BLURB-O-RAMA FT. TEENAGE FANCLUB, WILD AMERICANS, THE TYDE & THE CONNELLS

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Two comebacks, a much-deserved retrospective collection and an exciting upstart band, make up our focus this time round. Check ’em out! 

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TEENAGE FANCLUB – HERE (MERGE RECORDS)

Here is the Scottish indie rock legends’ 2nd album in eleven years! Is it worth the wait? Well, if you are a fan of hummable melodies, country-folk twangs, distorted guitars and a light punk attitudinal touch – then it’s more of the same from the Fannies circa 2016. In fact, it does seem that the Fannies are frozen in time and everything that one might have loved about mid-90s pop-rock LPs like Grand Prix and Songs From Northern Britain remain heavily in evidence. But considering the state of the modern rock landscape, there can never be too much of a good thing, especially when it’s this good. http://www.teenagefanclub.com/

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WILD AMERICANS – LIGHTEN UP (SELF-RELEASED)

New Jersey trio Wild Americans recorded their debut EP live in the studio. Perhaps that explains the verve and energy that permeates the four-tracks on display. Believe us, once you get into the EP, you will be asking for more – these pop-rock gems scream out for your attention. From the shining fretwork to the dazzling harmonies to the tongue-in-cheek lyrics, Lighten Up contains enough cool vibes to make the discerning rock ’n’ roll lover beg for more! http://www.beawildamerican.com

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THE TYDE – DARREN 4 (SPIRITUAL PYJAMAS)

After releasing 3 albums in the noughties (the last one in 2006), L.A.’s The Tyde return with a brand new album. Appropriately entitled Darren 4, the record revolves around frontman Darren Rademaker’s talents, aided and abetted by brother Brent Rademaker (Beachwood Sparks) and usual collaborators like Ben Knight, and Colby Buddelmeyer. A decade has not blunted Rademaker’s uncanny ability to parlay his rock influences into gorgeous slabs of psychedelic country-folk-rock-blues of the highest order. Longtime friend and cohort Neal Casal also joins on guitar throughout, with very special guest Bernard Butler (of ’90s Brit legends Suede) on guitar and co-vocals on “The Curse In Reverse.” Deadly rock ’n’ roll magic, whichever way you wanna cut it. Highly recommended. https://www.facebook.com/The-Tyde-119382698079518

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THE CONNELLS – STONE COLD YESTERDAY: BEST OF (BICYCLE MUSIC COMPANY) 

Welcome to the pioneering Southern indie-rock band’s first-ever greatest hits package, collecting 16 college radio and modern-rock singles from 1987 to 1998, including their first breakthrough radio hit, “Stone Cold Yesterday,” and the influential worldwide phenomenon “’74-75.” Finally, The Connells get the due recognition for their stellar work, even as most of their peers have already been given the retrospective consideration. Better late than never, we would stress and once again, a vivid demonstration of what the influences of country-folk and rock ’n’ roll can fruitfully give birth to. An essential collection. https://www.facebook.com/TheConnellsOfficial

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