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Rachael Yamagata

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<p>After three years of silence, Arlington's own <a href="">Rachael Yamagata</a> is returning with fresh new record, <em>Chesapeake</em>. The album will be officially released October 11 on her own Frankenfish Records.</p> <p>This album is a slight departure from stormy wooziness and generally sad overtones of her previous records. Instead, the lyrics on this album lean toward the optimistic side of love. In fact, Rachael says so herself in &quot;The Way it Seems to Go&quot; - &quot;I'll be the voice of hope in your darkest hour...I'm an expert in the silver lining.&quot; But, don't let the brighter moments of this record fool you, there are certainly deeper emotional layers present. You get the feeling as the album progresses that the optimism is tinted with&nbsp; frustration, like her words are reaching out to grab and shake a hesitant lover that just refuses to come around and join her in the version of true love that she believes from skin to bone, down in her heart and in her gut. With that in mind, the album feels familiar and very real. It is a little bit sexy and pouty and it wants you to get close and feel it. (This album review was not supposed to be dirty, I swear.)</p> <p>The songs embrace a rauchier version of jazz and the blues than much of Rachael's previous recordings. In fact, when taken together with the sprinklings of subtle tribal beats and southern folk instruments, <em>Chesapeake </em>takes on a much more distinctively &quot;American&quot; sound, in a very classic sense. This fresh in spite of itself sound is a wonderful pair with her signature, breathy voice that so easily pushes listeners to brink of infatuation. There are also some very unexpected and impactful sonic moments remniscent of 90's alternative and pop-rock, especially on the debut single, &quot;Starlight.&quot;</p> <p>My final thought is that <em>Chesapeake</em> feels like a natural progression from the heavy hearted, <em>Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart</em>. But, it's certainly less sad, and if sad is what you're really into, then the shift in emotion on this album may leave you feeling a bit...well...sad. But for the rest of you, this album is a highlight worth checking out in an October that is absolutely full of great new releases.</p> <p>-<em>Jarrett</em></p>

Free Download: Daytrotter Session - Grandchildren

Grandchildren will be starting their tour across the country with fellow Philadelphians Man Man this week. If you missed their show last week at The Blockley or just miss hearing the West Philly/D!D!G crew perform in general, Daytrotter just released their session for you to check out and download for free HERE. Enjoy!

Big Troubles launch new video + tour US

Big Troubles launched this new video today, which I believe was shot at least partially at the Prospect Park Zoo and nearby carousel, which The Deli staff regularly rides on Sunday afternoons. The song by the way is a testament to the fact that you don't need to abuse of auto-tune to get a buzz in the blogs! The band is currently touring the entire US, they'll be back in NYC on 11.23 with a show at The Bowery Ballroom.


Transfer Brings Big Sounds on Debut LP, Future Selves

The San Diego-based rock quartet Transfer was meant to play stadiums. The foursome follows a standard rock ‘n’ roll band structure—vocals, guitar, bass, drums—but the wall of sound these musicians create resonates like the work of an orchestra. It is so full, so loud, and so well produced that it is hard to believe it is the work of four men. It is also hard to believe that this band is about to release its debut record. Transfer’s songs are so polished, each track hooking its listener with catchy pop riffs and anthemic lyrics, and then reeling its listener in with layers of psychedelic guitars, that it sounds like this is not the band’s first go around. But it is. The four-piece will release its freshman album, Future Selves, on October 11 via Cool Green Recordings, and then head out on a European tour with Kaiser Chiefs. - Katrina Nattress

Transfer - Losing Composure


Alberta Cross releases new EP, tour with Portugal The Man

Although it's been out for purchase on their official website for a week already, Alberta Cross's newest, five-track release, “The Rolling Thunder EP,” is now officially out. After debuting a few teaser singles, "Money For the Weekend" and "Get Up, (not on the EP)," both featured on ads for Ketel One Vodka and Verizon's Droid Bionic "Ring," and "Wait," the quintet delivered a beautifully crafted series of songs that blend signature howling vocals, mysterious echoing effects, bluesly, bassy sultriness, rocking slide guitar, and the touching elements of folk. The EP opens with the fiery "Money For the Weekend," and follows with the seductive "Ramblin' Home," eerie "Wait," (streaming below) bossanova-rock-infused "Driving With Myself," and finishes with the poignant, piano-driven title track. You can check out Alberta Cross on tour with Portugal.The Man over the next couple of months. They'll be in New York on October 20 at Terminal 5. –Meijin Bruttomesso