Just in case you thought soul music was dead. Lee Fields and the Expressions latest album Faithful Man is out March 13th via Truth & Soul Records. Download the title track below.
1970s American blues-rock has returned to us in the form of Mount Carmel (think Humble Pie, Free, The Allman Brothers Band, etc.). The Columbus, Ohio power trio deliver a soulful, no-frills sound in a era of music desperately in need of a little more rock & roll. Real Women is the group’s second LP and it packs a riff-heavy punch. Stream the album’s title track and “Oh Louisa” below and you’ll quickly know what I mean.
On April 17th, Portland’s Horse Feathers will release a a new album Cynic’s New Year. The LP features twelve new tracks of the group’s signature hushed and rustic folk. Download the album’s first single, “Fit Against The Country,” below.
By now you’ve probably heard that drummer/guitarist J. Tillman has left Fleet Foxes to concentrate on other projects. While he might not be leaving for greener pastures, it’s not a huge shock considering that Tillman was putting out solo work a few years before joining Foxes in 2008. Tillman has now released a couple of new tracks under his pseudonym, Father John Misty. “I Would Love You,” a duet with Phosphorescent, is very much in the vein of Fleet Foxes, but his latest single “Hollywood Forever Cemetery” has an edgier Neil Young & Crazy Horse feel than anything his former group put out. Download both tracks below and check out a video of “Hollywood Forever Cemetery” (featuring Park and Rec‘s Aubrey Plaza going crazy) after the jump.
My favorite Portland troubadour, M. Ward, is set to release his latest solo album, A Wasteland Companion, April 10th via Merge Records. The album’s debut track, “The First Time I Ran Away,” gets the animation treatment from Joel Trussell, who also directed Ward’s video for “Chinese Translation“. Check out the video above and look for Ward on tour in the coming months.
One of the my most memorable concerts was seeing Tim Fite in Boston in 2005 opening for Iron & Wine and Calexico. Fite has uncanny strange presence and engages crowds through bizarre bits of video accompaniment and storytelling in between songs. The majority of the crowd wasn’t there to see the relatively unknown artist, but most of us left with his debut album in hand. It’s hard to categorize Fite, who has done everything from folk to hip-hop, but underneath it all is surprisingly powerful songwriting.
On March 6th, the Brooklyn artist will be releasing his third album on Anti-. According to his label, the central focus of the new album, Ain’t Ain’t Aint, “is the pain, hope and unbridled passion of one’s teenage years.” Fittingly, the first single of the album is called “We Are All Teenagers.” Have a listen below.
“Lonesome” is the latest track to emerge from Dr. Dog’s upcoming album Be The Void. The song finds the band settling into a nice groove over some hand claps, shouts and slide guitar riffs. The Philly boys have done a great job capturing their live sound on this one. Stream the new track below and make sure to catch the group on tour this winter.