014 debut, He Once Was a Good Man. Acclaimed for their deftly melding influences as near as folk and as far as psychedelic and gothic rock, the band had a successful tour throughout North America before returning to Saskatchewan to record their next LP.
No one wrings profound moments of clarity from ephemeral thoughts quite like Mississippi songwriter Andrew Bryant. Singing, “Iron Man was on the TV / I was pouring myself another beer / Thinking about all the pain that’s in my heart / Thinking about Robert Downey Jr.’s scars,” the suburban mise-en-scène Bryant paints on “Robert Downey Jr.‘s Scars” devolves into an adrenaline rush of rock and determination.