Ugly Kids Club may not be the most flattering of band names, but make no mistake: there is little ugly in the music by this up-and-coming Nashville duo. Comprised of Aliegh Shields and rock producer Steve Wilson (no relation to the prog musician of the same name), Ugly Kids Club is an ultra-catchy conglomeration of synth-pop and electro influences, very much a product of its synth-obsessed times. The duo’s new EP, Head Games, can be streamed below.
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PopMatters’ Zachary Houle hailed Horse Feathers’ 2012 album Cynic’s New Year as “a starkly gorgeous album dripping with stringed instrumentation… one that will leave the listener feeling utterly winded for all of its ragged glory.” Something of the same might be said for the vibrant Americana stylings of “Violently Wild”, a track from the Portland outfit’s upcoming album So It Is With Us. So It Is With Us releases on October 21 via Kill Rock Stars.
Pegi Young and the Survivors’ rendition of “Lonely Women Make Good Lovers” is the kind of song that evokes images of worn down barrooms
that serve whiskey on the cheap. After a couple of rounds, a song like this would come on, either on a jukebox or played live by a band that frequents such establishments. It’s a classic image, one in this case evoked by the carefree piano playing and the bluesy guitars provided by the Survivors, as well as Young’s tried-and-true vocals.
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