One of USA Today's 'Five Australian Bands You Need To Know," Boy & Bear will release their third studio album Limit of Love, produced by Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams). The album, including all lead vocals, was recorded and mixed live resulting in an amazingly fresh and unique sound. Limit of Love follows acclaimed Harlequin Dream, a GOLD album after a #1 debut in Australia, and whose single "Southern Sun" became a Top 10 most played record at Triple A US radio. The band has been featured on 'ones to watch' lists for USA Today, Huffington Post, Uncut and has performed live on CONAN.
World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer City and Colour (aka Dallas Green), returns with his fifth album If I Should Go Before You. Unique to this project, the studio players on the album are made up of Green's trusted touring band: Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Spanish Gold, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake's life has always centered on the ukulele. Known for his powerful strumming on the ukulele, Jake's performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements with spontaneous, improvised passages. Being influenced by legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon, Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.
Jake began his music career in the mid-90's, performing at local coffee shops and in 2002, he became the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music Japan. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when his cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world's eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.
In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has released 10 domestic albums and collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, and Tommy Emmanuel. He's played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference and along the way has earned comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.
John Grant is release his third solo album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Lyrically and musically, the 12 original songs represent Grant's most ambitious work, fusing lush strings and electronic influences with his singular wit and brutal candor. The album opens in an unsettling swirl of overlapping male voices repeating 1 Corinthians 13:4 in English and Icelandic before dissolving into fuzz, and closes with the same passage read clearly, this time by a young girl. In between, Grant's depth and range are vividly present. "Voodoo Doll" is an ode to a depressed lover, drenched in bright synths and pulsing bass lines, while "Guess How I Know" is a bonafide hell-raiser, its snarling guitar licks layered with distortion as Grant sings about a toxic yet irresistible relationship. Title track "Grey Tickles, Black Pressure" blends swelling strings and choral harmonies with Grant's darkly biting humor, as he tackles his HIV diagnosis with equal parts confusion and clarity ("I'm supposed to believe that there's some guy who'll take the pain away / There are children who have cancer, and so all bets are off / 'Cause I can't compete with that"). Grey Tickles, Black Pressure follows 2013's Pale Green Ghosts, which earned Grant a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS alongside Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Drake, and 2010's Queen of Denmark, named Mojo's #1 Album of the Year. Rolling Stone calls Grant's music "richly textured, both musically and emotionally" and NPR Music's Bob Boilen says, "John Grant's songs don't mess around." Grant recently performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for BBC Radio 6 Music and just wrapped a North American tour with The Pixies. More dates TBA soon.
Snare Lustrous Doomings captures of Montreal's incredible live energy with 19 high-quality recordings taken from performances at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and Portland's Wonder Ballroom Featuring over 90 minutes of music spanning the band's entire career -- from Bedside Drama to Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? to Lousy with Sylvianbriar and everything in between -- the deluxe 2xLP is packaged in a gatefold jacket and includes a large, full-color booklet with stunning professional tour photographs. Nedelle Torrisi contributes vocals to a cover of Fairport Convention's "Time Will Show the Wiser."
Consider the urgency with which Protomartyr has approached everything —three albums in three years, each more extraordinary and rewarding than the last. This music is inherently, unassumingly high stakes. This October marks the release of The Agent Intellect, their third and finest work to date. Named after an ancient philosophical questioning of how the mind operates in relation to the self, it's an elegant and often devastating display of all that makes Protomartyr so vital and singularly visceral an outfit.
The Decemberists have announced the October 9 release of a new 5-song EP, Florasongs. The EP is a collection of rare and unreleased tracks from the sessions that produced their acclaimed seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, which came out in January.
The Game is a West Coast rapper who may be as well known for his various beefs as he is for his music. The guy cannot seem to get along with anyone.
His ambitious The Documentary 2 is a sequel to his 2005 debut album and offers another look at street life and its social-political ramifications. A double-disc, The Game has made one red and the other blue to represent Los Angeles street gangs the Bloods and Crips.
Dr. Dre is listed as one of the producers, along with Kanye west and will.i.am, and guests include West, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Future, Fergie, will.i.am and Snoop Dogg.
Source: The Courier-Journal
By the start of the new Millennium, Blunstone and Argent were inspired to resurrect The Zombies, recruiting bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. The Zombies returned to the studio in early 2015 to begin work on a new album – only taking breaks to debut new songs live during a triumphant return to SXSW, a live Yahoo! Screen broadcast from House of Blues New Orleans, and their first appearances at the UK’s Great Escape and Glastonbury Festivals. The new album, Still Got That Hunger was produced by Chris Potter (The Verve Urban Hymns, The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels).
This is a 2 CD set that contains a 32 page booklet with synopsis and complete lyrics.
The anticipated cast recording shines a light on Tori Amos distinctive and powerful songwriting, performed by The Light Princess stellar cast and recorded entirely as a studio album. The new record will also feature exclusive bonus tracks sung by Tori, a win-win for Amos and musical theatre fans alike.
With music and lyrics by Tori Amos and book and lyrics by Samuel Adamson and suggested by a story by George MacDonald, Amos weaves her delicately crafted music throughout the narrative, with Adamson poignantly telling the story of a young woman facing her fears. The Light Princess is the next chapter in Amos trailblazing career, best described as a huge triumph by The Huffington Post.