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.
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Los Angeles singer-songwriter Holland Belle released her latest EP Wanderlust back in February, and now has put together a beautifully shot new video for the track “Lovely Ghost”. Directed by James Pillion, its premise is simple, but goes exceptionally well with Belle’s gentle and haunting folk/Americana track.
Touted as a return to the “classic” sound of the band, which man will associate with the 2008 breakthrough Furr, Portland folk-rockers Blitzen Trapper are set to release their eighth album All Across This Land in the fall. If ever there was an indication that the record promises to be a return to the sunny, riff-oriented classic rock sounds the band has excelled at for so long, it’s the title track.
If you’ve ever gotten a little cynical about the current crop of Millennial-aged musicians—goodness knows I’ve been guilty—nothing will restore your hope for the new generation like Charlie Belle. The sister-brother duo of 17-year-old singer/guitarist Jendayi Bonds and 14-year-old Gyasi sound mature beyond their years on “Petting Zoo”, a song from their upcoming EP I Don’t Want to Be Alone which has been made into a charming little video. Full lot lyrical wit, wonderfully chiming guitars, and an upbeat, sunny disposition, it’s an absolute charmer of a track, the sort of indie pop that will have you craving the rest of the new record.
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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