CFP: The Legacy of Radiohead's 'The Bends' 20 Years On [Deadlines: 4 Feb / 19 Feb]

 
Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Monday, Jan 5, 2015
Driven by killer riffs and guy/girl vocal interplay, "Tommy Gun", the newest track by the New York City band Blue & Gold, is a potent injection of vintage-minded rock 'n' roll.

Part of the trick that bands in the so-called rock revival movement in the early ‘00s faced was the balance of paying homage to the rock stylings of the ‘60s and ‘70s without being entirely beholden to them—i.e. writing covers in the guise of originals. The New York City outfit Blue & Gold can count itself as sonic kin of those rock revival groups, but fortunately it pulls off the aforementioned balance with ease. This young quartet writes the kind of rock ‘n’ roll that teenagers first discovering Led Zeppelin hope to write over a garage jam session: straight-to-the-point, catchy rock that knows its way around a good riff. Blue & Gold’s latest number, “Tommy Gun”, features solid guy/girl vocal interplay by vocalists/guitarists Alex Kapelman and Chloe Raynes.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014
The reputable Malian singer Kassé Mady Diabaté has readied his latest studio effort, Kirike, which you can stream a week in advance of its release.

The Malian singer Kassé Mady Diabaté is famous for many reasons. One of the common talking points in relation to his music career is his collaboration with Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate on the LP Koulandjan, which President Barack Obama cited as one of his favorite albums. However, above all else, Diabaté is notable for his contributions to the West African music scene, particularly in his native Mali. Although he sings in Bambara, the primary language in Southern Mali, his music fuses traditions from within his country, throughout his region, and indeed the whole world. Kirike, Diabaté‘s latest recording, is a continuation of the vocalist’s authentic musical exploration. The album is yet another example of why some people, including his fellow Malian Salif Keita, call him Mali’s greatest living singer.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Monday, Dec 29, 2014
For haunting, minimalist indie in the vein of Majical Cloudz, look no further than the spare but powerful voice-and-piano combo of Adna's "Thank God for Sending Demons", a cover of the Swedish musician Kleerup.

Gothenburg, Sweden-based musician Adna has caught a lot of attention globally for her moody and beautiful brand of songwriting. Her music’s somewhat chilly melodies in no doubt are informed by her native Sweden, a country renowned for its melancholy musical exports. (Even the otherwise cheery ABBA went out on a gloomy note with their final LP The Visitors.) Following the momentum built up from her debut LP Night, Adna has readied her sophomore outing, Run, Lucifer, for a 2015 release. In addition to the recently released lead single “Living”, Adna has also covered the tune “Thank God for Sending Demons” by the Swedish producer Kleerup to lead in to the release of her new album.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Friday, Dec 19, 2014
Folk musician Kristin Andreassen's new album, Gondolier, out in February, features contributions from Aoife O'Donovan and members of Punch Brothers. Stream the delicate "The New Ground" here first.

With a résumé including membership in two bands (Uncle Earl and Sometymes Why), a stint on A Prarie Home Companion, and recording with Sufjan Stevens, Kristin Andreassen has already well proven her musical chops. She also displays them quite well on her 2006 solo debut Kiss Me Hello. Now, Andreassen is preparing for the release of her sophomore studio LP, Gondolier, in early 2015. Below you can stream the tender folk of “The New Ground”, a warm introduction to the music that is to come on the album.


Bookmark and Share
Text:AAA
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014
An ace student and connoisseur of American roots music and the blues, Jake Xerxes Fussell shows off his impressive chops on "Raggy Levy", the first track you can hear off his forthcoming self-titled LP.

Try as one may, lumping in the North Carolinian musician Jake Xerxes Fussell in with the contemporary folk revival just won’t do. While bands like Mumford and Sons use folk as a veneer over what is undeniably a rockist songwriting mentality, Fussell is a deeply read student of the blues and American roots music, having studied at the Southern Studies department at the University of Mississippi. That experience is in addition to his years playing music and touring, as well as an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. His philosophy and praxis is best summed up by this quotation, taken from the press release to his forthcoming self-titled LP: “Fussell recognizes that folk revivalist preciousness about spurious genre boundaries often feels absurdly at odds with the unruliness and restlessly inventive practices of tradition bearers-no revival or reenactment gear is necessary when the music lives and breathes and throws around hips and knees like these.”


Below you can stream “Raggy Levy”, the first track from Jake Xerxes Fussell to be released.


Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2015 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.