New York – A little lighter on the tunes this time around. In live reviews, Zach caught Sera Cahoone’s Portland show and was affected by her engaging duality, communicated through “slow picked chords that seemed to impossibly mourn and celebrate life’s complexities.” Caroline is our latest writer to witness and be charmed by the lovely Lucius, and she also got to see fellow Brooklyn-based band You Won’t open their Nashville show, while showcasing their quirky cynicism. The band’s charm lies in their ability to highlight harsh realities with a jangly pop melody. Nothing wrong with someone telling you to tear yourself away from a 32 inch plasma screen and go out and live your life, and even better if you put an extra bounce in your step while you do it. Liz took a hard listen to Marian Hill’s new single, “One Time,” off her forthcoming EP Play, and described it as “Building on a femme fatale framework, Marian Hill delivers a sound that empowers us at the precise intersection of love and lust.”
In more new music, Cloud Nothings has new and already critically acclaimed material off Here and Nowhere Else, due out April Fools. First single “I’m Not Part of Me” effectively cuts through the winter music malaise and reminds you that you have a pulse.
Camden, GA band of brothers and friends The Silver Palms have announced a tour with The Orwells and BestNewBands.com-nominated Best Male Artist of 2013 Jake Bugg. They’ve got a similar sound but smeared all over with southern charm like a plate of yams with extra syrup.
Yuck shared a new track, “Athena,” and its maybe their dreamiest, most shoegazy track yet. The band is exploring new territories and seeking new directions, and this one feels like a good one…and speaking of traveling they’ve announced a US tour too.
Pony Boy’s new track “Happy Ever After” off the forthcoming The Devil In Me EP, features songs inspired by her move from the West coast to Nashville.
Burgers Records doesn’t just have good garage psych rock bands on their roster, they have some good new soul too. “Keep On Shining” is from the debut 7 inch single from Atlanta artist Curtis Harding, who was previously a back a singer/songwriter with Cee-lo Green, and is also in a garage soul band with Cole Alexander (The Black Lips), Danny Lee (The Night Beats), and Joe Bradley (The Black Lips).
Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part of Me”
The Silver Palms – “Superstar”
Yuck – “Athena”
You Won’t – “Three Car Garage”
Pony Boy – “Happy Ever After”
Curtis Harding – “Keep On Shining”
Marian Hill – “One Time”
Sera Cahoone – “Deer Creek Canyon”
Cloud Nothings photo by Pooneh Ghana