New Poema Song Online, New Album Out March 23 Wednesday, Feb 17 2010 

Elle and Shealeen Puckett

“2 AM,” the first new song from indie pop group Poema, is now up on their MySpace page. The single will be released through iTunes on February 23, and their Tooth & Nail debut, Sing It Now, hits stores March 23.

Poema consists of two sisters, Shealeen and Elle Puckett, ages 19 and 17. Their angelic voices sing infectious melodies over cutesy-but-elegant piano and acoustic guitar. The end result falls somewhere around Sixpence None the Richer, Eisley, and Taylor Swift. The band has a self-released album available for purchase here, which comes completely personalized by the sisters. These CDs will surely be worth a lot when these girls hit it big someday (maybe even a whole $10), so it’s highly recommended that you pick it up while you can. You can follow them on Twitter here.

Perhaps I’m biased, as I’ve been a big fan of this kind of cute chick pop since I first saw the video for Avril Lavigne’s single “Complicated” while channel surfing years ago, but I absolutely love the fun jams these young ladies have crafted. Maybe I’m a sucker for anything acoustic, but these playful songs are simply delightful. If you’re down for some good summer bonfire songs, mark March 23 on your calendars.

-Tim

Kevin Max’s Cotes d’ Armor to be released this April Wednesday, Feb 3 2010 

Kevin Max will release his next musical project, Cotes d’ Armor, on April 27 through dPulse Recordings. This project will consist of remixes of songs from his 2009 EP Crashing Gates, as well as some new material harkening back to the 80s bands that inspired him to pick up music. The playful lyrics to new track “On Yer Bike” can be read here, and the nine-minute remix of “Traveler” can be streamed here.

Cotes d' Armor final cover

What can I say about this man? I’ve been a fan of his musical output for years, ever since his former band, dc Talk, inspired my love of music with their 1995 album, Jesus Freak. Last year’s Crashing Gates EP was a very raw collection of apocalyptic rock ‘n’ roll jams, so I’m definitely looking forward to hearing those songs re-envisioned as danceable tracks. Although it will be a rather significant change sonically, this project seems only natural, as those songs had a notable swagger to them anyways. More than anything, I’m always excited to hear Kevin’s amazing voice again.

-Tim

The National’s 5th Studio Album Out This May Monday, Jan 25 2010 

Matt Berninger, vocalist and lyricist of The National

Brooklyn-based indie rock group The National will be releasing their as yet untitled fifth studio album this May. A handful of European shows and a US tour will follow. This followup to 2007’s Boxer is said to have “one song you can dance to,” but the album “can’t be described as happy.”

Boxer was given Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” tag in 2007, and it was also declared the third best album of the decade by Sun on the Sand, behind only Radiohead and Arcade Fire. It was also my personal favorite album of the decade, making this easily my most anticipated album of 2010. Matt Berninger has claimed that this is going to be their best album; here’s hoping he’s right.

-Tim