The Amplifier Heads: SaturnalienS
Sal Baglio does it again. This album lives at the intersection of melody and garage rock. The frontman of the legendary Boston band, The Stompers, returns with a rocker. Sure, it’s noisy fun, but it’s also a thought-provoking concept album. Thoughful lyrics and melodies that live in your head and heart, while the beat continues to punch you in the gut. Out now on Rum Bar Records.
Lindsay Nicole Chambers: This is the Chord, This is the Note.
Wait–this is a debut record–are you kidding me? A mature, fully-realized collection of songs, well written and performed. You might know Lindsay Nicole Chambers from her work as a Broadway actress, singer, and dancer. This album is a worthy foray into the world of singer-songwriters. The songs are vocal-forward, and be sure to listen for the tasty electric guitars simmering in the mix. https://lindsaynicolechambers.bandcamp.com/
Chris Church: Darling Please
North Carolina’s Chris Church recorded this one eleven years ago, after his late great brother (and musical collaborator) passed away. Big Stir Records is giving it a long overdue release on January 21st. It’s chock full of echoey, chimey guitars, great vocals from Chris, and some stellar, recently-added backing vocals from Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel. It’s raw, visceral, and atmospheric. It will be my companion this winter. https://bigstirrecords.bandcamp.com/album/darling-please
Matt North: Bullies in the Backyard
Matt North’s second album has cemented his position as a brilliant songwriter and storyteller. His songwriting is absolutely relatable, and always quick with a clever turn of phrase or character sketch. Think 75% John Hiatt and 25% Warren Zevon, and you’re kind of in the right neighborhood. He moved to Nashville, and he’s more on the rock side of that city’s musical spectrum. This album releases February 11th. https://mattnorthofficial.bandcamp.com/album/bullies-in-the-backyard-2