Release Radar – Arcade Fire: Everything Now

What an outstanding and eclectic collection of new releases this week!  What should be considered a legendary band, the under-appreciated Living Colour release their 6th studio album “Shade” today (this is the music I went to first to hear), San Francisco indie-rockers Deerhoof are presenting their 15th album in 20 years“Mountain Moves”, laughing at Deerhoof’s longevity, L.A. experimental synth band Sparks celebrate the 46thanniversary of their first […]

Friday’s Release Radar – Greta Van Fleet

Notable new releases this week are lean but here’s four to investigate – Girl Ray, comprised of three 19 year old girls who started playing together in high school 3 years ago (same North London high school where the Kinks formed), have released their debut LP “Earl Grey” which has an indie pop flair with a warm vintage sound and they […]

Black Terry Cat by Xenia Rubinos

A handful of notable new releases out today, at the top of my personal anticipation list is the new album from SoCal rockers Rival Sons “Hollow Bones”.  Also, you can find new albums from the quadruple guitar attack of Diarrhea Planet on “Turn to Gold”, alt-rock/country stalwarts Band of Horses with “Why Are You OK”, […]

Midwest Farmer’s Daughter by Margo Price

Margo Price just released her debut album on Jack White’s Third Man Records label.  Margo definitely brings a classic singer/songwriter vibe to her record, which hints at some of the best parts of the classic country sound from the ‘60s & ‘70s but she adds her own personal stamp so it’s not overly nostalgic.  Titled […]

Remembering Prince

R.I.P. Prince – truly one of the most original, talented and influential musicians during our lifetime. 2016 is turning into a crushingly hard year for the music world. Below are a couple of links that show just a glimpse of the talent Prince so easily harnessed throughout his career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y – Prince decides to take […]

My love is cool (Favorites) by Wolf Alice

I’m tapping into another London-based band this week, not all-female but led by a female vocalist.  Wolf Alice formed back in 2010 as a duo and released an EP, but grew to their current quartet in 2012.  The band released a number of singles before releasing an EP in 2013 which got a lot of […]

Indie labels win government grants

You have probably heard about entrepreneurs, students and start-up businesses receiving grants from the government or some other institution. But did you know that the government is now giving out money to help promote the work of independent artists? In the United Kingdom, more than twelve songwriters and music labels have been given £200,000 by […]

10 songs from the last 5 years that need to be in Rock Band

For those of you who are into gaming and rock music, you are probably familiar with the Rock Band game franchise on Xbox. The last game in the franchise to come out was Rock Band 3 in 2010. It was known for having many content offerings available for download, which stopped being available in late […]

School of Seven Bells

The backstory on this album is a doozy… School of Seven Bells formed back in 2007 when twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza from On!Air!Library! shared an opening bill for Interpol with Secret Machines and met Benjamin Curtis from Secret Machines. The trio eventually left their respective bands to form School of Seven Bells. They […]

Leave a trace by Chvrches on Jimmy Fallon

On a recent episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Chvrches performed as the musical guests on the show. The song they performed on the show was a single from their album Every Open Eye called “Leave a Trace.” Chvrches claim they had “channeled the forces of the universe” in order to get the […]