With the current popularity of Red Dead Redemption II, Godless, and Westworld, Nashville singer Lindi Ortega couldn’t be more at home. Over the past two decades, this Toronto-born songwriter has wowed international audiences with her soaring vocals and jaw-dropping skills on guitar and piano.
Earlier this year Ortega released her fifth full-length, Liberty, a Spaghetti Western-inspired record that sounds somewhere in between Ennio Morricone and Emmylou Harris. Lindi’s lyrics simultaneously embrace and challenge the Western mythos on Liberty (and again on Liberty: Parkhill Sessions), and wraps with Ortega riding off into a sunset of seductive sonics. Lindi Ortega performs tonight at The Parish, so be quick on the draw with a free download of Liberty’s midpoint, “The Comeback Kid”!
Local lyricist Eric Mikulak rocked house parties at the helm of his RATM-meets-RHCP group Karmatron for years before focusing on his solo rap career as Click-Clack. This self-imposed hip-hop hermit has since produced around five hundred tracks for himself and others and just when you think he’s mastered his craft, Click-Clack puts out yet another end-all release.
Click-Clack’s latest endeavor is also his most commercially accessible one, the full-length Blue Eyed Black Boy, a the fourteen-song treasure chest of introspective and infectious trap, produced almost entirely by Mikulak and his Ballteam partner Swish Fifty. It’s hilarious, heartwarming, soul-crushing and all around bangin’ and it’s been out for a whole week! Check out the album’s closer, and one of many on Blue Eyed Black Boy that’ll convert you into someone who enjoys autotune, “Last Song”!
Only five years into their journey together as musicians, Austin rock outfit Coattails has already shown immense talent through their first album and unapologetic drive in the local music scene. Toss some impressive songwriting skills in the mix and you’ve got a few great reasons why Coattails has opened for the likes of Israel Nash and even Blue Öyster Cult.
The latest step in this quartet’s musical maturation is their six-song EP Imaginary Friends, a record that alternates between pleasant, heartbreaking and just plain badass! Coattails joined us in Studio 1A this past Tuesday and celebrated their EP release show last night at Empire Control Room. If you’re around Fort Worth tomorrow night, they’re playing at Lola’s Trailer Park, otherwise wind up for the weekend with the lead single from Imaginary Friends, “Clocks & Knives”!
Recognize the name Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson? No?! If that doesn’t ring any bells, perhaps his musical moniker Júniús Meyvant does. This Icelandic singer-songwriter began writing and releasing originals after years of creatively-induced cabin fever cooped up in his parents’ home. The constant surge of ideas and unwillingness to slow down convinced Sigurmundsson to undertake the compositions all on his own rather than work with a band, and in 2014 Júniús Meyvant was born.
Sigurmundsson’s sultry vocals and compelling arrangements accommodate a folk pop aura with splotches of soul, and the latest from Júniús Meyvant is out on Friday. Júniús Meyvant second full-length Across the Borders is out tomorrow and you can get the pre-emptive mental klaxons firing with the record’s lead single, “High Alert”!
If you’re not actively ready to dance at any given moment, the young and hungry Boston quartet Daisybones is on a mission to change that. Three of the four met in the midst of their individual high school projects, and the as-of-yet unnamed band was finalized at the beginning of college. Just last February the group (now formalized as Daisybones) had released their first single and quickly followed it up with their appropriately-titled debut full-length, gusto.
Hell bent on bonding with their fans and putting on the best live show imaginable, Daisybones recently brought their energy back to the studio for their sophomore album Gold. It’s ten tracks of frenetic tempo changes and addictive dance grooves, and you can hear the whole thing on Friday. To help you throttle the work week, here’s the lead single from Gold, “Choke”!