Fire and the Romance is the new band fronted by South African singer/songwriter Dion Roy. He was on a solo tour in Europe when he had a vision for a larger scale band, which led to the formation of Fire and the Romance. The alt-pop group’s impending debut EP, Adaptations, was written around the world in locations from Los Angeles to New York to France, and is set for release this June.
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We’re back in our favorite American locale, with NOLA brass band kings, Rebirth Brass Band, and their new tune “Rebirth Groove” from the upcoming Move Your Body. This is NOLA at it’s best: soulful, jazzy, bangin’ horns, delicious syncopation, infectious spirit and grooves that you’d like to go on for days. Just from this track alone, Move Your Body is sounding like the band’s best ever and the rest of the album is just as great. Time for some real funky stew… dig in with a huge spoon and enjoy.
Ray and Remora‘s Dan Crane wanted to revisit the music of his 20s by covering tunes from the albums that influenced him most as a young musician. Ironically, his musical partner Amanda Walker is exactly 20 years younger than him, so this music is somewhat new to her, allowing for a fresh take on indie rock cornerstones. Today, we bring you the video premiere of the group’s version of Dinosaur Jr.‘s “Feel the Pain”.
Lonesome Shack may be from the Pacific Northwest, but they sound like a great swamp blues band from the Southern regions of the US. The grooves are relaxed as are the vocals, suggesting the soundtrack to a lazy, hot summer day with just a little angst in the air, lingering a little beyond reach. It’s a great sound that, in places, recalls some of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s more stripped down, rootsy recordings.
On 10 June, Half-handed Cloud, aka Berkeley-based pop eccentric John Ringhofer, will be releasing its sixth album Flying Scroll Flight Control on Asthmatic Kitty. Premiering here on PopMatters, the compact ditty “Festus, I Am Not Out of My Mind” is a nice teaser of the Sufjan Stevens-aided album, a slice of idiosyncratic pop on which sun-kissed melodies and Ringhofer’s falsetto vocals stand out as much as the quirky instrumentation.