The Damned (Photo courtesy Freeman Promotions)
In 1980 and 1981, The Damned went to Rockfield for a series of sessions that eventually became The Black Album, The Friday 13th EP, and Strawberries. Their time there produced some of The Damned’s greatest musical moments and memorable stories of horses, cows, vampires, rifles, and Lemmy.
In 2019, The Damned returned to Rockfield studios to record the first new music since 2018’s Top 10 Evil Spirits album. “Keep ‘Em Alive” is the first single from that effort.
Best Coast (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media)
Los Angeles, California’s Best Coast — comprised of Bethany Cosentino (guitar, vocals) and Bobb Bruno (guitar) — celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Crazy for You, with a livestream documentary via Seated on Friday, Aug. 14.
DA Stern (Photo by Aaron Oxford)
On Sept. 25, Los Angeles-based musician DA Stern will release his mixtape Mmxxtape, featuring covers and collaborations with artists such as Fat Tony, Colleen Green, Chris Tomson of Vampire Weekend, Party Nails and more. Now, DA Stern reveals “Tall Girlfriend,” the latest single to be lifted from Mmxxtape.
José James (Photo by Janette Beckman)
Rainbow Blonde Records presents a special livestream with José James and Taali from the legendary Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, New York via NoonChorus on Thursday, Aug. 13.
Live performances include José’s future soul album No Beginning No End 2 (which features Aloe Blacc, Ledisi & Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, Hindi Zahra, Taali & more) and Taali’s Were You Busy Writing Your Heart Out? EP — both released earlier this year on Rainbow Blonde Records.
Kali Uchis (Photo by Amber Asaly)
Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated artist Kali Uchis shares the video for “Aquí Yo Mando” featuring Rico Nasty, directed by Phillipa Price. The song, produced by Tainy, is from Uchis’ forthcoming second studio album, her first Spanish language project.
Sylvan Esso (Photo by Shervin Lainez)
Sylvan Esso has unveiled “Rooftop Dancing,” the second single from their forthcoming album Free Love (Sept. 25/Loma Vista Recordings). “Rooftop Dancing” captures the duo of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn in a minimalist moment of intimacy.
Tommy Emmanuel (Photo by Alysse Gafkjen)
Tommy Emmanuel, the acclaimed and Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist, singer, and songwriter, hosts two livestream events with a portion of the proceeds benefiting two prominent independent venues in America. The first event on Saturday, Aug. 15, benefits The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia.
“Without some support, we are in danger of losing some of the independent venues that are a part of our culture and our local communities,” Tommy said.
Squirrel Nut Zippers (Photo courtesy the artist)
Since 1995, the Squirrel Nut Zippers have sacked and plundered the old, weird America then sailed off to further distant lands. They have used New Orleans as their hideout and base of operations. Jean-Lafitte-like the hide in the lee side of barrier island, receiving goods and masking dark back channel deals; hiding in cellars or in plain view.
On Sept. 25, fans will be able to gaze into the tea leaves that make up their brand new album: Lost Songs of Doc Souchon to see if they can discern their own destiny. The first single from the album “Animule Ball” was originally recorded back in 1938 by Jelly Roll Morton.
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead (Photo courtesy the band)
Following a successful global livestream kickoff event on July 31 and another on Aug. 7, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead now prepare for their next highly anticipated livestream event. The final show in this series of livestreams happens on Friday, Aug. 14.
Priest Da Nomad (Photo still courtesy ADST Media)
Priest Da Nomad releases his new single and video “Motivation,” from his current album The Manhood Project, which reminds us that human beings all over the world are embracing the concept of caring for one another through everyday acts of kindness, and providing inspiration in so many ways!