British singer/songwriter David Gray will release his 10th studio album Mutineers on June 17. The new project, Gray's first in four years, was produced by Andy Barlow (Lamb) and recorded at The Church Studios in London. A special deluxe edition of Mutineers will feature two additional discs of live recordings. Watch the video for lead track "Gulls" below.
Puss N Boots, the countrified female trio of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper, will release their debut album No Fools, No Fun on July 15. The album will arrive following a string of showcase performances this spring and summer including The Newport Folk Festival. Coming on the heels of Foreverly, Jones' recent tribute to the Everly Brothers with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, the album will be released by her longtime label Blue Note.
Puss N Boots originated six years ago in the clubs of New York's Lower East Side and Brooklyn where Jones, fellow songwriter Dobson and bassist/vocalist Catherine Popper (late of Grace Potter's Nocturnals) would get together to have fun covering classic country, folk and rockabilly standards under the moniker of Dixie Fried. Check out Dobson's 2013 Aquarius solo album at DC here.
Keeping with a math symbol title theme, British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced the release of his sophomore album x, or multiply, on June 23, the follow up to his breakout debut album + (plus). The new album was executive-produced in L.A. with legendary studio man and label executive Rick Rubin, a man who has helped define the sound and guide the careers of artists such as Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Adele and The Dixie Chicks. Also involved: Pharrell Williams and producer Jake Gosling who worked with Sheeran on his debut.
Press Release: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced the June 3 release of its new record Only Run. The new album's first track, "Coming Down" can be streamed below. Like the band's first three records, Only Run will be marketed and distributed directly and independently by them. While this ethos initially struck a chord with fans when the band started, it was always truly an extension of lead singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth's core belief: "The general rule is to be appreciative of your audience," he recently told Fast Company magazine. "If you can organize and are motivated, you should approach fans directly."
Jack White will release his second solo album Lazaretto on June 10 via Third Man Records/Columbia. The new project, described as "stormy, delicate, dramatic, volatile, scratchy and velveteen," is being previewed with lead instrumental track "High Ball Stepper." Watch the video below.
From the Press Release: In celebration of the new album and their 20th Vault package, Third Man has unveiled their most unique Vault package yet.
Brooklyn art-pop trio The Antlers have announced the June 17 release of their fourth studio album Familiars via ANTI-. The new project was recorded, engineered and produced by the band in their Brooklyn studio and mixed by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Beach House) and follow up the band's critically acclaimed 2011 album Burst Apart. Watch the video for lead track "Palace" below.
Noted producer Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Kings of Leon) will release his new album Reckoning on June 3. The album is something of a role reversal for the producer/musician as Ryan Adams, who has tapped Johns to produce for him in the past, steps into the role of producer for Johns and his Reckoning. The new album was recorded at Adam's Pax-Am studio in Los Angeles and follows up John's 2012 debut If Not Now, When?
Adams new album for Blue Note, originally due last fall, has yet to be announced. The new project was produced by Ethan's father -- and famed studio man -- Glyn Johns. But not to be left out, Ethan, who worked with Adams on his Heartbreaker and Gold albums, is a member of Adams' post-Cardinals studio and stage band joining Tom Petty sideman Benmont Tench on keyboards, Don Was (president of Blue Note) on bass, Cindy Cashdollar on steel guitar and Jeremy Stacey on drums.
Swedish folk/pop duo First Aid Kit will release their new album Stay Gold on June 10 via Columbia. Stream first single “My Silver Lining” below. Recorded at ARC studios in Omaha and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), the duo also enlisted The Omaha Symphony Orchestra to play on the record, with arrangements by Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, Rilo Kiley).
From the Press Release: With Stay Gold, First Aid Kit - sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg – have honed their lush arrangements and blossomed as vivid storytellers in creating this ambitious 10-song collection of originals. They say of the recording process, “We took new directions and turns with the arrangements, building them up and creating more dynamics, yet always following where the songs wanted to go.”
Press Release: Singer/songwriter and Grammy winning producer Joe Henry has confirmed the June 3rd release of his thirteenth album Invisible Hour, his first since 2011's acclaimed Reverie. Produced by Henry and to be released on his own Work Song label, the album features numerous guests including The Milk Carton Kids as well as Lisa Hannigan, who co-wrote the title track along with Henry and best-selling novelist Colum McCann. Stream lead track "Lead Me On" below.
These are all, perhaps, “songs about marriage;” says Henry of the album. But I should hasten to add that that is a personal observance, and recognized much after the fact. That thread —of commitment, surrender, and hair-raising mystical alignment— does indeed snake through the whole in ways both overt and peripheral, literal and metaphoric. But though marriage as a notion moves like significant weather through its rooms, it is really the redemptive power of love in the face of fear upon which this house is built. Love is the story; and the characters paw lustfully after it –formal pairings notwithstanding.
