In the wake of Dolores O’Riordan’s passing, Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff have released their string quartet covers of The Cranberries’ “No Need to Argue” and “Zombie.” Her “Zombie” cover is especially powerful. Stream and buy the songs at Bandcamp. All proceeds benefit the charity Chernobyl Children International.
Amanda Palmer just released her eerie cover of “Labyrinth” from the musical The Grinning Man, based on Victor Hugo’s novel L’Homme qui rit. All proceeds benefit the Bristol Old Vic Young Co., a youth theater program in the UK.
The Company Stores are my favorite local band. They are very well known and beloved in Charleston, WV. With their recent set at Mountain Stage, I think/hope the band is poised for a national break-through soon. Their lovely, eclectic new album, Little Lights, has quickly become a favorite of mine.
Lead singer-songwriter Casey Litz’s lilting, robust voice at times reminds me of Rhiannen Giddens, Natalie Merchant, and Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom, but their genre-bending, self-described “Hill Hop” sound–a mix of clangy Appalachian folk fiddles, swirling psychedelic rock guitars, big band brass, and occasional splashes of classical piano–is incomparable.
Standout tracks are “Fall From Heaven,” “Nightingale,” “Optimistic,” and “Shenandoah Fall,” but the album is fantastic in it’s entirety.
Todrick Hall calls his album, Straight Outta Oz, “Lemonade meets Wizard of Oz” (replete with its own visual album), so of course I love it! You can watch the visual album in its glorious entirety on Youtube and listen on Spotify. Local Kanawha Co. library card holders can also download it for free on Hoopla.