Sunday
Apr112010

New music: Movers & Shakers "Movin' On"

Boston's Movers & Shakers meld soul and punk into their roots-rock sound.  On record, horns, three-part harmonies and organ flourishes create a sound reminiscent of The Band - but live, the songs take on a grittier sound.  Throughout their solid set opening for Delta Spirit at Northeastern's AfterHours club I couldn't help but draw Replacements comparisons, with more anthemic, fist-pumping choruses.  These are songs designed for larger stages. Check out the band's myspace here.

New track from their split-7" with The Cold Beat:

Movers & Shakers - Movin' On

M&S open for Reigning Sound at TTs on June 18, be there

Saturday
Apr102010

New music: Golden Ages remixes Surfer Blood

Philly's Golden Ages has remixed Surfer Blood's Twin Peaks, definitely worth checking out.  The remix is a bit slower and more chilled-out than the original -- perfect for those sticky-hot days that await us.  If you dig this, check out more on their myspace.

Twin Peaks (Golden Ages remix)

Golden Ages is at HMS Putnam on Saturday

Wednesday
Apr072010

Free Futurebirds EP

Futurebirds, a septet from Athens GA, write earnest folk-rock songs with plenty of harmonies and then drench them in reverb - sounds like most of my favorite bands.  Yes, recommended for fans of My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, et al.  If you aren't already sold, the band is giving away their great EP gratis --  go here and get it or, click below to stream one of the tracks:

Megachills

FYI - Futurebirds will be at TTs on May 16 with Jessica Lea Mayfield

Monday
Apr052010

Upcoming shows: Wilco, Low Anthem, Delta Spirit + lots more!

If it feels like there has been a lull in the barrage of live music hitting Visible Voice, that's because there has been.  With a week of no shows on either side of a week-long trip to California, there hasn't been much music to post.  That changes in the next few weeks.

The visible voice crew will be hitting up a bunch of killer shows over the next few weeks, and for most of them, there will be live recordings, video and/or photos hitting the site.  Over the next 3-4 weeks look for exclusive live content from:

Wilco
David Wax Museum
Movers & Shakers
Delta Spirit
Titus Andronicus
Kingsley Flood
The Low Anthem
Timber Timbre
Josh Ritter
The Morning Benders
SASQUATCH Music Festival
Reigning Sound
...and more


Saturday
Apr032010

New music: Kingsley Flood - Dust Windows

   

Kingsley Flood's fantastic debut Dust Windows was officially released today - this is a release to take note of.  Dust Windows is a cohesive, consistent album of folk pop gems -- smart songwriting and brilliant execution.  Appalachain and country instrumentation pops up throughout - banjo, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel - and at their heart these are true folk songs.  But the songs also reflect a pop immediacy that makes this album incredibly easy to listen to - elements of 60s pop, 80s college rock and modern indie rock round out those folk and country melodies, making this the type of album that will appeal to a broad audience.  The nearest songwriting touchstone I can make is Josh Ritter or Being There-era Wilco - but I also hear The Avett Brothers, The Band, Nebraska-era Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt, the list goes on and on.  Finally, the album sounds fantastic - nice production, sounds like the band is in your living room.

If it wasn't obvious, I LOVE this album.  You need to buy it - I'll even provide a link to make it easy:  Amazon

The band has graciously made a few tracks available for free download:

Cul de Sac
Roll of the Dice
Cathedral Walls

The entire album is streaming on the Kingsley Flood website

Thursday
Apr012010

Lissie covers Lady Gaga (Bad Romance)

Wasn't planning to post anything tonight, but I stumbled across Lissie's cover of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and HAD to post it.  This cover makes two things obvious:  Lady Gaga is a truly talented songwriter and Lissie has an amazing voice.  Kudos to Lissie and band for this killer arrangement...sounds fantastic. 

Mp3 for stream/download + video below:

Lissie - Bad Romance (Lady Gaga cover)

 

Monday
Mar292010

New music from Harlem, "Hippies" now streaming

"Hippies", the upcoming album from Harlem is streaming now on their myspace.  Go get it

 

Harlem is @ Great Scott on April 25

Monday
Mar292010

New music: Beach Fossils

Summer is coming and you know what that means - time to dial the reverb up to 11!  Daydream, the A Side on Beach Fossil's recent 7", is bouncy pop in the vein of Real Estate and Holiday Shores.  Desert Sand, the standout B Side, takes more of a plodding psych take on the beachy/reverb style.  If Daydream is for the exciting ride to the beach, Desert Sand is perfect for the lazy, exhausted drive home.

Beach Fossils - Desert Sand

Sunday
Mar282010

New music: Crusaders of Love

Wow, killer garage pop from France!  Sounds like a garage-ier Posies to me.  After listening to the album I would have guessed these guys were from the mid-west or something, so I was surprised to find out their from France.  Excellent stuff here, impossibly catchy -- highly recommend a listen.  Free track is Shot to the Heart, from their fantastic debut album Never Grown Up -- speaking of which, that is exactly what this album makes me want to do.

Crusaders of Love - Shot to the Heart

Unfortunately, the band doesn't have any upcoming Boston dates