“Amnesia” is mellow, smart, and great for a contemplative Friday afternoon . Blu’s rhymes over Billie Holiday’s “Am I Blue” make for a crisp, soulful, and sophisticated sound sure to make you want to look up his other stuff (worth it.)
Initially acquiring their cult following in the emo-acoustic circuit, Lydia has since adjusted to a still-nostalgic-but-slightly-less-melancholic indie rock sound. The Phoenix, Arizona natives’ newest album Run Wild, released a week ago, contains this wistful, wintry Halsey-meets-Coldplay track. (If nothing else, listen to them because I consider them to be the most underrated band in contemporary music.)
Louis Child has a knack for churning out future bass remixes. This track may be one of the best from the Chicago-based producer. The original Zella vocals blend seamlessly with the beefed-up Louis Child bassline. Enjoy!
This isn’t a new song (it came out in 2012) but it’s new to me and, I think, one of Jake Bugg’s best tunes. Bugg perfectly captures nostalgia for youth and the fear of the future at the same time. It’s a great song to dance hard to or for an early evening bike ride.
The Sidekicks, an alternative rock band from Ohio, are super cool. “Awkward Breeds” came out in 2012, and they got a lot of attention as a result. This is my favorite track off the album- it’s fun, catchy, and maybe a little melodramatic, and great overall. Give “Grace” a listen above, and for more, there’s always their page on Spotify. Their latest album, “Runners in the Nerved World,” is also definitely worth a listen.
Don’t be fooled by the album’s vaguely unsettling cover photo featuring the New Zealand artist and his pencil mustache. Connan Mockasin’s sound is worth a listen: psychedelic, strange, and perfect for a Sunday Morning in the shade.
If you’re not a bluegrass/newgrass junkie yet, it’s entirely possible that The Railsplitters’ new album could convert you. And if you already happen to be a fan of bands like the Punch Brothers or Elephant Revival, this is exactly where you click to fall in love. This tune in particular contains hauntingly melodic vocals and relatable lyrics that pleasantly straddle the line between newgrass and female-backed folk pop to reel you in. Another bonus: The Railsplitters hail kind of locally, from Boulder.
Anyone else remember this? One of the most quintessential Dr. Dre tracks from an iconic Dr. Dre album, “The Next Episode” has it all- West Coast flow, West Coast aesthetic, and Snoop Dogg. Pretty much the only three things you need for a bangin’ rap track. Nate Dogg carries off the track with the last line of the song, perhaps one of the most recognizable lines off the album. To listen to the rest of the tracks, find the album here on Spotify. Also, try Dr. Dre’s newest album, Compton.
Courtney Barnett’s garage rock-infused folk-pop sound combined with her conversational, deadpan delivery of lyric makes for an interesting listen. This song is for that night you debated going to Classy Wednesday, Party in the Woods, whatever. The fact is part of you really wanted you to go, but to be honest you also kinda really wanted to take a chill night.
Latin musical influences, piano riffs, and electro-afro drum beats make this eclectic song incredibly infectious, perfect for when you’re brushing your teeth and/or attempting to wake yourself up in the morning. Ibeyi consists of a pair of twenty-year-old Franco-Cuban twins, so named because “ibeyi” refers to the divine spirit between twins in Yoruban.