LAist Essential Listening
Sample these tracks and let us know what's in your iPod playlist this week.
|Cary Brothers |
Brothers garnered exposure on the Garden State soundtrack. After one listen to his new EP, you'll see he is more than a one hit wonder. Though comparisons to Pete Yorn are appropriate, Brothers' vocals are richer. He plays Hotel Cafe on December 6.
|Amy Jo Johnson |
Puddle of Grace (live) [download]
Fans of Felicity will recognize this breathy, evocative track from the show. Her new live CD captures the vulnerability that makes her both a good actor and singer. Catch Johnson at Hotel Cafe on December 5.
Local Alternative Rock
Ethereal, complicated and polished, this LA band is carving out its own niche as smart alternative rock. Think: Evanescence without the cheese factor. Celebrate Nest CD release at Hotel Cafe on December 8.
|The Divorce |
Yes [listen | buy]
These Seattle imports bravely left their punk/new-wave ties behind in favor of well-crafted rock songs. If you like what you hear, then catch the band live at Spaceland on December 9.
|James Blunt |
You're Beautiful [download]
If you missed Blunt's performance at The Wiltern last month, do yourself a favor and download his live EP from iTunes. Blunt combines the best of Elton John and Howie Day, crafting heart-wrenching, personal songs.