[8/1/16 Updated with new video below.]
A frequent presence on the OurStage charts, Skypp has just released a new album, Jaffe. Named in honor of Skypp’s childhood friend, who was killed by gun violence in 2011, the album pays tribute to his friend’s positive humanity, “As a friend, brother, and son,” which Skypp projects here as the glue that should bind us all. The first single, “Horns & Halos,” dropped back in December.
Skypp’s uploaded two additional songs from the album here:
Watch the video for “Bottled Water.”
And here’s an in-studio interview about the album, featuring some behind-the-scenes footage:
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.
It’s not as though Chris Pureka has been sitting around baking bread or indulging in a lost weekend. In fact, as we once noted, she’s been something of a road warrior over the past few years. So it’s a surprise to realize that she hasn’t released an album since 2010’s How I Learned To See In The Dark. It’s cause for celebration, then, that she’s just released her sixth album, entitled Back In The Ring. You can call it a comeback, if you like; as the title track’s lyrics reveal, Pureka seems to be emerging from some dark place, determined and at the top of her game. NPR has the single here. And below is one of our favorite older tracks, “Wrecking Ball.”
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 @.
It is very important that you begin to get down with Brooklyn’s Here We Go Magic. They’ve been making reliably off-kilter, indie prog/rock/pop music for years and have yet to repeat themselves or take a step backwards. After 2012’s beautifully high fidelity A Different Ship, recorded with Nigel Godrich, the duo went the home recording route on their newest LP, Be Small (out today on Secretly Canadian). The result is a deeply textured, often groovy collection of moving songs (songs that move you, not songs about moving – although, let me check the lyrics again…) that benefit from the variety of sonic palettes and dynamic vibes engendered by the freedom to experiment so central to DIY production. In the right hands, of course. Check out “Ordinary Feeling” and see tour dates below. Stereogum has the full album stream.
Here We Go Magic Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)
Thu. Oct. 22 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. Oct. 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sat. Oct. 24 New York, NY @Bowery Ballroom
Sun. Oct. 25 Somerville, MA @ Cuisine en Locale
Mon. Oct. 26 Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
Tue. Oct. 27 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Wed. Oct. 28 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Thu. Oct. 29 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Fri. Oct. 30 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Sun. Nov. 1 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Mon. Nov. 2 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Tue. Nov. 3 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Wed. Nov. 4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. Nov. 5 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Fri. Nov. 6 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Sat. Nov. 7 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
Sun. Nov. 8 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Nov. 10 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Fri. Nov. 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
Sat. Nov. 14 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
Sun. Nov. 15 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Tue. Nov. 17 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Wed. Nov. 18 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Thu. Nov. 19 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Fri. Nov. 20 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Sat. Nov. 21 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
California rockers Lucid Fly have been making music for well over a decade, and though they’ve released three acclaimed EPs, they have yet to produce a full length album. That’s about to change, as the band is in the midst of production on Building Castles In Air, their debut LP.
Lucid Fly, who were once selected by Ernie Ball from hundreds of OurStage artists to receive a year-long sponsorship, made a name for themselves while stationed in Orlando, Florida, before heading west to Los Angeles. It was during their time in LA that the band’s lineup – formed around co-founders Nikki Layne and Doug Mecca – really gelled. They released more music, and earned a number of achievements and chart placements on OurStage, including two #1 rankings.
With the completion of their new LP on the horizon, the band is looking to crowdfund the remaining steps to get the new music out there. Using the Indiegogo platform, they’re offering a number of interesting rewards to supporters, including custom-made jewelry, house parties, a mystery roll of film, a co-hosting gig on their radio show, and – in one of the more unique crowdfunding levels we’ve ever seen – the honor of being immortalized as a star. Check out the fill list below and click on the image for more info: