Growing up in the “greed is good” era of Reaganomics, AIDS, the war on drugs, and MTV, TW Walsh, like many Gen-Xers, sees many parallels to our current time of Trump, deregulation, rising populism and the renewal of the Cold War that was still going strong throughout the ‘80s. Echoing our existential anxiety, Walsh—who has worked previously with Pedro the Lion, Headphones and the Soft Drugs and is presently with Lo Tom—frames his new album Terrible Freedom as a meditation on fear and liberation, space and time, and the self and the mind.
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In the late 2010s, the idea of bending and fusing sonic traditions for something different isn’t exactly new. In the case of Radiator King (Adam Silvestri), it feels like the “folk-punk” artist is breaking new ground with his blend of raw ‘60s callback rock ’n’ roll and modern Americana, with some bluesy undertones to boot.
Featuring the Dresden Dolls’ Brian Viglione and the Hold Steady’s Franz Nicolay, Radiator King stands to ride the line between Ike Reilly and the Band on his altogether triumphant and melancholy road song, “Second Thoughts in Memphis”.
Cuneiform Records is known for housing some of the most enjoyable experimental acts around, and Chicago rock/avant-progressive quartet Cheer-Accident is no exception. Formed over 30 years ago by drummer Thymme Jones (and completed by Jeff Libersher, Amelie Morgan, Dante Kester, and a “revolving cast of collaborators”), the group never fails to deliver peculiar yet gripping sequences bursting with vibrant instrumentation and inventive movements. As its title suggests, the band’s upcoming eighteenth LP, Putting Off Death, finds them keen to prove precisely how poised and, well, progressive they remain following a six-year hiatus since 2011’s No Ifs, Ands or Dogs. Luckily, the band’s newest single from the LP, “Immanence”, does a fantastic job of showcasing that.
We are pleased to provide a stream of the first Jesters of Destiny release in 30 years, The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown, out April 7 from Ektro Records. Making new music wasn’t difficult for Jesters Bruce Duff and Ray Violet, though the founding masterminds admit they were perplexed by the emergence of new sounds after all this time.
The pair began the writing cycle for The Sorrows That Refuse to Drown independently and without a central goal in mind. When they realized that the songs contained the classic sense of Jesters-style eclecticism, they agreed to work on the third installment in their long and winding story.
Adriane Pontecorvo: Feist could have gone the way of so many indie singer-songwriters, mellowing out and settling down into easy money singles after a Top 100 hit. “Pleasure” is yet another release that proves that she hasn’t. With a spare and growling guitar and vocals that murmur, strain, and belt with abandon as fits the occasion, Feist is a dynamic blues rocker with a biting edge, juxtaposing heavy twang with aching spaces. She pushes the limits of her voice as she hits high notes and switches ably between eerie and exuberant. It’s been six years since Metals, and it’s great to hear Feist back and in as fine form as ever. [9/10]
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