Curios

Video of the Week: Houndmouth - "On The Road"

"On The Road" - Houndmouth: From The City Below the City (Roughtrade)

This is damn fine single in a ragged roots-rock, stripped-down-version-of-The-Band-kinda way from this New Albany, Indiana quartet. The dual vocals of keyboardist Katie Toupin and guitarist Matt Myers frame the proceedings with just right amount of tension along with stabbing piano and a tasteful, economical guitar hook. Worth keeping an ear and eye on; new 12-track album was just released a few weeks ago.

Song of the Week: Patty Griffin - "Ohio"

"Ohio" Patty Griffin: American Kind (New West)

Griffin is one of those evocative singer-songwriters that represents that quintessential essence of Americana. Hailed by critics, but often ignored by a larger audience. she deserves so much more. Hopefully her latest single will help in that cause as she's in atmospheric duet with her new beau (Rock God) Robert Plant. There is a siren-like quality to this acoustic-driven meditative love ballad and the undertow of the instruments - acoustic guitars, djembe, dobro -- is as strong and steady as the current of this name-checked river. "Meet me in the evening / Where the river is low..." 

Video of the Week: Karnivool - "We Are"

Apparently these Aussies from Perth are much beloved in a music genre that often gets hammered by my fellow rick critics. I just discovered them, and I have to give them high marks for terrific songs, playing, production, et al. "We Are" is their latest single from their latest album, Asymmetry, due later this summer. If you dig the prog metal of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and dare I say, King Crimson, then you will dig Karnivool. Prog is not dead, long live Prog!

Song of the Week: Monster Truck - "Sweet Mountain River"

Some heavy, melodic metal thunder for your weekend... I caught this Canadian quartet Monster Truck last night at Piano's where they played songs from their new album Furiosity (Dine Alone Records). No frills classic rock and roll -- huge Les Paul guitar riffs, spacey organ fills, thunderous drums, bottom-heavy bass, and one powerful vocalist. The spirit of Stillwater and Grand Funk Railroad live! I predict these lads will be playing much larger venues very soon.

May Music Mayhem

It may seem that I'm diggin' in the dirt. Gettin' back to my punk rock roots. Well, some of my favorite new music does seem a wee bit primal, oui? And some of it is even out this world. But all of this music is party playlist-worthy for any weekend getaway. Proceed with caution....

Love the retro-girl bop rockabilly trip of this Austin-based ginger-haired flamethrower. She's got plenty of sass, snarl, and sex appeal. And her roots-rockin' band rips it up all the while she shakes and struts her stuff. This will keep any party swingin' all night long. Don't move your lips, just shake those hips....