James Dolan is an avid musician, and his band JD & the Straight Shot has put out four albums over the last decade. A fifth full-length is in the works, but in the meantime the band has released a video for the new track “Better Find a Church”, which continues the blend of gentle blues and rustic Americana heard on last year’s Where I’ve Been. Produced by Rodney Crowell and featuring Nashville fiddler Erin Slaver duetting on vocals with Dolan, this track is a pleasant surprise.
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At first Vancouver band Animal Omen sounds cut from the same retro heavy rock as Black Mountain from the same city, relying on lugubrious tempos and roaring, fuzzed-out guitar riffs and melodies, save for one major difference. While Black Mountain’s psychedelic influence keeps their music at an arm’s length from the audience, Animal Omen head straight in the opposite direction, injecting genuine soul into the music. No detachment, just emotion, but in a tasteful way: there’s no cock rock swagger, nor any post-millennial whining. Debut single “Susan” is just a gorgeous song about a girl, played and sung with complete sincerity, displaying a level of tenderness that quite frankly is missing in modern rock.
A winner of the Independent Music Award for Best Social Action Song, Seth Glier isn’t exactly known for cute comedy songs. On a whim he wrote one with his pal, based on a “mostly true” story about a breakup and a woman selling her ex’s furniture on Craigslist, and as you can hear in this exclusive live performance, it is pure gold.
Better known as the lead singer for Little Grey Girlfriend, Erika Lloyd has ventured out on her own with her solo debut Power, on which she blends eccentric indie pop with chamber music. The title track, which you can hear below, is especially effective in the way it hearkens back to the experimental pop music of the 1980s, how it sounds high-gloss and ornate at the same time.
One half of folk-pop band the Sweater Set, Sara Curtin will be releasing her second solo album Michigan Lilium on July 24. Just in time for its release she’s just out out a new video for the haunting dreampop track “Sweet Dreams”, which in a neat twist, involves baking a cake. If there’s one thing indie rock needs, it’s more cake.
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