I've been pretty het up about the White Denim/Sam Cohen package tour since it was announced months ago. As far as complimentary match-ups, getting these two together for a tour is a mind-bogglingly great pairing of chops and songwriting skills. Sam Cohen (formerly of Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds, and also a guest of TRB podcast) released one of my favorite records of 2015 (Cool It), and handles mellow psychedelia and explosive sunshine-y pop territory with equal aplomb, gracefully warming up the mellow Monday crowd into a raucous (for Seattle) throng by the end of his spacious set.Read More
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Austin, Texas' soul-psych-sters White Denim recently announced their new album (Stiff, out 3/25/16 via Downtown Records) and released their first single, "Holda You (I'm Psycho)". It doesn't sound like a curveball from the band's previous trajectory, but definitely finds the band's noodle-y jam band guitars soaked liberally in near fatal doses of caffeinated energy.
The band also just announced a pretty extensive US tour where they'll be joined by Royal Basement podcastee Sam Cohen on most dates. If you like guitars and miss this tour, you done goofed. Tour dates are as follows:Read More
If you're a fan of Seattle's Campfire OK, you've probably been curious about the band's whereabouts for the past few months. After quite a few years under that moniker, changes in membership and artistic direction seem to have instigated a name change. If their first single ("1983") is any indication, the band now known as The Weather seem to have kept a lot of the same melodic sense as Campfire OK, but with the gloss knob turned up to 11. Trust me, that isn't meant to come across as snarky; singer Mychal Cohen's musical world has always had a beautiful and dark atmospheric side, but hearing that vision fleshed out into more explorations with electronic elements (and not so rooted in organic instrumentation) literally makes the songs shimmer like fever dreams.
The Weather's forthcoming album "Waters Electric" will be released in early 2015. They play Neumos on Saturday, January 17, 2015.