On 18 March, punkabilly pioneer Dex Romweber releases his eponymous duo’s latest album, Images 13 (Bloodshot). Of Romweber, Jack White has described the former Flat Duo Jets mainstay as an influence and “one of the best kept secrets of the rock ‘n’ roll underground.” And you can hear that kinship between Romweber and White, not to mention the Black Keys and in-their-prime Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, on Images 13‘s first single, “Roll On”. Premiering here on PopMatters, Dex Romweber Duo’s “Roll On” is gritty and raw, only meticulously so, riding on surf-tinged blues riffs and the frontman’s dramatic, growling vocals.
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A rich country-infused, Caribbean-splashed folk-rock track, “Hundreds of Ways” is the first single off Conor Oberst’s forthcoming album Upside Down Mountain, which will drop on May 20. As it moves and breaks, the genre-jumping gem is deeply wordy, yet incredibly driving. In support of the new record, he hits the road in May. According to Oberst’s website, Dawes will open and act as his backing band during the tour. The dates are below.
I randomly ended up catching the band PAPA at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on the third night of CMJ. I just had to see something even though I wasn’t out long. Fortunately, I was pleased with what I saw and so was the audience. I’ve posted a clip of their final song that evening below as well as some photos. The band is currently on tour with Cold War Kids before their tour turns to Europe (including Iceland Airwaves) and then back through Canada and the West Coast of the US. You can visit the official website of the band here to check out the tour dates and their music.