Jessi Teich: Album Review Twisted Soul

Soul / jazz singer Jessi Teich has taken a good chunk of Europe by storm (particularly France) and is poised to become your new favorite singer here in the United States.  Her voice ranges from smoky to sassy to sexy and her new album, Twisted Soul, is a welcome breath of fresh air to a music world dominated by carefully molded pop idols.  What’s most stunning about this record, however, is that it’s a story about a woman discovering she’s in the middle of and then leaving a destructive relationship (as Teich did before the record was made).  The record is so lovely that you can miss the underlying themes of domestic abuse and female empowerment.

The album was recorded in Paris, and it shows in the production values.  The whole record sounds like it could be heard while doing a Paris jazz bar tour one summer night.  Opening track “The Haunting” doesn’t have anything to do with the masterpiece horror film from 1963, but it does show how Teich’s voice can be haunting and get into your head.  “Think You Do” is a fun jazzy number with some great accordion work by Laurent Derache and piano by Thierry Maillard of the famous Thierry Maillard Trio (all of whom play on this record). Read More

Allison Moorer To Release Down To Believing March 2015

The Academy and Grammy Award nominated songstress Allison Moorer is set to release her eOne Nashville debut, Down To Believing, on March 17th. Produced by longtime friend and collaborator, guitarist Kenny Greenberg, the album was recorded over two years in Nashville while Moorer commuted back and forth from her home in New York City. Her eighth studio recording since her 1998 debut Alabama Song, Down To Believing is her most personal collection of songs to date; one in which Rolling Stone has already called “brilliant and extraordinarily candid.” The first single will be “Like It Used To Be”.  The 13-song set is in many ways a sequel to Moorer and Greenberg’s second collaboration, the acclaimed 2000 album The Hardest Part. At the time of its release, Moorer often acknowledged the inspiration her parents’ relationship had on that album. Fifteen years later, she’s sifting eloquently through her modern day life as the inspiration for Down To Believing’s intensely personal song cycle. Read More

Chrissie Hynde Stockholm Deluxe Version

A deluxe version of Chrissie Hynde:  ‘Stockholm’ is now available to purchase exclusively on iTunes, featuring the brand new recording of ‘2000 Miles’ and live tracks from her recent triumphant iTunes Festival performance at London’s Roundhouse.  You can also download the iTunes Festival EP separately here:http://po.st/iTunesFestivalEP


LOS ANGLES- October 9, 2014- Heart’s “Heart & Friends – Home for the Holidays” will be released as CD/DVD, Blu Ray and digital download on November 10, 2014, it was announced today by Frontiers Music SRL. Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits. Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this unique concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle. The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART. Read More

Tamaryn Album Review: Tender New Signs

The last time I saw Tamaryn was at a Denny’s in Austin, Texas at three in the morning.  I had seen her, in all her pink-haired rock star glory, earlier in the day at the 2013 Austin Psych Fest – where she and her band had put on quite a good set of shoegaze.  I wanted to say hello to them, thank them for the set, and ask the lovely Tamaryn if she’d like to be interviewed in the future for Kick Ass Music Women, but I probably would’ve fainted at the first bat of her eyelashes, and I didn’t want to disturb them while they were trying to figure out what the hell “Moons Over My Hammy” is. Read More

Sounds of Mandy Lemons

Wow, I have so much to say about Mandy Lemons of Low Society that I don’t even know where to begin. How do I tell you about her extraordinary voice, the legends in her Blues band, her soul diving lyrics, and her personal journey without turning this article into a novel?  I don’t know, but I’m going to give it go.  Let’s start at the present when I met her and Low Society this past February in Memphis… Read More

Exit Stage Left

I was born in Arkansas City, Kansas and was adopted by my paternal grandparents at six months old. U.S. Steel transferred my father to Texas when I was four years old. I grew up in Wylie, Texas, and studied piano starting at age five, then classical guitar at age eight. I was ten years old when I started drumming. I had found my muse, my obsession, my groove. I went to college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas with a full music scholarship…. Read More

Polly Punkneck: A Gypsy Punkabilly Breeze

Polly Punkneck stole my heart when I saw a video of her playing the ol’ traditional mountain tune “In the Pines” on acoustic guitar.  Polly is a complete creative sensation layered with textures like honey and burlap. Her vocals are country sweet while her lyric and music combinations are rough, rowdy, and sometimes naturally raw.  She is being hailed as a Punk Rock Patsy Cline.  She is a continuous artistic adventure writing songs, playing guitar, sewing her own performance costumes, and producing art. From Hillbilly Harlots, to Jason and the Punknecks, to solo shows, Polly was born on a stage. Read More

Interview: L.A. Latin Alternative Artist Maria Del Pilar

We welcome Los Angeles writer Carlita Howard to KMW.  Singing the Sesame Street theme song from the crib and being raised by Chilean musician parents, María Del Pilar was born to be creative. She went on to front and co-found an influential LA based Latin alternative punk band Los Abandoned (whom she still considers her brothers) who broke new ground singing in Spanglish in the rock arena, amassing a loyal and rabid fan base. Her songs have been featured on national TV and in documentary films.

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Violet Hour: New Album Instigator May 10

Topping the local rock charts and quickly climbing national charts, The Violet Hour, a Fort Smith, AR based female-fronted band is revving up for the release of their sophomore album, Instigator. The new album is a far cry from The Violet Hour’s early indie/pop days. Front lady, Alli, says “We are a rock band at heart. This album shows our true spirit.”  Instigator is flavored with strong influences of metal and blues. Read More