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.
A few months ago I got a message from one of my former campers from when I was a camp counselor. He told me that he had started a band, Living At Last, and was wondering if I wanted to check it out. I checked them out, not really knowing what to expect.
I listened to the first track and immediately liked the sound of it. It had a solid overdrive guitar in the background, and the lyrics were inspirational and showed maturity way beyond the years of high schoolers.
My two favorite tracks on the album are Numb and Eyes Like You. Eyes Like You got stuck in my head for a full day after listening to it for the first time. I am excited to see what music Living At Last come out with in the future, because they will only get better from here.
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.