Chicago’s Walsher Clemons is a jam band that know not just how to lock into a strong instrumental groove, but one that knows how to create a groove that actually moves. Described as a combination of Michael Jackson and Phish (with a little Steely Dan tossed in as well) this is sunny, Bonnaroo-friendly music that demands its listeners dance to their irresistible funk beats.
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Sweden has a tremendous knack for producing bands that understand psychedelic rock in a way that few other countries, if any, can match. Instrumental band Valley is the latest to surface, and they impress mightily on their debut EP Sunburst, which gracefully weaves its way through post-rock expansiveness, krautrock repetition, psychedelic dreaminess, and a welcome touch of Americana that sets the music apart from their peers.
Having only released music under her Computer Magic moniker in France and Japan, “Be Fair” is Danielle “Danz” Johnson’s first song off her US debut album Davos.
Two years have passed since former Verbena member Duquette Johnston put out his PopMatters-approved album Rabbit Runs a Destiny, but that hasn’t stopped him from releasing a new video for the track “It Was You”. And for good reason too. As he explains, the song has deep meaning, and he and filmmaker Dillon Hayes had a great idea to convey that personal theme in a different medium.
Although she got her showbiz start on such tween sitcoms as Victorious (with Ariana Grande) and Dog With a Blog, Dara Sisterhen has smartly sidestepped that machine that eats child stars alive. A prolific singer-songwriter bridging indie pop and mainstream country—you can hear a little Kacey Musgraves in her music—the youngster recently released her charming new EP Boom, and has just put out a cute new video for the track “Kids” that brings a little B-movie fun into the mix.