Hotel Anywhere by Cold War Kids

“Hotel Anywhere” is a bouncier tune, driven by Maust’s bass line.  It starts off big right from the get go, drums, guitar and the bass firing on all cylinders, along with some nice keyboard accents.  This is much more of an anthem song, with a big U2-esque chorus.  It’s fun to listen to and I […]

Hot Coals by Cold War Kids

“Hot Coals” plays the simple route again, with a big drum beat and guitar playing around Willet’s vocals at the beginning of the track.  After the first verse, the bass guitar kicks in and adds a little more muscle to the sound.  This song builds up as it moves along, with Willet adding a little […]

Here It Goes Again by OK Go

“Here It Goes Again” – This is the song that gave me full exposure to OK Go. The opening guitar rift immediately asked for my attention and maintained my attention all through the course of the song. The catchy chorus is hard not to enjoy also. The video features the band dancing on treadmills in […]

First by Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids released their 5th album in October – “Hold My Home”.  Hailing from the OC in Fullerton, CA, the band released their first full length album “Robbers & Cowards” in 2006.  Their debut came after some well-hyped EPs and live performances, and it showed a great deal of promise for the band (and […]

Neverminders by In The Valley Below

“Neverminders” is another standout track from “The Belt” that immediately grabbed my attention out the first time I heard it.  A pretty straightforward guitar/synth driven song, highlighted by alternating vocals during the verses and an easy to sing along chorus of “Neverminders, Neverminders, Neverminders coming for your crown”.This track has some retro elements, I hear […]

Ghost by Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson – “Ghost” – Ella comes to us from England, where she has been singing since she was 3yrs old for her family.  At the age of 5, she taught herself to play the piano and began putting on Christmas performances for her family every year going forward.  Thanks to these many performances, she […]

Blame it on me by George Ezra

George Ezra – “Blame It On Me” – I discovered George while I was touring the UK a few weeks back.  Almost every morning when I turned on the radio, a song of his was playing. Upon hearing his most popular song, “Budapest”, I was sold on checking out his music.  To his credit, George […]

Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch’s Wrong side of Heaven is my choice this week because of the recent Veteran’s day holiday. This video touches me with it’s grippling stats about our homeless, along side it’s moving political lyrics. I love when artists use their influence in a positive way to shed light on our current events, […]

Baby Don’t Lie by Gwen Stefani

Baby Don’t Lie by Gwen Stefani I have been a Gwen Stefani fan since “Trapped in a box” emerged as No Doubt’s first single. Needless to say I have been watching the evolution of this artist for over two decades! Which is why I am more than pleased with the delivery of sound occurring on […]

Like Real People Do by Hozier

Andrew Hozier-Byrne, otherwise known as Hozier, comes to us from Ireland. He is fairly new to the music scene, becoming established in 2012 when he started recording demos for Universal Music. He was raised by his father, whom was a musician himself, and Hozier developed a love for music at an early age. This love […]