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This rootsy indie rock band from New Albany, Indiana won us over a couple years ago with their four-part harmonies and wonderful story-songs on their debut, From The Hills Below The City. So we were thrilled to bring Houndmouth back once again to Hill Country Live, just as they were about to release their sophomore effort, Little Neon Limelight – an album that they joke almost got the title Super Thriller (yes, as in, Michael Jackson’s Thriller). Listen in as Matt Myers, Shane Cody, Katie Toupin, and Zak Appleby showcase their fantastic new collection of songs, their voices, and their sense of humor, with this high energy, live set.
Last month the Estonian rock band Ewert & The Two Dragons released its much-anticipated third album, Circles. Thematically, the album is about going through changes, and the band fittingly decided to change its recording process to capture that theme. Immediately after finishing an extensive tour, the band recorded the new album on the West Coast of the U.S. in a few short weeks instead of recording in Estonia where previous records were made. The result is a collection of focused and well-crafted songs with a quiet intensity.
Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky have been pals for at least 25 years. They've sung harmony on each others' records, and they've toured together (with Dar Williams) as Cry Cry Cry. Now they've teamed up as the Pine Hill Project to record a CD of their favorite, sometimes obscure cover songs, titled Tomorrow You're Going, produced by Larry Campbell.
Whether sputtering out sabre-sharp bon mots in blistering garage rockers like "Pedestrian At Best" or narrating, with the weary rumination of a chronic insomniac, the late-night spirals of her mind ("An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)"), Courtney Barnett is not just an accomplished singer and songwriter, but a contemporary portraitist of her generation. The Melbourne-based Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Something I Just Sit, (which is our New Dig this week) is the work of a keenly observant artist with a busy mind and an irreverent sense of humor; there's a real streak of Amy Schumer-style punchlines lurking in Barnett's witty ripostes.