Category: All About Music

The Middle Kids Release Anthemic Debut

The Middle Kids Release Anthemic Debut
In 2018, SiriusXMU spun the Middle Kids a lot. First, they hooked us with the single “Edge of Town” from the self-titled EP, Middle Kids (check out their XMU Session here). It has everything your expecting from a great rock song. The quiet build-up of the verse, the rocking crunch of the chorus, and the... Read more »

Grapetooth: Another Fun Listen From 2018

Grapetooth: Another Fun Listen From 2018
Grapetooth dropped this super fun release, late into 2018. It’s an incredible listen, that plays like the history of Brit-Pop, with some 80’s synth-pop mixed in. Every time I hear the first verse of “Imagine On,” I’m reminded of the Happy Mondays and their big hit, “Step On.” Then you get to the chorus and... Read more »

Hippo Campus "Bambi" Tops Favorite Listens Of 2018

Hippo Campus "Bambi" Tops Favorite Listens Of 2018
Bambi, from Hippo Campus, was my favorite record of 2018. It’s the album I listened to most, all the way through. It’s the type of album that breezes by, and you find yourself starting it over just as soon as the last note ends. The band tried enough new things to keep their sound fresh, while... Read more »
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Credit Grapetooth With Keeping "Trouble" Away

(Trouble) Trouble comin’ down, (Trouble) Trouble comin’ down Hard times are, well, hard. Luckily, there’s good music to get us through. These last two weeks have sucked my left nut, and when I’m feeling down, I put on “Trouble,” by Grapetooth. It’s been my go to, and you can catch me bustin’ a move like Young MC... Read more »

"It’s Called: Free Fall” By Rainbow Kitten Surprise

"It’s Called: Free Fall” By Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Rainbow Kitten Surprise came up on several Spotify generated playlists, that’s how I first heard of them. Initially, I liked their sound, but felt it could be a bit too similar to Kings of Leon at times. First I heard “Good Night Chicago,” picturing the Vic in my head, the song stuck with me. Then... Read more »

Where Is The New Bear Hands Record?

Where Is The New Bear Hands Record?
“Spirit guide, backseat driver, ’bout time that you took the wheel.” Where is the new Bear Hands record? I just came across this cool campfire version of their latest single “Spirit Guide” and it made me wonder, “Where the f-ck is the new LP? “Don’t cry ’bout what you cannot change, Don’t worry baby, I’ll keep you... Read more »
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Morrissey, Generationals, Cover The Pretenders

Morrissey, Generationals, Cover The Pretenders
In the last couple of weeks, two unique artists have released tasteful covers of The Pretenders. Morrissey can be heard crooning over “Back On The Chain Gang,” where he plays a mean guitar, albeit pretend. IMO this was one of Chrissy Hynde’s greatest achievements, and Steven Patrick Morrissey does it justice. “I found a picture... Read more »

Rolling Blackouts Write Catchy Pop On "Hope Dawns"

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“Lay back, sink in, You’re not talking straight/I’m right, this is sin, You’re not talking straight/Come around, give in, You’re not talking straight.” If you’re like me, these lyrics from “Talking Straight,” by the Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, have been rolling around your head for the last 6 months. Now it’s “How Long.” A super... Read more »

Autistic Boy Steals The Show From Josh Rouse @ City Winery- 10/17/18

Autistic Boy Steals The Show From Josh Rouse @ City Winery- 10/17/18
If you know me, you know I am not a huge fan of the City Winery. I will only go if there is someone I really want to see, or on a special occasion. Josh Rouse and Grant Lee Phillips played on my birthday (10/17/18) and my wife surprised me with tickets. She also invited... Read more »
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Night Riots "Breaking Free" Is A "Killer" Single

Night Riots "Breaking Free" Is A "Killer" Single
The Night Riots “Breaking Free” is a killer single. The chorus reminds one of The Killers, while the vocal phrasing in the verse is all Andrew McMahon or Jack’s Mannequin-esque. All puns aside, though, I’m completely addicted to this tune. It’s anthemic. Another uplifting rock song you’ll want to sing along with. So good that... Read more »