A Case of the Fridays

Local modern-rockers No Second Troy just dropped a new album, Colors, this week. During the recording process, lead singer Jeff Wharen said they looked to “capture the band at its most authentic.” As a result, Colors is a more organic-sounding record, with less digital editing, and more focus on "pairing the aesthetics of the musical and the lyrical." Check out “Leap of Faith” from Colors below, a beautiful acoustic-driven ballad with its fragile harmonies and atmospheric electric guitar. No Second Troy will be having their CD-release party this Saturday, May 1st, at the Black Cat in DC.

MP3: Leap of FaithNo Second Troy

I first came upon Ryan Star (see above) during season two of Rock Star (Rock Star: Supernova). He impressed me with his raspy vocals and strong finish in the competition; however, I really hadn’t considered what would become of him afterwards. But when I heard his recent recordings, my interest was definitely piqued. Though Star's new album, 11:59, keeps getting delayed, several of its new tracks are available as an EP (Last Train Home) - kind of a teaser until the whole album drops, and the EP title track is a wonderful slice of anthemic, triumphant modern rock. If you like what you hear, Ryan Star will be at IOTA in Arlington Sunday, May 2nd.

MP3: Last Train HomeRyan Star