Posts Tagged indie rock
“War in My Mind,” Beth Hart
Beth Hart has a powerful voice, writes honest and raw lyrics and possesses a solid bluesy-rock style. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will be releasing her new album War In My Mind on September 27, 2019. It was produced by Rob Cavallo (Dave Matthews Band, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, My Chemical Romance). Beth said: “More than any record I’ve ever made, I’m more open to being myself on these songs. I’ve come a long way with healing, and I’m comfortable with my darknesses, weirdnesses and things that I’m ashamed of – as well as all the things that make me feel good.”
The video for the inspirational and soulful song “Power” showcases frontwoman AJ Haynes work as an equality and reproductive rights activist. It’s filmed throughout three women-founded locations in the band’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana – the Calanthean Temple, which was a Black cultural hub during the Jim Crow-era; Hope Medical Group abortion clinic, where A.J. is a counselor; and The Confederate monument. Seratones will release its new album Power in August 2019.
“Ann’s Jam” is the pretty, subdued new single from Seattle’s Chastity Belt. The band’s self-titled album will be released on September 20, 2019. It is the band’s fourth album and the first new music released since 2017. Of the band’s hiatus, guitarist Lydia Lund said: “So much of the break was reminding ourselves to stay present, and giving ourselves permission to stop without saying when were gonna meet up again. It was so important to have that—not saying, ‘we’re gonna get back together at this point,’ but really just open it up so we could get back to our present connection.”
Chastity Belt is:
Julia Shapiro (vocals, guitar, drums)
Lydia Lund (vocals, guitar)
Gretchen Grimm (drums, vocals, guitar)
Annie Truscott (bass)
track listing for Chastity Belt:
01. Ann’s Jam
05. It Takes Time
10. Pissed Pants
It’s The Dandy Warhols’ 25th anniversary and the band will release its 10th studio album ‘Why You So Crazy‘ (Dine Alone Records) and embark on a tour in 2019. A 360° short film for the song ‘Be Alright,’ was done in a single shot and filmed at the band’s space, Odditorium, which includes a bar owned by vocalist/guitarist Taylor-Taylor who has a deep passion for the wine world. Taylor-Taylor also directed the film which stars Jessica Pare (Mad Men).
The Dandy Warhols are:
Courtney Taylor-Taylor (vocals, guitar)
Zia McCabe (keyboards, vocals)
Peter Holmström (guitar)
Brent DeBoer (drums)
‘WHY YOU SO CRAZY’ tracklisting:
1. Fred N Ginger
4. Be Alright
5. Thee Elegant Bum
6. Sins Are Forgiven
7. Next Thing I Know
8. Small Town Girls
9. To The Church
10. Motor City Steel
U.S. TOUR DATES
May 3 – 5 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival (on sale 11.14)
May 6 – Washington, D.C. – 9.30 Club
May 7 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
May 8 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
May 10 – Toronto, ON – CMW
May 11 – Chicago, IL – Metro
May 12 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 14 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
May 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Theatre at the Ace Hotel
May 17 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory at North Park
May 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Infectious beats and an uplifting song. The video stars British actor Jeremy Irvine (War Horse and Mama Mia). He dances through the streets of London’s Docklands. more info on Friendly Fires.
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.
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.”
If you like Amanda Palmer, you’ll like Eliza Rickman. The talented piano player, writes weird, dark and beautiful chamber pop songs. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music and orchestration. Rickman is currently on tour. I saw her perform six years ago!
Sarah Blasko, “Read My Mind”
If you like Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos and St. Vincent, you might like Sydney singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko. Her sixth studio album is Depth of Field. She wrote this gorgeous, heartfelt and rather infectious song, “Read My Mind,” for her son.
Sarah said: “Read My Mind is about unspoken connections, the special ways we communicate with people we love. It was written about my son Jerry & the wonder experienced in getting to know him & looking after him when he was very small. It was as though he was not yet human, very primal, so switched on to me & I to him. We communicated in a very unique way. He spoke to me in a kind of half-speak that was so adorable & I felt like we understood each other perfectly.”
La Luz, “Mean Dream”
New video and another dreamy cool single from La Luz who are on tour now and will be at Once Ballroom in Somerville, Mass. on June 6, 2018. La Luz is: Shana Cleveland [vocals/ guitar], Marian Li Pino [drums], Alice Sandahl [keyboards], and Lena Simon [bass].