Listen to the latest releases from local artists. In this week’s edition: alt-rockers Bounty Hunter Brothers return with a new LP, young rapper Rob Falco delivers What Matters and rapper Austin Cain gets some inspiration from Sam Smith.
Bounty Hunter Brothers – They Are Always With Us [Stream]
Local outfit Bounty Hunter Brothers continues to deliver throwback alt-rock on their third outing, They Area Always With Us. Just released on the 25th, the record features a couple new additions to the band, drummer Joshua Douridas and third vocalist Shannon Haffa. Haffa’s addition, paired with guitarist/vocalist Bobby Pesti and bassist/vocalist William Davenport’s already diverse stylings, makes each song different from the last. The more poppy “Play the Field” doesn’t seem like it should be on the same album as the slow, heavy, growling “Toxic”—and it’s a far cry from noisy freakout “Nacho Hiatus.” But the band makes it work. Now, let’s see if we can get “#meltingpanties” trending.
Rob Falco – What Matters EP [Download/Stream]
If his What Matters EP is any indication, Rob Falco might be one of Vegas’ most promising young emcees. The kid kicks clever, stream of conscious rhymes over vintage production with no regard for modern rap convention. There aren’t any sing-songy hooks—in fact, no hooks at all—or filler. He just raps. “Galapagos” is two minutes of meandering wordplay with lines like kush inside my socks / I run this city, you can smell me / put me in a box / you silly, not ’til hell see. And he gets extra points for literary song titles such as “Things They Carried,” “Ode to Jo(e)y” and “Half Blood Prince.” He’s one to keep on your radar.
Austin Cain – “Dear Life” [Video]
Austin Cain asks a lot of rhetorical questions in “Dear Life.” The song plays like a diary entry with Cain doing some soul searching. Hoping to inspire change and make listeners think, he raps Why is money the root of evil? / Currency is religion and religion divides people. To hit the point home, the video features people holding “I Believe” signs as Cain wanders Las Vegas and Venice. Sure, it’s cheesy, but his heart’s in the right place. It doesn’t hurt that it’s delivered over Sam Smith’s “I’m Not the Only One,” either.
Zoneil Maharaj spends a lot of time on the Internet as Vegas Seven’s engagement editor. Send him stuff to listen to at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at @zoneil.