Jacob Jeffries Band’s album Tell Me Secrets has a lot of secrets to tell. For starters, they can definitely write some poetry. With their plethora of rhymes, Jacob Jeffries Band is a mix of Ryan Adams and their own personal blend of rock. A light piano rock album, Jacob Jeffries sings his heart out.The album consists of self-reflection, break ups, love, and a dash of indie to boot. With easily relatable lyrics, their second track is a great break up song.
Looking for a jazzy and snazzy indie sound with catchy lyrics and catchier guitar licks? Look no further than Cosmo Jarvis’s Think Bigger. Relaxing, catchy, and a flawless voice—Cosmo Jarvis is just what the doctor prescribed. He has an acoustic sound with vocals kind of like Jack Johnson meets Mat Kearney.The whole album screams, “listen to me! Listen to me!” and it’s hard to really pick your favorite song. The first track, “Love This,” draws you in and makes you listen to the whole album.
Multi-faceted artist Keller Williams is constantly surprising his fan base with a dizzying array of new releases and unique projects. He started his career as a one-man band and has gradually over the years become more of a bandleader, directing such excellent endeavors like The Keller Williams Incident, Keller and the WMDs, Kdubalicious, etc.
For all of you many hardcore bluegrass fans out there, now more than ever is the time to sink your teeth into archival material from your favorite artists. More and more releases keep popping up, both in-studio sessions and live performances. It seems like the bluegrass community values the live-performance aspect of the form, and wants the luster of the instrumentation to be given proper representation.Mr. Del McCoury is a legend among the bluegrass community.
Rightly named Music For My Soul, Domino Effect created an album that elicits a feel good vibe throughout. Starting (and finishing) with a positive message, Domino Effect begins their new album with Chains and It’s Alright. Their sound is reminiscent of a snippet of a few bands.
Olly Oxen Free, the newest album from South Carolina-based band Dangermuffin, is a fun listen. Blending elements of roots rock with a sprinkling of southern slides, improvised instrumentals, and meandering drum breaks, the trio plays an interesting sort of rambling-jam music that showcases quite a bit of range.
For the record, I believe that Pretty Lights Music (the label) represents the future of independent electronic music, offering digital, freely available releases to the public and paying the way with goodwill and a collective reputation for putting on tight live shows.
The McCauliffe Brothers Band’s debut full-length, It’s Likely, is, to be quite frank, a mixed bag. A self-described rock/funk/jazz/improvisation/pop act, the North Carolina band treads the line between genres with varied success throughout their first album. To be sure, some listeners will find fault with the band’s musical schizophrenia or the lack of definition in their sound. For my part, though, I enjoyed the set as a whole.