Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 2:52 pm
On a steamy morning upstairs in a record lover's paradise KING laid down a gorgeous version of one of the songs that lit up Twitter three years ago and put the trio on Prince's radar. Sisters Paris and Amber Strother and partner Anita Bias couldn't believe it when he asked to meet them, but now they think nothing of calling up the legend while they work on their first full-length album.
First Aid Kit performed "My Silver Lining" live at Boston's Paradise Rock Club on June 8. The song is from First Aid Kit's third album, Stay Gold, released two days after this sold-out show was recorded for WGBH's Front Row Boston.
Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 1:20 pm
My Brightest Diamond's endlessly busy and enigmatic singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a dizzying blur of creativity. A one-time member of The Decemberists, Shara Worden has collaborated with David Lang, Sufjan Stevens, Matthew Barney, yMusic and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She also recently completed You Us We All, a Baroque opera, and her new album as My Brightest Diamond, This Is My Hand, came out this week.
I've spent more time listening to Luluc's second album, Passerby, than any other album this year. It's a calming, seemingly effortless affair: a marriage of graceful singing and storytelling, with guitars and textures that help create an unforgettable aura.
Its name sounds like nowhere you'd want to be, and not necessarily something you'd want to hear, but Diarrhea Planet makes amazing music. Six guys from Nashville — four of them playing guitar! — live the credo of "Shred 'Til You're Dead" by blasting a fiery torrent of riff-heavy good times in a reverently irreverent mix of garage, punk, and '80s rock.
Those of us watching could barely hold it in as Diarrhea Planet's members tore up our tiny studio at KEXP last month, ripping guitar licks with their teeth and high-fiving all the while.
Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 2:12 pm
Here's a sweet song filmed on a faux '60s TV show set. Kevin Morby, who recently moved from New York to Los Angeles, played in Woods as a bassist and The Babies (now on hiatus) as a guitarist and singer. I saw Morby on a recent solo tour for his new record Still Life and enjoyed the simplicity of his songs.
Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:09 pm
Holly Williams is a powerful singer and a songwriter. She writes songs from the heart and I've witnessed this song bring more than a few people to tears (I'm included). You may know Holly Williams as the daughter of Hank Williams Jr., and the granddaughter of Hank Williams, though the elder Hank died long before she was born.
But this song, "Waiting on June," is a story of her maternal grandparents, the other side of the family. Holly Williams wrote to us to tell us about the grandfather and grandmother this tear-jerker is about.
Interpol recently took the stage at Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles to perform a few songs from its new album, El Pintor, as well as a handful of fan favorites. The small, dedicated crowd seemed thrilled to experience the New York City rock band in such an intimate setting — and that energy propels this performance of its standout single, "All The Rage Back Home."