New to OpenAir this month: new releases from Ohio singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield, prolific garage rockers Thee Oh Sees, and electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso.
Vertical Scratcher’s debut album “Daughter of Everything” survives on its hooks and little else: you won’t notice any elements outside of guitars, drums, and vocals, but there’s a surprising breadth of melody keeping the record’s pulse healthy.
"From His Head to His Heart to His Hands," a 3-CD 1-DVD compilation of blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield, flows like a long awaited biography. Bloomfield articulates and punctuates throughout with licks we all have installed in our brain.
Intentionally or not, singer-songwriter Angel Olsen’s acerbic new album “Burn Your Fire for No Witness” dropped right around that most divisive of calendar dates, Valentine’s Day. The timing proves apt for these 11 songs rife with untold desire, regret, and yes, love.
Bombay Bicycle Club's latest is power-pop at its finest: 10 hook-filled songs teeming with danceable energy and a wide variety of sonic elements to engage the full-album listener.