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February 2015 New Music Favorites

February 2015 New Music Favorites
This winter sucks balls. Thankfully, the God of Music is kinder than Mother Nature: I found some great music this month, and I’ve needed it to keep from falling into a permanent weather-induced slump. Take a listen: 1. “I’ll Make Time for You” – Kristin Diable 2. “Now and Again” – Tor Miller 3. “Brave... Read more »

Memorable Grammy Moments

If you watched the Grammys thinking you were going to enjoy an awards show, you might have been disappointed.  If, however, you watched the Grammys hoping to see a lot of live performances and unusual pairings, you were probably delighted with tonight’s show!  If you missed the show all together and don’t want to sound... Read more »

Why I love winter in Chicago

I’m not sure if you heard, but we got a pretty big dump of snow here in Chicago this weekend.  19 inches to be exact in just over 24 hours!  While it’s super fun to complain about the winters here, I’ve caught myself enjoying a few aspects of it.  Take a look: 1. Beauty –... Read more »
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January 2015 New Music Favorites

January 2015 New Music Favorites
New year, new music.  Based on what January brought us, 2015 is going to be a good one.  January’s personality is utilitarian black jackets, salt stained boots and perennially splattered pants.  But ah, a bright spot here! Sometimes I lie awake at night and fret about people not experiencing all the great new music I’m... Read more »

My favorite songs of 2014

My favorite songs of 2014
Today marks the official last day of the holiday break and festivities.  I spent it shoveling snow, going to the grocery store, filling out FAFSA forms and not responding to an excessively long questionnaire from my accountant.  I interrupted these fun activities by reviewing the 157 songs that I have on my “2014 Favorites” playlist... Read more »

The best versions of Christmas classics

The best versions of Christmas classics
You can’t escape Christmas music these days- nor would you want to.  Every musician is legally required to churn out a holiday hits album, usually trying to put their own spin on a classic.  For the holiday music consumer, it’s downright overwhelming.  Here I have amassed some of the holiday classics, noting the most popular... Read more »
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Did Adnan really do it? Maybe the music of Serial will lend a clue

Did Adnan really do it? Maybe the music of Serial will lend a clue
“This is a global Tel Link prepaid call from *Adnan Syed*, an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Facility.”  Does that sound familiar? (If not, stop reading- the rest of this will bore you silly)  As you hear it in your mind, you probably also hear the theme song in the background. I first became consciously... Read more »

November 2014 New Music Favorites

November 2014 New Music Favorites
My gift to you, whatever your religious beliefs or lack thereof, is not to be forced to listen to bad music.  So here is November’s not-bad music: 1. “Comeback” – Ella Eyre 2. “Congregation” – Foo Fighters 3. “The Never” – Pell, feat. LV Baby 4. “Real Love” – Tom Odell 5. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson, feat. Bruno Mars... Read more »

October 2014 New Music Favorites

October 2014 New Music Favorites
Another month has come and gone, and so it is time to review the new music that has come and not gone (my keepers): 1. “Heartbreaker” – Daniel Wilson 2. “Feel For Me” – Foy Vance 3. “Broods” – L.A.F. 4. “Go All Night” – Gorgon City, featuring Jennifer Hudson 5. “Paperwork” – T.I., featuring Pharrell 6. “Dangerous” – David Guetta, featuring... Read more »
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September 2014 New Music Favorites

September 2014 New Music Favorites
It’s my favorite time of month: sharing all of the previous month’s musical discoveries.  There were some really good ones in September.  Don’t despair if you don’t know half these artists.  I listen to Spotify’s New Music Tuesday playlist every week and find all kinds of stuff I’ve never heard of.  Here are my favorites:... Read more »