Artists and Bands

RockAngel’s Weekly Radar – Daniel Wesley Band

daniel-welseyThis week, RockAngel’s Weekly Radar brings you Daniel Wesley Band, hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. But if they never told you that, you would be adamant that they were from Hawaii or some SoCal beach city. Their sound is a mix of Pepper and Pearl Jam…and their songs fit equally into a summer beach day (“Johnny” from Outlaw) as they do into a smoky dive bar (“Pony” from Sing + Dance).

Their debut album Outlaw from 2006 definitely has a laid-back Jack Johnson kind of influence, but trust me, they bring a lot more energy to their live show than Jack ever has. Although…trying to pinpoint the feel of that album is difficult as at anytime they’ll throw you for a loop and kick it into a southern rock style as they do on “RockSteady”. This was a great start, but the album got little recognition and was barely a blip in the musical scene.

Artists and Bands

RockAngel’s Weekly Radar – Koufax

koufaxThis week, RockAngel’s Weekly Radar brings you Koufax…the best band you’ve never heard.

Though they’ve bounced between a few record labels, they’ve released their newest album Strugglers through Doghouse (US) and they’ve really nailed their sound on this one. This is one of those albums that hits you hard with the first few lines of a sax on the first song and then never lets go. Their sound fuses splashes of Cold War Kids with Spoon (“Name of Love” sounds like something right off of The Underdog), but manages to stay completely original. Strugglers was one of my top ten albums of the year in 2008 (released in September) and it has never let me down.

Each song brings something new to the table, but the album flows together well. It’s like a trail mix bar…there are lots of different components that are great on their own, but even better when you stick them all together. Koufax isn’t currently touring, but maybe if they actually got the attention they deserve, we could all be lucky enough to catch a live show.

Some of my faves on the album include “Any Moment Now” and “Once In A While”. What can I say, I’m a sucker for saxophones and horns (even if they are synthesized) So take a listen, show some love, and keep rockin’…

Koufax’s Myspace

Strugglers full album preview