Rise Up by Andre Day

Andra Day owes her success to YouTube, thanks to a cover of Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best” in 2012. This cover reached number 2 on the YouTube Music Charts and lead to Andra signing a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. Prior to the release of her debut album, Andra was featured in Rolling Stones […]

Samson by Regina Spektor

The first time I heard this song was on The Voice (performance below) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-hh5WOz8RY I couldn’t believe it–had I heard this Regina Spektor song before? It turns out this song is older…regardless, I decided to post this song, in the spirit of timeless music; lasting forever. Until next time…get LOUD AND NOISY!

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweatsare

Featuring a band this week who have a song I like so much the chorus is now my ringtone… Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweatsare based in Denver and they released their self-titled debut album in August this year. These guys have a vintage R&B sound, mixed in with some rock and soul – not […]

Where Are You Now by Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber

Something about this song gets stuck in my head. I can’t tell if it is the melodic rhythm of Diplo and his metronome style–Skrillex spilling the bass like sips of honey–or Bieber offering a subtle hints of soul. For whatever reason, I think this new single has potential to become an anthem this summer. The […]

Mona Lisa by Dead Sara

“Mona Lisa”is the first single from the new album. It starts off with some background noise and finger-snapping along with a little band hum. Then the song kicks in with a snaky guitar line and a solid rhythm section. Armstrong gets to have a lot of fun with her vocals on this track. And while […]

TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio first formed in Brooklyn early in the 21st century.  The band’s first origins came about when multi-instrumentalist/producer Dave Sitek moved into the same building where vocalist Tunde Adebimpe was living.  Both had been working on recording music on their own, but soon realized they sounded good working together.  They made an […]

Rainbows and Butterflies by Wussy

Rainbows and Butterflies features Cleaver on lead vocals and showcases one of their “louder” cuts.  I’m attaching a live performance because it’s not that easy to find just audio clips on YouTube.  And the live on KEXP clips are generally great to watch anyway. live performance on KEXP


Wussy formed back in 2001 in Cincinnati, OH.  Chuck Cleaver and Lisa Walker, guitarists, vocalists and lead songwriters for the band formed after Cleaver asked Walker to perform with him at an awards show because his stage fright was hampering him from performing alone.  The band released their 6th album “Attica!” last year, and have […]