Today’s Free Download – Oneside

oneside2.jpgI linked to a Oneside video a few months back, but this is a band-authorized MP3 of “Chinatown,” a song that’s equal parts jazz, jam band and psychobilly.

Upper Valley region fans have two chances to check this Boston-based quartet out in the coming weeks – Friday at Salt Hill Pub and a week from this Saturday at the Heritage.

Live, they prove something I’ve told a few bands in the past – it’s possible to play mostly original material in a bar without losing the crowd. They only think they want to hear “Cocaine” for the 10,000th time.

Oneside has played at SxSW and the Kennedy Center to attentive audiences. Someday soon this band will turn the corner and you’ll be kicking yourself for not seeing them when you had the chance.

Today’s Free Stream – New Norah Jones

2006-11-17_norah.jpgNorah Jones has a new album set for release early next year, and if the sultry “Thinking About You” is any indication, it will fit well with her first two records.   Norah doesn’t break any new ground with the song – the horn section’s a bit punchier, but the slight, almost indiscernible keyboard noodling and “how could you leave me here alone when all I want is to be with you?” lyrics will be familar to longtime Norah fans.

And no doubt welcome, as well.  Co-produced by Jones and longtime bassist Lee Alexander, “Not Too Late” arrives January 30, 2007.