Lady Lamb is the the midst of a wide ranging tour in support of her new EP, Tender Warriors Club. At seven tracks, running 34 minutes, less prolific artists might call this a full length album and be done with it. As for Lady Lamb, the artist also known as Aly Spaltro seems content to give us all that she’s creating and thinking, however long or heavy it might be. Technically an EP, Tender Warriors Club feels more than anything like a snapshot of the individual, vulnerable and uncertain, at this moment in time. Intensely personal rather than overtly political, it is nonetheless a “manifesto,” as the artist writes on her website:
find the courage to be sensitive
be emotionally vulnerable
be comfortable with & embrace solitude
never compromise their integrity
practice self-acceptance & self-love
give an honest effort
Lady Lamb’s current tour is hitting some smaller venues as well as living rooms across the country. See all of the tour dates with ticket links here. The EP is available now via Mom + Pop Records. Order vinyl here.
On February 17th, Michigan indie rock band Frontier Ruckus will release Enter The Kingdom, their fifth full-length LP, on Sitcom Universe / Loose Music. As a preview, they’ve released the album track “Positively Freaking,” a textured, folky rock hybrid with lots of melodic hooks, harmonies, and a propulsive, rolling arrangement. The new album, produced by Wilco‘s Ken Coomer, deals frankly with songwriter Matthew Milia‘s childhood experience when his father lost his job. The couple of tracks released so far (“27 Dollars” is also streaming now) indicate a vivid and detailed slice of American life that holds true in today’s bizarre social and economic structure.
We love it when good pop music comes together. Colliding on tour right now are two of our longtime favorites, Bronze Radio Return and Air Traffic Controller. Avid OurStagers might recall Bronze Radio Return from their inclusion in our new music web series The Panel, or perhaps from the many other times they won competitions and appeared on our charts. Similarly, Air Traffic Controller earned a spotlight feature on MTV.com and have racked up more than a dozen Top 10 chart placements. Both bands have been blowing up over the past couple of years, garnering well-deserved national attention as they cross the country. If you’re in the northeast United States, you can and SHOULD catch them together right now:
(Bronze Radio Return ONLY, no ATC)
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Another feel-good groove from Yonas, this time featuring Roscoe Dash and Sammy Adams. The track is called “Roll One Up” and it hinges on a mellow guitar riff, the kind you might expect from, say, Ben Harper, another dude who’s maybe rolled a few up. The guest spots are tight, and you can catch a little Roscoe Dash perspective in the behind-the-scenes video below.
Yonas is also hitting the road, see below the video for dates.
An early frontrunner for Christmas song of the year, this is Louisville Kentucky’s The Deloreans with their dark take on “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch,” from the beloved Dr. Seuss adaptation The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The song was originally performed by the impressively named Thurl Ravenscroft, best known as the voice of Kellogg’s Tony The Tiger, in his trademark deep baritone. In order to approximate the imposing lowness of the original, The Deloreans, our onetime Artist of the Month, seem to have slowed down their recording, and in doing so have surpassed the swing and swagger of the original to create something much darker and foreboding – almost Gregorian. The song will appear on the new compilation Louisville Does Christmas, from This Man Records.
We at OurStage and Amazing Media are excited to be partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii for the NextNext search for the Sounds That Spark Change. We are bringing together Hawaiian artists with music fans and local charities in an effort to spread great music and help worthy causes. Here, we’ll highlight some of the artists who have already signed up to participate, so that fans around the world get a chance to hear this great new music. You can learn more about the competition below.
Though we have a lot of great solo artists participating in the NextNext Hawaii challenge, there’s just something about a band that not only sounds great together, but has worked and grown together for the better part of a decade. Honolulu’s Kings Of Spade are one of those groups with a special chemistry that defies the typically short life span of a band and results in a wholly original sound.
The band is beloved by fans for their high energy club-banging funk, but it’s their foundational soul influences that set KOS apart. Frontwoman Kasi Nunes frequently cites Aretha Franklin as a major source of inspiration, and when she sings you can hear her reaching deep and coloring her phrasing with the kind of nuance perfected by the Queen of Soul – the kind of you just don’t hear from many of KOS’ blues/funk contemporaries.
Kings of Spade’s self-titled LP was recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell). Having won “Best Local Rock Band” in the 2014 and 2015 Honolulu Pulse Awards, they’ve spent the last few years expanding their fan base by touring the US mainland multiple times. Listen below, and check out Kings Of Spade on NextNext.com.
Designed to connect a community of artists and music fans around a positive message of helping important causes, NextNext Hawaii invites those artists to sign up and select a charity to sponsor. Fans, who can get votes by visiting any participating McDonald’s location in Hawaii, can listen to the artists on the free NextNext app, create playlists, and vote for favorites. With each vote, the artist’s selected charity gets a donation. At the end, the top-ranked artists will be awarded cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to have music released via Amazing Records.