On February 17th, Michigan indie rock band Frontier Ruckus will release Enter The Kingdom, their fifth full-length LP, on Sitcom Universe / Loose Music. As a preview, they’ve released the album track “Positively Freaking,” a textured, folky rock hybrid with lots of melodic hooks, harmonies, and a propulsive, rolling arrangement. The new album, produced by Wilco‘s Ken Coomer, deals frankly with songwriter Matthew Milia‘s childhood experience when his father lost his job. The couple of tracks released so far (“27 Dollars” is also streaming now) indicate a vivid and detailed slice of American life that holds true in today’s bizarre social and economic structure.
Jack White effectively effed up a whole bunch of “most anticipated in 2014” lists when, in a chat with fans this weekend, he casually announced that he’s almost finished recording a new album. This is why it pays to procrastinate, people — get those lists in late! Since we here at OurStage are huge fans of waiting until the last possible minute to get stuff done, we’d like to take this opportunity to tell you that we’re all anticipating the new Jack White record. So hard.
And, uh, it’s probably time that we tell you about some of the other albums slated for release this year that have us really excited. You can only put these things off for so long. Without further ado, here are 10 more records we’re super pumped to get our ears on in 2014.
1. Against Me!
When Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, formerly known as Tom Gabel, announced her transition back in 2012, some fans wondered if a female-fronted iteration of the band would have the same intensity and infectiousness as its predecessor. The answer: Yes, of course. Last year’s acoustic True Trans EP was beautiful, and if the first few singles from the upcoming Transgender Dysphoria Blues are any indication, that record will absolutely rip as well.
Lucius, one of our favorite pop acts of the last couple of years, has dropped a new single in advance of their full-length debut album. The single is called Hey, Doreen and it will be on October’s Wildewoman.
With the amount of attention Lucius has been drawing (they just performed several songs with Wilco at the Solid Sound Festival), it’s hard to believe they haven’t released an LP yet, but that success speaks to the strength of their 5-song EP and live show, the latter a routinely impressive experience.
The EP is full of hooky goodness, with songs propelled by the dual lead vocals of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. And where those songs sprang from a love for reverb-y ˜60s psych-pop, Hey, Doreen marks a slightly more modern turn, with driving, heavy drums and an arpeggiated synth track. The song is built for radio and, if there is justice in the world, will turn Lucius into a household name.
Check it out on the band’s Soundcloud, along with some other gems.
Stay-tuned for a long-delayed OurStage Songs of the Revolution session we did with Lucius a few months ago, and check out the band’s new tour dates below.
Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival is announcing the line-up for their Solid Sound Festival over the course of the alphabet. That is, they are slowly posting the names of the acts in alphabetical order over on their Facebook page.
SLG: It just comes naturally, really. Johnny and I love all kinds of music and we always put them all into the show. Johnny loves to rock but we also love to tip our hat to history. That is so important. But really, we just love experimenting and finding new voices. That is what [our career together] has uncovered. We really have a good time doing that and can’t wait to create more. It is very exciting for us.
OS: A lot of second- or third-generation artists talk a lot about the fans that come to their shows. Some find it frustrating that the fans are there more to embrace the past than to listen to the newer music. You’ve never really voiced displeasure about any of that.
SLG: I have to say that for the most part, actually the whole part, the fan interactions I’ve had have been very positive. They always talk about how much Woody’s music meant to them growing up and how much Arlo’s songs have changed their lives. There are moments where it worries me and I wonder what they expect of me. But they’ve been very positive and very gracious. It’s really been a great thing to have fans embrace the legacy.
- Simon Cowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith are looking for the next… Skrillex?
- Disney goes post-punk.
- Diddy: “Making the Band” to major network?
- Let’s just hope there’s no wardrobe malfunctions this year…
- Get ready, Dancing Queens…here comes new music from ABBA!
- Ne-Yo is now an R&B VP of A&R! Say that three times fast…
- Wilco have cartoon co-stars!