New Music Spotlight: The Firewatchers Daughter – Brandi Carlile

In her song “Raise Hell,” Brandi Carlile  sings these words:  “You took my face in both your hands and looked me in the eye.  And I went down with such a force that in your grave I lie.”  Powerful and descriptive words, and not far from how I felt when this singer/songwriter recently burst into … More New Music Spotlight: The Firewatchers Daughter – Brandi Carlile

Throwback Thursday – Molly Hatchet, Flirtin’ with Disaster

Memory is a weird thing.  Most memories linger because of their ties to a significant event:  meeting someone special for the first time, saying good-bye, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one.  But some memories have no such special ties to important moments and leave us scratching our heads as to … More Throwback Thursday – Molly Hatchet, Flirtin’ with Disaster

New Music Spotlight: Wild World – Bastille

Earlier this year, the UK-based indie-Rock band Bastille released their sophomore album, Wild World.  The follow-up album is always a challenge, made even more so by the widespread popularity of their hit song “Pompeii” from their 2013 debut album, Bad Blood.  Side by side with Bad Blood, Wild World holds its own pretty well.  Though … More New Music Spotlight: Wild World – Bastille

New Music Spotlight: Sonderlust – Kishi Bashi

With Sonderlust, his third studio album, indie artist Kishi Bashi continues his genre-blending ways, bringing together classical strings, traditional pop instruments, and the wizardry of electronic music. In that regard, Sonderlust is not so different from his 2014 release, Lighght.  If there is any kind of stylistic difference at all, it is that Sonderlust is a … More New Music Spotlight: Sonderlust – Kishi Bashi

Throwback Thursday: Bookends – Simon and Garfunkel

Bookends, the fourth of five studio albums from the iconic duo Simon and Garfunkel, is just two years shy of celebrating its fiftieth birthday. Pause. Sigh. Move on. It is generally accepted that each Simon and Garfunkel album surpassed its predecessor in quality,  popularity, critical acclaim and recognition.  That being the case, why would I select … More Throwback Thursday: Bookends – Simon and Garfunkel

New Music Spotlight – True Sadness, The Avett Brothers

  On June 24th of this year the Avett Brothers released their ninth studio album, True Sadness.  The title suggests that these 12 songs come from a melancholy place.  And while that it largely true, it doesn’t tell the whole story.  True Sadness seems less of a post-divorce album, as titles such as “Divorce Separation … More New Music Spotlight – True Sadness, The Avett Brothers