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Another week, another Featured Friday Playlist. This week's list is slightly longer than last, and equally as full of great new and recent music.
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Previously, we featured "Raised on Rock And Roll" which is the title track from the new album by this Dayton, Ohio band. I love the journey of this song which starts off nice and pretty and then kicks in with some awesome glam rock sounds.
Next up, we have a wonderful tribute to 80s discos from this indie pop band from the UK who released their first album in 2015. The extended single also includes a cover of the Human League's hit "Fascination".
Next up, we have the lead track from In the Throes of Woes. Summer Sleeves is the project of Seattle based songwriter and multi-disciplinary artist Jeremy Charbonneau. Great lo-fi music that covers multi genres and sounds.
Next up, we travel to the Gold Coast of Australia for the latest single from this singer-songwriter who taps into the energy and freedom fighting vibes of rock and roll.
And, as always, we end the week on a high note with a track from Folding My Hand, Accepting Defeat - the debut EP from Florida singer-songwriter Taylin Wills who records as Least. Most of the song deal with issues Taylin faces as an opening trans person.
First up, we have the new single from this London based gutter rock band. The band had been playing this song live for a year and half before recording it. A great lead-off to this segment of music.
Next up, we have the new single from this pastoral, lo-fi, indie folk band from Western Massachusetts. Their EP Millefleur is due out in June. Really wonderful song.
Next up, we have a track from the recently released second EP (Payingt off Student Loans) from this Miami based indie rock/funk/groove band. Check it out!
Next up, we have the first single from the forthcoming second album by this Dutch band who create fresh new music with a sixties and seventies vibe. Cool stuff.
And, we close things out for this segment of music with the lead track from the debut album from this new power pop band from Memphis which boasts and impressive pedigree which traces back to some of the great Memphis power pop bands of the past.
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L.A. based psych-shoegaze band Tombstones in Their Eyes return with an new album called Looking for a Light. We first featured this band back in 2018, and it is great to have their heavy rock sounds back on E2TG.
Next up, we have the first of two tracks from the French label Chinese Man Records - Dig It! series. First up, we have a track from this electro, hip-hop, groove band from France. Great track.
Our second track from Chinese Man Records and their Dig It! series comes from SupaChill who combines hip hop, rap, and salsa. Joined here by Mary May and Nuffsaid. Dig it! I do!
Next up, we have a recent single from the forthcoming album and video series, the St. Buryan sessions from this UK based singer-songwriter. A stunning a capella song. Really lovely and a fascinating project.
And we close out this segment of music with the first taste of the forthcoming EP Spectrum from this UK-Based US slacker rock band. I love this sound of this one.
After featuring some of the pre-release singles - Lonesome Kind - the third album from DL Rossi is out now. The album was recorded in Nashville where Rossi lived before returning to Michigan to deal with a family health issue.
Next up, we have a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song by this UK metal band led by Nathan Peach and Mark Vincent. Great cover.
Another cover - this time the lead track from Shannon McNally's forthcoming The Waylon Sessions tribute album - due May 28.
Next up, we have the first single from the recently released first album in 13 years (called II) by this eclectic band from Boise, Idaho. Fun fact, in fifth grade, I had to do a report about a state and my report was about Idaho. The band's story is one of resilience which I hope to share in more detail. In the meantime, check out the album and enjoy this track.
Next up, we have the new single from California based indie pop artist Kid Hastings - the song was written calling two breakups and being hit by a car while skateboarding. Really interesting music, and I dig it.
And keeping things interesting - we have the latest single from the forthcoming album Juan & the Pursuit of Happiness - which tells a fictional story of Juan - this track is about mutations and transformation and change. Dontmesswithjuan is the project of a Montreal-based female artist who chooses to stay out of the spot-light. Really fascinating. I dug this track and I am ready to dig deeper.
First up, today, we have a single - off the debut EP Stripes (due out in May) from this London-based French duo. A great sounding song.
