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    • 10 Best Songs of the Week: Mount Eerie, of Montreal, Gwenno, Yo La Tengo, Ought, and More
      2018 is coming on strong with lots of fantastic new tracks this week in our second Songs of the Week post of the year. Like last week, it was definitely a challenge to narrow it down to only 10. Preoccupations, The Spook School, Hinds, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, St. Vincent remixed by Kelly Lee Owens, Eels, and Hinds all could have easily made the Top 10, but […]
    • Bucket List: First Aid Kit
      Bucket List is our recurring feature where an artist provides a list of what they want to accomplish before they die. For this installment Swedish sister alt-country/folk duo First Aid Kit (Johanna and Klara Söderberg) submit their lists.
    • Bucket List: First Aid Kit
      Bucket List is our recurring feature where an artist provides a list of what they want to accomplish before they die. For this installment Swedish sister alt-country/folk duo First Aid Kit (Johanna and Klara Söderberg) submit their lists.
    • Fischerspooner Share NSFW Video for New Song “TopBrazil” and Announce Tour Dates
      Fischerspooner are releasing a new album, Sir, on February 16 via Ultra. Now they have shared a new song from it, "TopBrazil," via a NSFW video, and have also announced some tour dates.
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - An Interview with Mimicking Birds
      This week we're joined by Nate Lacy from Mimicking Birds who talks the wonders and dangers of nature, plus we have medicals, shutdowns, presidential racism, and a sad loss. 
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - An Interview with Mimicking Birds
      This week we're joined by Nate Lacy from Mimicking Birds who talks the wonders and dangers of nature, plus we have medicals, shutdowns, presidential racism, and a sad loss. 
    • 2017 Artist Survey: Marika Hackman
      For Under the Radar's 15th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2017 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.
    • Watch Franz Ferdinand Perform “Always Ascending” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
      Scotland's Franz Ferdinand are releasing a new album, Always Ascending, on February 9 via their longtime label Domino. Previously they shared its fun and dance-y title track, "Always Ascending," as well as a video for the song, plus the album's second single, "Feel the Love Go." 
    • Ariel Marx, Composer on Sundance films “The Tale” & “Hair Wolf”
      Ariel Marx has been busy. The composer has work on a handful of short films over the last several years, and now she's heading to Sundance for the first time with her scores for the feature film The Tale and the horror short Hair Wolf. Marx, who received her master's in music composition and film scoring at NYU, met The Tale's director Jennife […]
    • Hinds Announce New Album, Share Fun Football-Themed Video for New Song “New For You”
      Spanish all-female quartet Hinds have announced a new album, I Don't Run, their sophomore album, and shared a video for its first single, "New For You." Lucía Pardo directed the fun video for "New For You," which features the band engaged in a game of football (or soccer if you must). 
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    • David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy Gains New Vinyl Pressing January 19, 2018
      It's coming later this year...David Bowie's legendary Berlin trilogy is set to gain a new vinyl pressing. The iconic artist's stint in the German capital has become the stuff of mythology, re-carving pop culture to suit his own ends. Parlophone are set to issue the trilogy - 'Low', 'Heroes', and 'Lodger' - on Febr […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - Jacques January 19, 2018
      A guide to a complete one off talent...French composer Jacques is playing by his own rules. Ruthlessly adventurous pop music of an electronic bent, each track seems to usher in a complete re-wiring of the way we approach listening to music. Ending 2017 with his avant-bubblegum electro melter 'In The Radio', the composer set about recording a demons […]
    • Where To Start: The Cosmic Genius Of Sun Ra January 19, 2018
      There are other worlds they have not told you of...In the pantheon of musical trailblazers, Sun Ra is a shooting star; with his huge ‘band’, the multi, multi instrumental Arkestra in tow, he bursts miles ahead of anyone else in terms of chronology, mythology, and straight up otherworldliness. Born in 1914, it was as early as the opening years of the 50s that […]
    • Premiere: Desert Sound Colony - 'Tethered' January 19, 2018
      A return to his roots in club culture...Electronic composer Liam Wachs has been through many phases, many creative iterations. Using the name Desert Sound Colony as an umbrella term for these projects, he recently completed an international tour with a three-piece line up. Deciding to strip things back, Liam Wachs re-engaged with the elements of club culture […]
    • Ashley Henry's Jazz Interpretation Of This Nas Classic Is Astounding January 19, 2018
      The World Is Yours, indeed...These are heady times for UK jazz. The scene is gaining international recognition, while the sheer diversity of sounds on display seems to reconfigure identity on a daily basis. South London's Ashley Henry & the RE:ensemble have just signed a major label deal, inking a new partnership with Sony. New EP 'Easter' […]
    • Premiere: Whinnie Williams - 'What About Me' January 19, 2018
      An urgent, pointed return from the newcomer...Sometimes you just have to admit that you can't give any more. Life can occasionally get you down, seeming to demand a lot more that it's actually giving back. Whinnie Williams knows this feeling all too well. The singer found herself in the studio recently, and was unable to separate herself from conne […]
    • Barbagallo's 'L'échappée' Offers Wistful Psych-Pop Thrills January 19, 2018
      Tame Impala drummer and Francophone songwriter...Barbagallo has shared the new video for wistful, psych-pop nugget 'L'échappée'. The project is helmed by Julien Barbagallo, Tame Impala's drummer and also a fine songwriter in his own right. New album 'Danse Dans Les Ailleurs' arrives on March 2nd, and it's representative of […]
    • Weslee's 'Tongue Tied' Is A Trans-Atlantic Pop Sizzler January 19, 2018
      The duo will play London next month...Tran-Atlantic pop duo Weslee have shared new pop sizzler 'Tongue Tied'. The elusive pairing released three songs in 2017, with each one racing across the web to be devoured by thousands upon thousands of fans. Touching down in London next month for a rare live show, Weslee have now shared new song 'Tongue […]
