Warranted Queen Arum Rae Warranted Queen

Arum Rae has finely tuned her sound on her newest EP, entitled “Warranted Queen”. She most recently shed her personality in the Austin band White Dress in favor of making a career in New York. In my opinion she has always had a voice that was worth people discovering her. It’s a mystery as to why some singers are relatively obscure to the mainstream when their talents are obviously on that level.

The new single, which is the title track “Warranted Queen”, proves that not only does Arum Rae have the talent for wooing you with her voice, she also grasps that evasive skill of being able to craft rich songs as well. When these two talents combine is when the magic happens. “Warranted Queen" benefits greatly from her knack for writing pop songs and the production work, done by New York based Sanford Livingston, is top notch. The music is sparse but tasteful, and when Arum sings into the chorus… you realize we have a star forming on our hands.

Arum Rae’s new EP can be found at her website, Http://www.ArumRae.com. It comes out TOMORROW April 20th. Be sure to check it out for more great tunes from this amazing singer.

Self Tanner Tobacco Ultima II Massage

Tobacco is the musical project of Black Moth Super Rainbow Frontman Thomas Fec. It’s his outlet for more tape machine psych-freak out stuff. Whereas BMSR airs on the side of more pop friendly weirdness, Tobacco indulges in the stranger and crazier side of Fec. It makes for some jarring and insane electronic music.

There is still an aspect to it that is super creative and catchy. It’s not one you want to put on too often, but it’s an experience when you do listen all the way through. 

HOLY SHIT. Austin based funk band Brownout amazed concert goers all the way back in September at a small club in Austin with their take on Black Sabbath (dubbed Brown Sabbath). The results were so awesome that they had to go into the studio and record some of it. Here is one of the fruits of their labor: “Hand Of Doom”. 

And if that wasn’t enough, they enlisted The Black Angel’s frontman Alex Maas to sing the vocals on their funked out take on some classic heavy metal. Head here to pre-order the record: http://brownout.bandcamp.com/

Bye Bye Queenie Denney and The Jets Mexican Coke

Nashville band Denny and the Jets have won me over with their newest album “Mexican Coke”. From the very start this record is great. In the same vein as the newest Natural Child album (another country band from Nashville), these guys bring it like some vintage Rolling Stones cuts. They have that same Mick Jagger swagger as well as the dirty guitar and keyboards laying down a blues groove. All in all this record is a blast… great to get some vintage Rock n Roll from an up and coming band.

Mum's the Word Chain & the Gang Minimum Rock N Roll

Chain and the Gang have a new record coming out in early May. It’s entitled pretty appropriately, “Minimum Rock N Roll”. And That’s exactly what this record is.

The whole record is a fun listen, never straying from the simple garage rock assault. Lead singer/songwriter Ian Svenonius brings a lot of character to the lead vocal role as well, creating a care-free atmosphere that’s easy to get lost in and forget that you’ve listened to the entire album. I highly recommend this record for any enthusiast for newer garage rock.

New Black Keys single! It’s the Title track to their upcoming album “Turn Blue”.

It’s a slow soul jam that’s probably meant to be played super late at night. Not the most dynamic song from them, but I like the way it’s going.

Put Some Reverb On My Brother Thee Oh Sees Drop

We’re less than a week away from Record Store Day. San Fran garage-psych band Thee Oh Sees will be releasing a brand new record on this day, just after they announced late last year that they were taking a break. Well a break in Thee Oh Sees world is a couple of months. 

Here’s another track from the upcoming record. “Put Some Reverb on My Brother" features some heavily syncopated drums, and the actual production sound on the kit sounds great. It’s not what I’m used to with Thee Oh Sees, but I think this studio gloss does nice things for them. Be sure to grab this on the 19th when it is released!

Now Here In Cloud Nothings Here And Nowhere Else

I was pretty hesitant to listen to this new record from the Cleveland Rock band Cloud Nothings… I didn’t particularily like their previous album, as it landed a little too much on the pop punk side of the vocal spectrum. This new album is much improved though. The vocals are scaled back some and fit in a little better, and the actual music is much more aggressive… It reminds me more of Japandroids’ style.

Now Here In" opens up the record and sets the tone. Fast drums and ripping guitars. It’s hard to deny the power of solid rock such as this. 

Tired Eyes The Black Angels Clear Lake Forest

We heard the single “Diamond Eyes" from Austin’s Black Angels a few weeks ago, now we get another taste of their new Record Store Day EP with “Tired Eyes”.

The trippy psychedelic rock this band is known for is in full effect here. Their sound is getting more and more lush as their career keeps going, and this EP shows us a glimpse at whats to come in the future for the Angels. I really, really like what it seems to bring. More epic walls of psychedelic rock that summons up the spirit of the 60s without sounding stale. Love this band.

The Runaround Wild Child The Runaround

If you haven’t been clued in to Austin’s indie-folk pop band Wild Child, then here’s your chance. They put out very catchy hooks all wrapped up in a folk-rock kinda package. Just another testament to how rich the talent is in Austin, Texas.

Right David Bowie Young Americans

I just put this great David Bowie album on the other day and forgot how amazing it is. It was the result of David Bowie’s fascination with Soul music, and as he described was his version of “Plastic Soul”, or a white limey doing soul. Of course, the songs “Fame" and the title track "Young Americans" get most of the play, but there are some amazing songs on this record.

Right" has a slinky groove dominated by a soaring sax and a clavinet/guitar duel that stretches the song out. David Bowie was always mixing up his sound, but whenever he traveled to different musical worlds, he always had his signature firmly front and center.

Check out the new Little Dragon single “Paris”, just debuted today on BBC 1’s radio show. Always great to hear more music from this great Swedish band.

Plenty of electronic R & B going on in this track, and as always the musicianship is top notch, bringing the analog synth sound to the forefront of their music. Can’t wait to hear more from this record, “Nabuma Rubberband”, which comes out in early May.

Shining Woods With Light And With Love

I’m really liking this new Woods album, “With Light and With Love”. The Brooklyn band has really establish quite more of a pop sound on this record. The melodies are all way more accessible than their previous efforts, but not in a dumbed-down kind of way. These songs burst with life and seem like a band that’s more confident with their songwriting. 

Shining" breezes by pretty quickly, with singer Jeremy Earls falsetto vocals being slightly gritty as the band creates some folk-psychedelia behind him for backup. If you’re a fan of the freak-folk style then you’ll really need to check out this album when it’s released on April 15th (On their own label Woodist)