Blues Rock Lives! Revivalist Seth Walker Touring US, Releasing New LP
Modern Blues-Rock has an unlikely new savior in Seth Walker, a Texas born-and-bred powerhouse that has wooed crowds as of late. During opening stints for the likes of B.B. King, Robert Cray and Ray Charles (whoever those guys are), the baby-faced guitarist belted out songs with titillating vibrato and virtuoso. Austin American Statesmen warned, “this young man is pure talent, a masterful blues/americana guitarist, a singer with swing in his voice,” and noted that his songs, “sound less composed than unleashed.” We couldn’t agree more! If you aren’t excited yet, oh faithful blues fan, understand this – his newly finished third LP, Leap of Faith just might be his best work yet, and undoubtedly sits atop the heap of blues/soul records released this year. Set for release March 3rd on Hyena Records, it offers up the portrait of a budding original artist ready for his close-up.
So you want to hear said record? Well… you just might be in luck. Your friendly neighborhood music fans here at the Rind are proud to bring you two of our favorite cuts off his shiny new LP – the raucous blues romp “Can’t Come With You” and the groovy, smooth slow burner “Rewind”. Amidst the press and fanfare, Seth will be making his way across the country, playing 22 dates from North Carolina to Texas, including Hill Country BBQ in NYC and the infamous Springfest in Florida. Full list of dates and live video evidence after the jump.
MP3 – Seth Walker – Can’t Come With You
MP3 – Seth Walker – Rewind
King Khan And The Shrines’ WHAT IS?! Gets Domestic Release
King Khan and The Shrines seminal What Is?! album will finally be made available domestically come April 21 by Vice Records. Already legendary for their insane live show, What Is?! shows the band harnessing their live power into 14 blasts of pure punk-soul. Originally released on Germany’s Hazlewood imprint in July 2007, What Is?! shows The Shrines at their best. Their unique Sun Ra cum Stooges take on psychedelic big band soul is full on here, a literal aural middle finger to the calculated garage rock taking over the malls of America. Time to re-do those best of lists from a few years ago. You will not want to miss this lo-fi soul-punk opus, an album Pitchfork called “goofy, affecting, nostalgic, and cathartic all at once, at every moment.” Tracklist and full list of March dates after the jump.
Black Lips Premiere 200 Million Thousand Via Last.fm
In case you haven’t already heard (fat chance!), garage rock veterans The Black Lips will be following up 2008’s wildly successful Good Bad Not Evil with the release of 200 Million Thousand . Set for release next Tuesday, February 24th on Vice Records, the album (pre-order at Amazon now ) is currently streaming in its entirety on Last.fm. With the street date approaching, critics are weighing in with praise to match the sizable expectations for the release. Spin Magazine applauds 200 ’s “exacting pop hooks, clever musical experiments, and insidious grooves,” while Filter calls it “truly impressive,” claiming the band has “defined itself and its songwriting.” Follow me, I’m heading to The Black Lips’ Last.fm page now.
The Kinetiks Will Make You Cry Aye! Aye! With New EP
Gaz Harding howls “Lightbulb! / I can’t believe the things that I’ve heard!” on the lead-off track to The Kinetiks‘ new EP Aye Aye Aye Aye, a sharp, focused six song charge towards the finish line. These young Dubliners pull out one punchy garage riff after another, sounding like equal parts The Strokes and The Libertines, but with scraggly vocal inflections and a frantic energy all their own.
Having shared the stage with The Enemy, Paddy Casey and The Fiery Furnaces, The Kinetiks seem poised for a breakthrough on our shores. Out March 6th on Rapture Records, the EP tempts us with its tasty garage-pop delights, making a break across the pond seem inevitable. Irish Times sums up The Kinetiks perfectly: “F**kin’ brilliant.”
MP3 – The Kinetiks – Lightbulb
Four Special Grammy Winners And Their Unique International Importances
This week on the Rind we bring you four very special award winners, all from different perspectives. After reeling from the smorgasbord television event that are the Grammys, and the huge variety of performances and collaborations (our favorites were the Al Green collab with JT for “Let’s Stay Together” and Radiohead joining forces with an entire marching band), we are left with a list of the winners – the best of the best. We chose to spotlight several artists that us here in the states might be unfamiliar with, but have massive followings worldwide – in upwards of 30 million record sales for some of the artists! These worldly singers and instrumentalists come from different spectrum’s of the musical universe, a fact that should be celebrated simply for the sake of our world’s enduring musical and cultural diversity. The Grammy awards honor much more than just U.S. popular music, and we are proud to shed a little light on these award winners:
Nati Cano’s Mariachi Los Camperos – Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas: Música Ranchera (Smithsonian Folkways)
BEST REGIONAL MEXICAN ALBUM : Classic rancheras and boleros performed by Grammy-winning mariachi ensemble that has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and other major US venues.