Fink, the trio fronted by U.K. singer/songwriter Fin Greenall, will release their new album Hard Believer on July 10 on their own R’COUP’D label. The album was produced by Billy Bush, who handled their 2011 album Perfect Darkness, and was recorded in Hollywood and "a variety of other places around the world," according to the band. Stream the title track below (free download at the Fink site).The CD will include a bonus disc of 4 acoustic songs title the Denmark Street Session. Greenall, whose bandmates include Tim Thornton and Guy Whittaker, wrote about the new project at the Fink site:
"During our little break, “Warm Shadow” got released as a single after it was featured in the hit TV show The Walking Dead. It’s proved arguably the most popular thing we’ve had out there, and gave us even more evidence that people kinda like the weirder, more experimental side of Fink. So that, coupled with the orchestral experience (2013's Fink Meets The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), showed us the way to go… we met up in a few different locations (London, Amsterdam, LA, Brighton… even when you’re not touring you still feel like touring) and jammed about 20 or 30 new tunes, which got whittled down to 12, which then got whittled down to 8…
Passenger -- the one man musical outfit of singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg -- will release the new album Whispers on June 10 via Black Crow/Nettwerk. Lead single "Hearts on Fire" is scheduled to drop April 14. The new album follows up the best-selling breakout album All The Little Lights and the international hit single "Let Her Go."
From the Press Release: Brighton based singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg has penned the new album over the last 2 years, some written before and some written after all the mayhem began but what is evident is that all eleven new songs sparkle with the same passion that made "Let Her Go" the biggest selling single in the UK last year, a top 5 US hit and topped the charts in 20 countries.
The Felice Brothers will release their fifth studio album Favorite Waitress on June 17 via new label home Dualtone. The album is the band's first new project since the synth-laden 2011 album Celebration, Florida and a return to the brother's original rootsy sound. The album was recorded at Mike Mogis and Conor Oberst’s Arc Studios in Omaha, Nebraska -- the first time the band has ever recorded in a "proper" studio setting -- and produced by the band's longtime producer and collaborator Jeremy Backofen.
“We realized that we could have these interesting sonic motifs and have weird sounding songs,” James Felice says of their last record, “but on Favorite Waitress we really wanted to make sure that we could perform them live. More than anything we’ve ever done, our new record has been the product of the Felice Brothers as a live touring band.” Watch the trailer below.
Singer/songwriters Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt have partnered for the May 13 album For Keeps via Twin Cities roots/folk label Red House. The title has special meaning given the announcement of Elkin and Schmidt's engagement and the new album has been called "a sort of his and hers take on life and love." Stream two new tracks -- "Two White Clouds" featuring Schmidt and "Echo in the Hills" featuring Elkin -- below.
Memphis singer, songwriter and mistress of the upright bass Amy LaVere will release her new album, the biographical Runaway's Diary, on May 27 via Archer Records. The new project, the follow up to her 2011 album Stranger Me (called "The Break-Up Album of the Year" by SPIN), was produced by Luther Dickinson of The Mississippi All-Stars, a longtime friend and collaborator who happens to be the son of LaVere's late musical mentor and producer Jim Dickinson. Amy and Jim had worked together on folk supergroup The Wandering (with Valerie June, Sharde Thomas, and Shannon McNally) and Dickinson's recently-released solo album, Rock n' Roll Blues.
Citing "hatchets buried, axes exhumed," the original four members of 90s indie alt-rockers Veruca Salt have reunited and relaunched the band for a new 2014 album. Record Store Day, April 19, will see two new Veruca Salt songs "The Museum of Broken Relationships" and "It's Holy" as one side of a vinyl 10" and their hit "Seether" on the other.
Following two albums, 1994's American Thighs and 1997's Eight Arms to Hold You, the original lineup disbanded as Nina Gordon left to record a solo album Tonight and the Rest of My Life. The reunited lineup of Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack and Jim Shapiro have been working recently with producer Brad Wood on the new album for the Minty Fresh label.
Ben Harper and his mother and fellow singer/songwriter Ellen Chase-Verdries, have completed Childhood Home, a new album of ten original songs arriving May 6 -- just in time for Mothers Day -- via Concord imprint Prestige/Folklore.
"It's produced like early Elvis. Not one thing is plugged in. It's all acoustic," says Harper. "I think they're going to call it ‘Americana,' but it's soul, California, folk rock, American."
PRESS RELEASE: Alt/country sibling duo The Secret Sisters have set April 15 as the release date for their long-awaited second album, Put Your Needle Down via Republic Records. The Alabama pair's sophomore set was produced by the iconic T Bone Burnett, and marks a giant creative step forward for Laura and Lydia Rogers. The album’s twelve songs – mostly written or co-written by Laura and Lydia, seamlessly blend an exciting and decidedly Southern patchwork of country, blues, Americana, folk, rock and gospel. Stream lead single and album opener "Rattle My Bones" below.
Hopping from a guitar gallop into sweet, soaring harmonies from Laura and Lydia, "Rattle My Bones" taps into a delightfully entrancing energy that's both enigmatic and endearing. Elsewhere, Put Your Needle Down sways from the soulful mourning of "Let There Be Lonely" to the coy "murder ballad" "Iuka", the he-said-she-said accusations of “Dirty Lie,” co-written with Bob Dylan, and the uplifting musical baptism of "River Jordan". It illuminates the many facets of this diverse, dynamic, and darling twosome.