Artist: Alone at 3AM
Album: Cut Your Gills
Song: "Your Voice is Behind the Trees"
Daniele says: If you like Murder By Death, Lucero and Drive-By Truckers, you will love Alone at 3AM, especially because the band is local, and quite frankly, um, how do I put this nicely...WAY AWESOMER. Lead singer, Max Fender, has a deep, raspy drawl that offers an image of whiskey-soaked, Marlboro tip hanging out of a lone cowboy's mouth as he stands in the corner of the bar letting the scene sink in. Whoa, what an image. Perhaps a barroom brawl is in this cowboy's future -- well, this could be his soundtrack. Check out the cowboy's scene for yourself on Nov. 13 at Southgate House. The band is releasing its new album, and while there will hopefully not be a barroom brawl, there will be plenty of whiskey and Marlboros. And awesome music.
Listen: “ Your Voice is Behind the Trees ”
Artist: Walk the Moon
Album: i want! i want!
Song: "Anna Sun"
Daniele says: Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with songs stuck in my head. Last week, this was one of them. I literally can't get the tune out of my brain. That's not a bad thing! I first stumbled across this band a couple years on a sunny day at Newport on the Levee -- it was playing outside of the aquarium, and I vividly remember the merch girls dancing and singing along to every word. The tunes were catchy, and the energy coming from lead singer/keyboardist, Nicholas Petricca was hypnotizing. Ever since that fateful day, I've been waiting for a full-length release, and now, my fair city, we will have it. Join the band as it celebrates the release of its debut album at The Mockbee on Saturday, Nov. 13. There will be dancers and a debut screening of the band's "Anna Sun" music video, which was filmed at the Mockbee. This show sounds like an ADD-inflicted person's dreamhouse.
Listen: “ Anna Sun ”
Artist: A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Album: Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
Song: "Alligator Bop"
Daniele says: Emo is not dead. Granted, this band has a more rockin' version of the sad, forlorn emo of years past, some of the genre is still evident, especially in this track. It starts fairly slow, and suddenly picks up with a catchy bop beat. The "oh ohs" and the shoegaze pop sounds will float your brain up into space, and who doesn't like that? Currently the band is on tour with Motion City Soundtrack, Say Anything and Saves the Day, which is a perfect fit for this band. Whoever billed this lineup has quite the ear.
Listen: “ Alligator Bop ”