On her new album Slap Back, Sallie Ford strikes out on her own after making two full-lengths that were co-credited to the Sound Outside. Well, she’s only sort of going it alone: Despite releasing Slap Back under her own name, Ford is living out her dream of starting an “all-girl rock ‘n’ roll band” after enlisting Portland cohorts Anita Lee Elliot (bass), Amanda Spring (drums), and Christina Cano (keyboards) to help make the new album. PopMatters touched base with Ford to find out more about Slap Back, a boisterous rock album that hopscotches between folk, blues, psychedelia, and punk intuitively and convincingly.
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The Jacksonville, Florida based group that calls itself Sunbears! (yep, exclamation point included) is set to release its new LP, Future Sounds in the coming month. Having already premiered the tune “Now You’re Gone”, these psychedelic rockers are offering up another track off the record, “Laughing Girl”, which you can stream below. Featuring a striking contrast between huge, driving guitar riffs and lo-fi vocal production in the verses, the song operates on a key contrast that plays upon the highs and lows of its lyrical matter.
Having already caught attention in their native Los Angeles for their charming, baroque pop-esque sound, Wartime Recitals are bound to go to bigger and better places now with the release of their self-titled debut EP, which you can stream below. From the beautiful piano parts of “Bad Dances” and “Short Hair” to the delicate vocal harmonies of “Ribbons”, Wartime Recitals displays a kind of joyous spirit that makes it an effortless listening experience.
Iris Belson and Joseph Walker go by the name Linus Young as a recording duo. Walker says of the band’s moniker, “Linus Young was a family friend who lived in New Orleans. He was an older gentleman, but decided to stay during Hurricane Katrina. His house ended up flooding and he drowned, and so we picked up that name to keep his legacy alive. He was a very sweet soul. It felt like the right fit.” And pay tribute to Young the band does; Category 5, Linus Young’s debut LP, is a bold statement of intent that’s both very much a product of its time and constantly thinking about how to do things differently.
For his latest album, the pledge-funded Stellar Motel, singer/songwriter Mike Doughty decided to go in a direction far different than he’s ever done before. Though he’s cut his teeth on a brand of “acousticky singer/songwriter” material, Doughty has now taken to hip-hop, with the assistance of Stellar Motel producer Good Goose. To say the least, the collaboration resulted in some colorful tunes.
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