Philadelphia indie-funk band Minka announce the release of their new video, “Let’s F*ck”, in anticipation of a hometown album release party in September. The band has gained critical acclaim from taste-makers including Okay Future, WXPN’s The Key, Philadelphia Weekly and opened for acts such as Andrew W.K. Let me know if you can post the video, review The Republican, or feature Minka in any way.
Country music is something that is constantly being discussed, even here in the big bad North. While some artists have become too heavy or too poppy in recent years, it appears that Jason Charles Miller and Co have figured out how they can add different elements to their music and still retain the same country core in their songs with their latest release, Natural Born Killer.
The album opener, “Devil’s Whiskey”, driven by banjo and rock n roll guitar parts gets people ready for the rest of the record, where you will see flavors from both worlds. The album touches on a variety of song styles including a twangy song for all of the country fans (“You Get What You Pay For”), a drinking song (“Natural Born Killer”) and a song to cry in your beer to (“Here to Kill the Pain”). As a guitar nerd, I have to say that “Raise a Little Hell with an Angel” is a fun country guitar driven song that guitar players will appreciate. Miller’s vocals are capable of being very dynamic, which is important when mixing different genres. He makes it clear that he isn’t Gene Autrey’s country singer, but he is still true to his country influences. His voice is easy to follow, and there are songs on this that are clearly meant to have crowds packed in to country bars singing along to them.
If you like country music at all, be it the ballads, the drinking songs (happy or sad), the party songs, the love songs, anything, at least a few songs on this album will be well worth your listening.
Flashlights is a project that was once a solo-acoustic project, but they manage to not sound like every other white-male-singer-songwriter. Their new EP “Don’t Take Me Seriously” is very well put together. With only three songs, it leaves listeners wanting more.
With only days left in their Kickstarter campaign, newly formed rock fivesome Get Involved!, which features members from influential bands Thursday, From Autumn To Ashes, Glassjaw and Judge, has released a demo called “Scars Make The Man” today in effort to raise the final 1/3 of their Kickstarter goal to help fund their debut EP that will be recorded later this month with Ross Robinson (At the Drive In, The Cure).
Stream “Scars Make The Man” and Pledge to Get Involved!’s Kickstarter campaign now at http://www.kickstarter.com/
Sure, Fatboy Slim’s been around for quite a while and can undoubtedly be credited (for better or for worse) with adding a few extremely popular big beat mash-ups to the universal pop music lexicon. But in an era in which even electronic music’s most mainstream stars like Skrillex and Deadmau5 are crafting weird, stutter-stepping anthems out of a litany of different musical styles, Fatboy Slim, a.k.a. Norman Cook, sounds outpaced and, frankly, outmoded.
Punchy and energetic, Team Spirit’s new self-titled EP is a fun 5 song indie pop party. Running full steam ahead and never stopping, the songs are supremely catchy and energetic, and the perfect thing to kick the spring into high gear.
A trip through the solar system, an anthropomorphication of celestial bodies, an emotional journey through a year lost in the wilderness, and a pop-rock concept album, How I Became Invisible’s first full-length, Planetary, is certainly an ear-catching debut LP. Crowdfunded through Kickstarter and recorded in a local studio, Planetary is the brainchild of Nicholas Reed, taking what he’s learned as bass player/vocalist/co-songwriter of Philadelphia’s own Robots & Racecars and crafting catchy hooks & fun melodies all in the name of science.