AND THE HITS KEEP COMING from the Late Cambrian camp. Camprian? This band does not rest, cranking out catchy singles, often accompanied by nicely produced and off-kilter videos. While Late Cambrian’s catchiness was formerly derived from a more traditional crunchy guitar pop, with their last few tracks, they’ve moved in a more synth-and-rhythm direction, but without sacrificing their trademark hooks and harmonies. The newest is called “Yearbook Photo,” and it’s just super-nice to listen to, don’t you think? Follow @.
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There was not much we could think to add to the conversation when David Bowie passed away on January 10th, so, like many others, we took comfort in the man’s rich catalogue of amazing music. But we want to share this new “Song for David Bowie” by Kat Robichaud, who speaks for hundreds of thousands who, over the years, have reconciled their own sense of un-belonging, of being different, with the help and comfort of the world’s greatest oddball, David Bowie.
Appropriately, this was recorded at Robichaud’s own “Misfit Cabaret” series, which will come to full fruition on March 11-12 at The Great Star Theater in San Francisco. Click here for more info.
We’ve got the smashing new video from the rocking L.A. pop band Blondfire. “True Confessions,” the title track from a forthcoming EP, is given a nice, complimentary black and white treatment, focused mainly on the band performing the song. It also features frontwoman Erica Driscoll, who directed the video, in some more intimate shots – which were captured on the singer’s iPad at her home. It’s a great, high energy should-be hit song and video, check it out. The True Confessions EP is due March 11th.
You probably don’t need me to tell you that Adele‘s new single “Hello” is currently ubiquitous. Open up your window, wait a moment, and you’ll surely hear it on the wind. There’s evidence that “Hello” has become self-aware and fully sentient, and rumor is that the song has secured its own recording contract and may or may not be dating Taylor Swift. Covers of this zeitgeist single are pinging off every corner of the Internet — a thing with corners, obviously — with mixed results. It’s best left to Yonas, then, to really do something new with this song. Yonas has spent the last couple of years helping redefine the term “remix,” taking popular singles and essentially rewriting the bulk to create a unique track. As with previous efforts, the Bronx MC forgoes samples in favor of a well-crafted full band version, collaborating in this case with the modern rock band Living In Fiction. Yonas riffs on the vibe of the original lyric with some self-reflexive, rapid fire verses of his own. As always, he proves himself one of the best independent rappers in the game. Check out this clip, directed by Mike Squires, and get a free download of the song here. Follow @.
From New York by way of Miami Beach, the simply excellent pop/rock group Ex Norwegian have dropped their newest LP Pure Gold. The full album stream is currently on YouTube and you can listen to it below. As you’re about to hear, the band is saving ‘alternative’ guitar rock for the new millennium (is this millennium still new?), dressing up, for example, solos reminiscent of Matthew Sweet and garage-y Pixies riffs with sharp indie pop production. On top of it all are super-hooky songs and the irresistible harmonies / alternating lead vocals of Roger Houdaille and Michelle Grand. Follow the band on Twitter @.
As if a great new track were not enough, we (up here in the Northeast, at least) have some Figgs gigs to look forward to, starting this weekend. The band traditionally plays a slew of holiday shows, highlighted by unpredictable set lists and this time, no doubt, by more new music. Dates:
12.11.15 New York, NY – Bowery Electric (w/ Doug Gillard)
12.12.15 Albany, NY – The Low Beat (w/ The Charlie Watts Riots)
12.18.15 Pawtucket, RI – The Met (w/The Upper Crust)
12.19.15 Allston, MA – Great Scott (w/The Upper Crust)
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast from the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both on terrestrial radio in the UK and online around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, but you can preview them now by clicking here for a playlist.
“No” by We Are The Big Bang
“All I Ask” by Jamie Nichole
“Honest Answers” by The Shills
“Into You” by Ashley Sankey
“Desper” by Everlasting Dream
The good people of Late Cambrian have released a video for their latest single “Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?).” It’s creepy as hell, but also a bit tongue-in-cheek, and adorned with surreal scenes. The song is a delicious slice of electro pop, with Late Cambrian moving away slightly from the crunchy and/or jangly guitar-driven pop that marked most of the music on 2014’s Golden Time LP.
Tyler Bryant and his incredible band The Shakedown have been busy spreading their brand of updated, blues-heavy rock and roll in the couple of years since they appeared as the OurStage spotlight band on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Now they’re back with a new release that marks a kind of shift in creative direction. Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Seasick Steve), the six-song EP The Wayside finds the band expanding further out from traditional blues rock (though fans of Bryant’s and 2nd guitarist Graham Whitford‘s dazzling guitar work should not be disappointed here) into what sounds a lot more like the kind of stoner rock purveyed by Queens Of The Stone Age, et al., while remaining rooted to the ’70s southern rock giants that are clearly close to their hearts. Atmospherics and texture are a primary focus here, and the band is clearly thoughtful about their approach to each song. Every track here has a different vibe, from instrumentation to production style to Bryant’s vocal technique. The singer has found the sweet spot that does not require him to reach for barrel-chested soul belting – he just doesn’t have that kind of voice. Instead, the songs here allow him to explore more subtle turns of phrase and melodic intricacies that will keep your ears glued to this release. When the band delivers their take on the classic “Mojo Workin,” this is most apparent. On a song that could easily, and surely pleasantly enough, be a vehicle for some slick guitar work and big yelping (as it has for a generation of early rock artists), Bryant instead eases back into the music to create a solid and more subtle slab of fuzz rock. Can’t wait to see these guys live again.
The Wayside is now streaming on Spotify: http://republicrec.co/TheWaysideEPSP
Haster, recently signed to Musicarchy Media for their new album The Current Sea, have announced a series of tour dates in the Western U.S. to support the album’s first single “The Unscene.” The heavy duty Huntington Beach CA band will hit cities in Washington, Oregon, and Nevada, in addition to California, over the next few weeks, and will release the new LP on January 29th. See the dates and check out the new single below.