James Mercer of The Shins (Photo by Marisa Kula)
The Shins break an extended silence with the viscerally beautiful new song “The Great Divide.” The first official release from the band in over two and a half years, “The Great Divide” is available now via James Mercer’s own label Aural Apothecary and Monotone Records across all digital platforms.
Aimee Mann (Photo by Sheryl Nields)
Academy Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Aimee Mann releases her haunting cover of Leonard Cohen’s ballad “Avalanche.” The song, which is now available for download and/or streaming, appears as the title track for HBO’s acclaimed true-crime docuseries “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.”
Bobby Thompson (Photo courtesy the artist)
Guitarist Bobby Thompson has been keeping the blues alive during these DC-area pandemic days, and he continues to do so with a performance by the Bobby Thompson Trio in an outdoor show at Jammin’ Java on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Midge Ure (Photo courtesy the artist)
Midge Ure has launched his Backstage Lockdown Club! And Midge has scheduled his next livestream show for Patreon supporters on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The Backstage Lockdown Club gives the viewer exclusive, regular access to a series of intimate, musical events on a monthly subscription basis. Every month there will be at least one (for a minimum of 45 minutes) Club Event with the opportunity to make musical requests, Q+A sessions, acoustic songs, and just generally chat with Midge, all live from his Environment Studio.
Perfume Genius (Photo by Camille Vivier)
Perfume Genius (born Mike Hadreas) released his fifth studio album, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, via Matador Records back in May. Perfume Genius next streams live from the Palace Theater in Los Angeles via Veeps on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Matt Berninger (Photo by Chantal Anderson)
In anticipation of Serpentine Prison, the upcoming debut solo record from Matt Berninger — frontman of critically acclaimed group The National — Matt is premiering the new single “One More Second” alongside a lyric video.
Grant-Lee Phillips (Photo by Peter Eriksson)
Critically lauded Nashville-based singer-songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips releases Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff, his 10th solo album, via Yep Roc Records on Sept. 4.
Meanwhile, he appears via StageIt on Sunday, Aug. 23, for a livestream billed as Live from the Parlor, where he’s sure to play new songs and old favorites.
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (Photo courtesy Sacks & Co.)
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, the Oakland-based band fronted by singer and songwriter Thao Nguyen, recently released Temple, the band’s fifth studio album on Ribbon Music.
The band then shared a video for the single “Phenom.”
Keller Williams (Photo by Taylor Crothers)
Keller Williams released his 25th studio album, Speed, last year, and it was his third collaboration with flatpicker Larry Keel and bassist Jenny Keel, following 2006’s Grass and 2012’s Thief.
Since then, Keller has embraced live-streaming in our pandemic times, and he has a show on Wednesday, Aug. 19 via StageIt that’s sure to touch on his collaborations with The Keels and more!
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.