Bank Holiday new music from Rilo Kiley, Temples and Laura Stevenson

As it's a public holiday weekend in the UK - and sunny with it - here are three musical treats for you.

The first is a recommendation from a personal, professional and musical friend who saw this band supporting the Vaccines at the O2 last week and declared them "excellent". The psychedelic revival continues with Temples, from Kettering not LA, but very fine they sound too on their new single, Shelter Song.

 

Then we have Laura Stevenson. Regular readers of our music reviews know I have a soft spot for female folk / country / Americana singer songwriters, and her new album "Wheel" sounds very good indeed (available now on Spotify). Here's a track from that...

Finally, and with some sadness.. Rilo Kiley were one of my very favourite bands in the world for a few years around 2004/5. Great live, I love Jenny Lewis' voice, and their gift for quirky, tuneful pop-rock with a rough edge was up there with the best. Anyway, they've split up but their final gift to us is a collection of B-Sides and outtakes, rkives, which if they're all anywhere near as good as this lovely song, will be an excellent album in its own right.

 

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