A stunner for fans of Afghan Whigs, The National, The Cure, Murder By Death.
The wait is over. NPR Music is streaming the new Avett Brothers album "True Sadness" over on their website, so head over and fire it up. We'll have a full review some time next week, but for now we're just going to enjoy....
Austin's East Cameron Folkcore has grown from a buzzy cult band into a full-fledged "thing" on the backs of their unapologetically political folk-punk anthems. But the song that first struck a chord with fans is making a comeback in this election year. "Sallie Mae" is a scathing, shout-along indictment of the student loan monolith, and it turns out a whole LOT of people can relate to that sentiment. Check out the song below and scroll down for their current tour dates or follow them on Facebook here.
East Cameron Folkcore Tour Dates
3/23 Denver, CO--The Hi-Dive
3/24 Laporte, CO--Swing Station
3/25 Salt Lake City, UT--Garage On Beck
3/27 Treefort Music Festival--Boise, ID
3/28 Seattle, WA--Sunset Tavern
3/29 Portland, OR--White Eagle Saloon
3/31 San Francisco, CA--Milk Bar
4/1 Los Angeles, CA--Church of Fun
4/3 San Diego, CA--The Merrow
4/6 Phoenix, AZ--Last Exit Live
4/7 Albuquerque, NM--Sister Bar
4/9 Austin, TX--Hard Luck Lounge
NPR's Bob Boilen is effusive in his praise of Car Seat Headrest, a young band from Virginia, which means you're likely to be hearing a lot more about them. Here is "Vincent" the first song off their upcoming debut on Matador Records.
I can't recall where I first heard "Midnight Sun" by Nigerian songwriter Henry Pedro, but it began a long and ultimately fruitless search to track down the album. It is from an EP called "Tender Loving" that seems to have been released in the early 80's, but finding a copy is easier said than done. There are a few cursory mentions of the song on blogs, but the MP3's have long since been deleted. For now, enjoy the song below, which is the only stream that is still live.
The Suffers have broken out of their native Houston in a big way over the past year or so. 2016 is lining up to be a big year as well, from the looks of it. NPR Music added their new album to their "First Listen" series, so you can get an early listen here. The band also landed a plum spot opening the Lake Street Dive tour....find info on where they'll be at the band's official tour page.