Brian McGee (Full Band)

Brian McGee (Full Band)

Brian McGee has always been a little out of step with the times. When his cousins were starting cover bands and selling out college bars in their native Philadelphia, Brian co-founded the legendary East Coast pop-punk band Plow United. When pop-punk was in every mall, Brian left Plow United and found his way to the mountains of North Carolina, where he became a skilled multi-instrumentalist with a deep knowledge of the darkest corners of American folk music. And by the time every 30-something punk dude and their mom had picked up an acoustic guitar and started singing “This Land is Your Land,” Brian had found his way back up to the East Coast, this time to Asbury Park, New Jersey. With the internet abuzz over Plow United’s 2011 reunion at Riot Fest East and 2013 album, Marching Band, Brian stepped into the studio with the Bouncing Souls’ Pete Steinkopf to record what he suspected might be the best songs of his life. The result is Ruin Creek, his third solo album. A stripped-down affair, Ruin Creek combines punk brevity with rain-streaked folk minimalism. If the return of Plow United implies Brian’s musical journey coming full circle, Ruin Creek proclaims a new beginning. Brian McGee is still out of step, but now he's right on time.

The Rentiers

"'90s Delaware punks Plow United have been reunited for a few years, and now bassist Joel Tannenbaum is also pursuing another project, The Rentiers. Joel recorded the band's debut EP, Here Is A List Of Things That Exist, with Mikey Erg on drums, Chumped singer Anika Pyle on backup vocals, and producer/instrumentalist Tyler Pursel. It comes out on March 24 via Square of Opposition and Death to False Hope (click the links to pre-order), and a full stream premieres in this post. The Rentiers strip things down in comparison to Plow United, utilizing acoustic guitars at times and keeping a lo-fi indie/punk vibe on the full-band songs. It's good stuff " -Brooklyn Vegan

JKutchma

JKutchma is looking for his own kind of Americana.

"A year ago, Jason was touring alone, retracing the path his band Red Collar had followed across America not long before. He had only a self-released live recording of five songs, built on percussive strumming and his weathered croon. There was promise, and of course there was conviction, but it still felt unfinished. What a difference a year makes: With his crack backing band The Five Fifths in tow, Kutchma has realized the promise of those early solo outings and his "gospel punk" aesthetic, smears of steel guitar and brushed drum hits casting a glow on Kutchma's Springsteen-informed country."

Bryan Reed
originally published in The Independent Weekly

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