Frank Turner, “There She Is”
Recommended If You Like: Billy Bragg, Neil Young, Against Me!
Fun fact: No one has played Glastonbury more times in a row than Frank Turner. His 2016 performance was his 10th consecutive appearance at Worthy Farm. Now that we have that out of the way, there’s a collection called Songbook that’s just out, which is a retrospective of Frank’s career along with 10 brand new alternate versions of older songs plus this one new track.
Starcrawler, “I Love LA”
Starcrawler (Rough Trade)
RIYL: Snotty female-fronted power pop. The Beaches, too.
No, this isn’t a cover of the Randy Newman song but an original from a much-hyped group from LA that Elton John seems to really like. Singer Arrow de Wilde is a star that will undoubtably receive a stamp of approval from Courtney Love. I think I’ve been to the donut shop in the video. The album is set for release on January 18.
Coyote, “Don’t Freak Out”
RIYL: Hollerado, Arkells, PUP
Fun, effortless power pop from Charlottetown PEI. Check out some of their back catalogue, too.
Manchester Orchestra, “The Gold”
A Black Mile to the Surface (Favorite Gentlemen)
RIYL: Weakerthans, Silversun Pickups, Death Cab for Cutie
They are not from Manchester nor are they an orchestra. Formed in Atlanta in 2004 and with five albums since 2006 (this latest one came out in July), Manchester Orchestra is one of those bands that has been flying under the radar for years but have also managed to amass a rabid following. The entire record is a reference to the old gold mining town of Lead, South Dakota, which isn’t that far from Deadwood. Hint: If you’re interested in neutrino detection studies, you’ll want to hear this record.
Alvvays, “Plimsoll Punks”
Antisocialites (Royal Mountain)
RIYL: Canadian bands that do well in the UK
Things continue to roll along nicely for Alvvays and their second album. Molly Rankin and crew are doing especially well in the UK—the BBC is besotted with this record—and they’ve got a European tour set for February and March. Meanwhile, they’re selling out all across Canada this fall, which includes FIVE consecutive sold-out dates at The Mod Club starting December 12.