New Music from Favorite Local Songwriters

Three new albums from Seattle artists we love to listen to.

Rocky Votolato
Television of Saints
The acclaimed Seattle crooner’s newest record (his first to be self-released, funded by adoring fans via Kickstarter) features stripped-down arrangements that emphasize the melodious clarity of his voice. Brimming with alt-country confidence, the songs are especially strong when Votolato’s musician brothers Sonny and Cody bring their bass and electric guitars to the acoustic mix. OF NOTE: Votolato will play from the new record at Neumos this month (6/9).

Brandi Carlile
Bear Creek
Having grown up in the tiny Washington town of Ravensdale, this alt-country/indie-folk/hard-to-label singer-songwriter has accrued a devoted national fan base that flocks to her gorgeous voice. Those amazing pipes—that can fly from raw to mellifluous in an instant—are in full force on her new album. OF NOTE: Currently touring, Carlile won’t be back in Seattle until November (11/23–11/24), but when she gets here, she’s going big: playing Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony.

The Kaleidoscope
Seattle mag named this dream-pop duo (Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox) one of the best local bands of 2011, so we’re thrilled that Poulsbo-based Lemolo is dropping its first full-length album this summer. With vocals both sweet and powerful floating over driving percussion, these women have a sound all their own. OF NOTE: Join Lemolo for the record release party at the Columbia City Theater (6/30)—where a second night had to be added after the first instantly sold out.