Multi-cultural Brooklyn band Butcher Knives cooks up an eclectic genre stew of punk energy with band members from places like Morocco, Israel, Colombia, New York, and New Orleans. Their sound will thrill fans of Gogol Bordello and the Clash as they blend Eastern European music with punk, rockabilly, and psychobilly into a sound they like to call “gypsybilly”. Butcher Knives’ latest video celebrates the immigrant experience. They tell PopMatters that “‘American Dream’ is not only the story of a day in the life of the everyday immigrant, but a story of the dissolving ‘American Dream’ ideals on which this country was once based on.” Butcher Knives’ sound is irresistible with the swirling accordions, the blend of cultures and the raw, passionate energy of the music.
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Kansas trio Moreland & Arbuckle plays a smokin’ bluesy brand of roots rock that’s so hot it could burn the house down. Harmonica lines intertwine between gloriously visceral guitar lead parts and everything is underpinned by a heavy rocking beat. This stellar band has a new album on tap releasing on May 6th, Promised Land Or Bust, their first for influential Chicago blues label Alligator Records. “Mean and Evil”, the record’s first single, will have you chasing down this release, which Dustin Arbuckle says is their best yet. Moreland & Arbuckle bring it on every album, but Promised Land Or Bust does indeed up the ante for one of America’s finest blues groups.
Genre blending is the modus operandi for multi-instrumentalist and producer Kyle Norton, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “I Feel Like I’m on Fire”, the lead track of his debut EP under new moniker Norty, is testament to that. With a electronic bedrock, it opens with an anachronistic jazz lounge bassline, piano notes, and brushed drums. The atmosphere is thick and swirls like curlicues of smoke as tempos shift, Norty’s relaxed vocals and hip hop beats join the sound collage.