Manchester band Ventrelles are up next with their follow-up to last year's "County Lines". This time out - they bring a psych drenched pop sound that hits me just right.
Next up, we have a fantastic song from Minneapolis based singer-songwriter John Louis. It is the follow-up to "Gone Too Far" which was released back in February. Both songs are being released together on CD as an A/B - a homage to the classic 45s Louis grew up with. I love this song.
I also love this song - from the forth-coming debut album For Morgan (due in May) from this Welsh-born singer songwriter. The album is an audio time-capsule from father to son. This first single is a lovely song.
Jon Flynn from the L.A. band Diamonds Hands (who are going to be releasing their fourth album later this year) just released his solo debut album Citrus. This song - and the album have a crystal cool Brit pop sound. I dig.
Australian duo - Mass Experience was formed by Katie M. Little and Timothy Poulton who met twenty-five years ago - they each pursued successful careers (Poulton as a photographer - visiting remote spots on the planet and Little as a stand-up comedian and author. When COVID-19 grounded both their careers - Mass Experience was born. This is the third single from their forthcoming album.
Next, we have the new single from Atlanta based groovy psych rock band - The Buzzards of Fuzz. Their first full-length album is due out in September. This is cool stuff.
And, we close out this week's playlist with a song that caught my ear because I could relate to the sentiment. ACORN is based in Nashville - the music is described as country-pop which is something I usually don't care for, but then again - I don't care for genre labels in general - I'm glad I checked this out. I always like to end the playlist with something interesting and a little different - and I think this fits the bill.
We start off this segment of music with the single from the debut self-titled album by this Iranian-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in NYC whose music incorporates rock, classical, and Persian influences.
Next up, we have the new single from this UK band who combine multiple influences and some bold and innovative instrumentation to create something truly unique and original.
We have another UK band - this one from West Cornwall with the title track from their forthcoming album (due May 1). The song is inspired by the breathtaking landscape around their hometown and the music is suitably majestic and the vocals are otherworldly.
Next up, we have a track by this band that formed in 2018 and features members from the UK, France, and Spain. It is a powerhouse rock song about the lock down - elevated by the sonic energy of the music and vocals.
Next, we have the second single from the forthcoming solo debut from Scottish singer-songwriter Jim McCulloch (BMX Bandits, Soup Dragons). I like this song quite a bit. Check it out.
California's West of Texas (led by Jerry Zinn) brings some real deal honky tonk country music with his new album Heartache, Hangovers & Honky Tonks. The album is a decade in the making - beginning as a three song EP in 2010 before health issues sidelined Zinn for some time. The quarantine provided the time for Zinn to complete the album which was co-produced and engineered by Rich McCulley and features a great line-up of California country musicians.
Some New Orleans-inspired sounds from California - the new album is called Lagniappe. Kirk Nelson and the band brings some impressive credentials to the table to create music that makes me want to drink Hurricanes and stroll through the Quarter.
Next up, we have the second single from this alternative rock band from Longview, Texas. The band is readying their debut album When You Think It's Right, It's Always Wrong. A great modern rock song.
And we close this segment of music with the title track from the new album from UK artist Pete Bentley who records as Troy Bentley (Troy being his mother's maiden name). The album features contributions from Bentley's siblings Tony and Kathy. Multi-layered music that sounds fantastic.
First up today, we have the recent single (from the forthcoming Friends & Family - due May 4) from this veteran UK musician. The album is an acoustic follow-up to the 2015 album Skiddeerselectric. A great start to this segment of music.
Next up, we have the fantastic new single from this musical powerhouse. It is the first single from his forthcoming Change in Me which is due out May 14. Eddie Turner was born in Cuba and raised in Chicago. The new album was recorded between New York City and his current home of Denver, Colorado. A great tune.
Next up, we have the lead-off single from the forthcoming (April 30) Another Life by this post-punk meets Brit-pop band formerly known as Foundlings. The band name comes from an Allen Ginsberg poem and marks the emergence of the band with a new line-up and a new attitude. Cool stuff.
