I believe I once commented that I would have no problem putting any of our featured artists in a blind musical taste test with another popular band in their genre. This week's featured artist, Correatown, easily won out over another somewhat popular artist whose album I had been quite looking forward to. I'll still be going to both their shows this week... but I'll only be listening to one of their albums with any regularity (sorry, Ladytron).

I initially came across Correatown last year but, for one reason or another, we never connected to do a shoot. At the time they had a more lo-fi, indi-folk sound that I quite dug. Their newest release, "Pleiades" (out Tuesday) is a huge leap forward sonically, embracing a more lush, textured soundscape that, at times, feels like the soundtrack to that big dramatic moment of a movie you know you've seen but don't quite remember. It's big and comforting and well worth your time.

Need proof? Check out this video for "Further" shot and edited by singer Angela Correa:

If you're in town, be sure to head over to the Bootleg Theater on Tuesday evening for their big album release party.

GORILLACOUSTIC: What does the world need to know about Correatown?

ANGELA CORREA: We make some pretty good music, they should have a listen.

GA: How do you feel your songwriting has changed since your last release?

AC: I think the new songs left space for instrumental sections and moments to evolve. Lyrically I'm exploring new themes and ideas as well- although people will probably assume every song is about love (not the case).

GA: Everyone has t-shirts to sell, but you seem to like offering up other unique items to your fans... You made tote bags and onesies for your first release.  Tee towels for your EP release.  Any unusual items in the works for Pleiades?

AC: Maybe some handmade recipe books? We've talked about these spicy candied nuts I make as being a merch item...

GA: First album you spent your own hard earned money on as a kid?

AC: Purple Rain- Prince.

GA: What other local artists (besides yourself of course) should people be checking out?

AC: So many good local artists: Leslie Stevens & The Badgers, The Sweet Hurt, The Damselles & The TC4, The Breakups, The Midcities, The Monolators, Hi Ho Silver Oh, The Californian, Wheelhouse, CMG & We Are The Night, Daniel Ahearn, Happy Hollows, Dirt Bird, Shadow Shadow Shade... there are so many!

GA: If you could do another gorillacoustic performance anywhere else in the world, where would you do it?

AC: Paris on the steps up to the Sacred Heart Church, near the carousel.

GA: You're Facebook page says Correatown like to cook. Care to share a favorite recipe?

AC: Dry Rub Oven Spare Ribs:

Pre-heat oven to 225 degrees

In a bowl add together:2 tbs each- smoked paprika, chili powder, brown sugar
1 tbs each- cinnamon, cracked black pepper, kosher salt
1 tsp each - all-spice, cardamom, celery seed

Stir up and generously rub into about 2-3 pounds of pork spare ribs
Cover ribs tightly and seal in foil- double wrapping if possible- wrapping each rack separately
Set on a baking sheet and cook for 6-7 hours until meat falls off the bone
DO NOT PEEK to check meat until at least 6 hours have gone by...
right before serving- put under broiler for 3-5 minutes to crisp edges

GA: Any last words?

AC: Be good to each other.

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