Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell got together with some friends to make a record that drew upon all her varied musical influences. Ozell recently performed the first single “Git Gone” from that record, Take It With Me, on New York City’s “Good Day” show ahead of the album’s U.S. release on April 1st. We’ve shared the video plus a few tracks from the album below. If you enjoy “Americana with soul”, you’ll probably enjoy the rollicking song and perhaps her whole record too. The album features her own material as well as covers of classic tunes (from the likes of Hank Williams and Ray Charles) that Ozell selected across its eleven tracks. While in town, Ozell treated a small crowd at Rockwood Music Hall to many of those songs a few days before her television appearance, and we have some pics from that to share too. She will be starting a string of shows in California through the end of the month so check her out in her home state if you can. You won’t be disappointed.
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Tongues in Trees is a collaboration between vocalist Samita Sinha, guitarist Grey Mcmurray, and drummer Sunny Jain (of Red Baraat). The trio have been playing in and around New York City for a couple of years now but they only released their debut album Parallel last week. The album is described as “dream pop meets Sufi trance [and] is a testament to the chemistry and eclectic sound of this band of three, magnetic forces in parallel, at times attracting and at times repelling, but always in line with one another” (via their bio). And the trio’s otherworldly music does possess a certain magnetism. Parallel‘s lyrical nuances have the flow of a poem which begs re-reading. Stream the album below and catch Tongues in Trees at one of two Parallel release shows this week:
Stepping aside from his tour obligations for a day, Ringo Starr dropped by the Strand Book Store in New York City on October 26th to discuss his new book Photograph with his friend Steven Van Zandt. Technically the book was released a year or more back but that was a limited edition run from Genesis Publications. Last month saw the release of Photograph in an open edition (a more interactive ebook version has been available for some time too) for regular folks to purchase. About 200 regular folks purchased a copy to see Starr in the rare book room on a Monday afternoon.
Hot off a few gigs during Miami Music Week, the electronic trio Cash Cash stopped by the offices of their label Atlantic Records in New York to perform a couple of their hit songs. However, instead of playing percussive dance versions, the trio Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf and Sam Frisch decided to strip down the music and go acoustic. They were joined by vocalist Maria Dontas and a string quartet to showcase the songs in front of label execs, media and other guests. The catchy songs were felt comparatively soaring to their electronic counterparts with the vibrant strings and live instrumentation. Cash Cash answered a few questions following their set, including the ever-challenging, ‘would you rather have a time machine that only goes backward in time or only forward?’ and to give a non-committal response to whether or not they prefer to play acoustic or electronic. You can decide yourself by checking out some video clips below, including the official NSFW “Surrender” video.
Neither the name nor the face of Wolf Colony were very familiar to me before his show on March 2nd, but the description on his Facebook page, “a new blend of electronic-pop, drawing influences from ‘80s synth-pop to indie rock, while slipping in subtle stylistic nuances inspired by various contemporary electronic artists. Rather than indulging in over-production, Wolf Colony adorns his songs with relatively bare arrangements, leaving ample room for his unique vocal presence and deeply personal lyricism”, had me intrigued.
Though Wolf Colony‘s performance to celebrate the release of his debut album Unmasked wasn’t more than 40 minutes long, it was enough time to bathe in the rich sonic palette, particularly the lovely “Beauty”. The audience, which included friends and well-wishers of the mastermind, genuinely howled, in addition to typical applause, to show their appreciation for the man behind the mask. Wolf Colony collaborators, including record producer Neal Sarin and a goggled dancer who was likely Storyboard P (who features in a remix for “The One” by Lucious Fox), were watching close by. Below you’ll find a stream of some music, some videos and photos of the performance including a few of opener Of the Beast, who mixed synths and electronics with a stringed duo.
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