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

New Music Spotlight: Everything Now from Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire, fronted by husband/wife team Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, released their fifth studio album, Everything Now, on July 28th of this year.  Though they’ve been a popular band since their first album came out nearly thirteen years ago, Everything Now is my first real exposure to Arcade Fire. From what I’ve gathered, this … More New Music Spotlight: Everything Now from Arcade Fire

New Music Spotlight: Something to Tell You – HAIM

At the suggestion of my daughter, I’ve spent the last week or so listening to Something to Tell You, the second and latest album from the band HAIM (pronounced HY-em).   Three sisters – Alana, Danielle, & Este – make up the band and derive the name from their shared last name: Haim. During that week, … More New Music Spotlight: Something to Tell You – HAIM