New Music Monday-ish for 4-21-15
Tom Delonge – To The Stars
Former Blink 182 member Tom DeLonge has a new solo album this week, his first one ever. After a “he said/they said” spat with Blink members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, DeLonge chose to take his submission to the new Blink album and turn it into his first solo project. As you can tell from the song above, it’s not quite Blink and it’s not quite Angels and Airwaves, so it will be interesting to see what kind of response it generates and what direction he goes in.
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Following up their debut album that featured the hit song Hold On, Alabama Shakes returns with their sophomore effort in Sound & Color. After a quick jump from relative obscurity and into the mainstream musical world, Brittany Howard and company took their time between records, not wanting to rush out a new album, and instead taking time to tour and continue building their ever growing fanbase.
Yelawolf – Love Story
Staying in the same geographic area, the Alabama rapper returns with a new album that features tracks with Eminem and Travis Barker. The southern-pride rapper has found his stride after breaking out with 2011’s Radioactive, and has continued to use his rock influences to create his new and distinct music.
Turbo Fruits – No Control
The garage rockers out of Nashville release their fourth studio album this week, choosing to leave their record label to finance the album on their own. Lead singer Jonas Stein decided he’d rather have complete creative control as opposed to taking a label’s suggestions. While empowering, the bands’ funds started to dissipate before the album was completed, but luck was on their side as Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney stepped in to help finish the record.
Joywave – How Do You Feel Now?
The second album from Joywave is also available this week, and leading the way is the single “Somebody New”. If you’re one to listen to an alternative radio/pandora station, chances are you’ve heard the song. They also teamed up with Big Data for “Dangerous”, which hit number one on the Billboard Alternative chart. I had the opportunity to see this band at SXSW last month, and their show was as amazing as lead singer Daniel Armbruster’s mustache.
Passion Pit – Kindred
Passion Pit’s third album is available this week, following 2012’s success of Gossamer, which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. The alternative/dance/indie band hails from Massachusetts and consists solely of Michael Angelakos, who is joined by Jeff Apruzzese and Christ Hartz for live shows. In their newest release, Passion Pit’s lyrics provide a recollection of childhood memories and romance, while continuing to provide listeners with upbeat, danceable music that hooked many fans early on.
Be sure to check out some new music; you just might find your new favorite band.
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