Nashville’s Dualtone Records has graced us with a free summer sampler. There’s a little bit of old (The Lumineers’ Stubborn Love, Guy Clark’s Diamond Joe), a bit of new (The Felice Brothers’ Cherry Licorice, Simone Felice’s Running Through My Head), and a whole lot in between. One thing is for sure, though – all of these tracks just have to be listened to with the wind blowing through your hair in the car or while grilling out and sipping on a beer. It is a summer sampler, after all.
Not long ago, the Kaiser Chiefs stopped by NPR’s World Cafe. They’ve since released the live session that ensued as a free EP. Here it is, in anticipation of their show at the Mercury Ballroom next month.
Nashville’s Leagues has just released a free maxi-single for the track Spotlight (which you might’ve heard on WFPK). The song does a great job of capturing the intense energy of the band’s live performance.
Speaking of which, Leagues is playing at the Fest-a-Ville on April 30 alongside the Same Roberts Band. So you’ll have a chance to find out for yourself just how crazy Thad Cockrell and the gang can be.
If Shara Worden recorded nothing but her voice, that would be enough. It’s powerful, vulnerable, flexible and downright beautiful. But she’s also blessed the world with three albums, as My Brightest Diamond, that pair her pipes with experimental-pop music that often defies easy categorization.
Worden has just released a six-song compilation, Until Now, that traces her entire career as My Brightest Diamond. It’s currently available for free via NoiseTrade.
Based on her new single Taking Chances, it sounds like Sharon Van Etten is doing just that – she’s taking a few chances musically when compared to her past output. That’s not a bad thing, but it certainly is an interesting thing considering the polished nature of the track.
Since it’s the first taste of her upcoming Are We There LP, there’s a good chance it is indeed indicative of a new direction. We’ll see on May 27, when the record drops via Jagjaguwar.