Pretty Hurts by Beyoncé

Beyoncé – If you haven’t heard of this woman, then you must have been living under a rock for the past 17yrs. She’s become one of the most successful R&B/Pop female artists of all time. She’s also expanded her resume to not only include music, but she also acts, is a fashion designer (House of Deréon), […]

Solace by EMA

More big electronic sounds, but EMA offsets these with very warm and bare vocals. As the track progresses, EMA layers her vocals which adds more emphasis to her voice. She proves to be a very good background vocalist for herself! As the song moves along, the urgency in the vocals increases until the voices break […]

Satellites by EMA

“The Future’s Void” leads off with this track, and you can feel the paranoia within it the way some of the sounds are used. These noises are complemented by a nice piano line which takes some of the coldness away, but doesn’t eliminate it. The looped hand claps act as a kind of metronome as […]

So Blonde by EMA

EMA (real name Erika M. Anderson), released her second solo album in April, titled “The Future’s Void”. EMA’s debut solo album “Past Life Martyred Saints”, was widely praised by the music press and enjoyed a lot of success despite minimal marketing. So there was a bit of anticipation built-up for her follow-up release. EMA moved […]

High School Lover by Cayucas

“High School Lover” is more uptempo and locks into a really nice groove. This song really grabbed my attention from the very first listen. I don’t understand why this isn’t on heavy radio rotation, side by side with “Get Lucky” as a dominant presence on the airwaves.

Cayucos by Cayucas

Cayucas is Zach Yudin, who released his debut “Bigfoot” a few months ago. I have to admit I was initially intrigued by the name of the band and the first track on the album “Cayucos” since Cayucos, CA is a seaside town in central CA by San Luis Obispo where I’ve been vacationing since I […]

“Secret” by Rival Sons

“Secret” is the third song on the album, “Great Western Valkyrie” has a big-time retro vibe, especially with that keyboard sound in the mix. Again, the formula isn’t all that different, as the band continues to ride that riff on this song as well. Buchanan’s vocals are more intense on this track, as he keeps […]

Open My Eyes by Rival Sons

Rival Sons released their new album “Great Western Valkyrie” last week, and it’s a nice return to the form they showed on 2011’s “Pressure & Time”. Hailing from LA and forming 6 years ago, these four guys have a very retro-rock style, and show elements of Led Zeppelin and other classic rock acts. The band […]

Bad Self Portraits by Lake Street Dive

I was turned on to this band through iTunes from their free single of the week. Upon first listen of the track I immediately was hooked to the folky/soul vibe that the song presented. Sadly I didn’t know much information about the band, so I googled them to add some content about them. It’s a […]

Lay Me Down by Sam Smith

A few weeks back, I dropped a song by the group Disclosure and Sam was the featured artist on that track. During that write up I don’t believe I provided a lot of info on Sam, so I’ll provide a few highlights about him. Sam is from London and is fairly new to the music […]