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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Sarah Jarosz, Dentist, Bleachers, Blitzen Trapper + introducing Brigitte Calls Me Baby

Sarah Jaroz: Take The High Road

The lyrics of this song "are almost a thesis" for her new album, Polaroid Lovers, Jarosz told The New York Times. "You know, ‘I’m tired of being quiet — time to face up to the fear.’" The newspaper's veteran music critic Jon Pareles says that on her seventh studio album, "Jarosz reaches toward a broader audience while still maintaining her individuality. The songs are more plugged in, muscular and reverberant than her past albums, which were intimate and largely acoustic. But her particular perspective — at once clearheaded, thoughtful, vulnerable and open to desire — comes through."

Dentist: Random Numbers Shapes and Colors

Here's the first new song from the Asbury Park, N.J., indie-rock trio since its 2022 album Make A Scene. The band says that, when invited by Shore Points Records to be included on a compilation album, "we agreed even though we had no new songs in the can. After going through voice memos and old demos, we were coming up empty, so with just a couple days before our recording session, we decided to write a song from scratch. It was all very spontaneous, but we’re super happy with the result and we hope you enjoy it too."

Bleachers: Tiny Moves

This single from the upcoming album Bleachers is basically a love letter from its frontman, the ubiquitous Jack Antonoff, to his bride, actress Margaret Qualley. "The tiniest moves you make / The whole damn world shakes." The accompanying video features ballet-trained Qualley performing a modern dance beside the Hudson River and then embracing Antonoff as the sun rises over Manhattan in the background. 

Blitzen Trapper: Cosmic Backseat Education

From the Portland, Ore., band's upcoming album, 100’s of 1000’s, Millions of Billions, comes this single that lead singer-songwriter Eric Earley says recalls "lying in the backseat of my parents’ car as a kid and just listening to the radio, which I think is where I got most of the education that I’ve used in my life and my career." And yes, the lyric also mentions another type of education gained in the backseat of a Chevy.

Brigitte Calls Me Baby: Impressively Average

Wes Leavins, leader of this emerging Chicago band, says that as a young teen he listened to records by Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley at his grandparents' house, and to the likes of The Strokes and Radiohead with his friends. "I fell in love with both worlds simultaneously," he told NME. "It’s strong voices that I think I really love, just voices with a lot of character." Those influences come together on the group's debut album, This House Is Made of Corners, and this lead single.

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