Operating under the moniker Samson the Truest, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sam Geller doesn’t so much compare himself to the biblical hero, but rather seeks to find a similar balance between power and vulnerability in his own music. It’s an interesting idea, one he explores deeply on his forthcoming album Come Back Shane, and which you can hear on his brand new track “Afterall”.
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If there’s one thing Michigan’s Pop Evil do better than most American hard rock bands these days, it’s creating music that isn’t mired in post-post-grunge drudgery, but rather fun, retaining the heaviness mainstream rock fans like but always mindful of strong hooks. Audiences are starting to catch on, too, as the hard-touring band is steadily building its fanbase, and new record UP should catapult them to new heights.
Indebted to the melodic heavy rock of Thin Lizzy and the vintage heavy metal sounds of Diamond Head and Angel Witch, Pittsburgh band Carousel might seem like throwbacks, but classic sounds never get old, and their approach to the styles is refreshingly vibrant. The music might be brisk, but like the bands 35, 40 years ago, melody is just as or even more important than aggression, and as you can hear on “Man Like Me” from their forthcoming second album 2113, they know their way around a good hook or two.
Barely a year after forming, Portland band Crow and the Canyon sound like a tightly-knit unit on their debut album Leaving Soon. Highlighted by the dual harmony vocals of Ben Larsen and Leigh Jones, their sumptuous, gently rustic folk music hearkens back to another much more innocent time. Indeed,, it feels like you’re swept back decades when you listen to the new track “Gentle on My Mind”.
Released this past April, the collaborative album between producer/DJ RJD2 and rapper Sugar Tongue Slim is a fun combination of Southern cadillac music and STS’s distinctly East Coast style. The pair have just put out a video for the track “Trunk of My Computer”, a highly enjoyable recount of STS’s days of selling his demos from the trunk of his car in an attempt to make a name for himself.