Release Radar

August has been redeemed this week by more noteworthy releases than you can shake a stick at!  Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) gives us his first new material in 4 years as Iron & Wine with “Beast Epic”, the debut album “Invitation” from supergroup Filthy Friends (Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), plus friends), Bay Area garage/psych rockers Thee Oh Sees (now just Oh Sees)give us maybe their 16th? Album […]

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 […]

Alessia Cara – Wild Things

This fun, young, energetic song has a pretty straight forward message. It is about being young making a name for yourself, making your life. Being hip to the beat and dancing to it at the same time. The entire song has a great message and great beat to dance too. Letting people know that it […]

Women Who Rock: Haley Bonar

A Minnesota musician named Haley Bonar has become an inspiration to women everywhere. Women with families only dream of being able to do what they are passionate about, like playing the guitar and writing songs. Haley Bonar is a mother who doesn’t let taking care of her daughter get in the way of her ambitions […]

Champagne Kisses by Jessie Ware

Champagne Kisses has some flashier production than some of the other tracks, and also features a falsetto by Ware that isn’t heard very often.  The bass is a little heavier on this track as well, and it has a bigger “poppy” chorus that sticks in your mind.  However, there are still many subtle touches throughout […]

Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe by Jessie Ware

Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe is a slow burner, heavy on the atmosphere.  As you may have guessed, the title of the song is also the chorus.  There are subtle production techniques throughout, and they percolate just under the surface so you have to be paying attention in order to notice them fully.  This track is a good […]