The Shins Return with New Album and Video

The album’s set for a 2017 release before you get too excited.  Pitchfork peppily reports: “The Shins are getting in the Halloween spirit. This morning (Oct. 26), the James Mercer-led band dropped a music video for a new song called “Dead Alive,” featuring the rickety production quality and campy macabre of an old horror B-movie. The Shins teased the video on Instagram yesterday and today we’ve got the whole thing, along with a message about the new music the group’s brewing: “James Mercer wanted to give you all a Halloween gift while you wait for the album.” Below, watch Mercer struggle to realize if he’s shrunk or if the world’s gotten bigger.  Continue reading “The Shins Return with New Album and Video”

Dirty Dozen: The Wharves

The WharvesHailing from Ireland, France and England, The Wharves combine gracefully minimal psyche-rock with fuzzed out folk. They invoke the reverberated spook of 60’s groups, the mid-fi guitar crunch of Kim Deal’s The Amps, the sisterly vocal harmonies of The Roches and the narrative and structural panache of 70’s progressive folk. Thunderous drumming drives through these compositions, ensuring the wealth of disparate influences remain focused and celebrator. Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Wharves”

Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November

Following hard on the heels of a seven-week USA tour that saw her playing thirty nine shows from coast to coast, Sarah McQuaid hits the UK next month for her final tour before she takes a break from the road in 2017 to focus her energies on writing and recording a fifth solo album, as well as penning a sequel to The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, the popular tutor she authored on the alternative guitar tuning method that she uses. “I’d like to do a follow-up book that focuses on song accompaniment and that demonstrates the versatility of DADGAD,” Sarah explains. “A lot of people think of it as a specifically ‘Celtic’ tuning, but I write all my songs in DADGAD, and it’s great for all sorts of different genres, from blues to classical music to rock ’n’ roll.”  Get yourself a guitar and find out for yourself.  Continue reading “Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November”

Dirty Dozen: Franc Cinelli

Franc Cinelli, 2016Bucking the trend with his free-wheeling alternative folk Franc Cinelli is the songwriters’ songwriter. From uptempo torch songs to blues laden road journals and lovestruck serenades to defiant, prison outlaw ballads; Franc has carved his own musical path.

Tell us about yourself and what you do?  I’m Franc, 37 born in Rome, raised in London.  I write songs about my life and the people in it. I’ve made four records, the last two of which I’ve produced myself. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling the UK, the States and Italy playing music and undoubtedly these travels are a part of my music. I’m looking for something, and what it is I’d like to think I’ll know when I find it.

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Carrie Rodriguez Announces UK Dates – November

Texan songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has announced a headline UK tour next month following the release of critically acclaimed album Lola (which garnered 4 stars in the Guardian) including shows in Birmingham, London and Scotland.   Known as a passionate performer, Carrie melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude (that’s a new one for us). Lola is both a return to her musical roots and something of a departure where she delivers her own twangy, Texas-bred twist on Mexican Ranchera songs, creating “culturally blended music for a culturally blended world.”  Hear for yourself below. Continue reading “Carrie Rodriguez Announces UK Dates – November”