Juxtaposing big vocal hooks with big, heavy-sounding guitars was a big thing 20 years ago. not only did indie rock bands know how to rock, but the melodies they came up with could be just as gigantic. It was a winning dynamic, best exemplified by such bands as Velocity Girl, Veruca Salt, and Madder Rose.
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A year after releasing their debut album Annabel Dream Reader, UK trio the Wytches have partnered with the synergic geniuses at Scion A/V to release a new four-song EP entitled Thunder Lizard’s Reprieve. One of the tracks, the hazy “If Not For Money”, showcases the psychedelic rockers at their mellowest, dreamily crooning atop a languid beat and wistful organ melody.
With a booming glam rock shuffle, arena sing-along melody, and swaggering badassery, Samantha Frances and her band make you take notice immediately. It’s the kind of hybrid style that is slowly returning to hard rock—‘70s glam, ‘80s bombast, ‘90s volume—and interestingly enough the charge is being led by bands with strong, fierce women singers, such as the Pretty Reckless and Halestorm. This new single by Frances & the Foundation fits into that hold perfectly, wasting no time getting into your head.
A true cult hero, Ted Hawkins was best known as a street performer in Venice Beach, California, wowing passersby with his soulful singing. Although attempts were made to create a mainstream career for Hawkins—Geffen released The Next Hundred Years in 1994—his lifestyle was far too unpredictable to create anything sustainable, and he tragically died on New Year’s Day 1995 at the age of 58.
Citing influences as varied as Queen, Alicia Keys, Al Green, and Frank Sinatra, New Yorker Gianna Salvato brings warmth and soul to her pop music, not to mention one hell of a voice. Her debut single “Baby, It’s You” features some wonderfully rich production that evokes the late 1980s as cleverly as Carly Rae Jepsen, wicked R&B groove underscoring a track that’s as ebullient as it is catchy.