Is it Springtime yet? It sure seems like it, as New Music Tuesday and many New Releases have started to soften up in anticipation of the sunshine. It’s time to start thinking about how great things would be if we could just put away the jackets, open a window, point those speakers outside and enjoy the perfect soundtrack for a backyard picnic. Dum Dum Girls, Lykke Li, the Dropkick Murphys and this playlist certainly would make a great lunchtime companion.
Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes: Spunky and spirited, Lykke Li covers enough musical turf to keep you wholly engrossed in her catchy, danceable sophomore album.
Aaron Lewis, Town Line: You won’t have to listen too hard to recognize the Aaron Lewis as the voice of Staind—and if you didn’t know the name behind the voice before, you’ll certainly hear his distinctive sound now. Aaron Lewis’ solo debut album relishes in Country, Americana and down-home flourishes. So Far Away? Indeed it is.
Middle Brother, Middle Brother: Comprised of a terrible trio of Deer Tick, Delta Spirit and Dawes performers, unhinged glee and feel-good sounds abound in this side project and new venture—Middle Brother’s self-titled debut album.
Eisley, The Valley: Semi-heartbreak and anger oozes along with thoughts of love, and more mundane things in Eisley’s third album.
Acrylics, Lives and Treasure: The new kids on the block aren’t actually new kids at all. Acrylics was created from the rubble of another band, Standing Nudes, and this new album exudes synth-y, summer goodness.
Devotchka, 100 Lovers: It’d be impossible to guess where Devotchka is from: their music is global—one part European, one part American, and universally likable. Their fifth album expands upon this unique sound while featuring members of Atoms For Peace (Thom York’s band), and Calexico.