Firestone by Kygo feat. Conrad Sewell

Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell – “Firestone” – Kygo comes to us from Norway and is pretty new to the EDM/Dance scene. Like Zedd, Kygo started out in music as a classically trained pianist. When he was about 16, he decided to leave the classical realm of music and started to produce EDM music while watching […]

Candyman by Zedd feat. Aloe Blacc

Zedd ft. Aloe Blacc – “Candyman” – Zedd officially jumped into the EDM/Dance scene back in 2010 after remixing Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” track. Originally from Germany, Zedd is actually a classically trained musician. Both of his parents were musicians with his father playing the guitar and his mother playing the piano. At […]

Ouroboros by Ray LaMontagne

If you had told me a week ago I’d be featuring the latest album titled “Ouroboros” from Ray LaMontagne, I would have likely responded that you must have mistaken me for someone else.  I had heard a little bit of LaMontagne here and there, he’s shown up on various soundtracks from TV and motion pictures […]

A sailor’s guide to earth by Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson, in my opinion, is currently the most exciting artist in the country music periphery.  Granted, I’m not a big country music fan but there are a few artists I like to listen to.  There are two things I admire most about Simpson – 1) his vocals – he has a classic country sound […]

More Rain (Favorites) by M. Ward

M. Ward, based out of Portland, OR, released his 8th studio album this month titled “More Rain”.  His music brings a West Coast vibe to an Americana-influenced sound.  Listening to his albums is like pulling a nice warm blanket over yourself and settling in on a rainy day.  His guitar playing is exceptional and understated […]

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 […]

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware, a singer hailing from South London, released her second album last October titled “Tough Love”.  Would she have a sophomore slump after the success of her debut 2012 album “Devotion”, that debuted at #5 on the U.K. album charts and was nominated for a Mercury Prize?  I can’t really say, because I haven’t […]

Gimme Love by The Sleater-Kinney

“Gimme Love” is a really simple song with a succinct yet effective chorus of “Gimme love, gimme love, NEVER ENOUGH” repeated several times. It showcases the typical Sleater-Kinney vocal attack which is filled with urgency and intensity. There’s a nice guitar solo about midway through by Brownstein, she has a special custom made hollow body […]

Misty Rowe by Young Heart Attack

“Misty Rowe” – This song wraps up the album and really starts hitting the mark about 30 seconds in when the band kicks into a groove and Hodge is right on with the vocals and then Hodge/Stephens run into the chorus together.  Again, both vocalists do a great job racing through this song together.  This […]