San Francisco rockers Happy Fangs recently released their debut album, Capricorn, and they have a brand new video directed by Jim Mitchell, who has worked on films such as Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and two Harry Potter movies. So, “Controlled Burn” possesses highly cinematic qualities, as well as showing off the band’s heavy rocking sounds that are equally influenced by punk and metal.
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New York’s Silver City Bound play a fun, eclectic brand of Americana that blends in folk, zydeco and a bit of indie rock. You know you can rarely go wrong when there’s an accordion involved. The group’s last record, Diner in the Sky, won Best Americana Album of 2015 from the Independent Music Awards. Silver City Bound‘s new EP Take My Picture releases March 4th and they’ll be playing a special record release party that night at Brooklyn’s Barbes.
Considering the widespread acclaim that 2011’s The Audio Guide to Happiness Vol. I (and 2013’s Vol. 2) brought JOLLY, it’s not surprising that the New York progressive rock quartet has been working non-stop to produce its proper fourth studio effort, Family. What is a bit unexpected, though, is the manner in which the band is promoting it. In addition to releasing the first single from the new record, “Ava”, the group recently completed an off-the-wall cartoon entitled “JOLLY Kills Steven Wilson”. Packed with self-referential (and self-deprecating) humor involving JOLLY, Wilson, and a couple other surprise icons, the clip is sure to amuse anyone looking for some oddball genre antics.
The buzz behind indie rockers Night Lights has been building following performances with Culture Collide and Sofar Sounds and it’s followed them from Boston, where they formed, to their new home in Los Angeles. The band’s latest video “Take My Hand” shows off their arena rock potential with hook-filled melodies and super melodic bass lines that tap into a bit of funk.
Straight out of the Pacific Northwest comes an exciting young string band, Rabbit Wilde, with their second album of rootsy, foot-tapping, hand-clapping folk music that crackles with energy. Rabbit Wilde is comprised of a set of musical brothers Zach and Nathan Hamer, Miranda Zickler, and Jillian Walker on cello who are well known in the northwest for their fabulous live shows. For their second album, The Heartland, releasing this Friday, the group decamped to Bear Creek, a huge converted barn near Seattle, where they recorded their first album. They ended up cutting 18 songs before editing it down to these 13 marvelous Americana gems.