If you’re a fan of Hawthorne Heights, I’ll bet you’ll meander on over to check out frontman JT Woodruff’s latest solo release, Field Medicine. But if you’re not an HH fan, well that’s where the real fun begins. This collection of haunting, stark meanderings is so fabulously bleak and somewhat twisted, with touches of pure beauty.
For his eighth studio album Twelve Tales, A.J. Croce (son of legendary songwriter Jim Croce) took on a recording approach that was ambitious, if not downright challenging. Recorded with a multitude of legendary producers across a variety of American cities, the songs represent a patchwork of styles and influences, making Twelve Tails a sharply written and effortlessly performed blend of Americana and folk rock.
James Durbin was first launched into the national music scene as a contender on season 10 of American Idol. He was known for his rock edge on Idol, but after being eliminated from the show, Durbin explored this territory deeper with the harder sounds found on his debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster. Recorded with heavy-hitter producer Howard Benson, the record is chock-full of gained-out guitars and pounding drums – there’s even a song featuring Mötley Crüe guitar god Mick Mars.
Peter Mulvey fans may hardly have noticed the gap because the 20-year road veteran has maintained a relentless live show touring schedule, but the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based singer/songwriter is releasing his first full-length album in five years.
With his new record, The Straight and Narrow Way, NYC-native Riley Etheridge Jr. is proclaiming a new sound. Here we have a chat with Etheridge in our interview. Check it out, and enjoy an exclusive stream of album-standout “The Maze,” featuring Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.
Mike Dawes first came across our stream of consciousness when we find his amazing video of "The Impossible" on YouTube. The song, from his album What Just Happened?, showcases his innate melodic instinct and incredible guitar prowess. We caught up with Dawes when he was in sunny Cali to get the scoop on his amazing technique and more. Check it out!
With the release of his new, four-song EP, In The Inbetween, on February 25, singer/songwriter Seiichi Daimo invites us into an intimate world of off-kilter but compelling songs. The somewhat stark mix makes you sit up and pay attention, in a pleasant and satisfying way. The title track, “In The Inbetween,” kicks it off with a rollicking lilt and a singalong chorus. With a solid beat and some badass banjo, it’s my favorite of the bunch. The entire collection is well written and just different enough to get its grip on you and hold on tight.
Above & Beyond, one of the UK's biggest dance acts, has gone unplugged with their wonderfully creative Above & Beyond Acoustic album. A somewhat unique entry in the world of acts going acoustic, this masterfully performed and recorded collection of the trio’s best-loved songs is really worth a listen. This collection is not something I’d necessarily classify as “dance music,” I’d just say it’s incredibly good music.
With the release of her latest studio album on February 18,Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, Suzanne Vega opens the door to an eclectic mix of carefully crafted works that give us a peek into her mastery. This, her eighth studio album, comes after a hiatus of seven years. A stretch of time in which she was not idle, but perhaps re-focused.
I can remember the first time I heard Andy McKee’s music. I was in college, and walked into a friend’s room to find him and a bunch of kids (all guitar players) huddled around a computer. “Check this out,” one of them said. There on the screen was this guy with an acoustic guitar, slapping and tapping the side of it like it was a drum, while simultaneously playing this amazing melody. We all looked at the computer, eyes fixated. This was our introduction to Andy McKee, and the tune was “Drifting.”