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new music: Harp Samuels; Luna; 2 by bukowski

Harp Samuels, “Secrets”

Low-key beautiful. Soothing and reflective. The kind of music I like to listen to on a lazy Sunday, or in the evening or pretty much anytime. Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harp Samuels has composed music for television and is an award-winning professional photographer. influences include Damien Rice, Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and John Mayer. His debut album Wanting will be released September 3, 2017.

Luna, “Let Me Dream if I Want To”

This song oozes coolness with its funky swanky beat. The sonorous and self-assured vocals and that hook! Can’t wait to hear Luna’s new album of full-length covers. A Sentimental Education [Double Feature Records] as well as the instrumentals EP called A Place of Greater Safety.  Both will be released on September 22, 2017. Luna is: Dean Wareham, Justin Harwood, Stanley Demeski, Sean Eden, Lee Wall, Britta Phillips.

2 by bukowksi feat. Kid Moxie,  “Hot Summer”

dreamy new song from Berlin based duo Achilles Charbilas and George Malamidis featuring Kid Moxie. This is the first of several 7″ singles that 2 by bukowski will release this year.

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on tour: Chris Robinson Brotherhood

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood will tour in support of new album Barefoot in the Head and will be playing House of Blues Boston on August 19, 2017. Chris Robinson said: “The music that we make, the concerts that we play, it’s this world we’ve created for ourselves and our people. We want everybody to understand that no matter where you are in your life that you can always be barefoot in your head. There’s always this other place you can go. Is that place it real? That’s your decision to make, what you’re going to let be real to you.”

$29.50-$45, Thursday, August 19, House of Blues Boston, 15 Landsdowne Street, Boston, Mass., houseofblues.com.

TOUR DATES

August 5 – Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Music Festival
August 9 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
August 10 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
August 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas
August 12 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
August 13 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
August 15 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
August 17 – Manunuck, RI – Ocean Mist
August 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage **
August 19 – Boston, MA – House of Blues **
August 20 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts
August 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
August 23 – State College, PA – The State Theatre
August 24 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
August 25 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
August 26 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club
September 7 – Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater *
September 8 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater *
September 9 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing *
September 10 – Orlando, FL – The Social
September 12 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
September 14 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
September 15 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
September 16 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre
September 17 – New Orleans, LA – The Civic Theatre
September 19 – Chattanooga, TN – Revelry Room
September 21 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford
September 22 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
September 23 – Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival
September 24 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
September 26 – Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
September 28 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
September 29 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
September 30 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
October 1 – Nashville, TN – Third & Lindsley
October 3 – Augusta, GA – Sky City
October 5 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
October 6 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
October 7 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
October 27 – Placerville, CA – Hangtown Music Festival
October 29 – Santa Barbara, CA – Lobero Theatre
October 31 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
November 2 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury
November 3 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
November 4 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall
November 5 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
November 7 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
November 9 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
November 10 – Niagara, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort
November 11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
November 12 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
November 14 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
November 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
November 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
November 18 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
November 19 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre
December 2 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
December 3 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune Theatre
December 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – Historic Cocoanut Grove Ballroom
December 7 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
December 8 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
December 10 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theatre
December 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

* w/ Blackberry Smoke
** w/ Donavon Frankenreiter

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new music: Jason Wilber; Samantha Urbani

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Wistful, upbeat and comforting, it’s kick back with a beer or a glass of wine and soak it in music from a talented songwriter and guitarist. Indie-folk/Americana artist (and longtime John Prine guitarist) Jason Wilber will release a new album, Reaction Time, on August 11, 2017. His music is in the vein of Neil Young, Replacements, Father John Misty, Son Volt and Old 97s.

The Bloomington, Indiana-based musician said:

“Making records, for me, is a process of discovery. Often, the song you thought was gonna be great turns out to be okay, and the one you thought was just okay turns into something amazing. And that’s because of all the collaboration—with the producer, with all the other musicians—and also the unknown, the mystery of what’s gonna unfold when you start working on a song. You can never predict what’s gonna happen. So as you go through the process, you have to keep your ears open for the things that are magic.”

Looking for a fun, catchy summer song? With sweet vocals and heavy beats this is a good choice. New York pop singer Samantha Urbani wrote, recorded and co-produced the song and directed the video. Urbani is the front-woman for conceptual punk pop band friends and this is her solo project. Urbani said “Go Deeper” is about “how necessary visibility and accountability are – getting to the bottom of things, transformatively: the harder it is, the more worth it. The only way out is to go through.” Debut EP out soon.

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fall tour: Widowspeak

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Indie rock band Widowspeak kicks off a fall tour in support of new album– Expect the Best [Captured Tracks]–out August 25, 2017.  The band recently released a swirling single called “Dog.” Widowspeak’s Molly Hamilton told NPR the song “Dog” is, “about the compulsion to move on from things and places, even people, when you’re not necessarily ready to. Sometimes, I get caught up in ‘the grass is always greener’ mentalities, or cling to an idea that ‘I’d be happy if…’ and then make a drastic change. Then, inevitably, I feel restless a few months later and it starts again.” read NPR interview here

 

Expect The Best tracklisting:

The Dream
When I Tried
Dog
Warmer
Good Sport
Let Me
Right On
Expect The Best
Fly On The Wall

TOUR DATES:

09/08 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
09/09 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot
09/11 – Toronto, ON – Garrison
09/12 – Detroit, MI – El Club
09/13 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
09/15 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
09/16 – Madison, WI – High Noon
09/17 – Des Moines, IA – Des Moines Social Club
09/19 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive
09/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09/21 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
09/22 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
09/23 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
09/24 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
09/26 – San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall
09/27 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
09/28 – Los Angeles, CA – Pico Union
09/29 – San Diego, CA – The Hideout
09/30 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
10/01 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
10/03 – Austin, TX – Sidewinder
10/04 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
10/05 – Birmingham, AL – Syndicate Lounge
10/06 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
10/07 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/08 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
10/10 – Washington, DC – DC9
10/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot and Saddle
10/12 – Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
10/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade

