A year ago The Oregon Bootleg Tapes—Live, by Eugene, Oregon cult favorites Stick Against Stone turned many critics’ heads with its at times astonishing mix of taut punk rock and loose, groovy funk. Active throughout the 1980s, the band never made a proper full-length album despite their growing audience, but thanks to their old sound man (and MediaGroove founder) Will Kreth existing live tapes were dusted off an polished to make a universally acclaimed record.
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Like Bob Dylan and the Band at Big Pink, Los Angeles band Moonsville Collective combine American traditional music, modern musical influences, and undeniable chemistry to create rustic Americana that’s made to be heard in person, where the beer is flowing and the energy is palpable. Their new album heavy Howl is set to be released 30 October on Rock Ridge Music, and in the meantime you can see the great new video for the track “Blue Money Grove”.
London-based singer-songwriter Tara Priya has been steadily making a name for herself with her brand of R&B-infused pop, and recently released her new EP Friends Like These. The American’s latest single, the sassy “Who That” blends a graceful funk beat, strings, classic ‘60s soul, and a wickedly catchy whistling hook and draws the listener in immediately. It’s a pop gem, and you can listen to the new radio mix—a punchier, more insistent version of what you hear on the EP—below.
Calgary, Alberta band Chron Goblin have been steadily gaining momentum over the last few years, their brand of psychedelic heavy rock improving with each new release. Their fourth album Backwater finds the band’s sound crystallizing to the point where these guys lock themselves into a ferocious groove and keep listeners riveted. Which, if you play this swaggering style of music, is crucial: in command, but loose. Like David Wooderson. You hear it in Chron Goblin’s new track “Give Way”.
Billing themselves as “moonlit folk rock”, Los Angeles trio Distant Cousins are poised to leap on to the folk rock bandwagon currently occupied by the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe. Typically breezy, catchy, and unapologetically cute, the band’s new track “Taste of Tomorrow”, is an immediate highlight of their new EP, which comes out on 15 October (pre-order it here). It’s folk rock built for festival crowds, singing about the sunshine, boasting a snappy funk rhythm section, and sing-along vocals made for crowds of tens of thousands. Beware, this sucker’s going to be in your head all day.