Classic style from a little known name. Piano and horn are my favorite parts of this one. Rock-leaning. ****RIYL LOW CUT CONNIE*** FCC: Clean Play: 2, 5, 8, 9, 10 Also RIYL: Bob Dylan, Dan Auerbach Advertisements

Most of this is made up of stuff that was released in demo form back in the classic Cat Stevens days, or has been reworked since them. Just as great as everything else he’s put out. (Acoustic guitar, soft vocals.) FCC: Clean Play: 2, 5, 6, 11 (start with these but play all!)    

TL;DR: folk-rock, heavier on the rock. great guitar. super unique voice. This one from Bette Smith is pretty different from anything I have heard before. It’s her debut album, but already has a lot of really solid work. The most distinctive part is definitely Smith’s unique voice, but I was also a big fan of […]

What can I say? We get so many great lyric-driven singer-songwriters here and this is another one. If you don’t think folk is your thing this is a great one to check out, it trends more toward the soft-rock acoustic side of the genre and away from the bluegrass that you might associate with the […]

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane flexes his incredible vocal talents on a fun and cheeky jazz album. Favoring up-beat jazz instrumentals and flirtatious lyrics over his usual vulgar and offensive content, this album shows MacFarlane to be a capable jazz singer. RIYL: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett FCC: Clean PLAY: 2, 10, 12, 16

Mostly echoey,  solo electric bass, flowing,  repetitive. Nice!

If you don’t know Langhorne Slim what are you doing?! Another great and not well enough known folk-rock artist– lots of acoustic guitar, raw vocals, killer lyrics. RIYL: Shakey Graves, The Suitcase Junket, Deer Tick FCC: Clean Play: 1, 2, 10, 13

IF YOU LIKE FOLK- PLAY PLAY PLAY!! Husband-wife duo, great songwriting, great vocals, great banjo instrumentals– if that’s your thing (and even if it isn’t- give it a shot!) these guys have it all. Music you and your ‘folks’ (the parental ones!) can both get behind. RIYL: The Civil Wars, The Stray Birds, Bonnie Raitt […]

Loads of new singles from the last few months, all worth checking out!

Sharon Jones & The Dapkings recorded this album just before she passed. It has so much soul, so much grit, so much Sharon. PLAY: All FCC: none Label: Daptone RIYL: Aretha Franklin

Beck’s 13th studio album COLORS is super sad, but classic synth + rock Beck. Def worth a listen and will be super enjoyed by Beck fans. FCC: #11 PLAY: 1, 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Flaming Lips

“The Last Shade Of Blue Before Black” is the 16th release in the Blues Brother’s catalog. Although many years have passed since their Saturday Night Live debut 39 years ago, and a few founding members (most famously John Belushi) are dead, some core members are still very much alive and deliver a smokey, power house […]

Birdie is Jake Ewald’s (co-frontman of Modern Baseball) second full length solo release under the moniker Slaughter Beach, Dog. The album, though simplistic at times, is a fun combination of emo, story-telling esque lyrics over folky instrumentation. The album isn’t the greatest work ever produced (even in the emo, punk scene), but overall it’s charming […]

The OOZ is Archy Marshall’s second full-length release under the moniker King Krule. The record is emotionally raw. And the lyrics vary from lines of self-loathing to dealing with anxiety. The instrumental aspect of the album is the typical soundscapey, experimental synth sounds we have come to expect from Marshall. The record, although at times […]

Minimalist composer Johnson has composed some lovely works for performed by Just Strings and others–Rational Melodies is delightful. Trk 11 has spoken commentary by the musician.

Scelsi has composed some avant pieces for other instruments. These works are surprisingly gracious and abstract. Play!

String quartet pieces that are contemporary, yet have elements of Classical and Baroque eras. Play!

Larissa Dedova performs–a mix of known pieces with lesser known. All impressionistic, mostly lyrical and flowing, some more forceful. Play!

Guitarist Roberto Moronn Perez performs pieces composed in the 1920’s, with one in 1962.  Nice–play most!

Flutist Molly Barth performs abstract pieces with some accompaniment (piano, percussion)–ranging from staccato, to flowing. Play!

Sam Smith’s second album, The Thrill of It All, features amazing harmonies, gospel choir accompaniments, emotional lyrics and instrumentation. Sam Smith’s new music is easy on the ears and overall a great listen. Label: Capitol records Start w/ 4, 6, 8, 9, 14 FCC: 10 Charted: 1, 10 RIYL: Adele, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Jessie Ware, […]

An electronic pop duo between Melbourne cousins released their debut album, Backwater. This album has a chill vibe but with great beats and lyrics. Label: Ghostly Start w/ 1, 3, 5, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Banks, Mt. Si, Yumi Zouma

This punk rock band has released a great album, Relatives in Descent, that features some catchy hooks and good instrumentation. Label: Domino Recordings Start w/ 2, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Fall, Metz, Wire, Parquet Courts, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Bully is a punk, garage rock band who’s new album, Losing, features influences from 90’s grunge. Losing touches upon growth, breakups, and learning not to run from your troubles. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 2, 5, 7, 11 FCC: 6, 9, 12 RIYL: Diet Cig, Beach Slang, Screaming Females, Chastity Belt, Daddy Issues

EERA’s new alternative rock album, Reflections of Youth, has punchy guitar parts and grooves beats. EERA writes about finding purpose and strength in your weakness. Label: Big Dada Recordings Start w/ 3, 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lana Del Ray, Angel Olsen, Marika Hackman, Madeline Kenney, Lowly, Carmen Villain