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.
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.
“Remember Your Strategies” by Silent Party
“Wide Open” by Brooks Maguire
“Angel” by Rezzonator
“Bet It All” By TAP TAP
“Driven You To Ground” by Phaedrum
Hello Monday. Here’s some new music for you, courtesy of Mean Creek, the Boston rock and roll band that is slowly and surely approaching critical mass. With the release of album number four, Local Losers, Mean Creek is revealed as one of the most confident and thrilling guitar-based bands working it today. Sure, the hallmarks of their influences are evident, with nods to some of the very best of ’80s-’90s underground rock, but here those elements are subsumed to a pure and unique voice. At a mere 2:40 running time, you’ll want to go ahead and roll this video for “Anxiety Girl” a couple two-three times.
In today’s ADD, minute-to-minute music world, there are not many bands that can withstand the test of time. But Harrisburg, PA rock ‘n rollers, The Jellybricks are just getting started. Making reliable and delicious power pop since 1996, the band is now celebrating their sixth release, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album brings out that old time rock ‘n roll feel you love, with just a hint of indie edge, making for yet another stand out release in their catalog. You can grab a copy on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play, and keep an eye out on streaming services like Spotify and Last.fm. For now, check out “About The Weekend,” off the new album below. (more…)
2013 was definitely a year of reunions, and 2014 is shaping up to be pretty similar, with many a hiatus being ended. And when it’s a band like The Decemberists coming back from a multi-year silence, it’s welcome news. Reuniting in Portland, Oregon on May 30th for the V is for Victory benefit concert, the band hopes to raise money for the Victory Academy, a public school that caters to children with Autism. They’ll perform Castaways and Cutouts in full, along with a few other tracks, and possibly even newer material. Check out the show poster with more details below, and grab tickets beginning March 7th at 12:00 p.m. PST here. (more…)
OurStage winners Twin Berlin‘s latest album may not have been produced by the iconic Travis Barker like their EP There Goes My Virtue was, but that doesn’t keep these New England natives from rocking hard on their brand new debut full-length, Sleazebrain. Starting things off strong with “You’re A Problem,” these self-proclaimed grunge rockers mix the perfect amount of aggression and passion into their music to create that raw and unaffected punk vibe that I love so much, yet find so rarely. And while the band has been teasing fans with clips and teasers of tracks such as the aforementioned opener and “Buzzkill,” I have to admit that my personal favorites lie in the deeper cuts, “Don’t Talk To Me” and “Kill This Low.” Still, the tracks they’ve chosen to lead with are strong, and are a pretty accurate snapshot of the album as a whole.
Grunge as a major influence is not easy to keep fresh two decades after its height, but Twin Berlin pull it off very well. The longer I let the album run the more I appreciated what a grower it is, and the more I wish I was able to immediately head out to one of their live shows. Because if this is the energy I’m getting from a recording, I can’t even imagine what kind of vibe they give off live.
Catch up with Twin Berlin on their Facebook, and be sure to grab a copy of Sleazebrain when it drops Feb. 18. In the meantime, check out a few tracks below to hold you over.