Will Stewart’s latest album, County Seat (Cornelius Chapel), earned him a place on Rolling Stone‘s list of “10 new country artists you need to know” earlier this year. We couldn’t agree more, as the veteran of both Timber and Willie And The Giant has upped his game as a serious songwriter. The Alabama native returned home after a stint in Nashville, and County Seat definitely embraces his love of the Yellowhammer State. “Sipsey,” the first single and lead track off the nine-track album, references the Sipsey Wilderness Preserve in northwest Alabama. Stewart uses this visual to nostalgically describe the innocence of youth. Watch the video for “Sipsey” to see for yourself.
We Are The West just released debut album The Golden Shore in March. The Los Angeles duo’s cool and thoroughly original sound is known to many locals via Brett Hool and John Kibler’s monthly underground parking-garage concert series. If you’re unable to make it to these one-of-a-kind performances, you can check out We Are The West instead in its video for The Golden Shore track “Any Day Of The Week.” You can also catch the duo live on the West Coast in July and August.
Our Philly baby brothers are growing up right in front of our eyes. Just named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far,” Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures (Part 2) (Contender) is definitely worthy of all the hype. Adam Weiner And The E. Passyunk Ave Band are kicking off a two-week tour with Social Distortion supporting the LP tonight in Columbus, Ohio, before heading out on their own the rest of the summer. Low Cut Connie has a brand-new video for album closer “Hey! Little Child” (an Alex Chilton cover) that reflects the band’s lifestyle offstage, hanging at dive bars, snapping pictures and just having a good time. Watch it now; to us, it feels like a typical night out on the streets of Philadelphia.
Howlin Rain just issued highly anticipated fifth album Alligator Bride (Silver Current). Three singles have been released from this seven-song LP thus far, including the rockin’ “Missouri.” The video for “Missouri” showcases the energy and passion of the band as it performs live out in the middle of nowhere. You can catch Howlin Rain—lead by the always-busy Ethan Miller (Comets On Fire, Heron Oblivion, Feral Ohms, Odyssey Cult)—on tour this summer all over the U.S. and watch the clip for “Missouri” while you order your tickets.
Tracyanne & Danny’s video for “It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts,” the new single of their self-titled debut on Merge, tunes you into a funny and haunted narrative. It flows along with a couple opening up their own bed and breakfast in a “haunted” castle in Scotland before “scary” stuff starts to happen. Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby) are currently in the middle of their first North American tour. Check them out, and check out the video for “It Can’t be Love Unless It Hurts” now.
Pale Waves are about to set out on an extensive world tour, traveling all over the globe until December. The Manchester quartet is promoting not only its acclaimed All The Things I Never Said EP but also new song “Kiss,” slated for the band’s upcoming debut LP. Watch the video for “Kiss” now, and look out for Pale Waves bringing their killer goth pop to a town near you.
Goldfrapp is following up the success of last year’s Silver Eye with a deluxe edition of the album coming out July 6 on Mute. Along with this reissue comes a video for “Ocean” (featuring Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan), shot in Spain on the beautiful beaches of Fuerteventura and in Madrid. Goldfrapp is heading out on tour in July, so try to catch them then if you live in Europe. In the meantime, check out the Alison Goldfrapp-directed video for “Ocean.”
Back at the end of April, we brought you a totally awesome mix tape by Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes, coinciding with the release of their three-track Chapter Two EP. As we told you then, Chapter Two followed Chapter One (a three-song EP released January 19), and the two would eventually be compiled and expanded upon to result in the Nashville band’s third album. Well, folks, said LP—the dozen-track Fashion (Color Party)—now has an official release date: August 24. (You can pre-order the album at the band’s website.)
And we have even more good news for you today regarding Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes: We’re premiering the video for Fashion standout “Headfirst (It’s All Happening).” Directed by bassist Marshall Skinner, the clip was inspired by a photo shoot he did recently at an old motorcycle repair shop. “I wanted the concept of the video to be about people who are exploring and discovering their true selves but doing it in an environment that is not very inspiring,” says Skinner. “In a lot of ways, the run-down warehouse represents a society in which we do not value the creative people we need. For a lot of people, being a young creative person can be a struggle, and a lot of times, we are on our own in the quest to create something meaningful. In my own experience, you have to fight through the times when life is not inspiring in order to do something creative or imaginative, and I wanted to convey that feeling through the video.“
Ellsworth feels the same way, with the concept for “Headfirst (It’s All Happening)” also working on very personal and musical levels as well. “It feels like a metaphor of sorts for our band—an amalgamation of everything that represents Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes,” he says. “We’ve been a proudly independent band since we started in 2010. No label means no budgets, though, and with no budget, sometimes you have to be your own music video directors. Marshall is a monstrously talented photographer and used his eye for photography to film this narrative that follows three different characters all striving to do something meaningful and creative—and progressively losing their minds in the process. It’s a sentiment we’re familiar with.”
As a song, “Headfirst (It’s All Happening)” is a bit of a rallying cry for Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes, three guys who understand the struggles that go along with their life pursuit of making music not only for themselves but others as well. “This year has been a year of big change for the band, and ‘Headfirst (It’s All Happening)’ is a song literally about the experience of being in a band and going through some shit and questioning what you’re doing with your life,” says Ellsworth. “The self-doubt, the sleeping on strange floors, the relentless tour schedule, the no money, the unending work that goes along with being an indie band … The repeated ‘It’s all happening’ lines are simultaneously tongue-in-cheek and hopeful reminders to ourselves to keep going. Because the truth is that as soon as you get onstage and you see your music affect someone, even if it’s just one person, you forget about all the bad shit. You forget the self-doubt and the no money and, in that moment, remember why you started doing this in the first place: the music and the people. Those are the things that matter.”
We couldn’t agree more. It’s all happening, indeed, for Daniel Ellsworth + The Great Lakes. Sit back and see for yourself. Tour dates below.
7/28 — Bethlehem, PA, Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series
8/2 — Chicago, F$#kapalooza At Tonic Room
8/3 and 8/4 — Appleton, WI, Mile Of Music Festival
8/24 — New York, Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
You’ll feel like you’re watching an old-school variety show (albeit one that’s incredibly conspiratorial) when viewing Damien Jurado’s new video for “Percy Faith.” The song comes off his latest album, The Horizon Just Laughed (Secretly Canadian), and the clip was directed by Lance Alton Troxel (Foxygen, Richard Swift). The LP is out now and will be available for streaming via Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora on July 6. Watch the video for “Percy Faith” now, and ask yourself, “Who is The Watchman, really?”
Deer Tick combines the beauty of dance and architecture in its new video for “Wants / Needs,” off Vol 2. (Partisan). According to drummer/singer (and songwriter) Dennis Ryan, the song is “about determining necessity in an age of modern convenience where the lines between wants and needs are a bit blurred.” Watch the clip now, and catch Rhode Island’s finest on tour most of the rest of this year.