Canada’s Blackie and the Rodeo Kings released their latest alternative country/Americana album Kings and Kings earlier this year and it features the band pairing up with their favorite male vocalists, including Fantastic Negrito, Buddy Miller, Keb Mo, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Eric Church, and Raul Malo. This LP is a companion of sorts to their 2011 effort Kings and Queens that featured the group working with their favorite females vocalists.
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Recently Saltland, a.k.a. Rebecca Foon, released her latest album A Common Truth, which we praised and rated an eight. Andrew Paschal wrote, “Rebecca Foon has managed to take what could have been a narrow exercise in chamber music and crafted something with real emotional depth and scope. She takes cues from sources as diverse as drone and freak folk while hewing devotedly to her core instrument.”
Based in Catalonia, high on the Iberian Peninsula, Foscor will release its latest LP Les Irreals Visions June 9th via Season of Mist. The veteran act’s progressive tendencies and dark roots are evident throughout this chilling new video “Instants”, from the eerie, sparse guitar figures of the introduction to the blasts of black metal evident in the startling, propulsive drum work from the mysterious J.F.
Growing up in the “greed is good” era of Reaganomics, AIDS, the war on drugs, and MTV, TW Walsh, like many Gen-Xers, sees many parallels to our current time of Trump, deregulation, rising populism and the renewal of the Cold War that was still going strong throughout the ‘80s. Echoing our existential anxiety, Walsh—who has worked previously with Pedro the Lion, Headphones and the Soft Drugs and is presently with Lo Tom—frames his new album Terrible Freedom as a meditation on fear and liberation, space and time, and the self and the mind.
In the late 2010s, the idea of bending and fusing sonic traditions for something different isn’t exactly new. In the case of Radiator King (Adam Silvestri), it feels like the “folk-punk” artist is breaking new ground with his blend of raw ‘60s callback rock ’n’ roll and modern Americana, with some bluesy undertones to boot.
Featuring the Dresden Dolls’ Brian Viglione and the Hold Steady’s Franz Nicolay, Radiator King stands to ride the line between Ike Reilly and the Band on his altogether triumphant and melancholy road song, “Second Thoughts in Memphis”.
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