    • Track Of The Day 19/1 - Vök January 19, 2018
      'Breaking Bones' (Rephlekt Remix)A rich seam of creative adventure runs through Iceland. It's a remarkable country, one where each passing person in the street has written an opera, performed a ballet, released a mixtape, or completed an exhibition. So when Icelandic group Vök decided to commission a few remixes they knew that they wouldn […]
    • Introducing... Thick Syrup January 19, 2018
      Leeds garage punk crew share new song 'Heavy Syrup'...Leeds outfit Thick Syrup want to make fun, chunky garage punk songs. Pitched somewhere between early 70s hard rock and the Nuggets compilation, the band's demented, organ-led sound has already caused a stir in their home city. Debut album 'Living In Leeds' arrives on February 23rd […]
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    • EDDIE TRUNK’S INTERVIEW WITH GUITARIST VINNIE VINCENT POSTED ONLINE, LISTEN HERE January 20, 2018
      Eddie spoke with former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent at the the Atlanta KISS Expo on January 19th. Vincent discusses his life, his time in KISS, and his possible return to the music business, listen to the discussion below. Vinnie Vincent joined KISS in 1982, replacing Ace Frehley. As the “Ankh Warrior,” he toured with the... Read more
    • MYLES KENNEDY RELEASES LYRIC VIDEO FOR “HAUNTED BY DESIGN,” LISTEN HERE January 19, 2018
      Following the recent release of the music video for the first single, Year Of The Tiger, Myles Kennedy has released a lyric video for another song from the upcoming debut solo album. Haunted By Design is the second track released from Year Of The Tiger; the upcoming album available worldwide on March 9th via Napalm... Read more
    • RAPPER MACHINE GUN KELLY TO PLAY TOMMY LEE IN MOTELY CRUE’S “THE DIRT” MOVIE January 19, 2018
      Justin Kroll of Variety reports: Colson Baker, known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, has been tapped to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s adaptation of the band’s biography The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the Jackass movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie... Read more
    • DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES January 19, 2018
      Promising to be the Tour of the Year, two of the world’s greatest rock bands – Def Leppard and Journey – are teaming up for a massive co-headlining North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, half the shows being closed by Journey and half by Def Leppard. The tour, promoted by Live... Read more
    • MICHAEL SCHENKER DISCUSSES KIRK HAMMETT’S APPEARANCE HIS “RESURRECTION” ALBUM January 19, 2018
      Resurrection, the new album from Michael Schenker’s Michael Schenker Fest project, will be released on March 2nd through Nuclear Blast. When asked how Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett came to be involved with the project, Schenker told Poland’s Interia.pl (as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net, “He is a fan. He always wanted to jam with me. He actually... Read […]
    • “JOE PERRY AND FRIENDS” ALL-STAR BAND PERFORM TWO-HOUR PLUS SET AT SOLD-OUT JANUARY 16 THE ROXY THEATRE SHOW IN CELEBRATION OF FORTHCOMING “SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO” SOLO ALBUM OUT THIS FRIDAY (JANUARY 19TH) January 18, 2018
      Joe Perry–legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith–and his all-star band crushed it at a two-hour plus set this past Tuesday (January 16th) at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Joe was backed by guitarist Dean DeLeo and bassist Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Buck Johnson (keyboards/vocals/Aerosmith) a […]
    • 1/17: JOE ELLIOT & NEAL SCHON IN STUDIO THIS MONDAY ON TRUNK NATION ON VOLUME, ZEBRA, RICK ALLEN, MORE. January 17, 2018
      Coming this Monday to Trunk Nation a big show with Joe Elliot of Def Leppard and Neal Schon of Journey joining me live in the studio! Don’t miss this show live this Monday. Joe and Neal in at 3P ET. Also 2P ET Randy & Felix from Zebra drop by! It all happens this Monday... Read more
    • THE DEAD DAISIES SET TO “BURN IT DOWN” IN 2018 January 16, 2018
      Burn It Down, the new album from the Dead Daisies, is a muscular tour-de-force, a tornado of pounding drums, pulverizing bass, screaming guitars and in-your-face raw vocals. Evoking the best of 70s Rock, with moments of Birmingham’s finest, blended with the early works of Boston’s best, Burn It Down will do just that: burn down... Read more
    • 1/15: ATLANTA KISS EXPO UPDATE, VINNIE VINCENT, MORE January 16, 2018
      Have some new info regarding the Atlanta Kiss Expo this weekend I will be appearing at. I can now confirm that Vinnie Vincent has agreed to an interview. I’ll be broadcasting my SiriusXM show live in channel 106 Volume this Friday 1/19 from the Expo from 2-4P ET. Vinnie will join me at aprox 3P... Read more
    • SPREAD EAGLE SIGN TO FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL January 16, 2018
      Frontiers Music and Spread Eagle are very proud to announce the planned release of a new studio album in 2019. The band has started pre-production in the Music Building, New York, NY which is the exact place where our debut album was written and rehearsed. Recording will take place at Studio E in Brooklyn, NY... Read more
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Kid Koala July 20, 2017
      Kid Koala chats with us about his chaotic party show Vinyl Vaudeville, his new album Music To Draw To: Satellite and working on . Interview: Kid Koala by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
      A Toronto music staple Lemon Bucket Orkestra had humble origins as buskers in Kensington Market, the band’s ringleader Mark Marczyk spoke to the Chart Attack team about the evolution of LBO and their drive to keep performing live for (and with) their ever-growing audiences. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: The Dirty Nil July 14, 2017
      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
      A Tribe Called Red played their biggest show in Quebec yesterday at Festival d'été de Québec. We caught up with Bear Witness just prior to the festival to talk about We are the Halluci Nation. Interview: A Tribe Called Red by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FEQ in 2 Days! July 4, 2017
      Celebrating their 50th year this summer,  Festival d'été de Québec is throwing an epic bash from July 6th to July 16th. FEQ in 2 Days! by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt June 30, 2017
      The unconventional songwriter has been making waves with the release of his fourth album. Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

