We like soul musician Nigel Hall so much at PopMatters that we placed his recent album at #3 on our Best R&B of 2015 list late last year. Colin McGuire wrote that “‘Gimme a Sign’ takes R&B music back to a time when wasn’t just a genre, it was a lifestyle, its guitar recalling that of Steve Cropper and his work on pretty much every Stax Records single between 1962 and 1965.
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Irish American roots music band Solas has been around for 20 years thrilling audiences with their forward-looking Irish music. Many amazing musicians have played in Solas over the years, including fiddler Winifred Horan, accordionist Mick McAuley, and founding member Seamus Egan. For their brand new record, All These Years, releasing today, Solas has brought back all of the musicians and singers who have passed through the group over the years and they also introduce a brand-new vocalist, Moira Smiley, who previously worked with tUnE-yArDs.
“We thought it was a way for us to celebrate the past with all of the people who had been important to us over the years,” says Egan. “But we didn’t want use this as an exercise in nostalgia, because we weren’t interested in that at all. Even though we’ve been at it 20 years, I think creatively we’re still as excited about the possibilities as we were back then.”
San Francisco rockers Happy Fangs recently released their debut album, Capricorn, and they have a brand new video directed by Jim Mitchell, who has worked on films such as Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, and two Harry Potter movies. So, “Controlled Burn” possesses highly cinematic qualities, as well as showing off the band’s heavy rocking sounds that are equally influenced by punk and metal.
New York’s Silver City Bound play a fun, eclectic brand of Americana that blends in folk, zydeco and a bit of indie rock. You know you can rarely go wrong when there’s an accordion involved. The group’s last record, Diner in the Sky, won Best Americana Album of 2015 from the Independent Music Awards. Silver City Bound‘s new EP Take My Picture releases March 4th and they’ll be playing a special record release party that night at Brooklyn’s Barbes.
Considering the widespread acclaim that 2011’s The Audio Guide to Happiness Vol. I (and 2013’s Vol. 2) brought JOLLY, it’s not surprising that the New York progressive rock quartet has been working non-stop to produce its proper fourth studio effort, Family. What is a bit unexpected, though, is the manner in which the band is promoting it. In addition to releasing the first single from the new record, “Ava”, the group recently completed an off-the-wall cartoon entitled “JOLLY Kills Steven Wilson”. Packed with self-referential (and self-deprecating) humor involving JOLLY, Wilson, and a couple other surprise icons, the clip is sure to amuse anyone looking for some oddball genre antics.
"The stories in this collection are circular, puzzling; they often end as cruelly as they do quietly, the characters and their journeys extinguished with poisonous calm.READ the article