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DR. DOG: B-Room
This is the eighth studio release from the Pennsylvania-based band. The tracks are reminiscent of the band’s previous albums and should bring back fond memories for both die-hard and occasional fans. At its core – however – the album is a soul album, according to the band.
Although the vibe is similar, the inspiration behind the album sets this release apart. The album was named after a single room in a recording studio the band constructed from a newly renovated mill building in Pennsylvania. The b-room was the site of many late night recording sessions, impromptu jam sessions and intensive song writing that led to the creation of this LP.
With this new release, Dr. Dog ramps up for an upcoming tour with the Lumineers starting in October.
AMOS LEE: Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song
In his fifth studio release, Philadelphia-born and raised Ryan Massaro gives listeners a traditional – yet successful – taste of what has made his musical project Amos Lee so tangible to folk and indie lovers worldwide.
The album’s 12 tracks are nostalgic of past releases, but also bring new lyrics and themes to the musical table. Massaro worked with Jay Joyce to produce the record. Joyce has lent a hand to other well-known artists, including Cage the Elephant, Eric Church and Emmy Lou Harris.
Along with a well-known producer, the release also features musical help from Allison Krauss, Patty Griffin and Jeff Cofflin from Dave Matthews Band.
Massaro recently performed at the 2013 Life is Good Festival in Canton, Massachusetts alongside Jack Johnson, Dawes, Trampled by Turtles and The Roots. He is set to begin a solo tour this fall.
BLITZEN TRAPPER: Vii
After almost a decade of successfully creating music, this Portland, Oregon country-folk band is at it again. This is the seventh studio release from the group and features a variety of sounds including folk, R&B, soul and country.
The album is similar in sound to “American Goldwing” and “Destroyer of the Void” – both releases off Sub Pop – but also contains a new vibe, possibly related to a new record company. This 2013 release is off Vagrant Records.
New label or not, fans will be greeted with similar Trapper sounds including banjos, horns and guitars – in unison over many of the album’s tracks. The band is currently on tour with stops planned throughout the country.
LORDE: Pure Heroine
Ella Yelich-O’Connor, known publicly by her stage name Lorde, just turned 16, but you wouldn’t guess she’s younger than 25 based on her music. The New Zealand native has been rocking the US Charts lately with her single “Royals” which features a slow but catchy beat and simple, yet memorable lyrics.
Yelich-O’Connor was discovered at the age of 12 at a talent show. The rest – as they say – is history. Before releasing music in America, Yelich-O’Connor attained success abroad, including a number one hit in “Royals” in the New Zealand charts.
The Auckland-native co-wrote a majority of the album – which features “Royals” – with producer Joel Little. While the beats are mature, some of the lyrics reveal Lorde’s teenage side – particularly when discussing under-aged parties. However, the majority of the album displays a young artist who is talented beyond her years.