A Song for Your Wild Heart

In April, I went to see Jamestown Revival here in Charlotte. I’ve been a fan for a few years and had already seen them once in Greensboro earlier this year. I wasn’t expecting that I’d leave that night anything less that googly-eyed over their set.

Then the opener happened. I pretty much forgot about Jamestown Revival.

That opener was Ghost of Paul Revere, and these Mainers completely stole the show. Hilarious banter. Energetic performance despite a somewhat empty-ish “before the headliner” room. Fantastic harmonies. And these songs, you guys.

You know how every once in awhile you hear a song for the first time and it just instantly grabs you by your ears? Well, that’s what happened when I heard them play “Wild Child” that night. I was enthralled.

So imagine my disappointment when I found out it was new and it wasn’t to be had ANYWHERE.

Well, finally, six months after that show, the song has been soft released – Spotify stream only for right now, but the new record is only 10 days away. You guys MUST hear this song. I swear I’ve already played it like 100 times.

You can blame me for the earworm later.

Check the band out on tour now and see this song, plus this bad ass cover of “Baba O’ Riley.”

 

MORE GHOST OF PAUL REVERE: Pre-Order Monarch on iTunes | Buy music on Amazon | Watch the AudioTree Session | Listen on Spotify

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Earworm of the Week: Deaf Havana – “Everybody’s Dancing and I Want to Die”

I do love the poppy sing-along, kids.

And this week’s Earworm is just that. Unfortunately, I’m late, late, late on this bus.

Say hello to Deaf Havana, a sextet from the East coast of England that have apparently been making music together since 2005 – where have I been?  With lots of guitars and loads of windows-down, open lungs, get stuck-in-your-head lyrics, it’s pretty easy to see why they have almost 135,000 likes on Facebook.  (Don’t let the super polished sound fool you, these kids look the rock n’ roll part with leather jackets and loads of tats…love it!)

Their latest album (there are several, so I have some catching up to do), Old Souls, was released in the U.S. this week on Razor & Tie.  Their PR Juggernauts are pushing the singles “Mildred, Lost a Friend” and “Boston Square” (which is free on Amazon right now and was released as the iTunes Single of the Week in Canada this week), but I am crushing on “Everybody’s Dancing and I Want to Die.”  So, without further adieu… your new Earworm.


P.S.  They’re currently on a limited North American tour.  Of course, they aren’t coming to Charlotte…or anywhere near it, for that matter.  But, if you live in a major U.S. city, you might be able to catch them!

More Deaf Havana: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Old Souls on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify

Earworm of the Week: “Thunder Clatter,” Wild Cub

Okay, we won’t talk about the fact that I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks.  Work is tough, I’ve been busy and dealing with family stuff…and honestly, the last thing I’ve felt like doing at night is cracking open the laptop to write. (Trust me, my presence on Twitter has been about 10% of my normal activity…it’s not just the old blog getting ignored.)

But, I can’t leave your ears naked for another week…

It’s no secret that I love a song with some good handclapping.  A couple of weeks ago, I was poking around Spotify and stumbled onto Nashville’s Wild Cub and their totally addictive song “Thunder Clatter.” It’s a year old, which KILLS me that I’m just finding out about these guys now, but…I’m making up for lost time because I have playing this song INCESSANTLY. It’s an instant mood boost!

 

Wild Cub’s album, Youth, was recently taken down from online stores ahead of a re-release in January on Mom + Pop records.  However, you can still grab “Thunder Clatter” as a single on iTunes or Amazon.  And…if you’re one for remixes, you can pick up the Twin Shadow remix of the song for free by visiting the band’s website.

More Wild Cub:  Web | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Earworm of the Week: Micah, “Just a Little Heartbreak”

Man, has this week completely wiped everyone else out or what?  Feels like it’s gone on forever.  Sorry about being a day late with this week’s Earworm, but it’s Friday!

There was a ton of great new music out this week, including Flagship’s debut album, and we know how much I love them. However, I wanted to shine the spotlight on someone new this week.  It came down to two acts, so I went with the song I’ve found myself playing on repeat on the car.

