Sons of Bill - "Brand New Paradigm" (audio) (Premiere)

Check out the latest tune from the Charlottesville alt-country/rock outfit Sons of Bill, the catchy and thoughtful "Brand New Paradigm".

Unlike Mumford & Sons, whose old-timey name suggests an authenticity that is more manufactured than genuine, Sons of Bill are actually what their name implies. The Sons of Bill are actually the sons of William Wilson, professor emeritus of theology and literature at the University of Virginia. (The group hails from Charlottesville.) Sons of Bill let their sharp songcraft and careful lyricism shine on "Brand New Paradigm", a track off of their forthcoming album Love & Logic.

Abe Wilson, one of the three brothers that make up Sons of Bill, says to PopMatters about the song, "Generally speaking, this song is about the basic tension between the individual consciousness and the turning universe. It's about giving yourself to the tides of life instead of fighting the current, so to speak—trying to resolve this tension through love, drugs, religion, etc. Beyond that, I wanted to leave the song open to interpretation and let the listener fill in the specifics from his or her own experience."

Love & Logic is out on September 30th through Thirty Tigers.

You can also catch the band at any of the tour stops listed below:

9/19 – Nashville, TN @ Americana Music Festival (8 PM – The Basement)

9/25 – Roanoke, VA @ The Harvester

9/26 – Richmond, VA @ Broadberry

9/27 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson Theatre

9/28 – Raleigh, NC @ Southland Ballroom

10/01 – Asheville, NC @ New Mountain Music Hall

10/02 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger

10/03 – Washington, DC @ The Hamilton

10/04 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

10/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (Upstairs)

10/07 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott

10/09 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe

10/10 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement

10/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas

10/12 – Goshen, IN @ Ignition Garage

10/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill

10/15 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

10/16 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House

10/17 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt

10/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre

11/04 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa

11/05 – Bryan, TX @ Grand Stafford Theater

11/06 – San Antonio, TX @ Sam’s Burger Joint

11/07 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr.

11/08 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

11/09 –Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar

11/11 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rhythm Room

11/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater

11/14 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

11/15 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Lobero Theatre, Sings Like Hell Series

11/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

11/18 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

11/19 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

11/21 – Bozeman, MT @ Live From The Divide

11/23 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge


The Best Indie Rock of 2017

Photo courtesy of Matador Records

The indie rock genre is wide and unwieldy, but the musicians selected here share an awareness of one's place on the cultural-historical timeline.

Indie rock may be one of the most fluid and intangible terms currently imposed upon musicians. It holds no real indication of what the music will sound like and many of the artists aren't even independent. But more than a sonic indicator, indie rock represents a spirit. It's a spirit found where folk songsters and punk rockers come together to dialogue about what they're fed up with in mainstream culture. In so doing they uplift each other and celebrate each other's unique qualities.

With that in mind, our list of 2017's best indie rock albums ranges from melancholy to upbeat, defiant to uplifting, serious to seriously goofy. As always, it's hard to pick the best ten albums that represent the year, especially in such a broad category. Artists like King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard had a heck of a year, putting out four albums. Although they might fit nicer in progressive rock than here. Artists like Father John Misty don't quite fit the indie rock mold in our estimation. Foxygen, Mackenzie Keefe, Broken Social Scene, Sorority Noise, Sheer Mag... this list of excellent bands that had worthy cuts this year goes on. But ultimately, here are the ten we deemed most worthy of recognition in 2017.

Keep reading... Show less

From genre-busting electronic music to new highs in the ever-evolving R&B scene, from hip-hop and Americana to rock and pop, 2017's music scenes bestowed an embarrassment of riches upon us.

60. White Hills - Stop Mute Defeat (Thrill Jockey)

White Hills epic '80s callback Stop Mute Defeat is a determined march against encroaching imperial darkness; their eyes boring into the shadows for danger but they're aware that blinding lights can kill and distort truth. From "Overlord's" dark stomp casting nets for totalitarian warnings to "Attack Mode", which roars in with the tribal certainty that we can survive the madness if we keep our wits, the record is a true and timely win for Dave W. and Ego Sensation. Martin Bisi and the poster band's mysterious but relevant cool make a great team and deliver one of their least psych yet most mind destroying records to date. Much like the first time you heard Joy Division or early Pigface, for example, you'll experience being startled at first before becoming addicted to the band's unique microcosm of dystopia that is simultaneously corrupting and seducing your ears. - Morgan Y. Evans

Keep reading... Show less

The Best Country Music of 2017

still from Midland "Drinkin' Problem" video

There are many fine country musicians making music that is relevant and affecting in these troubled times. Here are ten of our favorites.

Year to year, country music as a genre sometimes seems to roll on without paying that much attention to what's going on in the world (with the exception of bro-country singers trying to adopt the latest hip-hop slang). That can feel like a problem in a year when 58 people are killed and 546 are injured by gun violence at a country-music concert – a public-relations issue for a genre that sees many of its stars outright celebrating the NRA. Then again, these days mainstream country stars don't seem to do all that well when they try to pivot quickly to comment on current events – take Keith Urban's muddled-at-best 2017 single "Female", as but one easy example.

Keep reading... Show less

It's ironic that by injecting a shot of cynicism into this glorified soap opera, Johnson provides the most satisfying explanation yet for the significance of The Force.

Despite J.J. Abrams successfully resuscitating the Star Wars franchise with 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many fans were still left yearning for something new. It was comforting to see old familiar faces from a galaxy far, far away, but casual fans were unlikely to tolerate another greatest hits collection from a franchise already plagued by compositional overlap (to put it kindly).

Keep reading... Show less

Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a few US shows to support the expanded reissue of their debut Fever to Tell.

Although they played a gig last year for an after-party for a Mick Rock doc, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs hadn't played a proper NYC show in four years before their Kings Theatre gig on November 7th, 2017. It was the last of only a handful of gigs, and the only one on the East coast.

Keep reading... Show less
Pop Ten
Mixed Media
PM Picks

© 1999-2017 Popmatters.com. All rights reserved.
Popmatters is wholly independently owned and operated.