BJ Wilbanks – “I Can’t Help It”

Georgia native BJ Wilbanks explores his musical roots by digging deeply into Delta Blues and Motown sounds and channeling the emotional aspect of gospel music and the blues.  Wilbanks mixes this with a ‘70s Southern rock lineage and Americana for a potent genre-blending throwback concoction. Wilbanks is not only a solo artist, but also performs … [Read more...]

Phil Gammage – “Arms of a Kind Woman”

New York-based Americana-blues veteran Phil Gammage released his eighth solo album, Used Man For Sale, just over a month ago.  Gammage’s music has previously been included in numerous films, TV shows, and commercials on broadcast channels like PBS, A&E, and MTV. While playing live is his thing, like his performances at the CBGB Music … [Read more...]

Scott Taylor – “Tennessee”

Washington, DC-born and based (after being raised in Virginia) blues singer-songwriter Scott Taylor is a veteran of the music field, having participated in a youth choir in his early years and then going professional, backing headlining artists on tour and collaboration with a variety of musicians including Cover Girls, Joyce Sims, and Little Louie … [Read more...]

Short Takes (Pale Dian, Kylie Odetta, Wonky Tonk, & Luna Jamboree)

Pale Dian – “In A Day” …And Cocteau Twins is back!... Well, no, not really, but if you’re jonesing for a fix of that legendary band, check out Pale Dian, previously known as the Blackstone Rangers.  The dark pop shoegaze (or dream-pop noir, perhaps?) trio (Hey, more Cocteau Twins parallels!  Heck, they even look like early incarnations of Liz … [Read more...]

Various Artists – A Colorful Christmas

Azar Dagher, the head of Maryland-based Fetal Records, is releasing a 21-song-long Christmas and winter-themed compilation album entitled A Colorful Christmas that challenges and changes the expectations of what a 'various artists' Christmas album is all about.  The album features the record label’s artists performing original songs and covers … [Read more...]

New Electric Parlor album

Los Angeles-based rock 'n' roll band ELECTRIC PARLOR (Monique Alvarez - vocals, Kris Farr - guitars, Josh Fell - bass, and Zachary Huling - drums) takes pride in creating music that has an honest, raw, and live feel to it that's relatable to music fans all over the world.  The band members are inspired by the past and the lessons they have learned … [Read more...]

Debut album from Delta Deep

Phil Collen of Def Leppard has long been an appreciator and enthusiast of the blues genre and with the help of Rob DeLeo (bassist/Stone Temple Pilots), Forrest Robinson (drummer/TLC, India.Arie, Engelbert Humperdinck, Joe Sample & The Crusaders) and Debbi Blackwell-Cook (who formerly sang background vocals for Michael Buble, Gregory Hines, she … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 2 EPs and 1 Album

Little Boots – Business Pleasure EP Little Boots, AKA Victoria Hesketh, strips it back on her latest EP, peddling 4 mid-tempo electro-pop songs that sound like they’re in the demo stage of production.  Maybe too many producers spoil the sonic broth (Com Truise, Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, and Chris Carmouche), except this time around it’s … [Read more...]

Interview with New Politicians

Heya Renal, Gian, Winston, and Chris!  It’s so cool to have this opportunity to ask you all a bunch of questions about your post-punk sound, new EP Drag A City, and how your musical future is shaping up.  How is everything going for you right now? Hey Jen, we’re excited for the opportunity as well. Everything is going well in our camp. We’ve … [Read more...]

Ruby Throat – O’ Doubt O’ Stars

The U.K.-based, alt-folk noir pair of KatieJane Garside and Chris Whittingham is back with a third album of sonically subtle, yet emotionally acute reflections and reveries.  The minimal arrangements of Chris’s guitar-craft and KatieJane’s airy, imploringly wistful vocals give the evocative (sometimes bleakly, sometimes hopefully) lyrics maximum … [Read more...]