If you haven’t heard the White Buffalo‘s recent album Love and the Death of Damnation, you’re missing out on one of the finest Americana records of 2015. Luckily, we’ve got a perfect clip to whet your appetite, a special live performance of “Go the Distance” by Jake Smith and his band for AUDIENCE Network’s Guitar Center Sessions series. Plus you can catch his performance in its entirety this Friday 27 November on AUDIENCE (DIRECTV ch. 239 or AT&T U-verse TV ch. 1114).
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Australian progressive instrumental heavy rock band We Lost the Sea are set to release their new album Departure Songs on 27 November via Translation Loss Records (pre-order here). The sextet have an incredible knack for creating a cinematic effect with their compositions, and as the heart-wrenching “A Gallant Gentleman” illustrates, they can tell a story without words quite brilliantly.
Dallas-based multi-instrumentalist Jeff Ryan has worked with St. Vincent, the War on Drugs, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Jaffe, and many more, but his project Myopic deserves notice, as his beautiful new track proves. Lifted from his upcoming release Two Pieces, which will come out on 11 December, “Playground” was recorded in one take in the playground of the school Ryan’s children attend.
On their latest album The Gates Canadian band Young Empires do not hide the fact whatsoever that they’re out to capitalize on the popularity of Imagine Dragons. The tom-tom-heavy percussion, the bombastic tenor singing, the stadium-friendly hooks are all there, as you can hear on the new single “Uncover My Eyes”. You have to give these guys credit too, because as derivative as it is, it’s exceptionally well done, and has mainstream pop rock hit written all over it.