Weekend Outburst 3

Our weekly roundup of various sounds surveyed in 50 words or less…

Rocco DeLuca and the Burden: Mercy (Republic)
Abundant musical landscapes accented by chunky slide guitars and sparse pianos appear throughout DeLuca and the Burden’s newest release. If you think along the lines of Wilco or Fleet Foxes, you're on the right track. Produced by Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel), Mercy makes perfect use of Deluca's varied vocal range. (David Higdon)

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart (Slumberland Records)
Brightly drawn yet full of fuzz, this is a slightly less Bloody Valentine with Psychedelic Fur that casually reawakens the charms of the early '90s. Where some settle for mere imitation, the Pains harness reverberant shimmer to strong, repeat-ready songs. This sure ain't hard to like. (Dennis Cook)

Kofy Brown: Soul Rock (self-released)
The bluesy, honey-thick vocals of Kofy Brown leave listeners to linger on every last lyric. No question, Brown should take some more risks; but Soul Rock's strong funk instrumentals and gritty tone make for solid grooves. By the closing note, Brown left me with the blessing/curse of simply wanting more. (Trevor Pour)

Madeleine Peyroux: Bare Bones (Rounder)
Peyroux eschews covers for eleven co-written originals that reveal new facets of the likeable chanteuse. Slickly but not busily produced by Larry Klein, Bones feels like a lighter weight cousin to Steely Dan's Gaucho or Klein's '80s work with Joni Mitchell given jazz combo intimacy. (DC)

John Doe and The Sadies : Country Club (Yep Roc)
Guns, booze, loneliness, and heartache can only lead to one of two things - punk rock or country music. As it so happens, punk's most versatile father figure has teamed up with Canadian country troubadours for a thoroughly winning album that delivers updated renditions of classics by such greats as Waylon Jennings and Ray Price as well as a few originals. Kathleen Edwards adds beautiful backing vocals on several tracks. (DH)

Psychic TV/PTV3:: Mr Alien Brain vs. The Skinwalkers (Sweet Nothing)
There's no middle ground; you either love or hate Psychic TV. Their newest CD/DVD release is the first full-length recording since the death of Lady Jaye, and continues their trend of weirdness for weirdness' sake. The music is muddled, distorted and harsh, but long-time fans will feel right at home. (TP)

[Published on: 4/12/09]

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great idea jambase

Mack22 Mon 4/13/2009 06:46PM
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Check out this band of three beautiful and talented young women doing a Fleet Foxes cover