If the promo material is to be believed, Fort Lean is a place you can go. But it’s also a place that isn’t quite sure about its audience yet, a place that is really shaping up and starting to look and feel pretty solid after two EPs but also belies an underlying uncertainty about opening day. The group’s most recent effort, Change Your Name, was produced by Patrick Wemberly from Chairlift, who lends a steady hand throughout. “All the Lights” is a highlight for the band and especially singer Keenan Mitchell, and we can’t wait for the full length.
Change Your Name EP Tracklisting –
Do You Remember
All the Lights
Fort Lean – All the Lights:
Swedish Folk Band Junip released their first full-length album, Fields, back in 2010. In December, the band announced that they will release a new self titled album this April. The song progression in Fields really builds and is worth a full listen here. “Howl” is one of my favorite tracks. Their sound has a haunting, seventies feel, even drawing recent comparisons to Cat Stevens from The New York Times.
Their new single, “Line of Fire,” from the upcoming album is available from free download on their website. So get inside, grab a glass of red wine and have a listen!
Junip – Howl:
My Morning Jacket will be playing three shows in Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theater later this month, leading up to their New Year’s eve show at Boston University’s Agganis Arena with Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This is a nice mellow jam to start the week off. I’m not sure why they become animated cyclopses after jumping into that hole but what I do know is those white boots are going on someone’s Christmas wish list (ok, it’s mine).
My Morning Jacket – Outta My System:
The Lumineers are a rustic folk trio who have been all over the radio since their single, “Ho Hey”, hit the airwaves and the Billboard Charts this summer. They are playing a free show in New York on December 17th at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY. The song is short and sweet and it’s easy to see why it’s become such a hit. They will be opening for Dave Matthews Band for a bunch of their tour dates in December including their sold out show at the Barcalys Center in Brooklyn.
The Lumineers – Ho Hey:
Named for the infamous, clandestine, possibly mythical South American pickpocket academy, School of Seven Bells released their third album, Ghostory, this Tuesday. They are playing tonight to a sold out crowd at Mercury Lounge. The band’s lineup has changed on this album and the trio is now a duo: guitarist/producer Benjamin Curtis and vocalist Alejandra Deheza. According to the band, Ghostory is about a girl, Lafaye, and the ghosts that surround her life. Shot in an old house in Dallas, this video had a creepy, haunting vibe perfect for today’s dreary forecast.
School of Seven Bells – Lafaye:
Bear Hands is back and ready to party with their latest high-octane offering “High Society,” the second single off their debut LP Burning Bush Supper Club. In keeping with the song’s title, the band is performing tonight at Rockefeller Center as part of Fashion’s Night Out 2011, along with White Rabbits and Lissy Trullie (and DJ sets from DJ Keiichiro throughout the evening). Come mingle with fashion icons and whatnot (or at least hear some great live music). There’s even a tent in case it starts raining again!
For the “High Society” video, guitarist Ted Feldman, along with co-director Andrei Bowden-Schwartz, used four computers and 10,000 images of the band playing live to create the kaleidoscope effect of the amalgamated scenes, as Feldman explained to Mashable in a recent interview. Keep the hits coming, lads.
Bear Hands – High Society: