New at Southwest Sound: Sept. 16

by Cooper Stapleton

Sept. 16Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, “Broken Lines”GTO is a supergroup to those in the know. Featuring current and former members of Mastodon, Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Mars Volta, the group banded together with a mission to make music outside its comfort zone. What results is a somewhat overwhelming ride through groovy, metal-tinged rock music. Imagine Alice in Chains with a focus on dancing instead of brooding and you’ll be on your way to visualizing “Broken Lines.”

Bruce Springsteen, “Chapter and Verse”“Chapter and Verse” is a parallel to The Boss’ autobiography “Born To Run.” It’s a greatest hits of sorts that runs through his entire musical career, culminating in five unreleased tracks to lead up to the release of his new album. The collection also includes tracks from his stint in The Castiles, in which the teenage Springsteen played guitar and sang. This collection will be an interesting insight into his history.

Passenger, “Young as the Morning, Old As The Sea”British singer/songwriter Michael Rosenberg pulls from the rich history of British folk, bringing a fresh breath to the storied history of quiet, breathy folk. The new album follows the same vein, bringing to mind the seaside cliffs and low valleys of the island kingdom and an oddly nostalgic atmosphere.

Every Time I Die, “Low Teens”If you need energy and you need spastic screams and guitars that sound like Dimebag Darrell on a fighter jet, you need Every Time I Die. Metalcore can be boring and ETID is anything but. “The Coin Has A Say” will show you what to expect. Drive with the windows low and far too many strangers packed into your car. It will feel right. And if it doesn’t, then you simply weren’t ready.

Dwight Yoakam, “Swimmin Pools, Movie Stars”I was first introduced to Dwight Yoakam as a pill-popping doctor in the classic J. Stath (my pet name for Jason Statham) movie, “The Transporter.” Little did young, doe-eyed Cooper know that Yoakam was actually one of the best modern examples of country music. He has had constant output since 1986, with the biggest break between albums being four years. Expect drawling vocals, classic-guitar chording and probably a little bit of tongue placed in the cheek.

— Cooper Stapleton


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