Brooklyn’s Bette Smith possesses a one of a kind voice, deeply drenched in hot soul of the nearly incendiary Southern type. That voice could rock the biggest of stages and move mountains if it had to. Smith has a bit of an old-school vibe, but her music is thoroughly contemporary because we all know that great soul music is timeless and always relevant.
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The Sound of Ghosts was initially comprised of spouses James and Anna Orbison alongside guitarist Ernesto Rivas. Since their founding in 2014, the LA-based folk-rockers have expanded their sound considerably with the contributions of drummer Jon Sarna and multi-instrumentalist Phoebe Silva.
Right now, the United States, as well as the world, is going through harrowing times. Whether you are looking at the current state of division in politics, towards natural disasters, or the encouragement of hate groups, there is no shortage of discouraging news hitting our feeds at every blink of an eye.
When times get tough like this, you can always rely on music as an artistic expression that won’t go down without a fight. It manifests itself in different ways, whether it’s calling for peace and passiveness, or telling its listeners not to back down and to say their part against injustice forthrightly.
“Autophøbia” is the latest song from Brooklyn duo NØMADS; the group has been releasing a song a month as part of its Phøbiac EP project. Joining frontman Nathan Lithgow (My Brightest Diamond) is Brian Wolfe (David Byrne and St. Vincent, the Dap Kings). The accompanying video captures the pair performing in an abandoned Catholic school’s furnace room, adding to the track’s already haunting nature.
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