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Sunday, May 30, 2021

The latest: Counting Crows, Will McBride Group, Plastic Age, Annie Keating, Brett Dennen


Counting Crows: Elevator Boots


Lead singer Adam Duritz is the latest member of a well-known rock band to write a song about being a member of a well-known rock band. "Everybody wants to know you ... Plug into the buzz ... They want you and you want to / With their lips on fire and your head unscrewed / But it's time to whip another change and hit one more town." The track is one of four on the band's first release in seven years, the curiously titled Butter Miracle, Suite One.

Will McBride Group: No For An Answer


This North Carolina band's latest EP, None the Worse for Wear, recently reached our ears by way of a UK indie-music site (Viva the interwebs!). The band had its origins in 2004-05, playing gigs in the Raleigh area, and several years later started landing opening slots for such national acts as Styx, ZZ Top and Aaron Neville. They describe their music as jazz-influenced rock and pop. Here, a backing chorus adds extra flavor to the funky guitar, keyboards and drums. Mixes well with: String Cheese Incident (think "Joyful Sound"), Phish, Bruce Hornsby.

Plastic Age: Desire


Photo: Manon Pilorge
This self-described "indie-rock/pop-punk band from France recently released it's second album, Yeack! The trio, fronted by lead vocalist/bassist Apolline, cites a wide range of influences, including the Buzzcocks, Pixies, Vines and Garbage. U.K. music website Small Music Scene calls the LP "insanely entertaining," with "gritty basses and shattering drum fills mixing with the dashing riffs."

Annie Keating: Third Street


We previously featured "Marigold," and now another track from the LP Bristol County Tides enters our New Music bin. It's one of the more rocking tracks off the album, which grew from Keating's pandemic retreat from Brooklyn to Bristol County, Mass. There, she says, "the city girl in me entirely gave way to the country, captivated by the river and the tides high and low." This song describes some of the new friends she made there. Guitar Girl Magazine calls the album Keating's "most accomplished, inspired, and ambitious work to date."

Brett Dennen: See the World


The title track from the California singer-songwriter's seventh album, due this summer, is a father-to-son message that resonates with this moment. "This song has taken on a more powerful meaning after this past year," Dennenn says. "Now that the world is opening up, I have both relief and anxiety." His son "is the reason I wrote this song. To tell him that it is more important to learn from himself than it is to learn from me.”

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