It looks like 2021 is shaping up to be another stellar Power Pop year if “Hey Renee” by The Click Beetles is any indication.
When two of your favorite artists throw down a collaboration on one of your favorite YouTube shows and cover one of your favorite songs the results should be epically cool. And they are.
Definitely, one of the bands to have on your what to look for list for 2021, CIEL delivers a brand of blissful Indie Pop that will soothe the soul and provide a calm, cool, and collected flowered for growing good things to come.
It is pretty amazing that such a great band would come from such a small island, Isle of Wight. But naturally, the limited square miles available for wandering about means it is fairly inevitable that like-minded musicians will find each other and form a band. Newly signed by Chess Club Records, the folks who brought you, Wolf Alice, the band provides razor-sharp melodies and killer Indie-Pop hooks that should put them on the map in relatively short order.
Once again Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio is shaping up to have another great year. This time, their eclectically cool new find is Aaron Frazer, the drummer for Durand Jones & The Indications who will be stepping out from the riser for his first solo record to be released in January.
Named after a serial killer from the mid-1800s whose weapon of choice was poison, the band Mary Ann Cotton stops such sort of ’70s Alice Cooper tribute band territory all the way down to the endorsement directly from Alice himself along with high praise from the original Alice Cooper band member Dick Wagner who discovered them. With true talent to back up the gimmick, this Danish-American band should be on your Rock and Roll radar.
Michael Kiwanuka is one of the most underrated artists in the business today. His album Kiwanuka released in 2019 is one of the best records to be released in the last five years released, and his debut back in 202 was stellar as well. Here, he scorches the earth with his tribute to Bill Withers.
Sure he’s lost just a bit off of his vocal fastball, but heck, it’s 2021, and who among us hasn’t. Here Sir Tom entertains on the New Year’s Eve episode of Later…With Jools Holland.
The latest video from Lilly Hiatt, daughter of John Hiatt. Her latest record Walking Proof is an overlooked gem from 2020.
Early James is one of the great new finds of 2020. Coming from Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye studios he is a perfect stablemate for one of the best production houses around. This one is live from Easy Eye.