Heath Green has been burning the house down night after night for 15 years in little clubs around the country, preaching the soulful rock ‘n’ roll that lights up the crowds. With his band the Makeshifters in tow, Green has built a solid reputation as a superlative live performer. The band’s sound is heavily influenced by the Faces, the Rolling Stones, and Humble Pie and they are all greatly indebted to African-American musical forms.
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Nashville singer-songwriter Steve Poltz has written a timely song as a riposte to Donald Trump all the while paying tribute to the many talented artists that we lost in 2016. “Hey God, I’ll Trade You Donald Trump for Leonard Cohen” is a sentiment that many of us in the creative arts share and Poltz has created a folk anthem full of witty turns of phrase and lines that’ll have you righteously nodding your head in agreement. Thanks, Steve. We needed this song right about now.
Boston’s Replacire returns this spring with Do Not Deviate and we are happy to premiere the track “Horsestance” now. The group’s trademark blend of death, thrash, and progressive metal remain intact on this new track. It’s two minutes of technical ecstasy that provides large doses of surprise to the listener across its ever-so-brief 2:31 seconds.
From the genre-bending folk-rocking Accidentals to the darkly rock tendencies of teenage piano-pop maestro Ian Ridenhour, it wouldn’t be out of line to describe a large subset of rising indie music as “precocious”. Sixteen-year-old Ayla Rose gleefully joins these ranks as she deservedly bubbles up to the top of the scene with her soulful vocals and stunning command of her musical identity, straddling the line between soul, jazz, blues, western swing, reggae, and more with relative ease. No need to wear kiddie gloves here—Rose’s performance should be just fairly amongst her adult contemporaries, to which she arguably amounts in talent to many who’ve been hitting the electric for more years than she’s even been alive.
Amazon Music Originals is set to release two exclusive playlists of original music to celebrate Valentine’s Day, one devoted to those in love and the other to the less fortunate try to ease their heartache. Love Me and Love Me Not will release 3 February for streaming exclusively on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music— and feature an embarrassment of riches from the likes of Okkervil River, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Ingrid Michaelson, JD McPherson, Kadhja Bonet, Joyce Manor and so many more.