His first album since 2013’s covers collection Excitement at Your Feet and his first album of original material since 2011, prolific power pop veteran Tommy Keene is back with a new full length called Laugh in the Dark. One of the standout tracks is the roaring “Last of the Twilight Girls”, which plays right into Keene’s wheelhouse: jangly pop music juxtaposed with robust garage rock. If you’re not familiar with Keene’s music, this will serve as a wonderful introduction. If you are, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.
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Featuring musicians from New Orleans, Brooklyn, and Brazil, Nation Beat fuses New Orleans funk and maracatu drumming to create a sound that bursts with life. For their newest EP they’ve teamed up with Indian/funk group Cha Wa to create Carnival Caravan, a thunderous collection of tunes that waste no time in brightening your mood. of the lot, the call-and-response fun of “Liza Jane” is an immediate standout, and you can stream the track below.
14 years and seven albums into their career, Kylesa keep on evolving. Starting out as crust punk, morphing into more of a sludge metal sound, and finally expanding into a psychedelic heavy rock sound they can truly call their own, the Savannah, Georgia band have come into their own ever since the release of the revelatory Static Tensions album in 2009.
The forthcoming new album Fall on Your Sword by Connecticut singer-songwriter Daphne Lee Martin is a wonderfully eclectic collection of songs inspired by stories we’ve heard as youngsters, from fairy tales, to cautionary tales, to pop culture events from the 20th century. The lavish track “I’d Take a Bullet for You” draws its inspiration from one of the most romanticized couples of the past century.
Twenty-two-year-old musician Maggie Trapani is set to release her debut EP Life of a Perpetual Quitter this week, and as you’ll hear on the stream of the record below, the New Jersey native strikes a confident balance between smart pop music and confessional singer-songwriter fare. The future’s bright for this young woman and although her lesson is one often espoused by artists, it’s one people need to hear more, especially those who might feel trapped in whatever lives they lead.