Featured New Releases
Legendary post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu have reunited and are tearing up venues all over the U.S. and beyond! Formed in 1995, Drive Like Jehu released two amazing albums before disbanding in 1995 to focus on other projects: Singer/guitarist John Reis first led Rocket From The Crypt and went on to form Hot Snakes, The Sultans, and The Night Marchers, while singer/guitarist Rick Froberg became a visual artist in New York before joining Reis in Hot Snakes. Froberg is currently in the Obits. Needless to say these dudes ROCK, and those who appreciate that particular action would be advised not to miss Drive Like Jehu's August 27th SOLD OUT show at the Showbox! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Do You Compute" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/26. Good luck!
Local fave raves Chastity Belt are wrapping up their tour with So Pitted with a show at Neumos August 27th, and they recently posted on their Facebook page: "This is our last Seattle show for a while. Come hear the new songs we just recorded." Two great reasons right there to enter to win free tickets to the show! You can do just that by e-mailing us with the subject line "Time To Go Home" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 8/26. Good luck!
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After more than two years of nomadism and cross-country touring, as well as two EPs, Los Angeles' DREAMERS is set to unleash its debut full-length LP This Album Does Not Exist. The smart pop trio wrote much for the album in Brooklyn before moving to L.A. and tracking at Fairfax Recordings (formerly Sound City Studios). Led by singles like "Drugs" and "Sweet Disaster," DREAMERS pits the party and the paranoia of escapism in seemingly effortlessly tight, three-minute tunes. Throughout This Album Does Not Exist, DREAMERS toys with themes of existence and existentialism, but it's easy enough to get sucked into their world and dance the big questions away. Join us as we welcome DREAMERS to Easy Street Tuesday, August 23rd at 7pm! Limited white vinyl edition of This Album Does Not Exist will be available at the event! We're also giving away a signed test pressing and poster, which the lucky winner can snag at the event. Enter to win by e-mailing us with the subject line "DREAMERS" and please include first & last name with entry. Good luck!
JOHN PAUL WHITE - Beulah - Single Lock Records
Beulah is the title of John Paul White's new album, his first in nearly a decade, a remarkably and assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop. Gothic and ambitious, with a rustic, lived-in sound, it’s a meditation on love curdling into its opposite, on recrimination defining relationships, on hope finally filtering through doubt.
BLOOD ORANGE - Freetown Sound - Domino
Freetown Sound is the third full-length album from Dev Hynes (Blood Orange). Written and produced by Hynes, Freetown Sound is a tour de force, a pastiche of Hynes’ past, present, and future that melds his influences with his own established musical voice. For well over a decade, Dev has proven himself a virtuoso of versatility, experimenting with almost every conceivable musical genre and working with a wide variety of artists as a writer and producer. On his solo work he has created a singular style of urgent, delicate pop music by carefully stitching a sound palette that gently recalls elastic funk, slinky R&B, and pure pop. Thematically, the album is profoundly personal and unapologetically political, touching on issues of race, religion, sex, and sexism over 17 shimmering songs.
DOLLY PARTON - Pure & Simple - Sony
Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is back with a new album, Pure & Simple, her first release since 2014's Blue Smoke. Comprised of songs written solely by Dolly, highlights include "Pure and Simple," "Head Over High Heels," as well as new recordings of "Tomorrow is Forever," originally recorded as a duet with Porter Wagoner in 1970, and "Say Forever You'll Be Mine," which Dolly & Porter recorded in 1975.
The documentary Miss Sharon Jones! follows dynamic frontwoman Sharon Jones through her 2013 battle with cancer and her triumphant return to the stage around the release of Give The People What They Want. The soundtrack, featuring the exclusive "I'm Still Here," boasts a nice selection of tracks ranging from her early singles on Daptone, to tracks from the band's 2014 release, Give the People What They Want. Much like the film, the soundtrack gives you an intimate, candid look into the life of a woman who refuses to be defined by the challenges she faces. The perfect accompaniment to a truly extraordinary film. Stay tuned this summer for Miss Sharon Jones! theatrical release.
DRAKE WHITE - Spark - Dot Records
"One of the country's most energizing performers," (Rolling Stone Country) Drake White is officially burning up trails and charts with the release of his debut album on Dot Records. Spark features his current single “Livin’ the Dream." Billboard calls White a "confident, energetic presence with a mix of gravel, soul and gospel in his voice."
AGES & AGES - Something To Ruin - PTKF
If Ages & Ages' debut album Alright You Restless declared independence from the cynicism and self-consciousness plaguing a generation, and the follow-up Divisionary was an exercise in confronting change, conflict, and loss, Something To Ruin confronts the debris of our collective failures and asks whether we might be better off letting go and starting over. Recorded at Isaac Brock’s studio (Ice Cream Party), this album still has plenty of the infectious and joyful melodies the band is known for, but this time the stakes are higher. It raises questions about facing our society’s collective wreckage both environmentally and culturally. With all members hailing from Portland, Oregon, Something to Ruin explores what it’s like to watch your hometown implode in a frenzy of real estate development and lifestyle branding.
For more information on these and other releases out this week, check out our New Releases charts by week section and don't forget that many of these titles are also available on vinyl.
The new Dawes album, We're All Gonna Die, drops September 16th – and you can catch 'em live at Easy Street on 8/29 (7pm)! Pre-order the album from us on CD, black vinyl, or limited edition yellow marbled vinyl for guaranteed entry! (You can also pre-order at the store.) Of the album, Taylor Goldsmith (guitar, vocals) explains, “Pretty much every song on this record explores a difficult situation and tries to find a way to find the good in it, or at least remind yourself that it's not always that big of a deal. After all, as scary as it is, we are all gonna die.” The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes) and includes backing vocals from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes, Mandy Moore, Will Oldham, and Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.