Asthmatic Kitty recording artist Shannon Stephens returns with her new album, Pull It Together, produced with help from Grammy-winning engineer Kory Kruckenberg. The album highlights an evolution for Stephens, a wife and mother who has chosen to spend the greater part of the last decade out of the spotlight. She writes with a new worldview and explores the Seattle blues while staying true to her indie folk/rock roots. Pull It Together features collaborations with musicians Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan), James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion), Steve Moore (Laura Veirs), Bonnie Prince Billy, DM Stith, and Galen Disston.
The Spinto Band is a hardworking group of guys from Wilmington, Delaware, who make excellent rock music (of the off-kilter pop variety, a la Talking Heads), host parties and concerts at their own space (The Garden Center), and run their own label (Spintonic Recordings). While on a recent tour, they stopped by our studio for a session and a chat with Maia.
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Atlanta band Bosco was formed around the musical vision of Savannah songwriter Brittany Bosco. Creating lush songs rooted in church music, verbed out guitars, 90s nostalgia, heavy percussion,and chill soul, Bosco pairs a strong design aesthetic and fashion sense with their evolving music. With the recent incorporation of synths into their sound, Bosco continues to redefine their output as collaborative musicians and artists.
As Lacrymosa, Caitlin Pasko, composes beautiful orchestral pop songs that build and weave a variety of textures into dreamy soundscapes. Adorned with sweeping string arrangements, delicate piano work and an angelic, soaring voice that rises and falls with exceptional control and ease, Pasko’s music is tender yet bursting with fervor — especially alongside her lyrical storytelling. Both her vocals and soft-spoken pop sensibilities call to mind Regina Spektor and Sharon Van Etten.
Jon DeRosa’s ambient chamber-pop, featuring his uniquely deep and crooning voice, moves beautifully and tenderly — often building up in all the right places with the help of sweeping orchestral arrangements. Based out of Brooklyn, he’s participated in other musically-styled projects in the past, such as Dead Leaves Rising and Aarktica, but A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes is the first album released under his own name.
The folk-pop tinged music of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kelli Scarr is pure and poignant, smooth and seductive, reminiscent at times of Neil Young or Gillian Welch. Scarr — who has toured and worked with Moby and been nominated for an Emmy for her soundtrack work on HBO’s In a Dream — wears her heart on her sleeve lyrically, and her cool and soothing vocals are especially soul-stirring.
Based out of Los Angeles, RACES (formerly Black Jesus) blends bits of psych-rock, indie-pop, and even a little country twang for music that’s one moment guitar-driven and rollicking, and the next brimming with intense emotion and poppy hooks. The wild, but charming songs on the band’s Frenchkiss Records debut, Year Of The Witch, are further highlighted by frontman Wade Ryff’s raspy-textured, yearning vocals.
Jesse Marchant, or JBM as he’s more commonly known in the music world, creates delicate, subdued and moving indie rock. Written mostly on an acoustic guitar, his songs are sparse, though never simplistic — he’s classically trained on the guitar and quick with his fingers — and overall the music often conveys a haunting, yet beautiful emotional quality. He’s shared the stage with well-known acts like St. Vincent and The Tallest Man On Earth.