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    • Tori Amos Shares First Single from New Album - “Cloud Riders”
      Tori Amos is releasing a new album, Native Invader, September 8 via Decca. The album was announced back in April, but now she has finally shared the album's first single, "Cloud Riders." Listen to it below via NPR, who premiered it. Also below are her upcoming tour dates.
    • Watch: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - “When I Dance With You” Video
      The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are releasing a new album, The Echo of Pleasure, on September 1 via the band's own label, Painbow. Previously they shared Echo songs "Anymore" and "When I Dance With You." Now "When I Dance With You" has a fun video in which the band are in black & white against colorful backgrounds.  […]
    • Mercury Prize 2017 Nominees Announced - alt-J, The xx, Glass Animals, Sampha, and More
      This year's Mercury Prize nominees have been announced and they include the latest albums by alt-J, The xx, Glass Animals, Sampha, The Big Moon, Kate Tempest, and... Ed Sheeran. The last one seems like bit of a mainstream choice for The Mercury Prize. The full list is below.
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      Joywave are a band building to success in stages. A collaboration with Big Data gave them a hit song and subsequent singles and a full-length added to the reputation. Now, two albums in, it feels like the potential exhibited in short bursts is finally reaching boiling point.
    • Terror in a Texas Town
      Released in 1958, Terror in a Texas Town feels simultaneously ahead of and behind the times.
    • Person to Person
      These loosely-connected story threads weave about one another in Dustin Guy Defa’s low-key comedy.
    • The Afghan Whigs Share Pleasure Club Cover in Honor of Late Guitarist Dave Rosser
      The Afghan Whigs have released "You Want Love" as a free download in honor of the band's late guitarist Dave Rosser (who passed away last month after a battle with colon cancer). It's a cover of a song by the New Orleans band Pleasure Club and it features that band's original singer James Hall.
    • Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, Tegan and Sara, and More React to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban
      This morning President Trump announced on Twitter that Transgender people were no longer allowed to serve in the military in any capacity, a reversal of an Obama policy. Several notable musicians have spoken out against the ban, including Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste, Tegan and Sara, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Best Coast, and others.
    • Charli XCX Shares “Boys” Video with Mac DeMarco, Vampire Weekend, Mark Ronson, and More
      Charli XCX has shared a brand new song, "Boys," via a video she self-directed (with Sarah McColgan). In keeping with the song's title, the video features a bunch of well-known "boys."
    • St. Vincent Is Featured in a New Ad Campaign for Tiffany & Co.
      The American jewelry company Tiffany & Co. have launched their fall 2017 campaign and it stars St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark), Janelle Monáe, Zoë Kravitz, Elle Fanning, model Cameron Russell, and Bolshoi Ballet dancer David Hallberg.
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    • 10 Things You Never Knew About... Arcade Fire July 27, 2017
      Looking back on a decade of powerful music...Arcade Fire have graced the indie landscape for over a decade with their conceptual albums and political statements. Following 2013’s ‘Reflector’ it has been quiet from the Canadian outfit, though this summer they will bring their immense live act around a handful of events, including the Isle Of Wight Festival. W […]
    • Sensory Excursions: Avey Tare Interviewed July 27, 2017
      Animal Collective songwriter on his new solo album 'Eucalyptus'...Animal Collective have been a huge band for over a decade now, brightening the musical landscape with technicolour psychedelic pop that combines childlike imagination with virtuoso song-smithery. The project buzzes around the hive mind of four individuals who go by the monikers Avey […]
    • Wolf Alice Share 'Yuk Foo' Video, New Tour Dates July 27, 2017
      Short burst of intimate shows confirmed...Wolf Alice have shared the full video for new single 'Yuk Foo'. The band's dissonant, feedback-fuelled return is an emphatic statement in its own right, a careering squall of guitar-driven noize. New album 'Visions Of A Life' is incoming, with the group also set to play some of the biggest he […]
    • Young Fathers Craft Powerful New Short Film July 27, 2017
      Working alongside the Scottish National Portrait Gallery...Young Fathers have crafted a new short film focussing on the theme of the Male Gaze. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has partnered with the National Portrait Gallery on the new exhibition, exploring themes of masculinity. Young Fathers agreed to construct a new short film, and their exploratio […]
    • Track Of The Day 27/7 - Wild Cub July 27, 2017
      'I Fall Over'Wild Cub make gloriously extravagant pop music. Debut album 'Youth' seems to burst with energy, the trio matching ear-worm melodies to lyrics that cut a little deeper. Faced with constructing a follow up, Wild Cub pushed themselves further than ever before. Re-immersing themselves in creative independence, the band will relea […]
    • Premiere: Warm Digits - 'Growth Of Raindrops' (ft. Sarah Cracknell) July 27, 2017
      Newcastle duo prepare new album 'Wireless World'...Newcastle duo Warm Digits are back, and this time they're grabbing a select batch of collaborators. New album 'Wireless World' is incoming on Memphis Industries, Peter Brewis of Field Music, Sarah Cracknell of Saint Etienne, Devon Sproule, and Mia La Metta of Beards. New track ' […]
    • New Book On Can's Jaki Liebezeit Launched July 27, 2017
      The Life, Theory and Practice of a Master Drummer...When Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit passed away in January of this year, he not only left behind a body of recorded work whose motion and energy were dominated by his cyclical approach to rhythm, but also a whole theory of drumming that had been properly documented. Liebezeit himself never thought to properly w […]
    • Kesha Embraces Abandon On 'Learn To Let Go' July 27, 2017
      The new video takes the singer back to her childhood...When Kesha sings "I've been to hell and back..." on new single 'Learn To Let Go' she really, really means it. But if music can offer a form of catharsis then her new single goes a long way to providing that. A hymn to the power of emotional abandonment, the video for 'Learn […]
    • Jason Nolan Gets Funky On 'Don King' July 27, 2017
      A primer for new EP 'Late Night City Hawks'...Jason Nolan ups the energy on funky new cut 'Don King'. The songwriter's debut EP 'Wonder Years' emerged last year, a release marked by a talent striving towards an individual voice. Follow up EP 'Late Night City Hawks' is incoming, with Jason Nolan able to share lead […]
    • French Montana - Jungle Rules July 27, 2017
      A cohesive and complete sounding album from the Bad Boy Records signee...French Montana has always divided hip-hop fans; you either love him or hate him. The Bad Boy Records signee has enjoyed a steady growth via the underground; from his first incarnation as Young French with his popular ‘Cocaine City’ DVD series to a solid mixtape run over the past decade. […]
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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.

