Release Radar: Death From Above

New releases continue to blossom as September wraps up – this has definitely been the biggest release month of the year.  New releases I will be checking out include (there are 10!) the 4th album from J Roddy Walston & the Business “Destroyers of the Soft Life” who are now based in Richmond after starting in Tennessee and time […]

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 […]

Do You Remember by Jarryd James

Jarryd comes to us from Australia, where he began playing in a band called Holland in 2012. The band recorded a debut album, but it was never released and this led Jarryd to fall into depression and quit making music. In late 2014, he was asked to accompany some friends on a tour as their […]

Hotel Anywhere by Cold War Kids

“Hotel Anywhere” is a bouncier tune, driven by Maust’s bass line.  It starts off big right from the get go, drums, guitar and the bass firing on all cylinders, along with some nice keyboard accents.  This is much more of an anthem song, with a big U2-esque chorus.  It’s fun to listen to and I […]

Neverminders by In The Valley Below

“Neverminders” is another standout track from “The Belt” that immediately grabbed my attention out the first time I heard it.  A pretty straightforward guitar/synth driven song, highlighted by alternating vocals during the verses and an easy to sing along chorus of “Neverminders, Neverminders, Neverminders coming for your crown”.This track has some retro elements, I hear […]

Like Real People Do by Hozier

Andrew Hozier-Byrne, otherwise known as Hozier, comes to us from Ireland. He is fairly new to the music scene, becoming established in 2012 when he started recording demos for Universal Music. He was raised by his father, whom was a musician himself, and Hozier developed a love for music at an early age. This love […]

Hunter Eats Hunter by Chevelle

This may be a track that really makes you start thinking of another band they sound like…who is that? Oh yeah, it’s Tool. I immediately heard similarities, and their producer has also worked with Tool so it’s not surprising. Some of Pete’s vocals sound very much like Maynard’s vocals from Tool, so yeah, not surprised […]

Blue by Beyoncé

“Blue” – I wanted to add a bonus track, simply because I enjoy it and coincidently I heard it this morning on my way into the office. This track is probably the sweetest track on the album. It’s a song dedicated to Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue. It’s a simple song that is highlighted with a simple […]

Twinge by Chevelle

This is the final track on “La Gargola” is a slower, more atmospheric song and it’s a great way to end the album. Very simple yet effective music up front with the slow bass and drums and the slow, swirling guitar. Great track to just close your eyes to and get lost in the music. […]

Shake it off by Taylor Swift

So, I’m dropping a Taylor Swift song that I really can’t get enough of; mainly because I think the video is hilarious and also because this past weekend in Seattle I was around a 7yr old girl who put the song on repeat every time we were in the car, lol. As some of you […]