Trax | Pasadena Weekly Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trax | Pasadena Weekly 32 32 136211528 TRAX 08.02.18 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:00:51 +0000 AMANDA SHIRES, To the Sunset  (Silver Knife): **** Where 2016’s acclaimed “My Piece of Land” gracefully waltzed and shuffled, the violinist/songwriter’s fifth album poetically rocks as swaths of forward-phased bass, synths and hubby Jason Isbell’s electric guitar pad and seemingly toughen Shires’ gentle voice. It fragments during urgent rockers “Eve’s Daughter” and “Take On the […]

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TRAX 07.26.18 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:00:58 +0000 VALLEY QUEEN, Supergiant (Roll Call): ***½ Frontwoman Natalie Carol’s fierce soprano is a chameleonic guide through 10 often tempestuous tracks questioning place and purpose in the universe. “You’ve gotta let me ride” she howls on “Ride” before gentling to muse, “Maybe what they need is my tender song/ How I long to touch their hearts, […]

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TRAX 071218 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:00:41 +0000 THE SUFFERS, Everything Here (Shanachie): ***½ Houston’s self-described “Gulf Coast soul” octet again blend soul, funk, R&B, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and pop in a summery cocktail spiked with escapist grooves and disarmingly positive attitude. “Full on disclosure, I’m not here for exposure/ I came to have a good time so let me shine,” dynamic frontwoman […]

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TRAX – 07.05.18 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:00:30 +0000 PETAL, Magic Gone (Run for Cover): 4 Stars Pennsylvania indie-rocker Kiley Lotz, better known as Petal, tunefully documents a raw, thorny period of breakup, breakdown and acceptance with grungy guitar, piano, occasional drum thrashing, and unwavering clarity. “I wish I could unsee your kindness, every upward turn of your mouth, but I cannot/ So I’ll […]

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TRAX 062818 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:00:29 +0000 ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD/ADRIAN YOUNGE, The Midnight Hour  (Linear Labs): ***½ Numerous friends grace A Tribe Called Quest’s Muhammad and beatmaker/producer Younge’s latest soul-jazz-hip-hop, Harlem Renaissance-inspired collaboration, from Bilal, CeeLo Green and Raphael Saadiq to ?uestlove and the late Luther Vandross. A radically re-orchestrated version of  “So Amazing,” with strings and a slinky bass line cradling Vandross’ […]

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TRAX_06.07.18 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:02:21 +0000 LIZ VICE, Save Me (self-released): **** The earthy simplicity of 2015’s fine 2015 “There’s a Light” was part of its charm but this is an altogether more mature and enticing release, both in terms of production sophistication and the quality of its gospel- and R&B-inflected songwriting. The Portland-raised singer’s vocals have been nudged forward in harmony-gilded arrangements […]

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TRAX – 05.17.18 Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:55 +0000 LEON BRIDGES, Good Thing (Columbia): ***½ The limber crooner stays focused on matters of the heart, but where his splendid 2015 debut “Coming Home” vocally evoked Sam Cooke and ’60s Motown in arrangement, this smooth follow-up recalls early ’70s soul ensembles like the Stylistics, with seductive grooves (“Shy”) and jazz lines rippling through standout tracks […]

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Trax – 05.10.18 Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:40 +0000 BRENT COBB, Providence Canyon (Low Country): **** The Georgia-raised songwriter’s Grammy-nominated “Shine On Rainy Day” was one of 2016’s most impressive releases, and this follow-up — likewise recorded with cousin and Grammy-winning Chris Stapleton/Jason Isbell producer Dave Cobb — ingratiates with a similarly melodic ’70s vibe while exploring the Southern country-funk-rock nexus. Cobb’s a smart […]

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Trax 05.03.18 Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:57 +0000 BIRDS OF CHICAGO, Love in Wartime (Signature Sounds): 3 ½ stars Striking a balance between the austere reverence of 2016’s Joe Henry-produced “Real Midnight” and the easy rusticity of last year’s “American Flowers” EP, clarinetist/banjoist Allison Russell and guitarist/husband JT Nero’s third studio album frames their fervent vocal chemistry and Nero’s poetic, metaphysical lyrics with dynamic […]

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TRAX – 04.26.18 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:37 +0000 LIZ BRASHER, Outcast (Fat Possum): *** The Memphis singer/guitarist grew up in North Carolina singing hymns in a Spanish church, and claims Dominican and Italian ancestry and the Beatles, Delta blues, Dylan, Mahalia Jackson and the Staple Singers as musical antecedents. The sonic cocktail Brasher (rhymes with “Frazier”) fashions from that may not seem discernibly […]

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