Sleater-Kinney - “Hurry on Home”
Sleater-Kinney, the trio of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, plan to release a new album this year, and last week dropped a new song, “Hurry On Home.” The new work will be their second album since getting back together in 2015, in what turned out to be one of the biggest music stories that year. Their new album, reportedly titled “The Center Won’t Hold,” is produced by St. Vincent. The new video, directed by Miranda July, is a hilarious sendup of phone culture. You can see Sleater-Kinney at The Crystal Ballroom Nov. 19.
Faye Webster - “Right Side of My Neck”
Twenty-one-year-old Atlanta artist Faye Webster hits a summery note with this charming song for the morning after, cooing “the right side of my neck still smells like you.” Faye’s got a knack for combining Southern soul sounds in the keyboards with pedal steel guitar that makes the song’s weightless images go down like a tall, very sweet, iced tea. Webster’s new album is “Atlanta Millionaires Club.”
Bruce Springsteen - “Tucson Train”
Bruce Springsteen is back this month with his 19th album, “Western Stars.” Inspired by California pop records of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the album wraps character-driven songs in sweeping orchestral textures. “Tucson Train” takes an old songwriting premise of waiting for a train, which has illuminated countless country and blues songs, and gives it an optimistic major-key flourish of hope, waiting for redemption and reunion.