I immediately fell in love with the subtlety of Mess, an Arizona musical duo formed by Rachel Ludeman and and Tony Nunes. With their own unique approach to indie rock, Mess hearkens back to 90s grrl rock at moments but with a completely fresh take. Only one track and now I need an album. Listen to “Fighter” here.
A week from this Saturday, Banana Gun will be releasing their much anticipated album Love.Instinct to eager fans at the Sail Inn. “Punk/Funk” is the second single from Love.Instinct and it has just a taste of all the feisty, grimy, get-down magic that will overtake you on the full release. The big show happens March 8th with a lineup too fabulous list (check it out here). Until then, enjoy “Punk/Funk” here.
Ukulele folk punk? What’s not to love? “Dina” is the fun and feisty number from tk and the Irresistibles. It is also the first single from the new recording project from the band set for release on March 8th at the Trunk Space. It was only last October that the group released OH YEAH!, their tape through Rubber Brother Records. We like to see the band’s been keeping busy. Listen to “Dina” here.
Ryan Avery is gearing up to release another album under the moniker Hi My Name Is Ryan and, now, the first track from not safe for work. is available for your listening pleasure right here. “Sammy Davis Jr. Had Some Really Shitty Friends” continues the Hi My Name Is Ryan tradition of free form verse set to minimal music. The kicker, as ever, is the unabashed honesty with which Avery seeks to reveal himself to his audience.
The Paper Knife shared a couple live tracks from one of their bi-monthly jazz showcases and I was happy to discover that this is not the first time such a thing has been done. “The Cosmic Latte” is a meandering jazz number chalk full of interesting pacing and adventurous soloing. We’re digging it. Listen here and check out more of the online musical offerings from The Chris Light Quartet as well as The Paper Knife.