Music Quick Hits | January 2018
Milwaukee-via-Eau Claire band Field Report dropped a sunny new single called “Never Look Back” last week and announced a brand new record called Summertime Songs releasing on March 23. The new song is a stompy, windows-down kinda track with Christopher Porterfield’s trademark lyrics and big hooks – and it’ll be perfect for the open road once all this snow goes away. The band is also plotting out a two-week tour in late March in support of the record, which includes a stop at the Boston Calling Music Festival. To hear the new track and check in with updates from the band go to www.fieldreportmusic.com.
Eau Claire native Pat Keen, whose deliciously succinct psych pop tunes were some of our favorites of last year, just recently put out a new single called “Screens” with an accompanying live video. Keen’s planning an extensive month-long west coast tour through pretty much all of February, which includes a house show at The Cherry House in Eau Claire on Feb. 3. Check out the video and the new track as well as more info about the tour at post-trash.com.
S. Carey has dropped off another single from his forthcoming record Hundred Acres, due out via Jagjaguwar on Feb. 23. Over the past few months, we’ve heard the lead single “Fool’s Gold,” plus a couple non-album tracks, but this new song “More I See” is much bigger in scope and more comfortable in its largeness than Carey’s ever been. Hundred Acres looks to be Carey’s most ambitious effort yet, and we’re here for it. Oh, and make sure you catch Carey when he performs his record release / tour kickoff show backstage at The State Theatre in Eau Claire on March 15. Learn more at scarey.org.
Interlaced between Eau Claire’s somewhat folk-centric music scene lies an up and coming hip hop artist returning to the area. Rapper TeawhYB (pronounced like the letters T-Y-B) developed two new tracks to kickstart his next wave of musical output. Returning to area from North Carolina, TeawhYB finds nostalgia back in chilly Wisconsin. “I find comfort in reminiscing about the blissful memories. It’s great to see familiar faces that are now in different places,” he said. “I want to create music that spreads the right message.” The rapper’s purposefully going against some mainstream hip hop that can exacerbate misogyny and offensive language. “I try to incorporate a harmonic dialect and utilize vocal layering.” To give TeawhYB a listen, visit Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play this February, or visit his website at teawhyb.com.