And August comes to an end – sadly not on a high note if you’re paying attention to what’s happening in the world. We here at the Indy Review want to send our best wishes and hopes of safety to those being affected by the wildfires, the hurricane, and all those protesting peacefully in Wisconsin and other places around the country. Hopefully some of the new music out today can be a minor salve on the wounds being inflicted.
There are two albums out today by significant black voices; the latest from reggae/ska legend Toots and the Maytals, and soul singer Bettye LaVette‘s latest takes on a number of classic songs. We also have the latest from some of our favorites, alt. country and Americana singers; Ruston Kelly, The Avett Brothers, Billy Raffoul, and a collection of b-sides and rarities from Josh Ritter.
In songs, we get two new ones from pop rock group Augustana, Mad Caddies bring us some more reggae-rock love, Coheed & Cambria have released a sequel to the classic song “Jessie’s Girl” with Rick Springfield featured, and we’ve got another new one from classic pop-punkers Slick Shoes. Chris Stapleton is back with his latest real country jam, girl in red is back with another alt pop gem, and there’s two new singles from goth alternative legends the Smashing Pumpkins.
There’s also a couple newer groups with new singles to highlight today; some gritty emo-punk from Guardrail, thoughtful folk pop from Skout, and a heavy dose of rocking noise pop from Superlove.
Find all of these and a lot more in our New Music Friday Playlist!