New Music Spotlight: Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers

Unlike my oldest son, who internalized The Killers‘ second album Sam’s Town during his teenage years, I am a reluctant, late-to-the-party Killers fan.  Rather than really getting to know the breadth of their work, I have cherry-picked my favorite songs from the available four albums and discarded the rest. Their fifth album, Wonderful Wonderful, released … More New Music Spotlight: Wonderful Wonderful – The Killers

Weekend Extra: Tom Petty, The Patron Saint of Road Trip Music

Alongsideyour78s is about making generational connections through music.  The focus is often on introducing Boomers to new music and asking for an open ear and open mind.  Millennials, I have found, need no such encouragement.  Most are quite willing to accept and enjoy a song that’s been around for 50 years as easily as one … More Weekend Extra: Tom Petty, The Patron Saint of Road Trip Music

New Music Spotlight: Half Light – Rostam

In early 2016, Rostam Batmanglij announced his departure from the popular indie band Vampire Weekend.  Since then, he’s been active in the music scene, working with a number of various other artists.  On September 15th, he released his first solo album, Half-Light. For indie fans, and in particular Vampire Weekend fans, the wait has been … More New Music Spotlight: Half Light – Rostam

Throwback Thursday: R.E.M. – Green

Just shy of its 29th birthday, R.E.M.’s sixth album, GREEN, is the midpoint of the band’s three-album journey into the mainstream.   The band had steadily progressed from a popular college-rock band throughout the early eighties, ever encroaching upon the margins of Pop/Rock, with a sound and style that would lay the foundation for the “alternative” prefix. … More Throwback Thursday: R.E.M. – Green

New Music Spotlight: Walk Into a Storm, The Lone Bellow

One of the things that a reviewer of new music looks for is differences from previous works.    The Lone Bellow‘s latest, Walk Into a Storm (due out September 15), merits particular scrutiny in this regard, owing to the band’s decision to relocate from Brooklyn to Nashville between albums two and three.  Specifically, does the … More New Music Spotlight: Walk Into a Storm, The Lone Bellow

New Music Spotlight: Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie

  Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie was released on June 9th of this year. Any self-respecting Baby Boomer will immediately recognize these names as two-fifths of the band Fleetwood Mac.  That alone is enough to pique the interest, but then to learn that two more members – Mick Fleetwood and John McVie – are major contributors to … More New Music Spotlight: Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie