August 24, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: August 24, 2013

YFor every hardcore Streetlight Manifesto fan that turns their nose up at this album, two indie-folk fans will find a new favorite singer-songwriter.
There’s only one way to pull off an album of all-acoustic renditions of your band’s previous songs: Use the best songs in the band’s repertoire to hook new listeners and make them interesting and fresh enough for old fans to still find something new. Toh Kay’s (Tomas Kalnoky of Streetlight Manifesto) new full-length “Streetlight Lullabies” does just that.
Not to say that there was much concern in my mind that these covers would be dull, empty, or stale. As we’ve seen with his previous work, almost all of Kalnoky’s songs have enough depth and space to move around, expand upon, or strip down.
But at first glance the idea of putting this album out seemed like Kalnoky’s way of throwing a bone to hungry fans, so to speak; we’ve been hearing the same songs for four years or more, and are all itching for some new material (if the rumors are to believed that will be sometime next year). To release this acoustic collection somewhere in (the?) between their last covers project, “99 Songs Of Revolution,” and their next original release seemed to be more of appeasement than anything else.
The majority of tracks are different enough from their Streetlight originals to honestly make me feel like I’m listening to new songs by a budding folk artist. Specifically “Watch It Crash,” “Somewhere In The Between,” “Forty Days,” “We Will Fall Together,” “Sick And Sad,” and “A Better Place, A Better Time” do a great job with this. The remaining tunes “Would You Be Impressed,” “A Moment Of Silence,” “Dear Sergio” and “The Big Sleep”are a little closer to the originals, but there is still little, if any, quality sacrificed.

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TROn Rookie, The Trouble With Templeton’s second album, and their first as a bona-fide band, he offers up said musings in a slightly affected, frog-in-the throat delivery. He sells it fairly well, but it grates a little over an entire record. Offsetting this is the musical variation across the record. Rookie is rooted in plink-folk, but The Trouble With Templeton frequently burst out into a strident, wide-screen rock mode (‘Like A Kid’ even goes a bit glam rock), with a nice sideline in twitchy, polyrhythmic indie, if that’s even a thing. They make these seemingly drastic switches by barely perceptible degrees, lending Rookie a sense of flow, and suggesting the band has real craft to go with Calder’s charismatic presence.

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leeLee DeWyze will be releasing his Vanguard debut entitled Frames.This new album will launch the momentous next stage of what is already a high-profile musical career. DeWyze played guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo and drums during the recording sessions, during which he collaborated with renowned producer/songwriters Toby Gad, Drew Pearson, Matthew Wilder and Phil Allen, as well as mixer extraordinaire Jim Scott.
Deluxe Edition Includes a Bonus Disc with Acoustic Versions of Each Song on “Frames” (2013)

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ADThis is the first album made together as a duo by the two main front men of popular and hard-working British blues/rock band The Mustangs – Adam Norsworthy, the group’s dynamic singer/guitarist, and Derek Kingaby, their much more laid-back veteran harmonica player. The Mustangs have acquired a formidable reputation and considerable following over the last decade, appearing at just about every blues festival in the UK, and being regularly booked back year after year, and during that time have built a catalogue of six excellent albums, all now available from Trapeze. On their travels, Adam and Derek often find themselves sitting late into the night after a gig, the “pow wows” generally turning into informal jamming and songwriting sessions. Adam and Derek developed some of this material at the occasional gigs they do as a duo, and have now recorded this first collection. As Adam writes in the booklet notes: “This isn’t a solo CD nor a Mustangs album – it’s a light-hearted musical pow-wow between two very old – and getting older- friends.” The result is an album that harks back to some of the blues duos of the classic era, with a stripped down rawness allied to a warmth that comes from people who are well used to playing together, and providing an enjoyable showcase both for Adam’s distinctive voice and Derek’s finely-honed harmonica.

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BEThe long waited soulful sound cd is completed and is aimed at the men and women—A little of this and a little of that.Betty is a veteran artist and exciting vocalist. She has a voice which demands attention and songs which have hit written all over them. In other word a quality cd. What make this soulful cd great is; An excellent artist, great songs, and great production. All this adds up to a cd with excellent sales potential.

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SESean Michel already turned heads for his stunning debut Back To The Delta, an album inspired by the great music traditions of the 30s and 40s. Stripped down folk and blues inspired music recorded analog in an old church, it pushed back against the modern music process. Electric Delta takes the sound from the previous record, plugs it in, and turns it up loud. Real loud.Electric Delta unleashes its raw force in “Mississippi Mud,” with unrelenting electric guitar, pounding drums, and vocals that will send you reeling. Sean Michel has the perfect voice for his music.

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okBack with their 7th album, their first for new label ATO, Austin’s Okkervil River are once in again in fine form on their latest, “The Silver Gymnasium”. Once again straddling the line between folk and indie rock, the album serves as a nod to front-man Will Sheff’s New Hampshire upbringing, something that he drew inspiration from for the new record.

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