Next is your place for new music discovery. Every week we showcase great new music from artists and bands that more people should know about. Our simple goal is to find you a next new favorite song. 

This week on NEXT. Pearl Jam with an acoustic ballad for lost friend. Joseph Arthur celebrates the 20th anniversary of his pivotal sophomore record Come To Where I’m From. He is releasing an expanded digital edition of the album featuring two discs of previously unavailable and unheard songs. This song is about love lost.

Algiers with another brilliant now song. This album came out in January. Just amazing. The Lost Tapes is all Kris Mitchell from Glasgow. Sneaky Bones play a dynamic and askew version of rock and/or roll. Love this line: “I feel like an outlaw waiting for a sign, to come on back to town and leave the out behind”. Alice Bag has been on the LA punk scene since the 70s. Now with solo album 3.

Bob Mould with a rager. A perfect voice for right now. And benefits Black Visions Collective and OutFront Minnesota, written during the sessions for Sunshine Rock but deemed “too heavy” for the album. “‘American Crisis’ is a tale of two times,” says Mould. “Past Time and Present Time. The parallels between 1984 and 2020 are a bit scary for me: telegenic, charismatic leaders, praised and propped up by extreme Evangelicals, either ignoring an epidemic (HIV/AIDS) or being outright deceitful about a pandemic (COVID-19).” It’s a rager, with Mould screaming “I never thought I’d see this bullshit again / To come of age in the ’80s was bad enough / We were marginalized and demonized / I watched a lot of my generation die / Welcome back to American crisis.”

Def Leppard live off  “The London to Vegas” boxset. In the boxset you get two concerts (Hysteria At The O2 and Hits Vegas) and will be accompanied with a 40 page hardback book. Alison Mosshart says don’t worry she’s said she not going solo. The Kills are still a thing. She hinted about new The Kills soon too. Yay. The Mark Lanegan song this week in one word: dirge. Another couple words. This album is a companion to his just released book. It’s not warts and all; it’s an all warts look back at his life. Let’s put it this way as he’s said “Heroin stopped me dying of alcoholism”

Chelsea Williams is a Sun Valley native and has a knack for strong pop hooks. Ray LaMontagne off album 8 which comes out in the near distant future. It was self-produced and self-engineered and LaMontagne provided all of the backing instrumentation.

BB King and Eric Clapton. Two guitar legends. Duh. They first performed together in NYC in 1967. Over 30 years later, in 1999, the two longtime friends joined forces to create a collection of all new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs. Now to celebrate the 20th anniversary they are re-releasing with 2 bonus tracks. Winterpills add a summery psychedelic electro-pop track that rises above it all. Bonus – lush harmonies. “Honestly, I was writing about the pulsing electrical waves I feel inside my head when I’m dissolving, obliterated, non-existent, egoless, and happy,” says Philip Price. “I try to visit that place whenever I can. Not always easy to get to; rewarding as hell.”

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Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.

WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.

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Artist and Song Title:

  • Pearl Jam – Comes Then Goes
  • Joseph Arthur – California
  • Algiers – Unoccupied
  • The Lost Tapes – Witchita
  • Sneaky Bones – Outlaw
  • Alice Bag – Spark
  • Bob Mould – American Crisis
  • Def Leppard – Animal (live)
  • Alison Mosshart – It Ain’t Water
  • Mark Lanegan – Skeleton Key
  • Chelsea Williams – Wasted
  • Ray LaMontagne – Strong Enough
  • BB King and Eric Clapton – Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (Cover)
  • Winterpills – Golden Waves

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