The husband wife duo Shovels & Rope is back with their fifth studio release Little Seeds October 7th. Recorded in their South Carolina home studio, Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent wrote all the songs and played every instrument. The majority of the albums lyrics were cultivated from the duo’s own experiences and observations, addressing topics of over-medication of children, Alzheimer’s disease and racial unity. Download “I Know” off Little Seeds and learn more about Shovels & Rope at their Official Website, “Like” them on Facebookand follow them on Twitter.
One of the premier singer-songwriters of the past decade, Cass McCombs recently released his ninth studio album Mangy Love. His Anti- debut was mostly written during a bitter winter in New York City and subsequently is his most blunt album to date. The song “Run Sister Run” is his mantra for women dealing with the misogynist justice system we currently have in place. Download “Run Sister Run” off Mangy Love and learn more about Cass McCombs at his Official Website, “Like” him on Facebookand follow him on Twitter.
Hailing from Los Angeles, The Rebel Light plays a breezy, psychedelic surf pop that reflects their home town. Recently signed to Dualtone, the trio released their debut EP A Hundred Summer Days earlier this month. Download “Strangers” off A Hundred Summer Days and learn more about The Rebel Light at their Official Website, “Like” them on Facebookand follow them on Twitter.
After the success of last years Multi-Love release, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been on the road for an extensive tour. The band finally took a break this past March and hit the studio to record a new song, “First World Problem.” “I think ‘First World Problem’ is about modern love in a crumbling empire,” lead singer and guitarist Ruban Nielson said in a press release. “The feeling that you’re trying to build your life and get what you need while a decadent world falls apart around you.” Download “First World Problem” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra and learn more about the band at their Official Website, “Like” them on Facebookand follow them on Twitter.
In 2015, Garbage celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album with the 20 Years Queer tour. During that tour, drummer Butch Vig announced the band was working on their 6th studio album Strange Little Birds. In many ways, the album goes back to the basics for the group. They worked on the album in Vig’s basement and found that youthful spark that fueled the band’s beginnings. Part of that spark was not having to answer to anyone. This is the second album Garbage has put out on their own label STUNVOLUME and not working with a major record label was liberating. Lead vocalist Shirley Manson calls the album their most vulnerable. “I used to feel so scared, and I think that was why I was so aggressive — but I’m much more willing to admit weaknesses than I was before. Each song addresses different points in my life between me and a person I’ve loved. They’re hot spots in my life, when I was afraid, or vulnerable, or didn’t behave at my best.” Download “Empty” off Strange Little Birds and learn more about Garbage at their Official Website, “Like” them on Facebookand follow them on Twitter.
After the disbandment of the Smith Westerns in 2014, guitarist Max Kakacek and drummer Julien Ehrlich drifted around the Chicago music scene. Nothing seemed to click for either of them musically, although they were both going through break-ups simultaneously. Finally the two reconnected as roommates. In an attempt to extinguish their demons, Kakacek and Ehrlich had a series of laidback early-morning songwriting sessions. Eventually a third personality appeared in their writing which they called Whitney. Kakacek says, “We were both writing as this one character, and whenever we were stuck, we’d ask, ‘What would Whitney do in this situation?'” Download “No Matter Where We Go” off Light Upon The Lake and learn more about Whitney at their Official Website, “Like” them on Facebookand follow them on Twitter.
In 2014, Nothing released their debut album Guilty Of Everything. The album was inspired by the events surrounding guitarist and vocalist Domenic Palermo’s two year prison sentence he received for aggravated assault. The success of the album led the band to tour extensively for eight months, but everything came to a crashing halt when Palermo was mugged and severely injured. It was “Like when you’re in a car going 100 miles per hour and connect with an oak tree and everything behind you comes smashing forward,” Palermo said. These events along with his new found perceptive on life shaped the bands sophomore record Tired Of Tomorrow. Download “Vertigo Flowers” off Tired Of Tomorrow and learn more about Nothing at their Official Website, “Like” them on Facebookand follow them on Twitter.