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.
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Northern Ireland’s the Bonnevilles are steeped in the blues and they enliven and amp up their sound by playing as a duo with Andrew McGibbon Jr. on vocals and guitar and Chris McMullan on drums. It’s a formation that has paid off in spades for both the White Stripes and the Black Keys and the Bonnevilles carry on that tradition of stripped down, blues rock run through with headbanging punk energy. It’s made the Bonnevilles a huge favorite on the European blues circuit and now the band has their third album, Arrow Pierce My Heart, on tap ahead of the summer festival season.
After leaving Yelle in 2014, French producer Tanguy Destable has been hard at work on his TEPR project and last year he released the Half Below EP. Destable rediscovered his love of house music and wanted to meld that with some clubby pop appeal as well. But “Half Below” is more than that as the new video shows off a deep trippy side with all manner of animated mouths, including mouths that replace eyes on Destable’s face. There’s a darkness at the heart of this song and the video perfectly captures that vibe.
Canadian Ben Rogers has one of those treasured, whiskey-soaked, deep, rough voices that work so perfectly in country music and Americana. Rogers pairs that with a stellar band of musicians who help create the barren, prairie landscapes and the vast spaces of North America’s west. Right up front and crucial to the band’s sound is that mournful pedal steel—surely one of the most cinematic instruments ever devised—played with virtuosic ease by Matt Kelly (City and Color). Last August Ben Rogers released his second album, The Bloodred Yonder, and his new single is that album’s lead track, “Wild Roses”.
Trevor James Tillery is a young Los Angeles singer-songwriter who blends gentle electronics in with his laid back singing, indietronica if you will. Tillery has already earned accolades from Zane Lowe and is about to release his new EP In Moonlight on March 25th. In Moonlight deals with many of the issues that gay people face when coming out. Tillery explains that “this song has been living with me for a while. I originally wrote it thinking it was about someone else, only to realize later that it is really about myself. Perhaps both. I had written ‘Sleeptalking’ prior to coming to terms with my own sexuality and it’s as if I’m telling myself to wake up.”
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