Jonny Fritz, "Ain't It Your Birthday"
Truth be told, this gem from Jonny ("Formerly Corndawg") Fritz's forthcoming LP Dad Country has been floating around for about six weeks now. But perhaps it's new to you? Dad Country will drop April 16 via ATO Records, but if you sign up for the cheeky traveling troubadour's mailing list above or here, you can get a free MP3 of "Ain't It Your Birthday," a characteristically folksy, perky trad-country number with plenty of dextrous playing by Fritz's band — most notably, fiddler Josh Hedley and pedal-steelin' Brit Spencer Cullum Jr. Sign up to the list and give the tune a listen.
Hollow Ox, Sunya
Hollow Ox makes dreamy, spacy, shoegaze-informed post-rock for fans of Tortoise, Cocteau Twins, Godspeed, My Bloody Valentine and fellow locals Hammock. Their brand-new LP, Sunya, features the sort of grandeur, expanse, and tension and release that are tools of the trade, plus vocals! Excellently executed, well-paced and cinematic stuff. You can stream the whole thing above or download it for a mere $5 via Hollow Ox's Bandcamp page.
Bully, Bully EP
As recently noted by Stephen "Goose" Trageser, Bully is a brand-new local trio featuring frontlady Alicia Bognanno (who you may have seen performing sound-gal duties at The Stone Fox) and the former PUJOL rhythm section of Daniel Severs and Stewart Copeland. Bully has an eponymous two-song debut, and as Goose correctly notes, there are indeed some Breeders similarities. Because of the marriage of female-delivered catchy pop melodies and distorted, jump-along power-chord progressions, you might also be tempted to name-drop, say, Veruca Salt or even, broadly, The Gits or PJ Harvey or something. And that'd all be fine, I suppose. But the fact is, Bully is its own thing, and these two songs make for an impressive first effort. Listen above, or download Bully for free via Bully's Bandcamp page.
Ttotals, "Sometimes You Just Are"
Not so long ago, psychedelic experimentalists Ttotals released their Silver on Black, which I compared heavily to output by Spaceman 3. Well, the duo is prepping their follow-up, a 7-inch called Spectrums of Light, for an April 26 release, and you can already hear a preview. "Sometimes You Just Are" is heavy and menacing and perfectly satisfying for the fans of noisy, droning psychedelic rock among us. Have a listen above, or pre-order the 7-inch via Ttotals' Bandcamp page.