New Music: Ane Brun - Directions

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Life is all about baby steps. One foot in front of the other is sometimes the wisest way to approach a daunting task. That's the idea behind Ane Brun's new track, "Directions."   "Everything is possible, even when the sun don't shine," she coos over Bjork-like rhythms and furious jazz bass explosions. It's the cornerstone of an upcoming fall album-- her first studio release since 2011's It All Starts with One. It's an ace addition to the growing... READ MORE

New Single: Nadine Shah - 'Stealing Cars'

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Sweeping, mountainous instruments aloft the golden contralto of Nadine Shah populate the British songstress's new single, "Stealing Cars." The triumphant song, which marries a Johnette Napolitano voice with the dramatic flair of My Brightest Diamond, previews an as-yet-untitled 2015 album.   Shah's pedigree is impressive: She's opened for Depeche Mode and Bat for Lashes, and has earned kudos from SPIN, The Wall Street Journal and many more notable publications. Her style sounds timeless and futuristic, spooky and sunny.... READ MORE

Album Review - My Brightest Diamond, 'This Is My Hand'

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music My Brightest Diamond This Is My HandAsthmatic Kitty Otherworldly, regal and mesmerizing— this is Shara Worden. And with her latest album under the guise of My Brightest Diamond, Worden has revealed the goddess within. This writer was first exposed to the songstress’s powerful alto on the Decemberists’ theatrical The Hazards of Love (Capitol, 2009). She portrayed a vengeful queen so convincingly, it wouldn’t be absurd to think she stepped out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Worden carries that... READ MORE

Meshell Ndegeocello Demands 'Comet, Come to Me'

Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Sultry and daring singer Meshell Ndegeocello has announced the June release of her latest album, Comet, Come to Me, on Naive Records. If her recent Boombox feature is any indication, the collection's sound will fall somewhere in between Prince and Nick Drake. Not to mention that she collaborates with Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond on Comet. Thirteen songs are slated for the tracklist, and you can experience the Moonage Daydream of "Continuous Performance" here.... READ MORE