Sasami - ‘Not the Time’

We’ve all had it happen. In the span of one year, everything seems to change. For Sasami Ashworth (formerly of Cherry Glazerr) her solo debut (due March 8th) was the opportunity to examine that experience. Her work feels intimate and confidential, as if whispered from the page of a diary entry regretfully outlining the loss of a relationship. Understated vocal production sits atop striking synths in a wall of sound, and a playful music video captures Sasami searching for human connection. Catch her live at the Doug Fir on April 11th.

Strand of Oaks - ‘Weird Ways’

When Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks says in a note to his fans about his forthcoming album, “Eraserland,” that “… this record wasn’t supposed to be here,” there is the distinct feeling he’s not just talking about the music. The existence of this 10-song album, set to release March 22nd, is a testament to the importance of friendship, connection and support during our darkest times. Showalter describes himself as “on the brink” when producer Kevin Ratterman and four members of My Morning Jacket booked studio time for him and helped him discover a “glimmer of hope.” “Weird Ways,” is the first track shared from an album that Showalter hopes will help us all “start again.” See Strand of Oaks live on April 25th at Mississippi Studios.

The Growlers - ‘Who Loves the Scum?’

Be it rain, shine, flu or measles, California-based band, The Growlers have played through it all. Back in December, they released their latest track, “Who Loves the Scum.” Produced by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) in collaboration with Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, War On Drugs, Weezer), the song is a laid-back, punk party. Though they bemoan, “we get left high and dry / we never tasted the high life,” we’d imagine a band with their level of grit will do just fine. You can purchase their limited edition vinyl and follow the tour here.