April 30, 2021

Turn Up That Dial! It’s More Dropkick Murphys

Today saw the release of the new album from the celt punk band, The Dropkick Murphys. Formed in Boston in the wake of the celt punk explosion following the first Pogues albums, the Dropkick Murphys have a bit of The Clash in them but still follow time honored celt punk traditions. Unlike other celt punk bands, such as Black 47, the Dropkick Murphys have a […]

April 29, 2021

Billie Eilish – Your Power

Ok, I’m a fan. I’ll give a few minutes to get over a punk rocker/prog rock Billie Eilish fan. You all done? Good. Eilish’s new song “Your Power” dropped today. It’s a quiet, minimally orchestrated, mostly acoustic song that sounds like it was from the 70s singer songwriter era. It’s as if Bread wrote a song that was not stomach churning and then got Eartha […]

April 12, 2021

Nathaniel Rateliff on NPR’s Tiny Desk

I grew up on roots music. The earliest music I can remember was folk and Celtic songs that my Dad played for me from a reel to reel tape player. Dad also listened to country and even southern rock back in the 70s. I learned to love John Denver when it was decidedly not cool for a teenager to like country or what we now […]

April 9, 2021

So Much New Music I’m Going to Explode

Sometimes I go weeks without hearing anything interesting. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by waves of new music released practically on top of each other. Last week saw a brilliant release from St. Vincent and a decent, though uneven, EP from Foxes. This week, there is more new music goodness than I can describe. It’s as if the buffet was getting depleted so the kitchen decided to […]

April 8, 2021

New Foxes EP is Hit and Miss

You may have heard the artist Foxes (real name Louisa Rose Allen) on the radio and thought “Now there’s an 80s band I don’t know.” That’s because Foxes could sit well in amongst the effervescent dance pop of the 80s. Her most well-known hit “Better Love” from 2016’s All I Need has the same type of bouncy hooks common in artists like mid-80s dance pop […]

April 6, 2021

St. Vincent Melts the Sun with Brilliance

It was no April Fools joke. Last week on April 1st 2021, St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) released a new song from her soon to be released album Daddy’s Home. Simple put, the song is brilliant. I’ve been a fan of St. Vincent since 2015 when I first heard her album St. Vincent. It was quirky, theatrical, and intense. I dived into the rest of […]

April 1, 2021

Christine and the Queens – A Gift from France

Throughout my life as a music lover, I’ve listened to artists from outside the English-speaking world. Whether it was world music from Africa, such as King Sunny Ade, German 80s dance music (think: Falco), or Scandinavian metal, I’ve always trawled the places outside the American and British music scenes for great tunes. This includes the French-speaking world as well. Back in the late 70s, one […]