New Music Review 1.14.14

fd3eef84New Music Review 1.14.14

The new year is just getting going, and the new releases are rolling out! Lots of good music to come in 2014, we hope, and here are a couple of titles that came out this Tuesday!

Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsGive the People What They Want

Miss Sharon Jones went through a lot to get this album out to her adoring fans, finishing up chemo for her cancer treatment on Dec. 31st and releasing this album 2 weeks later (after being postponed from its original August date).  The album still shows that Jones can blast out most modern soul singers out of the room with sheer vocal presence, and the old school tunes shimmer with funk and groove as well as common sense. May Sharon and the Dap-Kings keep on keepin’ on!

Painted PalmsForever

San Francisco psych pop duo Painted Palms have latched on to the harmonies that made ‘60s pop so delicious, while hanging on to that quirky indie thing so evident in bands of the late aughts like Panda Bear and Animal Collective.  With well placed washes of reverb and sweeping vocals,  it’s an album that relates more to a lazy Bay Area vibe that may not exist for much longer.

Also, new singles are out from the Dead Weather, Silversun Pickups, Quilts and Allah Las to tide us over until their new albums this spring!

Mo Herms for The Independent FM