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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Tall Days, Temples, Winston Cook, Son Little, Sturgill Simpson added to our big mix

Here we go with our weekly picks for our New Music bin. As usual, it's a very mixed bag!

Tall Days: "Mr. Man"
This band consists of two guys from New Jersey playing what they call "raw, stripped down, bluesy rock n’ roll." Guitarist-vocalist Graham Hartke and drummer Joe DeAngelus cite influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to the Stooges to Jack White. On this track from the new album No Disguise,we're hearing traces of the proto-punk sneer of early Kinks or Mott the Hoople.

Temples: "Hot Motion"
This U.K. trio evokes the more psychedelic side of 60s British rock. We're spinning the title track from their third album. AllMusic writes that on Hot Motion, the band dispenses with the synths heard on 2017's Volcano, returns to the template of 2014's Sun Structure, and makes it "brighter and shinier. The echo is echo-ier, the hooks are bigger, the performances more assured, and the vocals stronger, while the songs are just as memorable and fun as anything on Temples' immaculate debut."

Winston Cook: "Desert Song"
Cook is an emerging indie-folk singer-songwriter from Texas. He performs regularly in the Austin, Houston and San Antonio areas, issued his first EP, Horizon, late last year and has followed up with a couple of singles this year. We featured him on our Sunday show The Birch Street Bistro a few times this summer, and now we're adding his latest single to our New Music bin. From a gentle finger-picked opening, the song picks up energy as it rolls along like a smooth ride on a desert two-lane.

Son Little: "Hey Rose"
Little, a.k.a. Aaron Livingston, divides his time between collaborations and solo projects. It's just him, singing and playing all the instruments, on his upcoming EP, Invisible. "Blending old-school R&B with modern indie, the new music is right on the line between vintage and contemporary," writes American Songwriter. On this seductive single, Little croons, "Your soul is the picture / But your body is the frame / But the frame is exquisite."

Sturgill Simpson: "Sing Along"
No sooner had Simpson made his mark as a rootsy country-music artist than he rejected that label and started exploring other styles. Rolling Stone calls his new album, Sound and Fury, "the most left-field, decisively non-country offering of Simpson’s career." Simpson himself calls it "a sleazy, steamy rock 'n' roll record." We're not country radio, so his musical shift sends him more in our direction.

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