Touted as a return to the “classic” sound of the band, which man will associate with the 2008 breakthrough Furr, Portland folk-rockers Blitzen Trapper are set to release their eighth album All Across This Land in the fall. If ever there was an indication that the record promises to be a return to the sunny, riff-oriented classic rock sounds the band has excelled at for so long, it’s the title track.
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If you’ve ever gotten a little cynical about the current crop of Millennial-aged musicians—goodness knows I’ve been guilty—nothing will restore your hope for the new generation like Charlie Belle. The sister-brother duo of 17-year-old singer/guitarist Jendayi Bonds and 14-year-old Gyasi sound mature beyond their years on “Petting Zoo”, a song from their upcoming EP I Don’t Want to Be Alone which has been made into a charming little video. Full lot lyrical wit, wonderfully chiming guitars, and an upbeat, sunny disposition, it’s an absolute charmer of a track, the sort of indie pop that will have you craving the rest of the new record.
Juxtaposing big vocal hooks with big, heavy-sounding guitars was a big thing 20 years ago. not only did indie rock bands know how to rock, but the melodies they came up with could be just as gigantic. It was a winning dynamic, best exemplified by such bands as Velocity Girl, Veruca Salt, and Madder Rose.
A year after releasing their debut album Annabel Dream Reader, UK trio the Wytches have partnered with the synergic geniuses at Scion A/V to release a new four-song EP entitled Thunder Lizard’s Reprieve. One of the tracks, the hazy “If Not For Money”, showcases the psychedelic rockers at their mellowest, dreamily crooning atop a languid beat and wistful organ melody.
With a booming glam rock shuffle, arena sing-along melody, and swaggering badassery, Samantha Frances and her band make you take notice immediately. It’s the kind of hybrid style that is slowly returning to hard rock—‘70s glam, ‘80s bombast, ‘90s volume—and interestingly enough the charge is being led by bands with strong, fierce women singers, such as the Pretty Reckless and Halestorm. This new single by Frances & the Foundation fits into that hold perfectly, wasting no time getting into your head.
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