here they are:
"Alive Tonight" by Grace Potter: Anthemic dance-pop may not work for everyone, but for Grace Potter, it seems to do the trick, making a musician who started out with calm country-rock music into a sassy powerhouse! This song also marks the first time Grace has performed without her longtime backing group, The Nocturnals. Whoever her backing group is now, though, is doing a good job at maintaining the energy Grace reserves for her more uptempo numbers. The rousing chorus of "we are, we are, we are alive tonight!" is easy to get stuck in your head! On top of that, the song even contains a guitar solo in the middle!
"All the Pretty Girls" by Kaleo: Mumford and Sons imitators have been everywhere during the 2010's. So where does that leave fans of pre-Mumford indie-folk, like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes?! Well, it pretty much leaves them with Kaleo, whose song "All the Pretty Girls" sounds like a cross between Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" and Vance Joy's "Riptide". Kaleo are also the only other indie-folk band (so far) besides Of Monsters and Men to hail from Iceland. Unlike OMAM, however, the lead singer's accent does not sound Irish. Instead it sounds like a cross between Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Vance Joy. Seems like this song is taking bits and pieces from other indie-folk songs and bands. Perhaps it could be said to be indie-folk's Frankenstein in that regard! I like it anyway, though.
"Mama Knows" by Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds: Arleigh "Sister Sparrow" Kincheloe is blessed with having the looks of "Portlandia"'s Carrie Brownstein and the voice and musical stylings of Susan Tedeschi. A winning combination if you ask me! Even better, perhaps, is how the "mama" in the title of the song refers not to herself but to her own mother! The song was inspired by Arleigh seeing some of her mother's concerts and how much admiration she felt for her. The central message of the song lies in the chorus, where Kincheloe sings, "If you ain't got lovin', you ain't got nothin'". With Mother's Day close on the horizon, it seems like the perfect song to be released for this time of year!