Category: New Music

September 13, 2021

Suzanne Santo Has a Lot To Sell In Yard Sale

Let’s get something out of the way right now. Suzanne Santo has a very rich and evocative voice with a natural vibrato similar to Emmy Lou Harris. That is what makes her special. Her song writing can be anywhere from pulling your heart out to a collection of tropes and cliches. Her singing is her superpower, and it makes even mundane songs sound wonderful. This […]

September 1, 2021

The Violence of CHVRCHES

I have to admit that CHVRCHES is a bit of a guilty pleasure. There is nothing that CHVRCHES does that seems special. It’s typically lightweight, often danceable pop. And yet, it’s compelling. Their music is, at times, sweet, but often urgent and overly emotional. Despite the genre and pretentious name, they don’t bore me like a lot of pop music. That might be because they […]

August 25, 2021

The Cruzados Are Anything but Automatic

Back in the mid 1980s, a group of artists mixed new wave and punk with country, blues, and folk styles to create a genre called roots rock revival. For a short while, 80s style roots rock revival was a fixture on college and alternative charts. Groups like The Beat Farmers, The Long Ryders, The Blasters, Los Lobos, and Lone Justice updated American music to fit […]

August 17, 2021

I’m Loving Jungle’s Loving in Stereo

Back in the 1970s, I would have hated Jungle’s new album Loving in Stereo. In fact, I would have hated all of Jungle’s music. That’s because they are unabashedly retro but more specifically disco and danceable R&B. At that time, I was all about progressive rock and then punk and new wave. I even had a “Disco Sucks” t-shirt. Now, I’ve grown. I’m still not […]

August 9, 2021

New Billie Eilish Does Not Make Me Happier Than Ever

I listened to the new Billie Eilish Album, Happier Than Ever, took notes, and promptly went on vacation. In the intervening week, reviews of the album have come out from professional critics. As I read these reviews I kept wondering if we had listened to the same album. A lot of them were very positive and, like the album, repetitive at times. It made me […]

July 16, 2021

The Heartless Bastards Are Back with Three New Songs

It’s been a while since we heard from the Heartless Bastards. Their last album was in 2015, which is far enough in the past to assume they were defunct. Then, out of nowhere, in 2020 came a new single “Revolution”. Another one came out in early 2021 and now a brand-new single just this week. The new song “Photograph” came packaged with the other two […]

July 13, 2021

New Songs (for Me At Least) The Week of July 11, 2021

We are back into a cycle of singles again. Throughout May and into June we saw one great (or not so great) album after another bounding out onto the new music scene. These albums cut across genres, sometimes multiple genres, and included new and old artists. Whew. Since then, new album releases have slowed down to a less frenetic pace. Singles releases, on the other […]

July 8, 2021

The Color of the Sky in Lightning Bug’s World

When I first heard of Lightning Bug, it was described as shoegaze. Shoegaze hasn’t been a force in music for more than 30 years. That made for an odd classification. Unless they were purposefully retro, the shoegaze shouldn’t fit. Yet, a quick listen to 2019’s October Sky suggested someone knew what they were talking about when they were deciding which bucket Lightning Bug belonged in. […]

June 22, 2021

Cola Boyy Premiers with an Unusual Album

The artist Cola Boyy (whose real name is Matthew Urango) has been described as a combination of disco and soft rock. After listening to his lead off album, Prosthetic Boombox, I find that description perplexing. It seems as if the critics (or marketing) people tasked with writing about Cola Boyy’s work have never experienced real disco. To use the term “disco” in the context of […]

June 14, 2021

Sleater-Kinney Path to Wellness is Boring for Us

So, after a month of constant new music and reviews, I took a week off from new posts. It’s summer and there is much partying to do. As such, my batteries were completely recharged when the new Sleater-Kinney album, Path to Wellness, dropped this week. Unfortunately, their path to wellness is our road to dullsville. The album lacks any of the energy we come to […]