Michael Kiwanuka sounds like a cross between Ben Harper and Ray LaMontagne, and I mean that in the best way possible. His new EP Home Again doesn’t come out till January, but he released this track today to show everyone what’s in store. Having released two EP’s this past year, Miwanuka possesses incredible songwriting that evokes the great Bill Withers in a fully confident,unstrained way. Make sure you give this one a listen.
I’m definitely looking forward to hearing Q magazine’s U2 cover album, which drops October 25th, but is it weird that I enjoy all these remixes of U2 more than the actual U2 songs? Maybe it’s because Bono is such a smug asshole.
We already heard Jack White’s cover of “Love Is Blindness” which was absolutely stellar, and now we have Damien Rice covering “One”. “One” is such a powerful song, both musically and lyrically, I’m happy to hear Rice not screw it up.
Bright Eyes, with the help of First Aid Kit, decided to cover the The White Stripes’ carefree, downright enjoyable “We’re Going to Be Friends”, or, that song in Napoleon Dynamite you might recognize. The song was done for the Cool for School: For the Benefit of the Lunchbox Fund project set up by Gift Horse Project and Manimal Vinyl.
Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, the LA Duo who go by the name The Milk Carton Kids, have been receiving rave reviews as they enter the heart of their 50+ stop, cross-country tour. The two are amazing artists in their own right, and there is a certain simplicity to two voices and a guitar that draws you right into their music. Make sure you head over to their site and grab their two albums for free.
It seems like these guys would put on one hell of a live show. Tickets are cheap ($8 in Burlington), and with 50+ stops, they are probably coming somewhere near you.