Hello again. I'm Kristen Eck and welcome to Knock Knock: New Music! In case you're wondering, this is both a video blog and a YouTube playlist. When I'm done ranting & raving, there are two music videos cued-up ready for you to enjoy. All you have to do is keep watching or save the playlist and come back to it when you a have a free moment.
I had a great time out at Sonia (formerly TT the Bear's) in Cambridge Thursday night. I was there to check out London's Dream Wife and Brooklyn band Sunflower Bean. I have been following Dream Wife since the beginning of the year and I was very excited about seeing them live and they did not disappoint. Alice, Bella, and Rakel exploded with energy the moment they hit the stage with their second single, "Hey Heartbreaker" and kept the pedal to the floor the whole way. The crowd was already whipped-up into a frenzy by the time they got to the raucous "F.U.U." and "Let's Make Out."
It was a lot of fun!
My first artist this week is another London band: Warmduscher. No, I'm not swearing. The name is a German term meaning "one who takes warm showers." It's an insult. If some sassy German calls you a "warmduscher" they're saying you're a wimp.
The band, Warmduscher got together in 2015, initially to play someone's house party. Featuring former members of Fat White Family and Paranoid London they ended-up staying together and released their debut album, "Khaki Tears" in May of 2015.
With members like Clams Baker Jr, Little Whiskers, Salt Fingers, Lightning Jack Everett, and The Saulcano there really isn't much that is normal about these guys. That must be why I like them. If you try to find out more about them on their Facebook page you will be instructed to "Do the Salamander."
Warmduscher is on a tour that is currently confined to Europe, but I doubt they'll remain contained for long. They released the single, "Big Wilma" in January. Their second full-length album, "Whale City" is out June 1st on The Leaf Label. Let's have gander at the music video for a tune called, "Standing On The Corner."
My second artist this week on Knock Knock: New Music is singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett. You may already know about her. She's 30-years-old out of Sydney, Australia. She released her first solo EP, "I've Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris" in 2012. Her highly acclaimed debut LP, "Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit" came out in March of 2015. Last year saw her collaborate with Philadelphia singer/songwriter, Kurt Vile on a record called "Lotta Sea Lice."
If you've waiting to see Courtney Barnett live, you're going to have a number of chances here in the New England area. She'll be at the Mass Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams on July 12th and then at the State Theater in Portland, Maine on July 26th. Two days later she pops-up again in Rhode Island at the Newport Folk Festival on July 28th and finally at House of Blues in Boston on October 21st.
"Tell Me How You Really Feel" is the second full-length album from Courtney Barnett. It drops on May 18th. Let's have a look and a listen to the music video for the third single, "City Looks Pretty."
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