Tasty Tunes of the Week (February 12, 2023)

Here are some new, or new to us, songs that are tickling our earbuds this week at Rock is the new Roll.

Rock Criminals – Get Yourself Together

Hailing from Finland, it is no surprise that the band has enlisted Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe on this one. A festival-ready audience participation anthem in the making, the band’s mission statement is to bring back the glory of rock and roll.

Brian Dunne – Bad Luck

Firmly entrenched in the ‘70s and ‘80s singer-songwriter mold, this one bounces along like a hybrid of Jesse Malin and Paul Simon. Good stuff, indeed.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Blacktop

This freshly minted video is from their 2022 record, Cool it down. Slinky and evocative, the song captures the band in top form.

The Sheepdogs – Roughrider ‘89

This new live video tour wrap release is an epic example of The Sheepdogs in all their live kick-ass glory.

Planted firmly in the two things that don’t belong together category Dropkick Murphy’s and Nikki Lane team up on an ode to non-drinking.

Charlie Starr and the Blackberry Smoke boys drop into the Ryman for a no-audience jam, “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodledoo” featuring the new wunderkind Billy Strings.

Tasty Tunes of the Week (February 5, 2023)

Here are songs that are are in heavy rotation in the halls of Rock is the new Roll H.Q. this week.

Maple Mars – Anchors Aweigh

Just one of the terrific bands on the Big Stir Records label, Maple Mars is out with a nautical-themed new video for “Anchors Aweigh,” a single from their stellar 2022 release, Someone’s Got To Listen.

Ilko Birov – Mrs. James

A dose of Dave Davies by way of Eliott Smith on this single that will bring back to the minds ear Holland-era Beach Boys. An exciting new singer songwriter out of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Floral Portrait – Clarissa

And, speaking of Brian Wilson and The Beach boys influenced bands, here, with “Clarissa,” Atlanta’s Floral Portrait presents a sublimely sunny, immaculately produced gem in the Pet Sounds mold.

The Nude Party – Hard Times (All Around)

And, as we all know, everything is just a placeholder until the proper Nude Party album comes out later in the year, but while we wait, the band is dribbling out stellar releases like this one.

Margo Price – Radio

With the release of her latest album, Strays, Margo Price seems to be coming into her own. With this freshly minted video for “Radio,” the only thing she has on is the radio. In this case almost literally.

Laurie Styvers – Beat The Reaper

Landing squarely on the Laura Nyro, Carole King spectrum, this one could have been written on a couch in Laurel Canyon in 1972.