Former Dreamend-er Derek Virta to release "psych sludge" debut as BVRTH


While living in Italy in his late 20’s, Derek Virta of BVRTH wasn’t playing or listening to any music, he was just riding his bike all over Tuscany. By the time he moved back to Chicago six months later, he was an amateur bike racer, later winning three Minnesota (he is now based in St. Paul) state championships.

Virta refers to BVRTH music as “psych sludge,” which is not a total misnomer, but is likely overly influenced by Virta’s history playing in Graveface Records “house band” Dreamend and touring with Black Moth Super Rainbow. In actuality, Virta’s music takes that rich goo of a sound and bathes it in precise production values that make it not just rich, but wealthy.  

Virta also counts Aphex Twin, Grails, Air, Stereolab, Suicide, and Low as influences on BVRTH.

BVRTH is out via the artist’s Virtageaux Records label on April 19th .

The Pinx to release third album "Sisters & Brothers" on April 12th


Atlanta-based classic rock foursome The Pinx will release Sisters & Brothers, the band’s most accomplished album to date on April 12th. “Mercy!” is the first single from the album, coming soon. M Music & Musicians Magazine has previously described the band, saying, "The Pinx play as if they’re opening for a double bill of The Who and Led Zeppelin on a hot summer night in 1969—and they’re determined to upstage the headliners."

Denton-based Texas Soul band Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers to release "Shook" on Feb. 22nd


Denton, Texas is the home of Chris Welch & The Cicada Killers, introduced as the “fabulous Cicada Killers” on “Cicada Sweat,” the James Brown-inspired opening track of Shook, the north Texas band’s upcoming sophomore album, which follows-up its 2017 debut Faded & Frayed.

The pronouncement is the only vocal on the song, an improvisational moment that the band loved and kept, but it’s all that’s needed: The Cicada Killers’ unique brand of soul, shimmy, and shake speaks for itself.

The comedic music video for the album track “Shoenapper” is already circulating. Shook by Chris Welch and The Cicada Killers arrives on Feb. 22nd, 2019 preceded by the single and music video “Borrowed Repertoire”.

J Hacha De Zola's upcoming "Icaro Nouveau" detailed by The Joy of Violent Movement


The Joy of Violent Movement has re-posted J Hacha De Zola’s “boozy take on salsa,” “On A Saturday” from his upcoming John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Waxahatchee)-produced fourth album Icaro Nouveau, out March 8th on Caballo Negro. The post also goes into detail about the inspirations and methods behind the new album.


Seattle's Loose Wing to release self-titled debut album March 22nd


Loose Wing is a new Seattle-based band fronted by songwriter Claire Tucker. The four-piece group will issue its self-titled debut album on March 22nd, consisting of nine songs that fearlessly explore themes of anxiety, isolation, intimacy, and teen angst that has yet to be outgrown. Despite the weighty subject matter, Tucker’s tunes maintain an easy confidence throughout the album, with melodies that often remind of a Neko Case or PJ Harvey-fronted R.E.M., which despite that band’s origins in the furthest continental corner (Athens, GA) from the home of grunge, has always maintained a spiritual tie to Seattle. Other contemporary influences on Loose Wing include Kate Bush and Guided by Voices.

Traveling troubadour D.B. Rouse to release "Choices Were Made," Feb. 1st


Offering up all the sincerity, none of the pretense, D.B. Rouse is America’s least-earnest traveling troubadour. “A superb musician,” (Austin American-Statesman), Rouse is armed with a guitar (nicknamed “Meal-Ticket”) and a kazoo. A poet with an absurd sense of humor, the Milwaukee-based (but always touring), former cruise ship lounge singer, goat farmer, and cabana man, will release a new album Choices Were Made on February 1st.