If there’s any justice in the world, it’s only a matter of time before Grace Potter & the Nocturnals become a household name. With the band’s infectious blues-rock riffage, Potter’s powerful vocals and — let’s be honest — her supermodel good looks, what’s not to like?
2010’s self-titled album was Potter’s biggest seller to date, peaking at #19 on the Billboard 200, thanks in part to the ridiculously catchy “Paris,” a sexy rocker that had us all saying “ooh la la.”
The upcoming Grace Potter & the Nocturnals album, The Lion the Beast the Beat, will be released June 12. I received an advance copy to review for Glide Magazine and I can tell you that it is everything we expect from a Grace Potter album and more.
When all is said and done, I expect this album’s sales to dwarf that of their eponymous release. I will publish a full review soon, but for now enjoy the first single, “Never Go Back.” I challenge you to crank this up and not sing along.
Update June 11:
My full review of The Lion The Beast The Beat can be read here.
Tuesday is a bit of a slow music day this week. Sure, if you like vanilla paint-by-numbers pop rock with a splash of pretense but without any inspiration, there’s a new Coldplay album! There is also — dear God, no — a new Toby Keith album as well as an album of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson covering songs from Disney movies. For the rest of us, though, there are a few to look out for. All of the good releases this week seem to have a folksy feel for some reason.
Tom Waits: Bad As Me
Waits is one of the most under-appreciated songwriters in the business, partly because of his adversity to publicity and touring. This is his first album of new material in 7 years. If it’s like most of Waits’ catalog, you will love some songs and cringe at others, but each will be a noble attempt at creating something great. Love him or hate him, Waits is always interesting.
She & Him: Christmas Album
America’s indie sweetheart, Zooey Deschanel, drops her third collaboration with M Ward here. She & Him’s warm melodies and vintage sound should be a perfect fit for the Christmas season. Even your biggest Grinch would warm up to the season if he had Zooey crooning to him. Hopefully then he wouldn’t kidnap her so she would have to sing for him every day (as a Grinch, you never know what to expect).
Honeyhoney: Billy Jack
Though still largely unknown, honeyhoney’s unique brand of folk rock is definitely worth a listen. Their debut album, First Rodeo, was one of my favorite releases of last year. Their sophomore release is said to have more of a bluegrass sound.
Deer Tick: Divine Providence
If you like indie folk, scratchy vocals and creative narrative storytelling, you will like Deer Tick. This is the fourth album by the band from Providence, Rhode Island. Unlike the blood-draining insect that is their namesake, Deer Tick does not suck.
Other Releases for October 25 (not recommended):
Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto
Brian Wilson: Disney Songbook
Drake: Take Care
Goapele: Break of Dawn
Justice: Audio Video Disco
Kelly Clarkson: Stronger
Kid Koala: Space Cadet
Michael Feinstein: Sinatra II
Orrin Hatch: Xmas
Paul Kelly: Songs from South
Peter Gabriel: Live
Roots Manuva: 4everrevolution
Russian Circles: Empros
Strange Boys: Live Music
Surfer Blood: Tarot Classics
Thomas Dolby: Map of Floating City
Toby Keith: Clancey’s Tavern
Vince Gill: Guitar Slinger