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Saturday, April 20, 2024

New: Pearl Jam, Marcus King, Grace Cummings, Maggie Rogers, introducing The Wesleys

Pearl Jam: Wreckage

Dark Matter,
the band's 12th album, "rages and riffs hard, but there are somber, pared-back, folksy meanders worthy of a long road trip" as well, says Paste Magazine. This track lands somewhere in between, building up in power as it rolls.

Marcus King: Hero

After emerging as a guitar prodigy and leading a rock band, King has been working with producer Rick Rubin and developing as a singer and songwriter as well. This track from Mood Swings is a co-write with Dan Auerbach, and American Songwriter calls it "a seamless blend of country and soul that showcases King’s crystalline vocals."

Grace Cummings: On And On

The Australian actor/singer's new album, Ramona, is made up of "lavishly orchestrated songs and rich, soulful vocals ... reflect[ing] on grief, self-destruction, and emotional violence," writes On this track, the lyrics are obscure, but the powerful voice is heavy with emotion - reminding us of the likes of Laura Marling and Florence Welch. 

Maggie Rogers: The Kill

Here's another track from Don't Forget Me, the singer-songwriter's third album. Pitchfork calls it "her strongest yet, the sound of a wise, clear-eyed, melodious prodigy coming into her own voice." It describes this song as "a churning spin on the push-pull dynamic of a doomed pairing, where Rogers employs the classic songwriter trick of flipping the pronouns in the second chorus."

The Wesleys: A Lot To Lose

This sprightly track comes from the self-titled debut album by a garage-pop quartet from Montreal. It has the uncluttered sound of truly indie rock, reflecting its DIY production in a band member's home studio. They cite the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Pixies and The Replacements among their influences.

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