The Guitars

March 8, 2012

Wow! For a great slice of Motown-meets-60s-Bubblegum check out The Guitars debut release High Action! Perfectly produced, this Ohio quartet offers up seven songs of amazing soul-pop-bubblegum that takes you back at least 40 years in music history. With brilliant musicianship, some serious songwriting talent and a really gifted vocalist, these guys are sure to make some waves in the future.

Four releases so far, including tons of free downloads (including a X-Mas EP where they cover The Sonics)! The EP is also available as a vinyl 10″ so make sure you check them out!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://theguitars.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.wearetheguitars.com/

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Alabama Shakes

December 15, 2011

Remember soul music? The good kind like Wilson Pickett or Otis Redding? Well, I was too young to experience it first hand back in the sixties and so far have been resorting to enjoying it immensely on my stereo, but am damn glad I’m around to experience The Alabama Shakes! Granted, underground garage outfits like Dirtbombs and The Detroit Cobras has done their fair share keeping the flame alive, but this band offers up originals while those already mentioned resorted to cover material. This Alabama quartet’s self-titled debut EP offers up four tracks of classic soul music that’s so damn good I’m getting goosebumps all over while listening to it.

Great music recorded without any studio gimmickry, the band has a Stax Records feel to it with a weird sort of Creedence Clearwater Revival quality thrown in, and with an amazing singer (Brittany Howard) to boot! Even though they leave you wanting more after the first listen, you just have to take that as a sign of them delivering the goods and patiently await their first full length.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://alabamashakes.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/theAlabamaShakes