Keith's Latest Songs
Lucy Dacus' new album, Historian, is quite good. And a difficult one to choose a Most Important song from. In the end I went with "Next of Kin", a catchy track that showcases Lucy's lovely voice as a perfect pair for grinding, garage guitars. I could have easily went with the fantastic, if quite different, "Night Shift", which is also a stand out on an album of really good songs.
A casual listen of Philadelphia's Hop Along might give you the impression that they're a fiery, but fairly straight-ahead indie rock outfit putting out punchy, poppy indie rock tracks with polish and passion. And you'd be half-right, but there is more going on here. There's another, deeper and more sophisticated layer to their work that's very much on display in today's Most Important, "Not Abel", from their forthcoming album Bark Your Head Off, Dog, a complicated, eclectic track that shows off their depth.
New Pocket from Cleveland's Runaway Brother is another fantastic release from the amazing Tiny Engines. I've been jamming it non-stop for a week now and can safely say it's an early favorite for 2018's best. If you give a casual listen, I'm pretty sure you'll easily understand why they're often compared to Built To Spill. Listen deeper and you'll see songs builds on each other and a lot of inventive, eclectic rock packed into each track. Ok, yeah, kind of like Built To Spill. :)
Frank Turner is back with another happy-sounding, thought-provoking protest anthem. This one inspired by anger and frustration around the "the idea that Breitbart or Steve Bannon think they have anything to do with punk rock..."
He's coming to Austin for SXSW and then back again in June and I can't wait to be there singing along.
almost featured Caroline Rose a few weeks back, as I've been loving "Money" a rocking, fast-paced and jaunty cut. Today's Most Important, "Getting To Me" is a special song, and it's quite a bit different to "Money". It sounds like Andrew Bird backing Kate Bush. No really. Give it a listen. She's got a new album coming soon and will be in Austin for SXSW, so if you're around, let's go check her set!
Exeter's Black Foxxes are cool. Their 2016 release, I'm Not Well, showcases fiery alt-rock that spans quite a bit of creative ground and stylistic influences. I hear everything from Pacific NW grunge to Scottish glam on there. It's a great listen. They've got a new album, Reiði coming out soon, and the first track, "Sæla", is terrific, evoking a bit more prog and polish than anything on I'm Not Well, a direction that works well. Hope they come by Austin sometime soon.
The Decemberists seem to get more and more 80's new wave every time I hear them. Their new song, "Severed", is a great example of what I'm talking about. Now, I don't follow them all that closely, so I might be wrong there, but in my not-at-all-expert opinion, it's a cool move they're making.
Young Fathers are back with a terrific new single, "In My View", which builds and sort of remixes the sound they had going on White Men Are Black Men Too, it reminds me a bit of "Shame" from that album, but more polished and more sophisticated, maybe. Anyway, I'm digging it and looking forward to more from them.
Is this the first time we've had Tune-Yards on the Most Important? Looks like it is; that's surprising. Well, she (Merrill Garbus) has a new album out, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, and while it can be a hard listen at times, as it's both sonically and thematically confrontational (by design, I think), there are some good cuts. My favorite is "Look at Your Hands" which captures nicely all that Tune-Yards does really well.