Led by the pair of Bobbi Kitten and Z Wolf, Columbus, Ohio’s Damn the Witch Siren is all about exuding strong girl power amidst a very high-gloss, eclectic, fun hybrid of pop music styles. A great example is the new track “Nasty”, in which electronic, dance, hip hop, ‘80s pop, and funk all collide in a glorious pile-up that’s as delightfully garish as Kitten’s multihued image.
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Possessing a blend of wit and romanticism similar to that of Tom Waits, Morgan Christopher Geer is a formidable talent in his own right, and the fourth album by his project Drunken Prayer continues in that idiosyncratic yet charming direction. With the help of members of the Sadies, reigning Sound, and Freakwater, Geer crafts another journey through America’s weird musical heritage on The Devil & The Blues, wonderfully encapsulated on the new track “Love Looks Like a Master”.
Hearkening back to the days of Slobberbone and early Wilco, and cut from the same Southern rock ‘n’ roll cloth as the mighty Drive-By Truckers, the new single by Atlanta sextet Quaildogs remembers that it’s okay to rock hard while playing great Americana. The cut is from their upcoming new album The Getting Old Factory, and if it’s any indication, it’s a record to keep your eyes out for.
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.
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.