New Music Spotlight: Masseduction – St. Vincent

Another St. Vincent album, another trip to Wonderland. Sitting down with Masseduction – the fifth studio album from this creative indie artist – is like a walk through Lewis Carroll’s mythical land. First time visitors find themselves wide-eyed at the bizarre adventure in which they find themselves.  Those that have made this trip before may … More New Music Spotlight: Masseduction – St. Vincent

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

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

New Music Spotlight: Beast Epic from Iron and Wine

For those needing an introduction, Iron and Wine is the stage name for singer/songwriter Sam Beam.  His first album was released in 2002, so he’s been around a while. My introduction to Iron and Wine was many years ago when my son played me his cover of “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service.  This … More New Music Spotlight: Beast Epic from Iron and Wine

Throwback Thursday – “Night Moves” by Bob Seger

Bob Seger was born in 1945 in Detroit Michigan. Thirteen years and seventeen hundred miles hence, I was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In ’62, when Seger was living the experiences that inspired the nostalgic “Night Moves,”  I was a mere pre-schooler. In ’76, when I first heard the song, I was in my late … More Throwback Thursday – “Night Moves” by Bob Seger

New Music Spotlight – Pure Comedy, from Father John Misty

Father John Misty followed-up his successful 2016 release, I Love You, Honeybear with Pure Comedy, released on April 7, 2017.  In my review of I Love You, Honeybear, I was less than enthusiastic.  Yet it was well received by others – fans and critics alike – and it made me think that perhaps I’d missed … More New Music Spotlight – Pure Comedy, from Father John Misty