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Photo Courtesy: Ironworks Records/Kobalt

Photo Courtesy: Ironworks Records/Kobalt

OUT OF THE WASTELAND

The Los Angeles-based band Lifehouse will be releasing their new album Out of the Wasteland on May 19.  This record marks the culmination of their life’s work and a new chapter that serves as the pay-off for having the patience to reconnect with the musical and personal chemistry that took them to the top.

“There was a kind of unlearning with this album,” Lifehouse’s frontman Jason Wade told Identify: LA.  “We wanted to retrace our steps back to the beginning and really find the innocence, that feeling of being 16-year-old kids who get excited about playing in the garage.”

This soul-searching resulted in a record that captures the sound of a band going through a rebirth and finding the freedom that comes after a period of transition and regeneration.  The release will include new songs such as Hurricane and Flight, tunes reminiscent of their original 2001 sound.  It also includes harmony-heavy tracks like Hourglass, a song special to Wade since he got the chance to work on it with his idol, moviescore composer James Newton Howard. 

Even though the new album represents a new era for Lifehouse, it still feels parallel to where they came from, and marks an exciting time for a band who recently has gone independent.

“Going independent was a huge deal for us, its exciting for us to unplug and recharge the battery,” Wade admitted.  “It was terrifying and freeing at the same time because with this album, we are in charge, we are hands on and we made it exactly the way we wanted it and that’s what we released.”

Photo Courtesy: Epic Records/Columbia Records/Sony Legacy

Photo Courtesy: Epic Records/Columbia Records/Sony Legacy

MARIAH CAREY’S INFINITY

Mariah Carey is going 90s throwback with her upcoming release Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity.

Due May 18, Infinity is a comprehensive greatest-hits package compiling all 18 of Carey’s Billboard No. 1’s.  The album reunites the singer with Antonio “L.A.” Reid and includes the brand-new track Infinity— which the singer has been very tight-lipped about its meaning.

“I leave that open for the fans to interpret,” the 45-year-old pop diva said of her song to Entertainment Tonight.  “People have to be able to interpret it for their own selves.”

“Personally, this song is about loving yourself,” she added.  “You have to love yourself first…If you don’t love yourself, and you’re not in a good place with you, than how can you love or do anything else to the fullest?”

Aside from the forthcoming album release, Carey will be headlining at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a #1 hits show starting on May 6.  “I’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s exciting!  Doing all the No. 1 singles, that’s something that can attract not only my core fans, but people that just know the No. 1 songs.  And it’s Vegas!  We had to go really full-throttle!”

Photo Courtesy: ANTI- Records

Photo Courtesy: ANTI- Records

LABOR AGAINST WASTE

Christopher Paul Stelling is a new voice to watch out for.  

He recently debuted Scarecrow, the second track to appear from his upcoming full-length, Labor Against Waste album.  And this latest taste was recorded with The Low Anthem’s Ben Knox Miller at The Columbus Theatre in Rhode Island.

It’s a bare-bones cut that’s slightly rough around the edges, allowing Stelling’s distinctive twang and introspective songwriting to take center stage.

“After we had been recording other songs for many hours, Ben Knox Miller, asked if I had anything unfinished I might want to try,” Stelling says. “I immediately thought of the unfinished Scarecrow and it was decided that Ben would go get a cup of coffee, I would write the song, and we would record it in one go when he got back.  We could have fleshed it out more, perfected it, but I’ve come to love songs that are recorded in a way that captures that time and place.  There’re little things about the recording that couldn’t have been present without the spontaneity we employed.”

Labor Against Waste is due out June 16 via Anti- Records, after which Stelling will play this year’s Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island from July 24 – 26.

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Local Vibe

STOLEN FRUIT

Stolen Fruit is an acoustic pop and folk rock band composed of Andrea McCain’s sweet melodic vocals, James Albritton as lead guitarist, Dominic Thiel on the bass and Garrett Foster on the skins. The bands unique sound, passion and musical talent is contagious. Vibe with Stolen Fruit on:

– May 1: 8 pm at Fletchers in Cape Coral, FL.
– May 6, 13, 20 & 27: 9:30 pm at Backstreets in Cape Coral, FL.
– May 15: 10 pm at Firestone Martini Bar in Downtown Fort Myers, FL.
– May 22: at Miceli’s Restaurant in Matlacha, FL.

CHLOE FRIEDMAN

Chloe Friedman is a Southwest Florida aspiring singer-songwriter that has been performing since the age of 13.  A lover of all styles of music, classic to modern, has come in handy for her.  She’s a rare entertainer with an innate ability to connect with an audience and her most recent work These Walls and A Girl Like Me radiate with organic talent.

– May 7, 14, 21 & 28: 8:30 pm at South Fork Grille in Coconut Point Mall in Estero, FL.
– May 9: 8 pm at Old Soul Brewery in Fort Myers, FL.
– May 15: 8 pm at Agave Bar and Grill in Naples, FL.

GARY & KERRI

Gary & Kerri is a dynamic musical duo mixing country and rock-n-roll!  Gary Harvey is a guitar player that has played with a variety of artists including Jim Morris and the Big Bamboo Band, The Platters, The Coasters and Willie Nelson.  Kerri Lynn fell in love with music while singing in her church choir, and since then catapulted into the top 40 scene.  She sang backup for Rod Stewart and has musical influences including everything from Patsy Cline to Melissa Etheridge.  Enjoy the sweet sounds of Gary & Kerri on:

– May 9: 7 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
– May 17 & 24: 3 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.