My Top 100 Albums of 2015, Part I

At the very beginning of 2015, or quite possibly the very end of 2014–before I had even finished posting my Best Albums of 2014 list–I began work in earnest for my top 2015 albums list project. It would be big. It would be exciting. It would be full of terrific music. Little did I know,…

Throwback Thursday: Pentatonix

A little more than 4 years ago, on the second third-season episode of a cappella competition “The Sing-Off,” a group called Pentatonix stepped on stage for the first time. One of 8 groups making their debut that night, they sang a cover of “ET” by Katy Perry. Back then, I was doing regular recaps of the…

Artist Spotlight: The Family Crest

“What’s your favorite band?” I’ve been asked that question a lot. (I’m sure all of us have.) As with any “favorite” question, my response usually takes the form of a long list of groups, with me apologizing for not being sure which one is at the absolute top of my list. That, however, may have…

Song of the Day: “Shadowlands”

Once again, it’s time to get back to business with this blog. I should have the time now to do so. I’ll do a catch-up type post on “American Idol” sometime soon, because it is still something worth watching and writing about, even if people seem to be fleeing the show in droves. Before I…

Throwback Thursday: Nightbirds

Every Thursday, I consider doing a Throwback Thursday post, and I often have quite a few good ideas about one. However, every Thursday seems to turn out quite busy for me, or I don’t get around to posting, or something or other gets in the way. Today, I’ll change that with a quick post about…

Song of the Day: “Say You Love Me”

I’ve been meaning to make this little post for a while now. Why exactly it took so long when it’s a Song of the Day, and thus very quick and easy to put together, I don’t know…but never mind that. Today’s song to be spotlighted? “Say You Love Me” by Jessie Ware! Before I start…

Best Albums of 2014 — Part II

Bet you didn’t think I’d be back with Part II this fast, did you? OK, maybe you did. Perhaps it was just me doubting. (I actually did them both in the same week! Hallelujah.) At any rate…let’s just carry on, why don’t we? Here are my other 20 picks for the best 40 albums of…

Best Albums of 2014 — Part I

This is a project I’ve been excited to unveil for quite some time now. (Of course, as is typical with me, it’s a bit late getting out. We’re already well into 2015. All the best-of-2014 lists have come and gone, but I’ve always been a bit of a…rebel? Sure, let’s go with that.) 3 years…

Play List: More of My Favorite Christmas Albums

Remember when I said that I would get a new favorite Christmas albums post out before it got too late to enjoy it before Christmas came? So that didn’t quite happen…it’s Christmas Eve. But you still have a day or two (or more, if you’re the kind of person that keeps listening to holiday music…

Artist Spotlight: Laura Mvula

I haven’t been able to get around to posting lately, so now’s a great time to take on one of my first items of ‘business,’ my first full-fledged Artist Spotlight post in…ouch. It’s been nearly 3 full years. The last time I did a full Artist Spotlight was on Sia in Feb. 2012. She kind…