On this week’s roundup, Denver alt-rockers Bleak Mystique drop a six-song EP, 2MX2 member Lolita exhibits the world why she is La Más Chingona, and David Lawrence & the Spoonful launch a debut assortment of Americana songs.
In nationwide information: Grateful Lifeless founder Bob Weir releases his second quantity of stay Colorado recordings on Third Man Information. Get it and get within the temper for Lifeless & Co.’s remaining tour subsequent summer time.
Hey, Gen Xers and millennials: Do not forget that $2 Fats Compilation you had in 1997? Now you may have it on vinyl for $20 through Fats Wreck Chords!
All of those releases can be found for listening on all main streaming platforms.
The Denver alternative-rock band’s self-titled EP evokes the grumpy, dynamic various outfits of the ’90s. The opening track, “One thing I Can’t Do,” showcases swirling guitar melodies, sonic shifts and considerably anguished, emotive vocals from singer Sam Shapiro. It’s not all angst, although: Songs like “Treading Water” and “Tantrum” embody a extra pop sensibility. The EP additionally carries a few instrumental compositions with psychedelic prospers and baroque pop leanings. It’s a bit Pixies and a bit Beatles with some Kinks tossed in for good measure.
“La Más Chingona”
Lolita is a fixture in Denver’s 2MX2 crew, which fuses conventional Latin rhythms and hip-hop right into a danceable mix. She’s struck out on her personal with this Spanish-language hip-hop observe, which incorporates fellow 2MX2 members 01 and Juice dropping verses and producer DMD offering a guitar-, bass-, trumpet- and 808-infused observe. It’ll make you wish to dance and have fun the chingona — roughly, the “badass girl” — in your life. Coupled with the hilariously disturbing video, the message of the track appears to be this: Don’t fuck with Lolita.
Fats Wreck Chords
Bodily Fatness: Fats Music Vol. III
Fats Wreck Chords began releasing CD samplers in 1994 that offered for a couple of dollars and let folks take a look at a band earlier than taking the full-album plunge. Now that we’ve determined collectively to spend twenty bucks on vinyl, you may have Bodily Fatness, the third entry, on wax. The file consists of a number of traditional punk nuggets, together with NOFX’s tackle the jazz normal “All of Me,” Screeching Weasel’s “Cool Children,” Snuff’s drunken singalong “Arsehole,” and Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s model of “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” which provides the unique a run for its cash. The album is obtainable for pre-order and anticipated to ship on the finish of October.
David Lawrence & the Spoonful
It’s protected to say that David Lawrence works firmly within the style referred to as Americana. Mixing Delta blues, roots and his tackle Gypsy jazz guitar, Lawrence possesses an intangible high quality — perhaps it’s persona — that imparts one thing particular to the songs, pushing them past the usual Americana fare. On this debut album, “Cupcakes and Cigarettes” is a banger of explicit word. “Seeds We Sow,” the band’s first single, sprang from Lawrence watching the horrible wildfires burning within the mountains in 2020. There’s loads occurring right here, and the lyrics invite listeners to take a deep dive.
Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros
Stay in Colorado Vol. 2
The Grateful Lifeless was a California band, however Colorado looks like the correct capital for the jam style the group launched. Founding Lifeless member Bob Weir should know that, too, as a result of he’s dropping the second quantity of his band, the Wolf Bros., taking part in at Centennial State venues corresponding to Pink Rocks Amphitheatre and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The file begins with a tackle the Merle Haggard traditional “Mama Tried,” which was additionally a Lifeless normal, and rapidly goes into lengthy jams of principally Lifeless songs, however there’s additionally some Marvin Gaye in there. The primary quantity got here out earlier this 12 months on Jack White’s Third Man Information.
Denver trio Photon makes some attractive sounds. It’s a bit electro, a bit funk, a bit jazz, a bit drum-and-bass. Extra succinctly, it’s the music you’d think about Captain James T. Kirk may hear after stumbling into some unique membership in a far-off galaxy and instantly know it is the place he’s been on the lookout for. Member Jimmy Dunston says he wrote the second observe, “Chickens in House Half 2,” as an homage to drum-and-bass grasp LTJ Bukem and his capacity to gentle up a crowd it doesn’t matter what he’s taking part in. The spacey grooves on this four-song EP make for an attractive pay attention. Photon additionally consists of Dan Africano, maybe greatest identified in Denver for his instrumental dub reggae outfit, Demise by Dub, and Neal Evans of Dopapod. The EP comes out on Denver label Coloration Pink Music, which has been releasing loads of diverse music, each native and in any other case, over the previous few years.
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