Dispatch has released their first album since 2012 with America, Location 12. The band members have recently been working on solo projects, with both Chadwick Stokes Urmston (stage name Chadwick Stokes), and Brad Corrigan releasing solo projects over the last few years.
America, Location 12 is a great album for summertime with the positive vibes and just general upbeat tracks that Dispatch has made themselves famous for. Some of our favorite tracks include, “Only the Wild Ones”, “Painted Yellow Lines”, and “Midnight Lorry.”
I had the privilege of attending one of their release shows in Providence this past weekend. Dispatch performed an intimate set of four songs, three songs from the new album and one of their old hits.
Here is a link to the new album on Spotify:
To the surprise of their fans, Texas based rock band, The Rocketboys, released an acoustic album this week featuring acoustic versions of songs from previous EP’s and albums titled “The Great Outdoors”.
The album takes a different twist on many of the rock driven songs that The Rocketboys are known for. The acoustic versions of the tracks bring a sense of rawness, and soulfulness that seems to amplify the range of the original studio versions of these tracks. “The Great Outdoors” has a vibe that makes you want to be outside by a campfire sing with friends. The musicianship is excellent, with guitars, pianos, shakers, multiple vocals, and more.
I saw The Rocketboys open for Relient K a few years back. I remember my friends and I were blown away by the performance, and the quality of their music. Immediately after they finished the opening act, we rushed to the merch table and bought shirts.
“The Great Outdoors” shows the wide range and huge amount of talent that The Rocketboys possess.
The band has also announced that they have are almost finished working on their third studio album, some very exciting news.
Valleyheart is a rock band from Beverly, Massachusetts that released their first EP”Nowadays” this spring. The band features a few former members of Exiting the Fall.
This four tracked EP touches on themes of questioning the presence of God, reflecting on the past, shifting situations in life, and finding purpose.
These are questions that many can relate to, and have even thought about in their own lives. This questioning, paired with well written lyrics and great guitar overtone, make this EP a mixture of complexity, honesty, wonder, and faith.
I would highly recommend this EP to anyone who enjoys honest lyrics, and some good rock music.
The Lumineers have come out with there anticipated second studio album, ‘Cleopatra’. The Lumineers are a folk band from Denver that grew to success with hits such as ‘Hey Ho’, and ‘Stubborn Love’.
‘Cleopatra’ consists of some songs with a sound that you would expect from The Lumineers, but they also show uniqueness and range in other tracks. If you were a fan of there first album, then you would likely enjoy Cleopatra as well.
My two favorite tracks from this album are Ophelia and Angela. Ophelia was the first single on the album, and is a very catchy tune, with a great piano melody in the background. The beginning of the song Angela actually has a similar melody to the beginning of the song The Only Exception by Paramore. Angela is a great tune, especially when the lead singer, Wesley Schultz, hits the high notes in the chorus.