Saturday, September 28, 2013

The company you keep.

The Windy City-based group, Company of Thieves was formed by vocalist Genevieve Schatz and guitarist Marc Walloch. This indie group has a bright sound and incredible vocals. Ms. Schatz totally throws herself into the music and Walloch's heavy-duty guitar playing kicks butt. They remind me a little bit of the group Braids. Based on the youtube videos I've seen (and there are lots of them), the band must be incredible live.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Shakin' All Over

The Athens, Alabama based group Alabama Shakes was formed around singer/guitarist Brittany Howard along with Zac Cockrell, Steve Johnson, and Heath Fogg. Brittany reminds me of a young Janis Joplin. She's got an abundance of fiery soul in her voice and can really belt 'em out. The band combines a potent mix of electric blues and southern soul. Definitely one of the most refreshing groups I've heard in a while. The group has an EP out and released their first full-length cd, Boys & Girls in 2012. They beg to be heard live!