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Take a look at some recent posts:
Best new release: Cheatahs
The week in music: Travel back to the ’80s with Gardens & Villa
The week in music: Dum Dum Girls release Too True
The week in music: Damien Jurado …
Best new release: Together Pangea’s Badillac
I’m a fan of Curiosity, the album released earlier this year from Wampire. Check out this new video for Giants, a song off that album.
Cass McCombs’ sprawling recent release Big Wheel and Others is the latest in a line of excellent and intriguing albums from the enigmatic singer-songwriter. Boasting 19 songs, Big Wheel also has the distinction of being by far the longest album McCombs released. On Friday, you can catch him at the Empty Bottle. Judging from his recent set lists, McCombs is going back years, drawing from all his albums and usually playing no more than three or four new songs in a night. This intimate setting should be a perfect venue.
One of the best songs on Arcade Fire’s latest album Reflektor is Afterlife, an epic piece of work that has to be on a short list for best tracks of the year. It’s a song that evokes emotion and deserves an equally moving film to go with it. The Spike Jonze-directed video for the YouTube Music Awards early last month didn’t quite do the song justice. But this recently released video produced by the Creators Project and directed by Emily Kai Bock is really stunning. Watch it below.
Bock has made memorable videos for other artists from Grizzly Bear to Grimes to Majical Cloudz. Read an interview with her here.
If you’re a fan of Waxahatchee (like me), chances are you’ll like Swearin’, the band led by Allison Crutchfield. Allison is the twin sister of Katie Crutchfield, who performs as Waxahatchee. The musical styles of the two projects are not exactly the same (though they’re not radically different, either).
Where Waxahatchee may remind you of Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, Swearin’ summons another ’90s icon, the Breeders. Neither of these Crutchfields are knockoffs, but the mid-90s reference points are obvious. Born in 1989, the Crutchfield girls began playing in bands together in their teens in Alabama.
Certainly, Allison Crutchfield and Swearin’ deserve to be more than a footnote to Waxahatchee’s great release this year, Cerulean Salt. Swearin’ made a fine album itself with the recently released Surfing Strange.
Swearin’ plays Township Thursday.
Chicago’s Radar Eyes is about to rerelease its 2012 self-titled album next month on cassette! Check out this video for Side of the Road.