Two years have passed since former Verbena member Duquette Johnston put out his PopMatters-approved album Rabbit Runs a Destiny, but that hasn’t stopped him from releasing a new video for the track “It Was You”. And for good reason too. As he explains, the song has deep meaning, and he and filmmaker Dillon Hayes had a great idea to convey that personal theme in a different medium.
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You think Stage Three throat cancer will stop Eddie Spaghetti? No way in hell. Mere days after being diagnosed earlier this summer, fans of the long-running and perpetually lovable Supersuckers have rallied behind the inimitable singer, raising more than $61,000 to date to help cover the cost of treatment.
Combining a strong 1990s industrial rock element with a post-millenial indie rock sound, Austin band Boss Battle find a comfortable middle ground between rigid, harsh mechanical sounds and unique pop hooks on their debut album Attack Time, which is set to be released on 11 September. Featuring the dual lead vocal stylings of keyboardist Erin Frazier and guitarist Chico Jones, it’s all about the dynamic push and pull between the two sides, as you hear on the new track “Ride”.
Denver musician Lara Ruggles will be releasing her new album Cynics & Saints on 2 October, and as you can hear on her stunning track “The Dove”, the 29-year-old combines Americana and lavish 1970s Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter fare with the confidence of a master. What starts off as a mournful blues dirge morphs into a gorgeous piece worthy of Carole King, and it leaves you craving to hear what the rest of the new record will be like.
Brooklyn trio Tuff Sunshine are set to release their new album Fire in the Hero Building on 31 October, and as a great little teaser they’ve just put out the catchy “Dreamin’”. With its sunny blend of rustic rock ‘n’ roll, powerpop hooks, and nicely timed Moog synth, there’s an undeniable resemblance to Wilco’s Summerteeth, which isn’t a bad thing at all.