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new music: Tomten; American Opera

Tomten, “Weissnichtwo”

I’ve been listening to the new Ride and Slowdive albums quite a bit lately and this song falls in nicely with its Brit-influenced shoegaze, swirly sound. There’s lots of layers with the opening part establishing a gentle calm while an underlying guttural churning bubbles up to maintain the soothing vibe. The Seattle pop band also mixes in organ, electric piano and analog synthesizers for its electro-folk sound. The artistic, eclectic result works on several levels on the upcoming album—some songs ring a bit clearer than this track, others are much more upbeat and there’s lots of wistfulness. Tomten is: Brian Noyes-Watkins (keys, guitar, vocals); Jake Brady (drums) and Dillon Sturtevant (bass, vocals).  The trio will release its third full-length Cremation Songs [ Plume Records] on July 7th, 2017 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

“I first thought of the name Cremation Songs as a bit of a joke to poke fun at our previous record The Farewell Party,” says Brian Noyes-Watkins. “It later dawned on me that it fit the songs well, seeing as most are vaguely about death in some way or another, excluding ‘First Song of Spring’ and ‘Mette’s Tune.’ I just hope our next record doesn’t mark the Born Again / Embracing a Cult phase.”

“I became obsessed with drawing extended arms (usually blue) posing inside of little boxes,” Noyes-Watkins reveals about the cover artwork. “I did a few versions: a hand drowning in the sea, another with a crystal ball, one juggling a rainbow. I settled on the apple/applecore because I liked the idea of having a sunrise/sunset theme on the jacket. I’m hoping to complete a collection of 20 or so to release in a booklet for a limited edition of the record.”

American Opera, “Monsters Among Men”

A beautifully melodic and thoughtful song with powerful vocals and an urgency in its message, reminiscent of Joan Osborne’s “One of Us.”  American Opera is New York singer/songwriter John Bee’s project. He said that  “Monsters Among Men” is: “about getting older while trying to stay true to who you were when you were young. I was raised in the church. Three things happened in my life that made me question everything I ever believed. My friend took his own life, my cousin’s life was taken from him, and the Sandy Hook shooting. I still don’t know what to believe. But I know what I want to believe.”

American Opera’s full-length album Small Victories is out June 30, 2017.

 

 

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new music: Swarming Branch; Luca D’Alberto

 

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Swarming Branch, “Zsazsur’s Real Estate Song

Upbeat, catchy and quirky single. I get a bit of a Folk Implosion and OK Go vibe from this Columbus, Ohio based experimental electro/indie/folk project of singer/songwriter Andrew Graham, drummer Lon Leary and a rotating group of collaborating musicians. The new album from Swarming BranchSurreal Number— (SofaBurn Records) is out now. The album was produced by Rob Barbato (Drinks, Kevin Morby, Peaking Lights).

 

 

Luca D’Alberto, “Endless”

Full throttle new wave classical music in this gorgeous, atmospheric song. Luca D’Alberto is a classical composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist [violin, viola, violectra, cello and piano] from Italy. Endless [7K!] is out now. The album was produced by Martyn Heyne (Nils Frahm, Lubomir Melnyk, Peter Broderick, Tiny Ruins and The National).

About the album title, Luca said: “Endless is a secret place, a place where we can be free to remember everything, without being afraid, without limits. A place where we can let go of ourselves, without thinking, where we can allow our bodies to rest peacefully and find the courage to live the noisy silence of our lives.”

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music review: The Charlatans

 

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My heart belongs to several bands and artists but two bands will permanently possess a special spot: Jesus Jones and The Charlatans. I followed both bands in the 90s and befriended them as best one could without having sex with any band members. Kudos to singer Tim Burgess and bassist Martin Blunt for keeping The Charlatans going and the music flowing after the deaths of keyboardist Rob Collins in 1996 and drummer Jon Brookes in 2013. Different Days is the 13th album for The Charlatans, who formed in the late 80s.

For Different Days, core members Burgess, Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers collaborated on this album with former Verve drummer Pete Salisbury, Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, Johnny Marr [featured on several songs including the lead single ‘Plastic Machinery’], New Order’s Stephen Morris, Paul Weller [“Spinning Out”], as well as spoken word contributions from Ian Rankin and Kurt Wagner. The Charlatans have never really hit it big in the United States like other contemporaries such as Oasis and The Stone Roses. In 2015 Q Magazine gave the band a lifetime achievement award.

In many aspects over the years, the band has transitioned from Britpop to indie rock. On Different Days, a California vibe definitely seeps into these songs. There’s still swagger and a bit of Manchester as well. It’s overall pretty laid back, sunshiny and optimistic. There’s the pretty and soothing “Hey Sunrise” with its jangly guitar. On the contemplative and catchy (the brilliance of Tim Burgess’s writing) “Solutions,” grooving percussion and a deep bass line propel along with gentle keys propel the melody. It’s one of my favorites. Maybe because I’m looking for one. The songs “Plastic Machinery” and “Not Forgotten” feature more guitar than keyboards with fierceness and swaying beats. “Plastic Machinery” tackles fleeting popularity and superficial happiness. “Not Forgotten” approaches how we evolve and what we learn from relationships: “I’ve taken every opportunity. Tried to be everything you wanted me to be. So why do you have to talk like that?” This is a spectacular album. It pulls me back in and can easily be filed alongside 2001’s Wonderland or 2006‘s Simpatico in its overall sound.

RATING: 5/5*

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