Our Canadian friends BADBADNOTGOOD just dropped a new single on us, "Can't Leave the Night", soon to appear on their upcoming album, III. The guys (Matt Tavares, keys; Chester Hansen, bass; Alex Sowinski, drums) have been working on this one for a good little minute now-- it definitely showed up in their set at our SXSW unofficial day party last year (and might show up again at our party next Wednesday) and Gilles Peterson was the first to give it some airplay on his show on BBC 6 Music a couple weeks ago. Now the song has reached a more final form. Give it some love after the jump and stay on your already well worn pins and needles for III to drop on the Innovative Leisure label soon.
The spectacle of The Stepkids just keeps getting (for lack of a better word) more and more spectacular. Their new video for the spirited "Insecure Troubadour", off their latest album Troubadour is full of sandy beaches, contemplative walks, and unabashed shouts. Soak it all in after the jump.
When Brooklyn Afrobeat band Ikebe Shakedown released their debut self-titled album in 2011, the world took notice. They proved themselves to be a tight, groove-oriented band in the same vein as Menahan Street Band or Lee Fields and the Expressions. They have a timeless quality that one could easily latch onto. Now they group is set to release their sophomore album, Stone By Stone. Give a listen to the first single, "The Offering", off the album which drops everywhere April 15th.
Austin trumpeter Erik Telford is a man of many talents. He definitely showed some versatility when he played our SXSW day party last year and his release, Kinetic, is one of the understated great albums of 2013. Now Telford presses forward with big band arrangement with his group Asilomar. Give a listen to a couple tracks Telford posted to his SoundCloud -- "Fringe" and "Not My Country" (which he performed live at our SouthBy party and which you can hear at the KRTU Bandcamp page, which was linked earlier) -- after the jump.
Bassist Ben Allison has been a force on the music scene, not only because of his musical prowess (most recently exhibited in his outstanding album, The Stars Look Very Different Today) but also in his work as an advocate for musicians. So posting a simple little video of his band performing last year at New York's Joe's Pub has a few more peccadilloes than a mere embed. Read Allison's essay about his YouTube experiment at his website. In the meantime, watch his stellar band play "Roll Credits" after the jump.