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Video of the Day: King Leg – Great Outdoors

Posted by falconi5 on July 26, 2017

King Leg shares a bit of DNA with Dwight Yoakam, in fact he opened for him for a few select dates on his recent tour, but if one boot is in Country, the other is in Rock and Roll.  With a voice that sounds like a not quite fully formed Roy Orbison, his debut record, Meet King Leg, should put this kid on the map.

 

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Video of the Day: Will Stratton – Manzanita

Posted by falconi5 on July 8, 2017

If you are a fan of Andrew Combs or Kevin Morby, and if you’re not you should be, you wil LOVE Will Stratton. His new record Rosewood Almanac is a supple, laid back listen perfect for a lazy Sunday Morning.

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Top 10 of the Day: Top 10 U.S. R&B Singles July, 1963

Posted by falconi5 on July 8, 2017

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1.  Easier Said Than Done – The Essex

2.  Hello Stranger – Barbara Lewis

3.  Surf City – Jan & Dean

4.  Pride and Joy – Marvin Gaye

5. Just One Look – Doris Troy

6.  Fingertips (Part 2) – Little Stevie Wonder

7.  So Much In Love – The Tymes

8. Not Me – The Orlons

9. One Fine Day – The Chiffons

10.  No One – Ray Charles

 

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Video of the Day: Whitehorse – Nighthawks

Posted by falconi5 on July 8, 2017

whithorseWhitehorse is Canadian married couple Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland. Sort of a reverse White Stripes, Doucet plays mostly drums, the band has just released an excellent new record, Panther in the Dollhouse. Their E.P. The Northern Soul Vol. 1 is also a must hear with exotic covers of “My Babe,” and “Wang Dang Doodle.”

