Folk/Country

On "Bess's Dance," Itasca goes on a creative retreat

It'd been three years since Kayla Cohen (a.k.a Itasca) released 2016's Open to Chance, a sublime offering where the singer-songwriter sought to connect with the nature, and beings, that surrounds her with finger-picked acoustic melodies and lilting country ballads. There was a good reason for her absence—wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of L.A., Cohen went on a six-month creative retreat to rural New Mexico in hopes of finding something new and meaningful. One of her findings is documented on her new single, "Bess's Dance," a gentle jazz-folk fusion that conjures images of her days living in an old adobe house. 

"Bess's Dance" is the first reveal off Itasca's fourth LP, Spring, which is due out on November 1 via Paradise of Bachelors. Juan Rodríguez

   

TONIGHT: Fieldings release EP "It's All You, Cookie" at Rubulad

What better spot for Fieldings to debut a whole new EP of their wonderfully weird tunes than Rubulad, Brooklyn's nomadic venue? The trio of soft indie rockers will drop It's All You, Cookie tonight; its final track, "Soft Shell Crabs", has already seen release - we are streaming it below. It retains the same echoing dreamy goodness as their tracks from their previous album "Soft Tissue", but it sounds as polished as -- if not more so than -- anything the group has released in their six years of existence. Take a listen to "Soft Shell Crabs" below, and if you can make it to the show, RSVP to Rubulad for the address. - Will Sisskind

   

New Track: "Graves" - Jeremiah Tall

Singer-songwriter Jeremiah Tall recently shared “Graves,” the lead single from his forthcoming album Bare Bones, which is scheduled to arrive on October 11. A grim sonic swirl sets the tone. Unearthing a lively folk-blues stomp, the prediction of a zombie apocalypse is heeded. The end is near, and you've been warned. Hopefully it won't come before Tall's performance at Philly Music Fest on Saturday, September 27 at World Cafe Live.

   

The Missouri Pacific delivers powerful message in new music video for "Heartland"

Yes, the music video for NH-based The Missouri Pacific’s “Heartland” (streaming) is as graphic as you think, and we love it. The band’s big sound, comprised of swelling trumpets, a sensuous bassline, and a quirky vocal delivery, is perfectly paired with New England’s unmistakable landscapes (Red Arrow spotted: so good). The drums are pounded on fast and fantastically, and the beats change enough to keep the listener entertained, within all of the fun it may be easy to miss the vital message rooted in the song. The 7 billion trees cut down each year around the world should be an alarming statistic for anyone, and The Missouri Pacific chose a powerful and quite symbolic way to remind us, for that we thank the group. - Rene Cobar 

   

New Will Henriksen LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Nothing Left Behind is the new LP from Will Henriksen, which is available now via local label Sleeper Records. Backed by Andrew Keller (Snow Caps), Jack Washburn (Remember Sports), as well as Will Kennedy and Ari Ratner, the ensemble creates subtle instrumental arrangements that lay the foundation for candid, endearing songwriting. With transportive lyricism, reinforced by melodic warmth, these recordings easily relate and adhere. Just allow them to do so. (Photo by Ari Ratner)