Pardon me today — I am still getting over the fact that I was standing ten feet away from Florence Welch last night. Her voice was heartbreakingly beautiful and her fiery red mane flashed across the stage in a blur. A great time was had by all, especially the drunken boys in front of me who smelled like 3-day-old Korean BBQ and sang along to every song as though they had written it themselves. Let’s get on with this week’s new music though shall we?
The Pack A.D. — We Kill Computers (Mint Records)
This band is exactly why I love New Music Tuesdays here at AfterEllen. Last week, AE reader Lucychromosome commented that The Pack A.D. was one of the best things she has heard in a while. I had to check them out for myself and have since been stalking them and their record label trying to get an interview and/or use a song of theirs on Chick Habit so that I can spread the love. Not only is lead singer Becky Black a major babe but she’s got some serious rock ‘n roll growl. I don’t know if they’re gay, but I sure do hope they are.
Kaki King — Junior (Rounder)
Out multi-instrumentalist and incredible composer, Kaki King, is back with a new album which you can expect the unexpected from. Apparently the theme of living a double life is the foundation upon which Junior was written. While you won’t be hearing her signature guitar tapping, you can expect songs drenched with emotion and a talent few musicians possess.
Girl in a Coma — Adventures in Coverland (Blackheart Records)
Score another one for the gays for the next three weeks in a row! The San Antonio trio is releasing three volumes of cover songs — the first of which includes Selena’s “Si Una Vez” and The Beatles‘ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Natalie Merchant — Leave Your Sleep (Myth America Records)
I’m fairly certain the last time I listened to Natalie Merchant was while I was experiencing her live from the grass at Lilith Fair. From what I can tell, her voice hasn’t changed a bit on this new album; she is just as soothing as I remember.
Honorable mentions this week include: Straight No Chaser, Help for Haiti Compilation, Idina Menzel, Dosh, MGMTand The Tallest Man on Earth.
Let me know what I missed, my gorgeous readers!