Maybe there's something in the water, Jupiter's in retrograde or it's just coincidence, but some local shining stars are coming out (or have recently come out) with new releases.
1332 Records has put out Pirates of the West Bench, the newest offering by Wilson St. Pub & Sluthouse Band It's 14 tracks of quintessential WSP&SB: jangly guitars, frenetic rhythms and vocalist Byl Kravetz's harsh "singing," making up the band's unique "zombie-country" sound. You can check out selections from the CD at www.myspace.com/wilsonstpsb and you can pick up copies both online at www.1332records.com and at Record Exchange. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Kris Doty releases her new CD, Smoke in the Mirror, with performances at Neurolux on Feb. 16 and Record Exchange on Feb. 20. Smoke showcases Doty's smart songwriting and sweet voice. Look in these pages for an interview with her in the very near future.
Ned Evett releases Middle of the Middle on Feb. 27 with a performance at Record Exchange. From the first song, "Faded Away," a lush, gorgeous, Radiohead-esque song straight through to the last, "Get Back to England," a pop-infused, up-tempo tune, the new CD is 11 jaw-dropping tracks of some of the finest guitar playing around. Watch here for more Ned news.