Show us a “Best Alternative Songs of the 1990s” compilation that does not include “Fade Into You,” and we’ll show you a selection committee that didn’t do its homework. Packed with downbeat psychedelic hooks and brimming with magnetic melancholy, that 1993 single became an anthem for an unsettled generation and made Mazzy Star a bellow of coffee house angst.
Hope Sandoval and company sprung back virtually out of nowhere in September, releasing their first new album in 17 years. “Seasons of Your Day” shows off a noticeable sense of refinement and maturity, with some country-folk breeze wisping through their shoegaze pop.
Lively and combustibly energetic, world-beat electro dance funk outfit Rubblebucket’s “Save Charlie,” released in September, is arguably the most upbeat and loose collection of tunes in its festive repertoire.
The band needs that now more than ever. Over the summer, singer Kalmia Traver was diagnosed with stage one ovarian cancer. With a tour schedule built around treatments, she appears to have not missed a step as part of a live act heralded for its firepower of showmanship. If you’re wondering where she gets the energy, a quick listen to the title track from “Save Charlie,” or any of the other songs, should tell you.
Released last month, “Orb Weaver,” the third album from the Parson Red Heads, looks like it could be the album that tips the scales for this throwback Los Angeles (by way of Portland) outfit, a band already renowned for white-hot live shows after years of touring and supporting acts such as the Mother Hips.
Its wind-in-the-hair Americana soul rock is like a soundtrack to road trips down the Pacific Coast Highway in the days before GPS, when the only way to find a divey roadside diner or whiskey bar was to hop off and start searching.
This one will give longtime Sacramentans flashbacks of “Twisted Christmas” concerts from many years past. This yuletide show features a re-emerged Cage the Elephant, indie wunderkinds Alt-J and Grouplove, the Features and more.