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The 50 Top Albums of 2017 (So Far)

Posted by falconi5 on July 2, 2017

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Half way through 2017 there have already been a whole lot of great records released, and even more great ones on the way. Willie Nelson is definitely still alive and well with God’s Problem Child, Jason Isbell still can do no musical wrong as he brilliantly displays on The Nashville Sound, and Rodney Crowell is as good as ever with his laid back cool album, Close Ties. Whether you prefer to call it Outlaw Country, Roots Rock, or Americana, good music is alive and well.

For those that like a bit more Rock in their Roll, there is plenty to like as well.  The Biters deliver Glam T-Rex style glam, Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind power through with their blend of fuzz guitar and harder while vintage Rockers Mr. Dynamite serve it up Classic Rock Style.

And, let’s not forget about some of the new talent.  Colter Wall makes Waylon and Willie grin from ear to Outlaw Country ear with his debut album, John Moreland keeps it real on  his sophomore effort, Big Bad Luv, and Hunter and the Bear on Paper Heart will have you conjuring up The White Stripes and the Black Keys.

In other words, strap yourselves in, the roller coaster ride is just beginning.

  1. Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song
  2. Andrew Combs – Canyons of My Mind
  3. Jason Isbell  and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
  4. Bash & Pop – Anything Could Happen
  5. Nikki Lane – Highway Queen
  6. Biters – The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be
  7. Coco Hames – Coco Hames
  8. BNQT – Vol. 1
  9. Benjamin Booker – Witness
  10. Colin Hay – Fierce Mercy
  11. Colter Wall – Colter Wall
  12. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator
  13. Goldray – Rising
  14. Band of Heathens – Duende
  15. Rodney Crowell – Close Ties
  16. BJ Wilbanks – BJ Wilbanks
  17. Low Cut Connie – Dirty Pictures (part 1)
  18. Paul Weller – A Kind of Revolution
  19. Sam Outlaw – Tenderheart
  20. Seafoam Green – Topanga Mansion
  21. St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Sea of Noise
  22. The Weeks – Easy
  23. BMX Bandits – BMX Bandits Forever
  24. Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
  25. Phoenix – Ti Amo
  26. Spoon – Hot Thoughts
  27. Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock
  28. Garland Jeffreys – 14 Steps to Harlem
  29. Skyway Man – Mighty Eye
  30. The Picturebooks – Home is a Heartache
  31. Starlight Campbell Band – Blueberry Pie
  32. GospelbeacH – Another Summer of Love
  33. Matthew Sweet – Tomorrow Forever
  34. Los Colognes – The Wave
  35. Curse of Lono – Severed
  36. North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer for Peace
  37. Kevin Morby – City Music
  38. The Charlatans – Different Days
  39. Steelism – ism
  40. The Deslondes – Hurry Home
  41. Steve Earle – So You Wanna Be an Outloaw
  42. Ron Sexsmith – The Last Rider
  43. Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure
  44. Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
  45. Pokey Lafarge – Manic Reveltions
  46. Justin Townes Earle – Kids in the Street
  47. Saint Motel – saintmotelvision
  48. John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
  49. Angaleena Presley – Wrangled
  50. Craig Brown Band – The Lucky Ones Forget

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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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Video of the Day: Elton John – Tiny Dancer

Posted by falconi5 on May 29, 2017

Last week, Elton John released brand new music videos for three of his classic song. Professionally crafted, these mini movies are Cinematic marvels. Each one is a short story. The video for Tiny Dancer is a Southern California slice of L.A. noir.

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Video of the Day: Dig Deeper – Stars Tonight

Posted by falconi5 on May 14, 2017

Dig Deeper is a politically aware band from Norway.  Their latest E.P. Is somewhat of a protest objecting to living in a country that refuses people in need basic rights and brags about having the strictest policies on immigration in Europe.

Their sounds pull from a trippy mixture of Neil Young, Cosmic Cowboy, and Americana.

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Chris Stapleton’s “Second One

Posted by falconi5 on May 5, 2017

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Video of the Day: The Wild Feathers – The Ceiling

Posted by falconi5 on May 4, 2017

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