After all but giving up music a few years ago, Cruz Contreras has never been busier: his band, the Black Lillies has played the Grand Ole Opry nearly 20 times over the past year and a half, and they performed 200 dates in 2012 alone. Somewhere in there, the Knoxville, Tenn., Americana group — Contreras and bandmates Trisha Gene Brady, Tom Pryor, Robert Richards and Jamie Cook — carved out 10 days to work with former Sparklehorse drummer Scott Minor on their third album, “Runaway Freeway Blues”.
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Within the first few seconds of ‘Discipline & Desire,’ their second album, Bay Area foursome Wax Idols reveal their familiarity with darkwave, as well as Bauhaus (the bass line) and the Slits (the vocals). But once the song loses its structure and the band jams out the ending, they stake out their own sonic territory. The sheer strength these ladies harness gives ‘Discipline & Desire’ its modern touch.
Sure, the album has its predictable moments, such as the New Wave-style ‘When It Happens’ and the ‘Policy of Truth’-meets-’The Lost Boys’ vibe of ‘Scent of Love.’ And Siouxsie Sioux hovers over the collection as an overarching guiding light. But on the album’s more original and rewarding numbers, such as ‘AD RE:IAN,’ singer and primary songwriter Hether Fortune showcases her strongest gift: a talent for synthesis.
01. St. Paul’s March
02. Ain’t Going Home
03. Whitebrow Blues
05. Sold Hisself
06. Running From the Devil
07. I Will Follow You Down
08. House of Troy Davis
09. Northern Lights
10. Been Smoking Too Long
11. Leaving Now
After the release of their debut album, On Your Side, in 2009 via Fueled By Ramen, A Rocket To the Moon spent several years on the road, cutting their teeth in clubs across the U.S. sharpening their electrifying live show. The album, which sold over 80,000 copies and generated over 700,000 digital singles sold, spawned […]
Britain-born, Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is working on his next solo release – a followup to 2011′s The Sound of His Own Voice. While that keeps him busy (along with his monthly Cabinet of Wonders shows in New York), Wes released an EP titled Pieces of the Past, the set includes live favorite “There’s […]
Featuring Joss Stone, Alison Krauss, Diane Birch and more. On “The Ringmaster General”, Stewart creates a potent and distinctive musical gumbo mixing in rock, blues, country, rhythm & blues and psychedelia. His songs are alternately moving and wry; they are filled with twists and turns – both musical and lyrical–that constantly surprise with repeated listens. […]
Original soundtrack to the 2013 motion picture with songs written and performed by The Civil Wars and legendary producer/musician T-Bone Burnett. A Place At The Table is a documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem. Tracks: 1. Mississippi Delta – T Bone Burnett 2. Long […]