“Thunderstorm” is the new single by Chicago artist and writer Nikki Lynette, a perennial favorite here at OurStage. This one is a booming R&B track, with a sweet verse melody that conveys deeply personal and confessional, yet still universally accessible lyrics. It’s about the turmoil of self-doubt, and having to get through it alone. “No one can save me from my thunderstorm,” she sings in the refrain. Listen below.
Aghast, we’ve missed out on two months of listening to Kat Robichaud‘s newest album, Misfit Cabaret. Making up for lost time with pure volume, we are blasting this one in the office, and cannot recommend enough that you do the same. The album takes its title from Robichaud’s ongoing San Francisco-based live variety show, which in turn spawned the original songs here (she writes two new songs for each live show). Robichaud continues in the dramatic gothic glam vein of her previous release Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits, but ups the ante with gloriously over the top lyrics and production. We can only imagine what it’s like to experience these songs live. Hopefully she’ll take the cabaret on the road someday. Listen to the full album here.
We first came across the music of Dollie Demi when she hit our Best Of The Best chart earlier in 2017. She’s got a song up on the site called “New Girl,” a slice of self-described “bubblegum pop.” But the song is propelled by a bed of thickly distorted guitars − an indicator of the direction Demi and band would take on her new single, “Ruby Lips,” a song with a killer garage rock hook that showcases the singer’s undeniable confidence. Demi recently appeared on the BBC’s Introducing program(me) with Dean Jackson to promote the single and talk about her band and what’s coming next for them. Click here to listen to the single and interview. Slide to the 1h 04m mark.
It’s here. The newest long playing record by Boston’s own Air Traffic Controller is Echo Papa, and it’s now available for your listening pleasure. After years of evolving the band’s lineup, singer and songwriter Dave Munro has put together a killer band, including co-singer/songwriter Casey Sullivan, and they’ve spent the last couple of years touring, writing, recording, and generally reaching new creative and commercial heights. We can only expect that trend to continue with Echo Papa, an album that takes a more organic, somewhat rootsy approach to its songs, while never straying far from the pop ethos upon which Air Traffic Controller was built. Listen to the first single, “After Party,” below.
Boston hip-hop artist JugState has released his latest single, “Ambition.” It’s a quick track, at 2:12, built to feature Jug’s flow and a deep groove. Lyrically, it’s both aggressive and tongue-in-cheek, and the call-and-response of the verse is particularly great (Smile for the camera (cheese!)). “Ambition” is produced by Session for GRP.
Finding a spot on our Top 40 in its first month of competition, “We Could Rebuild It” is the debut single by The American Indie. The Boston trio has been honing their sound over the past couple of years (going through a couple of name changes in the process), and are readying an EP for release as they begin to make waves with their live shows in the Northeast. Marked by heavily syncopated electronic rhythms, earnest lyrics, intertwined guitar lines, and atmospheric synths, “We Could Rebuild It” is a confident debut from a promising indie rock band.