It's nice to see Josh Ritter return, fresh after his marriage with more songs written in one period than he had in his entire career.
The new single is a pleasant one, "Joy To You Baby," which shouldn't disappoint his fans. A new album is on the way, The Beast In It's Tracks, March 5th. You can preorder it here. Ritter has also announced a tour which will swing by Oakland's Fox Theatre on March 20th.
The new Johnny Marr track sounds a lot like present day U2, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a very catchy track from the ex-Smiths legend titled "The Right Thing Right." Why did the label not let anybody embed the Soundcloud file, no one knows, but if you want to check it out, go here.
Eternal Summers were a duo and are now a trio out of Roanoke, Virginia. Their latest second album Correct Behavior came out in July and shows a new maturity, adding more textures to their sound. It shows up in a track like this one, "Good As You," a mellow shoegazey like number that you can't turn away from. The vocals are pretty nice too.
I love this Metz record. Personally, I'm a little disappointed that it's not on more best of lists this year. It should be in the Top 30 for sure, but is getting passed up. Just a rude, hot rock, smash mouth affair. Take a listen to the new single "Dirty Shirt," for an example, which is nowhere near the best track on the album.
The stomp/shuffle of the track “This Song’s About Old People
Kissing” from Sacramento’s Be Brave Bold Robot is a fun folk romp. From the
energy of the verses to the background vocals from Carly Duhain, it’s one of the
highlights from their latest, Under a Thin Veil of Madness, which came out
about a month ago.