Mavis Staples, one of the greatest voices of this generation, or any, is back with a powerful new LP If All I Was Was Black. Continuing in her collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy in the production chair, the civil-rights icon is going back to her Chicago blues roots and delivering a powerful statement on racism in America in 2017.
Atlanta's Curtis Harding has been steeped in soul music his entire life. From singing in church with his family in Michigan as a child to being one of Cee Lo Green's star backup singers, Harding is a true veteran of the scene. On his second full length Face Your Fear, he's playing with is self-proclaimed "garage soul" formula again, this time enlisting the help of uber-producer Danger Mouse to drag a dying art form screaming into the future.
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Ohio’s Saintseneca is one of those just-slightly-off-the-radar bands that is waiting to take its place in the spotlight. And as Anti Records’ newest signee, Saintseneca’s rise from playing the house show circuit to the likes of Black Cat is just around the corner.
Although now a couple years old, Saintseneca’s full-length debut Last, and the opening track “Acid Rain” in particular, declare the band’s flair for crafting catchy indie folk, punk-tinged tunes with profound lyrics. However, in the live setting is where Saintseneca truly shines. Frontman Zac Little and fellow band members Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, and Jon Maedor bring songs like “Acid Rain” to vibrant life using instruments like the mandolin and bağlama, stomping on wooden boxes for percussion, and harmonizing beautifully.
Be sure to keep Saintseneca on your radar as the band begins its journey with Anti. Surely a new release and a quick rise to fame are on the emerging band's horizon.