Next, we have the debut release from this emerging pop artist (aka Luke Potter). Catchy and a great sounding track.
Next up, we have the new single from the singer and songwriter from Milan. A wonderful atmospheric and sultry track.
We have the timely title track from the new album by this Washington D.C. singer-songwriter who combines a country rock sound with a solid pop sensibility. The song has a powerful message about all the things that divide in these difficult times.
Next up, we have the fantastic recent single from a band whose members' roots run deep in the Canadian music world. Credits include Bryan Adams, Bruce Cockburn, Jane Sibury, Odds, Jimmy Barnes and more.
Next, we have the first taste of the upcoming second album by this Montreal based indie pop singer-songwriter who previously fronted the garage punk band Babysitter.
From Montreal, we move to Toronto with this track from the recently released debut album by this noisy geek rock band that formed in 2018. A great way to close out this segment of music.
First up, we are a track from a new EP/single from this Toronto based singers-songwriter who makes music with a wonderful combination of pop, southern soul and more.
Next up, we have our second single to feature from Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard and Jules Maxwell. Great stuff.
Next up, we have the new single from Florida based singer/songwriting and musician Van Plating. It is the follow-up to the her 2019 album which marked her return to music after a decade off. A strong song, and I look forward to hearing more.
Next, UK indie band Are We Static with a fantastic new song.
Next up, a immense sounding new single from L.A. based Sam Valdez - her full length album Take Care is due out May 7.
Next up, a new single from Welsh band My Name is Ian - ahead of their new album due in June called Fantastic Company. Here they team up with an other Welsh band we have featured before- HMS Morris.
We have a wonderful new single from UK singer-songwriter Jason Pilling who is originally from Saskatchewan.
Next up, a tasty bit of rock 'n' roll which builds upon the classic traditions - especially on some of the great British bands of past decades. The Lancasters are from Italy, and this great new single is pretty darn cool.
Some lovely and mysterious country folk from this North Carolina artist who worked with members of MIPSO, Mandolin Orange, and Mount Moriah on his forthcoming Scatter & Gather due out May 14.
And we close this segment of music with some experimental funk from Richmond, Virginia. A great tune to wind up this segment of our playlist.Featured Friday Playlist
First up, we have a recent single from this Chicago-based progressive instrumental band. Cool stuff.
Next up, we have a bluesy new single from this L.A. based artist. This is my first exposure to his music, and I like it.
Next, we have the first single following a year-long hiatus from San Francisco-based singer-songwriter ZOLA whose indie-pop music often combines French and English lyrics. A great sound on this track.
Keeping stateside for one more track, we have the new single from this alternative rock band from right here in Nashville. The powerhouse bluesy song's story is a modernized version of Wayne Cochran's 1961 song "Last Kiss" which was covered in more recent times by Pearl Jam.
And we close things out today and for this week's playlist with our second time featuring the Chinese Man Records artists RUMBLE - who also closed out a playlist last November. Here they are joined by reggae dancehall legend Blackout Ja.
First up today, we have a track from the debut release by this Seattle band which whose members bring a wealth of experience and an impressive lineage. A great way to open this segment of music.
Next up, we have the recent single from this UK based singer-songwriter who often deals with topical issues.
Next up, we have the latest single from this singer-songwriter from Perth, Western Australia and his band. A great sounding song.
Next up, we have a new track - the second single from a couple of EPs which are being released in front of the UK band's upcoming full-length debut.
Our second track to feature from this Chicago based indie alternative band is an excellent pandemic song.
And we close this segment of music with the 4th single from this emerging L.A. based artist. Great stuff.
First up today, we have a single from Kansas City singer-songwriter Ben Schenberg that was released on April 1. I dig it.
The Licata Brothers are an inspirational rock duo from L.A. Their recent single reflects on how materialism distracts us from fighting for justice. A valuable and important message for our times or any times.
