Best of January 2023

  • January 29, 2023
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At the end of every month the KRCL team takes a look back to pick their favorite albums, shows, singles and more to keep you in the loop.

Best Albums of January 2023:

Margo Price / Strays
Much more than just Americana, Margo Price teamed up with producer Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Angel Olsen, Dawes) for her fourth studio album 'Strays' featuring guests Sharon Van Etten, Lucius, and Heartbreaker, Mike Campbell. Check out: Been to the Mountain, Radio (feat. Sharon Van Etten) and the single 'Change of Heart'

The Arcs / Electrophonic Chronic
In 2015 The Black Keys took some much needed time-off while drummer, Patrick Carney, recovered from a shoulder injury. During the break, front-man Dan Auerbach, and multi-instrumentalist Leon Michaels, formed 'The Arcs' with some other guest musicians including the late Richard Swift. Over the course of a couple of weeks they cut an entire album and released it that same year. Their debut was a soulful and psychedelic record called 'Yours Dreamily.' It turns out they had recorded enough music during that time to release a second album - this one, featuring and dedicated to the late Richard Swift, is called 'Electrophonic Chronic' and expands on the bands love for classic R&B, Blues, and Psychedelic Rock. Check out the singles: 'Eyes' and 'Keep On Dreamin'

Belle and Sebastian / Late Developers
Just months after releasing 'A Bit of Previous' (which landed on KRCL's Best Albums of 2022: Listener Picks list at 99) Scottish Indie-Pop band Belle and Sebastian are back with another album, the bands 11th studio LP 'Late Developers.' Full of pretty, uptempo songs about getting old and the thoughts and worries that accompany aging. Check out: 'Give a Little Time' and the single 'I Don't Know What You See In Me'

Gaz Coombes / Turn the Car Around
Gaz Coombes founded the band Supergrass thirty years ago. His new solo record Tune the Car Around is the fourth he’s released, and it sounds like there is plenty of gas left in his tank. Standout tracks include “Overnight Trains” and “Feel Loop (Lizard Dream)”

Oddisee / To What End
Emcee and producer Oddisee just dropped his tenth solo studio album and he sounds as good as ever. The road dog hasn’t stopped touring and hopefully a smaller turnout at Urban Lounge on a weeknight in December doesn’t stop him from returning soon. To What End has plenty of great tunes like “Many Hats” and “Hard to Tell.”

Jerosvibe / The Trouble Inn In Butter Town
Colorado has been a successful launching pad for many big names in electronic music. Jerosvibe’s debut album is not a get-rich-quick festival EDM effort however. His productions are deeply complex and his sound design skills have gotten more serious since he joined the Applecross Collective, led by professor Ben Cantil of Zebbler Encanti Experience. Tracks to start with are “Room 42” and “Butter Town.”

Best Live & Local Show of January 2023: Fifty Years of Harvest - Neil Young Tribute at The State Room 
This sold-out tribute show was the brain child of local musican Paul Jacobson who also served as music director, emcee and house guitarist. Jacobson wrangled 20+ of Utah's top singer songwriters to each taking a stab at a classic Neil Young song, including playing the 1973 classic "Harvest" album in its entirety. An all-star house band made up of members of The Hollering Pines, The Madison Arm, Parlor Hawk, Desert Noises, and The Lower Lights backed a vast roster of incredible singers: Joshua James, Mindy Gledhill, Ryan Innes, Stuart Maxfield (Fictionist, S2Cool), Daniel Young, Marie Bradshaw (The Hollering Pines), Mia Grace, Joey St John (Cardinal Bloom), Porter Smith (Lantern By Sea), Stephanie Mabey, Julianne Brough, Cory Mon, Dominic Moore, Michael Gross (Whisperhawk, The Statuettes, The Brobecks), Talin Everett, Mick Rudolph (Seaslak), Ryan Tanner, Paul Jacobsen, and more.

Best "Suprise, The-90s-Are-Back" News
Everything But the Girl, the trip hop duo of Ben Watt and Tracy Thorne, release their first single in 24 years and reveal that a new album is on the way. Check out the single: "Nothing Left to Lose"

Le Tigre on Tour
OG Riot Grrrl and feminist icon Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and The Julie Ruin, announced that her band Le Tigre with Johanna Fateman and JD Sampson are headed back out on tour. Sadly, no dates in Salt Lake City. But if you're ready for a road trip catch them on July 6 at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, July 7 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon or July 9 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles.