Lillie Mae – Other Girls (album review)

by Woody on August 17, 2019

Photo by Misael Arriaga

Lille Mae hooks up with Dave Cobb and puts together a statement of an album. Simply put, this is a major step forward for the Nashville resident. Like her debut, Forever and Then Some, Mae effortlessly moves between the sub-genres of Americana. But for this album, the tone just feels a little heavier and darker. Sort of like, she’s seen some shit and we’re going to feel it.

The lead track, You’ve Got Other Girls For That, deals with a familiar scene in twang – the lover with the wandering eye. Mae takes the tact of not allowing that lover to dictate the terms of the end of this relationship. I Came for the Band (For Show) is my favorite track on the album; Mae proclaiming that women aren’t just ornaments for the band and.or the male patrons in the crowd. Later on, Mae revisits a song she wrote when she was 19; Terlingua Girl is a nice slice of Cosmic Americana.

There’s a certain strength and maturity throughout the album. That was also on show when I saw Mae and her excellent band last month. After a career of playing in the band, Mae is reveling in leading the proceedings.

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Brooklyn’s Bethlehem Steel are set to follow up on 2017’s excellent Party Naked Forever. The lead track, Bad Girl, is the best thing I’ve heard them do. The new album will see the light of day on 9/13 via the fine folks at Exploding In Sound. Here’s some info on the release from their site.

Taking stock of your experiences and your emotional health in solitude can be an empowering task, but enlisting the assistance of allies certainly never hurts, and Bethlehem Steel’s sophomore album is a testament to the value of togetherness in difficult times. Rebecca Ryskalczyk and Christina Puerto’s collaborative energy provide the animating force behind their self-titled sophomore album – a release that serves as guide, of sorts, for those reaching towards self-empowerment, and an illustration of the transformative power of female friendship as a force in overcoming trauma.

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B Boys – Dudu (album review)

by Woody on August 15, 2019

photo by Ian Bernacett

Over the course of 37 minutes and 15 minutes, Boys bludgeon you with a full speed post-punk attack. Inspired by The Clash and Wire, the trip spews their venom towards the travails of every day life. Andrew Kerr (drums) and Brendon Avalos (bass) trade vocals on tracks built Britton Walker riffs.

The album opens with the trio Cognitive Dissonance, Pressure Inside and Closer that set the tone for the album. Pressure Inside is the highlight early on with the boys having their say on the day to day rat race we all face. Automation follows with Walker bouncing back and forth between staccato guitar riffs and riffs that make you feel as if you’re on a run-away roller coaster. It is very well done and another highlight on an album full of them. Later on, I Want is another highlight; reminding me of something Andrew Savage would be singing on Light Up Gold.

While I wasn’t familiar with their debut Dada, I am now all in with the Brooklyn outfit. Looking forward to catching a live set at some point.

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Big Thief are set to release their second LP of the year and based on the first track, I am going to say whoa. It took me a bit to connect with U.F.O.F., but once I did I listened to it every day for about two weeks discovering all the subtleties to it. This album appears to be a little more ooomph to it and I am here for it.

“Two Hands has the songs that I’m the most proud of; I can imagine myself singing them when I’m old,” says Adrianne. “Musically and lyrically, you can’t break it down much further than this. It’s already bare-bones.” Lyrically this can be felt in the poetic blur of the internal and external. These are political songs without political language. They explore the collective wounds of our Earth. Abstractions of the personal hint at war, environmental destruction, and the traumas that fuel it. Across the album, there are genuine attempts to point the listener towards the very real dangers that face our planet. When Adrianne sings “Please wake up,” she’s talking directly to the audience.

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Parsnip announces debut LP, When The Tree Bears Fruit for 8/30 release

August 12, 2019

Photo credit to Charlotte Tobin Melbourne’s Parsnip are set to release their debut LP, When The Tree Bears Fruit on 8/30 via the fine folks at Trouble In Mind. The track below, Rip It Off, is an energetic number built on a catchy riff. The quartet will be hitting the States later this year. Here’s […]

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Annabelle Chairlegs – Candy Apple Red

August 6, 2019

by Pooneh Ghana For the last two years, Austin’s Annabelle Chairlegs has been one of the top acts at SXSW. Fronted by Lindsey Mackin (who is an absolute force of nature) the quartet rips. After their 2018 set I described them as such – Jefferson Airplane (when Grace sung) at their most rockingest. Does that […]

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Deeper announce “Run” 7” out 9/20 via Fire Talk

August 6, 2019

Photo by Brendan Carroll Chicago’s Deeper are back with a 7″ release and an upcoming tour with Dehd. The single follows up 2018’s excellent s/t effort. This tune rips and has me looking forward to their sophomore effort. In the meantime, go see them live. You won’t be disappointed. Here’s some more info from the […]

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Starcrawler announce Devour You for 10/11 release

August 2, 2019

Photo by Autumn de Wilde LA’s Starcrawler are back for their sophomore album, Devour You. Rough Trade will be releasing it on 10/11. Starcrawler is about as LA as a band can be. Here’s the scoop on the lead single. “Bet My Brains” alongside its manic and murderous music video. “That song came from thinking […]

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Bleached – Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough (album review)

August 2, 2019

Photo Credit: Nicky Giraffe There has been alot of excellent articles dealing with the new found sobriety of the sisters that comprise Bleached, Jennifer and Jessie Clavin and how it inspired their new album. Vanity Fair’s profile by Erin Vanderhoof is my personal favorite and well worth your time. As for the music, Bleached’s new […]

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