To Go Home by M. Ward

M. Ward is an old soul. The singer/songwriter based in Portland (real name Matt, but goes by M), played in a band called Rodriguez for six years before embarking on a solo career. He’s now seven albums in, released between 2001-12. He’s also the “Him” part of She & Him, who is comprised of Ward […]

Q.U.E.E.N (ft. Erykah Badu) by Janelle Monae

Janelle has been in the music scene since 2005. She was featured on a few songs by OutKast on their “Idlewild” CD. OutKast member BigBoi liked her so much that he told P.Diddy about her, and then Diddy went on to check her out and wound up signing her to his label. Monae has put […]

Doin’ It Right by Daft Punk

The Parisian duo known as Daft Punk actually first formed back in 1992. The “robots” are DJs Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. With the release of only three single, the duo started a bidding war in 1996, eventually signing with Virgin. They released their debut album “Homework” the following year. The DJs’ sound was […]

& It Was U by How to Dress Well

All I can say is that guy is seriously impressive. His name is Tom Krell and he was born in Chicago. Currently he is receiving his PHD in philosophy in Germany. Back in 2009 he started putting out free EPs online to get his music heard. In 2010 he released his first album, entitled ‘Love […]

Purple Yellow Red and Blue by Portugal. The Man

Purple Yellow Red and Blue starts off with a simple mechanical beat and synth line, before the distorted vocals kick in, followed by some dominant percussion coming into the mix. This song is very catchy, probably one of the most straightforward songs on the album. Gourley nails his lyrics once again, especially in the first […]

Get Free by DJ Diplo’s Project Major Lazer

Major Lazer isn’t actually a group or an artist, it’s actually a musical project by the DJ Diplo. You might not be aware, but Diplo has produced a lot of songs for number one artists, including M.I.A, Beyonce, Usher, and No Doubt. He first started the project back in 2009 with another DJ named Switch. […]

Atomic Man by Portugal. The Man

“Atomic Man” starts off with a stomping beat and a nice fuzzy guitar riff. The chorus really sticks on this song “After you, I don’t know what I believe in. After you, hell should be easy.” There are some very nice production touches on this song, some background singing and some of the guitar lines […]

Creep In A T-Shirt by Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man formed in Alaska and released their first album back in 2006. They’re prolific having recently released their 9th album (you can do the math). The band has an eclectic sound drawing from many influences but staying much truer to the alternative genre than most bands on their label. They’ve also had many […]

Fragments in Time by Daft Punk ft. Todd Edwards

First off, I have to give a shout out to a new coworker of mine named Juan who turned me on to this CD.  Since I picked it up it has been in constant rotation in my car and on my iPod.  I must say, this whole album is enjoyable from start to finish. As […]