Meet Micah, a singer-songwriter out of upstate New York.  In my world, sometimes there’s just nothing better than a dude in a corner with an acoustic guitar, wearing his heart on his sleeve… And Micah fits that bill perfectly! He released his new EP, Just A Little Heartbreak, this week and the title track is so adorable that I want to go buy him a beer…or give him a hug. It’s just honest as hell and completely catchy. Fridays were made for catchy.

 

The whole EP is absolutely darling, so be sure to pick it up if you dig what you hear.

(Word has it that Wyclef Jean met Micah in the studio this week and told him he had an early Hootie and the Blowfish vibe… We won’t discuss how many times that first Hootie record got played on repeat my junior year in college, so I suppose the comparison is just!)

And because you should always give credit where credit is due, gotta thank my bud and fellow Rock Boater Elise for turning me onto Micah several months ago (follow her on Twitter).

Happy Friday.  Here’s to a little heartbreak!

More Micah:  Facebook | Twitter | Souncloud | Just a Little Heartbreak on iTunes

Earworm of the Week: Grace Potter, “Big White Gate”

Confession:  An old high school boyfriend had to bribe me to see Grace Potter.  If you know me now, this should make you laugh, because I may be Grace’s biggest fan… so indulge me for a minute while I tell the story.

It was 2007 and I was headed home to New Jersey for what seemed like the umpteenth time that year – and the trip happened to coincide with WXPN’s Xponential Music Festival, where my beloved Will Hoge was playing.  I had recently reconnected with my high school boyfriend Pete over a shared love of music.  He was also heading to XPN and had some passes to get into the autograph signing/artist area. He said, “Hey,  I’ve got these passes, you can go see Will…but you have to stay to see the headliner Grace Potter.”

Now, let me explain.  I am not the biggest fan of female singers.  I wish I could explain why, but I guess I just prefer male voices.  But for Will Hoge, I would endure just about anything, so I agreed to stay.

[Aside #1:  Clearly, now I think that Will and Grace should make little rock n’ roll song babies together… not actual children, you understand, but music… a duet with the two of them could possibly cause me to have a heart attack. I once made a mix CD for someone who didn’t know either of them called “Will & Grace.”  I’m clever.  I know.]

And when Grace and her little band of Nocturnals took the stage, it took one song for me to get it, and probably three songs for me to fall in love. Soul.  Energy.  Sass.  And my God, her freaking voice. She had it all. I refused to acknowledge it to Pete since I’d been so obstinate about it, but a few weeks later when her breakout album This is Somewhere was released, I immediately bought it and became Grace’s biggest advocate.  I told EVERYONE about her.  I’m lucky, I caught on at just the right time, as she and the Nocturnals were on their way up.  I got to see her at small venues with 50 people there [Aside #2: Some of the best concert photos I’ve ever taken have been of Grace.  I suck as a photographer, but these are good.] …now, of course, she sells out 1000+ attendance venues.  I’ve probably said this a million times since that night, but I’ll say it once more.  I have never wanted to be someone else in my whole life, but I would love to trade shoes with Grace for just one day (and damn, her shoes…how does she rock those 5-inch heels on stage for hours?).

Tonight, I will attend my ninth GPN show.  I will sing along.  I will dance.  I will envy her shoes.  And I will love every single minute of it.

[Aside #3:  Rumor has it Grace has been covering Bruce on this tour. You should all know that if she does cover him tonight, I will go completely apeshit.]

So, in honor of the show, this week’s Earworm is the first Grace song that I ever loved, “Big White Gate.”  It’s still my favorite.  I think it’s because it’s about loving music.  I kind of know how that feels.  Watch this video.  Listen to her introduction.

Finally, here’s my long overdue thank you to that old, high school boyfriend:  Thanks, Pete Calabrese.  You gave me the gift of Grace.  You will never know how much that means.

More Grace Potter:  Web | Facebook | Twitter