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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Breaking new music from Waxahatchee, Lizzie No, The Petal Falls, The Rockyts, The Black Keys

Waxahatchee: Right Back To It

Katie Crutchfield's latest album under the Waxahatchee name has just been announced for March release. Tigers Blood will include contributions from MJ Lenderman, Spencer Tweedy, and Phil Cook. This first single is a collaboration with guitarist Lenderman. "I wanted to make a song about the ebb and flow of a longtime love story," Cruthfield says. "I thought it might feel untraditional but a little more in alignment with my experience to write about feeling insecure or foiled in some way internally, but always finding your way back to a newness or an intimacy with the same person."

Lizzie No: Annie Oakley

We don't know if No really did stay at the motel in Oakley, Kansas, named for the sharpshooter and performer. But in this song, it represents a lonely stop on the road for a musician trying to get by, and wondering "when it's time to kill the dream." The New York-based singer-songwriter says: "Most of the great songwriters in the Americana genre have darkly determined road songs featuring dirty motels, gas station coffee, the exhilaration of seeing America’s plains rushing toward them from behind a car ... Behind the scenery are some difficult questions, like ‘why have I chosen to do this with my life?’"

The Petal Falls: Someday

This single comes our way from Kent, UK, where singer-songwriter and guitarist-keyboardist Keith Leahy formed a band in the 1990s that fell apart amid struggles with a record label. Years later, Leahy was able to release the band's bottled-up music with the help of producer-engineer-drummer John King. Now The Petal Falls has become a collaboration between Leahy and King. This latest single is a catchy number that evokes that 90s rock-pop feeling while sounding fresh.

The Rockyts: Falling Again

Here's another case of what was once a band morphing into a solo project. The Rockyts originated in Ottawa as a trio of young teens playing 60s-style originals and covers. Now just over 18, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Jeremy Abboud has released a string of singles on his own, including this one that just landed in our New Music bin.

The Black Keys: Beautiful People (Stay High)

With the title of their 12th studio album, Ohio Players, the boys from Akron, Ohio, pay homage to the 70s funk band of the same name. On the LP, due in April, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney collaborate with various friends, including Noel Gallagher, Greg Kurstin, and on this track, Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and Beck. "No matter who we work with, it never feels like we're sacrificing who we are. It only feels like it adds some special flavor," says Auerbach.

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