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Saturday, May 13, 2023

Danielle Ponder + Yukon Blonde + Local Natives + The Chelsea Curve + Thirty Seconds to Mars

Danielle Ponder: Roll the Credits

Photo by Robert Gentler
Following up her debut LP, last year's Some Of Us Are Brave, the singer-songwriter from Rochester, N.Y., has just released this song, which she says speaks of "our ability to find God in all things if we are paying attention.” The New Sounds website says the track "has an unexpected trip-hop vibe, with a floating keyboard and cycling bass line. There are also wordless vocal effects and what sound like swooping sine wave tones. But Ponder is a powerful soul singer, and the combination of vocals and production yields something earthy yet also unearthly."

Yukon Blonde: Up 2 U

Photo by Raunie Mae Baker
The Vancouver-based band seems to be a four-piece again, as the publicity for this new single makes no reference to keyboardist and vocalist Rebecca Gray, who was on their last two albums. The original quartet of Jeffrey Innes, Brandon Scott, Graham Jones and James Younger is said to have a new album coming later this year. CanadianBeats says of this track: "Classic synths and rocksteady cowbells anchor the shimmering guitar licks and vocal harmonies, which all come together to deliver an irresistibly fun and catchy tune."

Local Natives: NYE

The band released a few singles last year, and now comes word that its fifth album, Time Will Wait For No One, will be released in July. It will include this lively number, which guitarist Ray Hahn says came from the laid-back Los Angeles group's desire to try their hands at a "fast and wild song." Never mind that this isn't really the right time of year for a song about New Year's Eve.

The Chelsea Curve: How Can I (Resist You)

Billed as a "mod-pop" trio, bassist/vocalist Linda Pardee, guitarist/vocalist Tim Gillis and drummer Ron Belanger named their band after a zig-zag stretch of highway just north of their native Boston. They started dropping singles in 2021 and last year released their debut LP, All The Things. This 80s-flavored single is the first taste of an EP due in the fall.

Thirty Seconds to Mars: Stuck

This song of physical attraction is the lead single from It's the End of the World but It's a Beautiful Day, the sixth studio album from Jared and Shannon Leto's band, due in September. Loudwire notes that while 30STM started out as a rock band, it has moved toward electro-pop, and "apart from a dollop of guitar, [this track] is assuredly not a rock song."

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