Sunday, July 23, 2017

This week's new-music picks: Banditos, The Georgia Flood, The Mrs & more

From Alabama by way of Nashville come the Banditos, a six-piece group that, like so many of the best new acts, mashes up various musical styles to create its own. Writing about their debut album, NPR said, “Three vocalists, a wicked guitarist who also plays pedal steel, a banjo, an upright bass and a hot-footed drummer guarantee that every song they play is stuffed with crazy rhythms and melodic energy.” They've just released their sophomore effort, Visionland, and it displays their wide range. We're putting bar-band-rocker "Fine Fine Day" into our New Music rotation this week, and we'll be spinning other tracks as well.

Another Southern-flavored rocker entering our new-releases bin comes from Atlanta-based The Georgia Flood, one of the many indie bands we've featured before on Birch Street Radio. The group consists of brothers Brooks Mason (vocals/guitar) and Lane Kelly (bass) plus their long-time high school friends, Gavin Deleshaw (guitar) and Damien Navarro (drums). It's only been six months or so since they released their debut album, but they're out with a new single, "Take A Hit."

When you think "new indie pop-band from Austin, Texas," you probably don't picture four moms in their 30s and 40s. But ... well, why not? Andra Liemandt was inspired by her daughter's music lessons to take up drumming. She and long-time friend and tech-company co-worker Jenny Mason, who plays bass, recruited keyboardist Larissa Ness and guitarist Mandy Prater to form The Mrs, both to express their creativity and to spread a message of empowerment for women and girls. From their self-produced debut album we're picking the extremely catchy "Somewhere To Go."

Rounding out our featured New Music picks this week are a couple of more-established artists, with additional tracks from their most-recent releases:

The ubiquitous Dan Auerbach, from his Waiting On A Song solo album, with the self-deprecating "King Of A One-Horse Town."

And the irrepressible Coldplay with the best track (in our opinion) to emerge from the new Kaleidoscope EP. The Brian Eno collaboration "A L I E N S" is a timely song of refugees, with a 5/4 rhythm giving it a suitably nervous feeling.

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We're trying something new this week: Using Mixcloud to give you our New Music picks in one package. We may do more with that platform in time. As always we welcome your feedback!

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