Best known for helping define American new wave music with the band Scandal, Patty Smyth has returned with her first new album since 1999, in the form of the Christmas record Come on December, made with fellow longtime Scandal bandmate Keith Mack. Not only is it a timely release for the holiday season, but it benefits the Headstrong Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide cost-free, stigma-free, and bureaucracy-free mental healthcare to post-9/11, and Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans.
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Veteran New Jersey band Speed the Plough are set to release their diverse and spellbinding eighth album Now this month, and in advance of its release it can be heard in its entirety below. Joining founding members John and Toni Baumgartner on this album are their son Mike on guitar, Cindi Merklee on bass and vocals, Ed Seifert on guitar and vocals, and John Demeski, son of Feelies drummer and Speed the Plough alumnus Stan Demeski.
Norman, Oklahoma indie rock band Broncho released the very good album Just Enough Hip to Be Woman last year, and have recently collaborated with Guitar Center for a special live performance for the At: Guitar Center web series. A live performance of the rambunctious track “Stay Loose” can be seen below.