Next up, another timely new single from songwriters Bjoern Nilsen and Austin Church. Nilsen has worked with Joe Sun, had songs used in movies and television, and had songs recorded by Linda Gail Lewis, Dallas Moore (yes the time Dallas Moore we featured yesterday) and more. Austin Church's credits include work with Jimmy Buffet, Lyle Lovett and more).
Anna Kline and John Looney are Swift Silver from Kentucky and they play a new breed of Southern soul music. Check this song out.
We close this segment of music with a new single from this Colorado based folk singer-songwriter. A lovely song.
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The Rain - the new album from outlaw country artist Dallas Moore is out now. We featured one or two of the pre-release singles. This album cut stands as evidence that this is a song album front to back.
I fell in love this this song when it was released on Mermaid Avenue - a couple of decades ago????. Music by and performed by Billy Bragg with lyrics from Woody Guthrie. This fantastic new cover features the late folk singers grandson backed by a band of great musicians. The album Self (En) Titled is due out this Friday.
I am unabashedly a fan of the songs of the brothers Gibb. This is from 5: A Tribute to the Bee Gees Vol. 2 from this Pittsburgh artist. The song was the title track to the 1979 album which was the immediate follow-up to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
The 8th album from Boston-based duo David Wax Museum is out this Friday. This is the first single, and I like it a lot.
Next up, we have the new single from this relatively new country band from Detroit, Michigan.
We close with a song I just completely fell in love with - it is the recent single from this cosmic country band based in Alabama. It is the second single from their forthcoming Krishna Country album due out later this year. Check it out.
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Southern California rock and rollers (formerly known as Julez) with their latest single. We featured the first single a few weeks back.
Recorded remotely over the internet (which they were doing before the pandemic). This band features two brothers-in-law and a childhood friend of one of them. Brought together life-long love of rock and roll.
The title track from the recent album by this UK singer-songwriter. The album was produced by Ride front man Mark Gardener. Kaleido's father was the original lead guitarist for the Yardbirds.
This is the third single (and our second feature) of the rock and roll band who emerged from the hardcore scene in Milano, Italy.
A fascinating artist from Vancouver - who brings a classic style and a modern sound - blurring whatever lines he can. I dig this a lot.
The Green Kingdom is the solo project of Michael Cottone a sound artist from Michigan. This was released on sound of silence records - a diy label from Athens, Greece.
Nature of Wires is a UK artist who have been doing originals and remixes since the mid 1980s. Here they get the remix treatment from the legendary Danish EBM artist Leaether Strip.
Single from the forthcoming Divine Invasion album (due May 7) by this band from Cardiff, Wales (yes more Welsh music.)
And we end on a high note with our second track to feature from this Balkan folk-metal band who combine Croatian folk influences with metal and industrial music from an original sound. A great way to take us out.
First up today is a recent single from this funky punk band from Toronto. Nice.
Next up, we have a lovely instrumental from L.A. based drummer Andrew Lessman.
Next up, we have the title track from the recent album by this German composer. The album was released on the Spring Equinox. This is great stuff.
Next up, we have the debut single from this band from Australia. I dig it.
Next up, we have the recent single from this Irish duo from their forthcoming album Martins Garden which was produced by Tyler Greenwell of Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Next up, we have a really lovely new single from Santa Cruz native Henry Chadwick who grew up around recording studios and who puts that background to great use.
Next up, we have a recent single from this Canadian singer-songwriter whose sound combines rockabilly, blues, and indie rock. I like this song a lot.
The new single from this San Diego band upgrades The Clovers' "Love Potion No. 9". This one connected with me right away.
Next up, we have the wonderful new single from this Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter. Great stuff.
And we close out this segment with a stunning new single from this UK band. It is from their forthcoming album Inner Lockdown. Check it out.
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Track from the forthcoming debut album (American Grenadine - April 23) by this folk rock duo from Portland, Maine. We previously featured two separate singles by the band members Peter Donovan and Elijah Ocean.