Posted by falconi5 on June 5, 2017


BestAlbums-633x356Unbelievably so, the year is almost half over and there is no time like the present to lay out the best records we have listened to so far.  The best according to the Falcon’s Nest staff that is.

The year is already a scorcher on the new album front with old reliable Americana Bands like The Old ’97s and Band of Heathens releasing more than solid efforts, Stellar Folk Rock stars in the making Brent Cobb and John Moreland showing real sustainability with their efforts this year, and even old school crows Blondie and Procol Harum showed up to make a guest appearance appearing in the new release rodeo.

In short, it has been a very good half-year, and the best is probably to come.  Here are ten records we have chosen as the best so far.  More to follow.

1.)  The Weeks – Easy

From the same hotbed that brought you the Drive by Truckers, this one floats around  between the Truckers, The Replacements, and The Bodeans.  Fine company indeed.

2.)  Justin Townes Earle – Kids in the Street

Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve, is back with the third installment of his Single Mothers/Absent Father/Kids in the Street trilogy.

3.) John Moreland – Big Bad Luv

This really quick follow-up to High on Tulsa Heat was a welcome surprise. His voice will remind you of Bruce, but his songrwriting stands on its own.

4.) Bash & Pop – Anything Could Happen

If The Replacements and The Old 97’s had a baby, it would be named Bash & Pop.  Ex Replacement Tommy Stinson keeps the Power Pop fires burning.

5.) Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

Not a real surprise here since hers last record All or Nothin’ was a stellar release, what is cool is that this one is even better.  Highway Queen and Jackpot will probably battle it out for Roots Rock song of the year.

6.)  BNQT – Vol. 1

This Indie Supergroup features members of Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Grandaddy. If you like these bands, you will like this record that has touches of E.L.O., Poco, and CSN along with a dusting of Todd Rundgren.  We do, and we do.

7.) Goldray – Rising

If the back of the barroom pipes of Leah Rasmussen don’t grab you, the late 60’s Psychedelic vibe will. Enhance your listening with a stimulant of your choice.

8.)  White Reaper – The Worlds Best American Band

Truth in advertising, the jury is still out.  But if you like your Rock a little on the Roll side, this one might be for you. The title track is great, and “Judy French” is infectious as hell.

9.) Coco Hames – Coco Hames

If Dusty Springfield fronted an Alt-Country band that was produced by Phil Spector, it probably would sound a lot like Coco Hames debut record.  Vibes of Jenny Lewis and Belinda Carlisle are thrown in for good measure.

10.  Sheer Mag – Compilation

A compilation of their first three E.P.s Sheer Mag channels all of your favorite 70’s bands including T Rex, Thin Lizzy, and the New York Dolls all on the shoulders of Rock Chick Tina Halliday.

11.  Spoon – Hot Thoughts

A seductive, free flowing set that stands among the best of their career.

12.  Biters – The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be

Bringing back the Glam to Rock and Roll. A Touch of T-Rex here, The Sweet there, and a lot of cool fun along the way.  Gypsy Rose might be the “Rock and Roll” song of the year.

 

13.  Colter Wall – Colter Wall

A throwback to the glory days of Outlaw Country, his debut record is as good as it gets. Colter Wall is the new Sturgill Simpson.

 

 

 

 

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