Holley Maher, grew up in NYC and has been based in Nashville where she currently lives. Her new EP, Euphorics is being released on June 18. On it, she enlisted the help of two producers, Chris Grainger, (Kopecky Family Band, Wilco) and singer/songwriter Kyle Andrews. In addition to her singer-songwriter career, Holley also owns and operates H. Maher Creative in Nashville, a boutique graphic design company specializing in print design, visual identities, and hand illustrated artwork. Below, listen to the “Golden” from Holley’s forthcoming album.
Last Good Tooth is an acoustic quartet with a fondness for fiddles, banjos and finger picking acoustic guitars. The band plays a sort of Appalachian flavored indie-folk – a rustic, slightly off balanced acousticana that’s equal parts Violent Femmes, Holy Modal Rounders and The Band on its excellent new album, Not Without Work and Rest, on Team Love Records. The band includes Penn Sultan (guitar), Kevin Sullivan (bass), Arthur Kapp (drums), and Alex Spoto (fiddles) and is originally from Providence, Rhode Island. Formed at the Rhode Island School of Design, the members say they bonded over their love for The Black Keys and Sultan’s love of early Americana music. Below, download “What’s What I Do” from their new album.
With the swingin’ Sixties, doo-wop, punk rock and in mind, Shannon and the Clams are a three piece from Oakland, California band including Shannon Shaw (of Hunx and His Ounx) on vocals and bass, Cody Blanchard on vocals and guitar, and Ian Amberson on drums and vocals. The band recently released the ultra-fun Dreams In The Rat House on Hardly Art Records. Shannon and The Clams bring to mind a mix of Etta James, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Cramps and the Shangri-La’s, a recipe for a rock and roll house party dance party out of control. Below, download “Rip Van Winkle” from the band’s new album.
The 88 are an LA band that’s been making well crafted pop music since 2002 when they debuted with the album Kind Of Light. Since then the band has released a handful of excellent records, has been touring as Ray Davies’ (The Kinks) backing band since 2011 and wrote the song “At Least It Was Here,” the opening theme song for the television series Community. The band is releasing a new album on June 11 called Fortune Teller. Below, in exchange for your e-mail, download a NoiseTrade collection of songs including the melodically charming “I Saw The Light That Day,” from the band’s forthcoming album.
Ásgeir Trausti is an Icelandic singer-songwriter who has become something of an overnight sensation in Iceland by having fastest selling debut album by a domestic artist with his album, Dyrd i daudathogn (In The Silence) when it was released in September, 2012. He’s currently wrapping up his American release on One Little Indian. At the Iceland Music Awards last February he made an impressive awards spicking up Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Newcomer, the Icelandicmusic.com Award for online achievement and the Public Choice Award. There’s good reason for all the excitement over Ásgeir: at 20 years young, he’s a remarkably talented singer-songwriter with a voice as celestial as Jeff Buckley. The music is honest and warm with lots of space and a hypnotic quality to it that will have you coming back for repeated listenings.
Below, in exchange for your e-mail address you can download Ásgeir’s grogeous three song Toe Rag Acoustic Sessions recorded in London in February of this year.
This week’s Key Studio Session is the “new” band Divers. They’re “new” as in recently formed, however they band includes seasoned musicians whose great work has been a part of the local Philly scene for a while. Divers is Emily Ana Zeitlyn (The Weeds), Tom Bendel (Buried Beds) and Todd Erk (Hoots and Hellmouth), and Ross Bellenoit, a solo artist and producer who has worked with Birdie Busch, Amos Lee, Aaron & The Spell, Denison Witmer and many others. Divers play at Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday, June 6. Tickets and information for the show can be found here. Below, download “Eggshells.” You can download songs from Divers’ entire Key Studio Session here.
The musically magical and wonderful Polyphonic Spree have a new record coming out on August 6 called Yes, It’s True. It’s the band’s first album of new material since 2007. The band plays the TLA on Friday, July 5. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download “You Don’t Know Me” from the band’s forthcoming release.