Next up, we have a track from the debut album by UK artist Valdis Stekelis who records as Distant Voices. Long Road to Home is out now. We previously featured an earlier single from teh album.
Next up, we have a cool recent single from the Ukrainian/American band who are based in Kiev. Great stuff.
Next up, we have the latest single from Southern California singer-songwriter Griff Clawson. We have featured earlier tracks by him, and this latest is really good.
Next up, we have some stunning hard rock from this band from the Carolinas. Wonderful grooves here - brought to my mind AC/DC - but not derivative at all.
Singer-songwriter Jon Randall has had a successful career as a songwriter, musician, and producer. He won a Grammy award as part of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers. His new EP Neon Texas pays tribute to his Texas roots.
Next up, we have a new recording of a song first recorded 10 years ago. Casey Wickstrom is a California based artist and Taylor Rae is a California native now based in Austin. This new recording was backed by a Kickstarter Campaign, and it is a really beautiful and catchy song. Check it out.
Next up, we have a wonderful new single from Swedish visionary artist Sunstroke Rain (the name is an anagram from Karin Turesson - who has worked with numerous Swedish artists including Robyn).
Next, we have a single from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Layla Frankel. It is from her forthcoming Postcards from the Moon which will be out May 1. She is backed by some top Nashville session musicians on this track. I like it a lot.
Mike Donehey is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Dove award-winning Tenth Avenue North. He is also the brother of Kanene Donehey Pipkin of The Lone Bellow. His new solo effort features a cosmic country feel. His new three-track release A Father & Two Sons is based upon the parable of the Prodigal Son - which each track representing a different character from the parable. A great way to close out this segment of music.
We open this segment with a track from the EP Six Road Ends by this Glascow-based Celtic Americana band.
Next up. we have the title track from a new album by this multi-instrumentalist based in Franklin, Tennessee. Interestingly, this came to me from one of my favorite UK publicists/pluggers.
Next up, we have the title track from the new debut full-length album from 78 year old Memphis based sacred soul sing Elizabeth King. This is something special.
Next up, we have another track from the forthcoming self-titled album by this Minneapolis band. We have been digging their music a log as of late.
Next, we have our third track to feature from this Dayton, Ohio based dance punk band. I have to admit that dance punk was not a term I knew before hearing this band, but it makes sense to me now, and I like it.
Next up, we have a track from the new album from this avant-pop band from Bristol, UK. It is our second track to featured from their just released self-titled album. The band has a colorful history that began in 1993.
Next up, we have a single from the recently released EP Hungry, High & Seeing Things by this rock band from nearby Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Next up, we have the lead track from the 4th album and first album in 19 years by this band - whose is based between southern England and right here in Nashville. The album features the four original members of the and special guest Peter Buck (R.E.M.). Dig this a lot.
Next up, we have the new single from this Manchester, UK based artist who released his debut album last May.
And we close out this segment of music with the final pre-release single from the forth-coming Calla Lilly (April 16) from this duo from Brooklyn. Great stuff and a fine way to close out this segment.
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We start off with a recent single from this singer-songwriter, actor, and social influencer who sings and writes about his struggles with Asperger's Syndrome. He has become an advocate and inspiration.
Next up, we have a track from veteran Austin singer-songwriter John McDonough - it is an acoustic version of his ode to John Denver.
Next, next up, we have a track from the forthcoming album Dead Blue by this London based band. Really cool music. I dig.
Next up, we have the title track from the new album by Denver DIY-basement-core band American Culture. I really love their sound. Wickedly cool stuff.
Next up, we have some high-energy hard rock music from this Dutch band. I like this a lot.
Next up, we have some punk rock music from Germany via Jim Schatzmann and his project Soziales Hetzwerk. Awesome track.
And we stay in Germany with some pirate folk-metal music - and the title track from the new album by Storm Seeker. As you know, I love a good pirate song any day. A great tune to close out this week's Playlist.
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