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new music: James

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One of my favorite British bands, James, releases its 15th studio album, Living in Extraordinary Times, tomorrow, August 3, 2018. I haven’t had a chance to hear the entire album but expect to like it as much as the past release Girl at the End of the World. Vocalist Tim Booth explained the title: “We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It is as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.”

After signing to Factory Records in 1982, James went on to release popular singles such as “Sit Down,” She’s a Star” and “Laid” over the past three decades. James has sold 25 million albums worldwide and has performed all over the world. The band continues to tour although hasn’t toured the United States in a while.

track list:

Hank
Coming Home (Pt.2)
Leviathan
Heads
Many Faces
How Hard The Day
Extraordinary Times
Picture Of This Place
Hope To Sleep
Better Than That
Mask
What’s It All About

On new single “Hank,” Tim criticizes American politics and sings: “A jester prancing like a fool/In jest digest the monster/This president’s a dangerous tool”.

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FALL TOUR: Billie Eilish

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16-year-old alt-pop phenom Billie Eilish kicks off a headlining North American tour on October 23, 2018 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. Tour stops include Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago. Ethereal vocals mix with dark lyrics to create beautiful and often haunting songs. Her debut EP ‘don’t smile at me’ has 761 MILLION combined streams globally. This month, “Lovely (with Khalid)” was also officially certified as RIAA GOLD in North America and PLATINUM in Australia. Born and raised in Los Angeles by two actor/musician parents, Billie Eilish began singing in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus when she was eight years old. She co-writes a lot of her music with her brother Finneas O’Connell. 

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
07/28 – Mo Pop Festival – Detroit, MI
08/01 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL – SOLD OUT
08/02 – Lollapalooza Festival – Chicago, IL
08/04 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, ON
08/10-12 – Outside Lands Festival – San Francisco, CA
08/23 – Republik – Honolulu, HI – SOLD OUT
09/15-9/16 – Music Midtown Festival – Atlanta, GA
10/02 – Bridgestone Arena (Supporting Florence & The Machine) – Nashville, TN
10/03 – Spectrum Center (Supporting Florence & The Machine) – Charlotte, NC
10/04 – The NorVA – Norfolk, VA – SOLD OUT
10/06 – All Things Go Festival – Washington DC
10/23 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
10/24 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/28 – Metro – Chicago, IL
10/31 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
11/02 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
11/03 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
11/04 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
11/05 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
11/07 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC**
11/13 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
11/14 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/16 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
11/17 – SOMA – San Diego, CA
11/20 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

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show preview: Screaming Females at ONCE Somerville on Saturday, July 7

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if you’re looking to rock out this holiday weekend, indie punk trio Screaming Females will be playing in Somerville in support of their seventh studio album, All at Once, which came out earlier this year. The New Jersey band worked with producer Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon) and modeled the album after a salon-style gallery show. They wanted the new album to capture the spontaneity and energy of one of their live shows.

Drummer Jarrett Dogherty said: “When you’ve been a band for 12 or 13 years, the resources can dry up and you just go back to what feels comfortable. The other option is that you develop stuff that a younger band would not have been able to do.”

$15, Saturday, July 7, 8:30 p.m., ONCE Lounge and Ballroom, 160 Highland Avenue, Somerville, https://www.oncesomerville.com/.

 

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new music: Phantastic Ferniture

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Phantastic Ferniture, “Gap Year”

heavy indie guitar propels this captivating song with vox that sound like Juliana Hatfield.

Sydney, Australia solo artists Julia Jacklin, Elizabeth Hughes and Ryan Brennan decided it might be fun to form a band while celebrating Jacklin’s 24th birthday.

Jacklin said: “Ryan never played drums in bands, Liz had never been a lead guitarist, Tom didn’t play bass and I’d never just sung before.”

Hughes added: “We wanted a low level of expertise, because a lot of good music comes from people whose passion exceeds their skill.”

Phantastic Ferniture’s self-titled debut album will be out July 27, 2018 on Transgressive.

track listing:
1. Uncomfortable
Teenager
2. Bad Timing
3. Fuckin ‘n’ Rollin
4. Gap Year
5. Take It Off
6. Parks
7. I Need It
8. Dark Corner
Dance Floor
9. Mummy y Papa

 

 

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new music: Isla Craig

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Isla Craig , “Love Song”

–a gorgeous, meditative song with ethereal vocals and varied instrumentation with organ, saxophone, bass and synth. It’s a dreamy eclectic soundscape, a genuine auditory treat. I’m looking forward to hearing the entire album from the Toronto-based multi-dimensional vocalist and songwriter.

The Becoming, the third album from Isla Craig, will be released on June 22, 2018 on Pleasence Records.

Track List:

  1. Intro
  2. The Becoming
  3. Out Of A Dream
  4. Love Song
  5. I’m Lost
  6. Faraway Blue
  7. Who Am I
  8. The Becoming (reprise)
  9. Bird Of Paradise
  10. There Is A Hole
  11. Messages (garden Edition)
  12. Gregory

 

 

 

 

 

 

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new music: Salim Nourallah

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If you’re in the mood for some moody indie rock, check this out.
Singer/songwriter Salim Nourallah will be releasing a double-album, Somewhere South of Sane, this fall on Palo Santo Records. Nourallah calls it “the work of a functional crazy person.” The Dallas, Texas-based musician plans to put out four pre-album “bundles” that will include tracks from the album as well as previously recorded but unreleased material or acoustic re-workings of tracks from past albums.  Each bundle will be accompanied by new online video content.

Bundle one, entitled North and set for release on June 1, 2018, will include a track from Somewhere South of Sane (“Relief”) as well as a re-recording of 2015’s “The Bullies Are Back” and the devastatingly beautiful “Totally Lost.”

Bundle two, entitled West, is set for release on June 29, 2018.  Included on this release are two tracks that will also appear on Somewhere South of Sane – “Moving Man” and “Going Through The Motions,” as well as a bonus track from the album sessions called “We Were Made to Fall Apart.”  The video accompanying this bundle is a clip for the song “Moving Man,” shot entirely by Nourallah’s 8-year-old and 14-year-old kids.  It will premiere the week of June 25th.

“I took my sweet time making Somewhere South of Sane,” Nourallah says, “so I figured why not continue the trend and methodically enjoy the pre-release months? I also had almost an entire extra album’s worth of tracks I left off because a triple record felt excessive. I will be releasing that bonus material in each of the pre-album bundles we roll out.”

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new music: Rubblebucket, Jenn Champion

Rubblebucket, “Fruity”

–a wonderful happy/sad song with cool bouncy beat and wistful vocals. The Brooklyn band’s new album, Sun Machine, will be out August 24, 2018.

Rubblebucket is:
Kalmia Traver – lead vocals/baritone saxophone
Alex Toth – trumpet/vox
Dandy McDowell – bass
Maddie Rice – guitar
Adam Dotson – trombone

 

Jenn Champion, “Time to Regulate”

–a beautiful collision of sweet vocals and deep beats from the Seattle indie pop artist. She said: “Sometimes you are sad and you just want to dance about it.” The full-length album Single Rider,will be released Friday, July 13, 2018.

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