Well, after a slow first couple weeks of the year, we are now starting to pick up with new album releases. Today, NPR First Listen has a number of intriguing new releases for people to give a spin, which we have included a couple for you below. First up is the debut solo release from The Hold Steady’s frontman Craig Finn. It is titled Clear Heart Full Eyes and it is out on January 24th via Vagrant.
We also have the second album from Swedish folk sisters First Aid Kit. The album is called The Lion’s Roar, is produced by Bright Eyes’ Mike Moggis, features a cameo from Conor Oberst, and will be released on January 24th on Wichita Records.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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We talk with Yvonne Ambree and Jesse Barnes of Take Berlin about some of the records which influenced the recording of their debut EP, Lionize.
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