When Portland band Wax Fingers disintegrated, bandmates and longtime collaborators Pete Bosack and Tommy Franzen formed Mothertapes, a project that strives to marry progressive rock, electronic, and pop in the tradition of Tears For Fears, Battles, and Animal Collective.
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When you’re described by esteemed critic Peter Guralnick a combination of John Lee Hooker and William Carlos Williams, and when an artist as great as Lucinda Williams sings high praise about your work, people will notice. Indeed, Kevin Gordon makes awfully good, not to mention literate American music, his skill at the blues and his poetic background making him a distinct voice in today’s roots scene. His new album Long Gone Time will be released next month, but in the meantime you can hear the genial little blues tune “Church on Time” below.
Led by the pair of Bobbi Kitten and Z Wolf, Columbus, Ohio’s Damn the Witch Siren is all about exuding strong girl power amidst a very high-gloss, eclectic, fun hybrid of pop music styles. A great example is the new track “Nasty”, in which electronic, dance, hip hop, ‘80s pop, and funk all collide in a glorious pile-up that’s as delightfully garish as Kitten’s multihued image.
Possessing a blend of wit and romanticism similar to that of Tom Waits, Morgan Christopher Geer is a formidable talent in his own right, and the fourth album by his project Drunken Prayer continues in that idiosyncratic yet charming direction. With the help of members of the Sadies, reigning Sound, and Freakwater, Geer crafts another journey through America’s weird musical heritage on The Devil & The Blues, wonderfully encapsulated on the new track “Love Looks Like a Master”.
Hearkening back to the days of Slobberbone and early Wilco, and cut from the same Southern rock ‘n’ roll cloth as the mighty Drive-By Truckers, the new single by Atlanta sextet Quaildogs remembers that it’s okay to rock hard while playing great Americana. The cut is from their upcoming new album The Getting Old Factory, and if it’s any indication, it’s a record to keep your eyes out for.