This is cool: after four years, Erin McKeown has finally completed work on the musical she’s been writing with Pulitzer-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes. Well, completed it enough for the La Jolla Playhouse in California to include it in their 2016/17 season, at any rate.
No one has accused Pussy Riot of understatement, but as hysteria and cynical opportunism mount in the wake of last weekend’s Paris terrorist attack, there’s something both refreshing and necessary about the Russian punk collective’s blunt new song “Refugees In.”
Lake Street Dive last week released “Call Off Your Dogs,” the first song from their upcoming album “Side Pony,” and that’s dandy. But the Brooklyn-via-Boston band is one of those groups whose live show is so good that it overshadows their albums.
In an age when women are more than capable of speaking for themselves, who better than to catalog their likes and dislikes than random indie-rock dudes?
It’s hard to beat Hinds for sheer enthusiasm. The foursome from Madrid, Spain, look well-positioned to release the first buzzed-about album of 2016 with “Leave Me Alone,” which is due Jan. 8.
The video Skylar Gudasz shot for her song “I’m So Happy I Could Die” gives the distinct impression that she’s not entirely sincere about the sentiment. No problem: she’s wonderfully acerbic about it.
Funny, it doesn’t seem like 10 years since Freakwater last released an album. And yet, “Thinking of You …” came out in 2005, and if we subtract that from 2015 — yep, their story checks out.
Sometimes great songs that seem like potential album stand-outs get left off the record altogether, and see release instead as overlooked bonus tracks. Craig Finn’s “Three Drinks” is one of them.