Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Plug In with the Indigo Girls - 'Happy In The Sorrow Key'

Long known for their stripped down folk songs that served as a counterpoint to their rich vocal harmonies, the Indigo Girls go electric on their new single 'Happy In The Sorrow Key'. Written by Amy Ray in the wake of her father's unexpected death in 2013, the song balances lyrics about the impermanence of life with a supercharged guitar riff reminiscent of Hole's Eric Erlandson. 'Happy In The Sorrow Key' is the lead single off the Indigo Girls' forthcoming One Lost Day, the band's 14th studio album. One Lost Day will be released on June 2 on Vanguard Records.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tubesday - 'Black Moss' by Johanna Warren

Johanna Warren is an indie singer-songwriter based in Portland, Oregon. Her voice has an otherworldly quality, and her music is serene yet utterly engaging. "Black Moss" is the opening track from her sophomore solo album, nūmūn, due next month from Team Love records. Although this entry wasn't the winner in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert contest, I've no doubt we'll be seeing her playing at Bob and Robin's desk in the near future.

Johanna Warren on MetroMusicScene
Photo by Beth Behler

Monday, April 13, 2015

New Music Monday - 'Awake' by John Aulabaugh

Today's pick for #NewMusicMonday is Awake, a slow-burning rocker from local-ish singer-songwriter John Aulabaugh. This song is equal parts Tom Petty and 311, a dash of high lonesome with a dollop of a reggae beat underpinning it. Awake is the most recent single from John's solo debut, "Of Sins Present and Past". The album is one piece of a larger meta-media project that will include a companion book and concert tour. The project will benefit Transitions, a Cincinnati-area substance abuse treatment facility.

"Of Sins Present and Past" was produced by Rami Jaffee, the keyboardist for The Wallflowers and a member of the Foo Figers' touring band. Other contributors to the album include multi-instrumentalist Jessy Greene, who was a member of The Jayhawks who has also toured with the Foos, and original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen. Each song tells a story about an individual from John's life who's struggled with drug or alcohol addiction.

John Aulabaugh on MetroMusicScene
Image courtesy of the artist

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tubesday on MMS - 'Wherever Is Your Heart' by Brandi Carlile

To say I'm enamored of this song is to understate my ardor for it. Brandi Carlile's new album, "The Firewatcher's Daughter", might be her finest work in an outstanding career that began when she was eight. Wherever Is Your Heart channels the unrestrained energy of a young Bruce Springsteen, and it immediately starts my blood a-pumpin' when I hear it. I hope you enjoy it as much I do.

Monday, April 06, 2015

New Music Monday - 'Why Did I Let You Go' by Shark Week

"What we are dealing with here is a perfect engine...It's really a miracle of evolution" - Jaws

The blood is in the water, and we are all prey to the psychedelic garage sound of DC rockers Shark Week. They're readying their debut album, "Beach Fuzz", due May 19th on PaperCup Music. I've listened to a preview of the album, and it's 10 tracks of campy, guitar-driven fun. Frontman Ryan Mitchell and his bandmates simultaneously channel the strutting sexuality of glam rockers like The New York Dolls and the staccato reverb of surf god Dick Dale.

While you'll have to wait to listen to "Beach Fuzz" until next month, you can check out the first single from the album, Why Did I Let You Go?. This song melds the bluesy swagger of Marc Bolan and T. Rex with a post-modern rock feel not unlike The Strokes. Give it a listen, and we'll let you know when it's safe to go back in the water.