Light fare on this fine Saturday morning, with the sun finally shining in the Mid-Atlantic, if only for a few hours. A trio of our favorite bands have either dropped new records or have new ones on the way, so it's a chance for us to burnish our reputation as taste makers.
We first told you about Scotland's Frightened Rabbit on a similarly lazy Saturday. Back then, we called them the musical heir to Big Country. We're still sold on that comparison, even as their new single, 'Get Out' is a bit more poppy. It's also pretty great. Their newest compilation, 'Painting of a Panic Attack' came out on April 8.
I can't believe it's been seven years since my first and only trip to Jazz Fest. One of my most vivid memories of that trip, amongst a hazy blur, was seeing the Avett Brothers perform on the Fais Do Do stage before 3-400 folks. I doubt many people have seen them in a smaller venue since. The Avetts' new record, 'True Sadness', comes out on June 24, and they sound as good as they ever have (even as they look a little cleaned up) on the first single, a ready-made singalong called 'Ain't No Man'.
It's been four years since the last Band of Horses record, and six since the last one that was any good, so fans are eagerly awaiting the June 10 release of 'Why Are You Okay?'. If the first single, 'Casual Party' is any indication, it'll be worth waiting for.
Enjoy yourself some tunes of your own this fine Saturday, and may the sun shine upon you for as long as it lasts.