Rock is still Rolling this week despite the current state of affairs, and that is a very good thing. Some real gems are hitting us this week including a 17 minute new Bob Dylan song, a return to form for Pearl Jam and Sufjan Stevens provides some food for the soul with his ambient record, Aporia.
Brian Fallon – Local Honey
Along with Asbury Park icons Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny Brian Fallon with his band, The Gaslight Anthem, is one of the golden boys of the New Jersey soundscape. This time out, on the frontman’s third solo effort he leans more to the Americana side of the musical spectrum delivering an excellent album that is more Ghost of Tom Joad than Born to Run.
Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof
Three records in, Lilly Hiatt, daughter of John Hiatt, is establishing herself as the reigning Queen of the Nashville Americana Country scene. This time along with her expansive voice Hiatt delivers a solid set of roots-friendly guitar rock. Sometimes channeling Dolly Parton and going down and dirty Bonnie Raitt style other times, there is a maturity on this record that bodes well for the future of humanity.
In This Moment – Mother
Maria Brink is very much one of the great rock voices that criminally floats just under the radar. Sometimes described as the female Marilyn Manson, here, with her band In This Moment, she delivers straight ahead goth-edged rock and roll with an edge that will make you feel alive. Experiencing the over the top covers of Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle” and “We Will Rock You” is worth the price of admission alone.
Matthew’s Southern Comfort – The New Mine
This Americana-Folk group was formed by former Fairport Convention singer-guitarist Iain Matthews. Filled with folk-inspired harmonies and intricate string work on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, there is a lot to enjoy on this record. Highlights are Joni Mitchell’s “Ethiopia” and the Buffalo Springfield worthy “C’mon Amigo.”
Tesla – Five Man London Band
This record is notable because, well, here at Rock is the New Roll we love Tesla and are huge fans of their Iconic record Five Man Acoustical Jam, one of the first live acoustic records to make an impact and a clear inspiration for the MTV Unplugged series. Here, the band plays an acoustic set live from Abbey Road studios covering the band favorites “Signs” and “Love Songs” along with “California Summer Song” from their new record. They even throw “We Can Work It Out” into the setlist because, when in Rome, do what the Romans do.