The multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Heidi Lynne Gluck is best known to many as a utility player and session woman to the stars (including stints with Juliana Hatfield‘s Some Girls and Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos). But after a period of relative quiet, she’s spent the last couple of years focusing on her own material. In 2015, Gluck released her debut EP The Only Girl In The Room, a beautifully rootsy 5-song collection on which she was the sole performer.
In advance of her new full-length album Pony Show, due August 26th on Lotuspool Records, Gluck has released the single “Mercury Rising,” a rolling, melodic song with a vaguely “Man Who Sold The World” vibe that showcases her breezy, drawling voice and imagery rich lyrics. See below for Pony Show‘s full track listing.
1. Pony Show
2. Mercury Rising
3. Sadness Is Psychedelic
4. Better Homes & Gardens
5. Waiting For You To Say It
6. Pin Striped Vest
7. I Like ‘Em Cruel
8. The Universe Had Split
10. Jumping Vows
Rock and roll trio The Figgs have released their 12th (!) studio album, On The Slide. Coming just a year after their acclaimed Other Planes Of Here LP, the new album continues the band’s evolution from their origins as amped-up guitar-driven rockers to perfecters of concise cosmic pop. As ever, the band is tight as hell, adorning On The Slide‘s 10 tracks with minimal overdubs – some guitar textures, harmonies, and/or a subtle synthesizer or traditional keyboard part (including some nice solos by recent auxiliary member Ted Collins). “Just The Facts” finds the band at their funkiest, while “Open G Capo Position 3” bears some ’70s prog rock influence (and I mean that in the best possible way). “Connecting Brains” is based on a jagged guitar riff, but still remains mellow; a wholly phased-out jam that sets the tone for the album. The Figgs will tour sporadically through the summer and into fall, so check out dates here. On The Slide is available on CD, limited edition vinyl, and digital download.
blondfire somehow gets better with each release. They’ve just released a new single, and the B side alone is addictive as hell. Definitely more indie pop than anything else, and both songs bear elements of straight rock and that elusive thing once known as alternative. In any case, you’ll hear some killer Edge-guitar-riff homage there along with shades of chilled-out Beck and you’re just gonna love it.
blondfire is mainly Erica Driscoll, working most frequently in tandem with producer Wally Gagel, and the new single is “Pleasure” (b/w “Domino”). With only 500 copies pressed, this is sure to sell out soon, so grab it while you can. You can hear both songs in advance below. Buy the vinyl here.
The Upset Victory, current fan favorites on OurStage who have racked up repeated monthly wins and chart placements, and who have been featured several times on our Amazing Radio show, recently dropped a new single. In keeping with their existing body of work, “Don’t Give Up The Night” is a slice of driving, hook-laden, modern pop rock. It’s such a piece of ear candy that it takes a couple of listens to recognize the clever and careful arrangement, which ebbs and flows, using subtle production techniques to slowly build to exploding choruses before drawing way back when you least expect it. Well done.
Here’s the official lyric video.
Aloud, a band whose videos we have always quite liked, are taking it to the next level. Inspired no doubt by the adventures of Alicia Silverstone and cyber-pioneers Aerosmith, Aloud is making their new video a 360º virtual reality extravaganza. They’ve recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund this ambitious project, which will include new music and an interactive VR experience created by the band with director Skye Von. During the course of the campaign, Aloud will stage events in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, finishing with a party in Malibu (sorry NYC, that event already happened). See the full rundown, along with the sweet, sweet rewards you can get for contributing, here.
Liverpool’s Diamond Days deliver tight, guitar-heavy modern rock that has earned them a place on our recent Best of the Best charts. Today they dropped the video for “People Change,” the new single featuring the impeccable high harmonies of Fake The Attack‘s Ashlyn Marshall, who also appears in the video. The band is set to release a new EP this year and we’ll bring you more on that when we’ve got it.