Pew Playlist: 3 Albums That Should Be On Your Radar, 10/14/16

Dustbowl Revival – Busted

After two years away from the studio playing festivals and shows around the world, The Dustbowl Revival is sharing its first two tracks from their forthcoming new record with a 7″ out today via Signature Sounds. The A-side is the soulful “Busted”, which flexes the band’s more modern instrumental evolution, using traditional folk instruments and putting them through wah-peddles and gorgeous reverb, while letting the brass section set the heat to boil.  The B-side, “Only One”, is a sweet, ukulele-infused contrast to the  stankface-inducing swagger of “Busted”; both songs are a clear indicator that Dustbowl Revival’s next album is going to be FIRE.   

Becky Warren – War Surplus

Let alt-country songstress Becky Warren‘s new album, War Surplus, add some twang to your Friday–get to know Army-guy Scott and his jaded dive bar sweetheart June as Warren tells a 12-song non-political story about a love affair that struggles to survive a deployment and the after effects of war on a relationship. Her poignant lyricism paired with rocking anthems will will make you laugh, break your heart, and keep you coming back for more.

M. Lockwood Porter – How To Dream Again

Berkeley, California-based singer-songwriter M. Lockwood Porter, who has shared stages with  acts like American Aquarium, David Ramirez, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and John Moreland, recently released his third album, How To Dream Again. Lockwood invokes the storytelling spirits of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, along with less obvious influences like The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Public Enemy’s Chuck D, and blends the personal and political in a way that is courageous, moving, and representative of this historical moment.  Yet at its core, this album is a very personal statement from a thoughtful, daring young artist. Porter says, “The album is called How To Dream Again because it’s about trying to change my priorities, from chasing dreams of individual success to dreaming about creating something bigger than myself, whether that’s being in love or building a better world.”

Susan Hubbard

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