“Using reggae as a springboard, Italian rapper TerronRissa takes a fairly liberal and free-form approach within the constructs of his hip-hop. Aimed squarely at house parties across Italy’s suburbs, TerronRissa dispense his rhymes with humor and easygoing charm. The beats skip and throb with the kind of abandon usually reserved for pop music. Having just released his first proper album of material, L’Era Dei Distratti, the rapper has attracted quite a following in its native Italy.
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Reunions can be a dicey proposition, especially for bands who seemed to have run their course organically and ended on a high note, which Sleater-Kinney certainly did with its heavy-duty 2005 swan song The Woods. Then again, if anyone can be counted on not to simply give into nostalgia and come back just for the heck of it, it would be a band that never took anything for granted and was as committed to its craft as Sleater-Kinney was—or, rather, is.
The operative word in the band name “We Were Astronauts” is “were”, for the Boston rock quartet that bears the appellation sounds firmly rooted to the earth. Such is definitely the case for “Keep It Together,” a track off of their upcoming recording Artificial Light, which following a successful Kickstarter campaign was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Warren Huart. Rooted in the country-tinged classic rock of groups like .38 Special, “Keep It Together” is as ideal a summer road trip radio tune as there could be.
The latest from Vanessa Daou finds her in four-on-the-floor mode with a flowing groove of thick beats and catchy hooks. “Trouble Comes” follows the political motif set by its parent album, Light Sweet Crude, but maintains the all sexual drama that the singer is noted for. Nearly drowning in the swathes of the song’s atmosphere, the singer at once signals the trouble at both a brewing riot and a crumbling relationship: “Trouble comes when you hear the drums.”
Courtney Love embarked on a solo tour last summer and during promised that new music would be coming soon. Well, that time is now. On May 4th we will be graced with the double A-side single for “You Know My Name” and “Wedding Day”. While we haven’t heard the latter, “You Know My Name” is a characteristically grungy track that harkens back to the much reviled America’s Sweetheart days, which is a much better album than is given credit.