New Music Friday: Natalia Lafourcade, Jamiroquai, & More

This blog is back in business, yet again, with my first New Music Friday post in quite some time. I’ve been really jonesing to share the things I’ve been listening to these past few months, but life got in the way. I’m pushing it out of the way now for a few minutes so I…

Music Video of the Day: “From the Cold (Live)”

OK, now that our long national nightmare my big Top Albums project is over, it’s time to get to the ever-growing backlog of great non-albums list related music I’ve been anxious to share. This first gem is a music video of the song “From The Cold,” recorded live by indie artist Cody Fry.  I first came in…

The Top 25 Songs of 2015

2016 may already be upon us, but it’s never too late to look back on 2015 and the musical treasures it gave us. Today starts a brief but jam-packed series of posts celebrating a glorious year in music, culminating of course with my annual Top Albums list. In my earliest years on the blog, I…

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…

Artist Spotlight: Lucius

Long time, no post. Even longer time, no Artist Spotlight. Let’s change that now (I’ve been wanting to get this one up for a while)… While on my 2-year mission in Peru, I had the chance to work with many different fellow missionaries, and being together all the time, we had many different conversations. Quite…

Music Video of the Day: “Who Is It?”

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Music Video of the Day, so let’s get to it. Today’s spotlighted song/video… “Who Is It?” by Kurt Elling. Kurt Elling is arguably today’s foremost male jazz vocalist, and for good reason…his musical output is legendary in the jazz world. This new song is the lead single from his…

Play List: “American Idol” Season 14’s 20 Best Performances

Once again I’ve taken a bit too long to make a post I teased, but now I’m (finally?) bringing a close to my coverage of this past season of “American Idol” with a list of 20 standout performances from Season 14. After all, it’s never too late to reminisce about some great music, right? I’ve…

American Idol Finale Recap: Cool Kids

“American Idol” has its Season 14 winner. Since I’m actually posting this the night of the show for once, I’ll play coy about who that winner is until the end of this (likely somewhat short) recap. All I’ll say is, I’m happy with who won. (Since I stated in my recap earlier today that I would…

Song Sampler of the Day: “Sirens” & “Never Let You Down”

Today’s kind of a special post, for reasons you’ll see in a moment. Plus, I’m sharing not just one song for this Song of the Day post, but two! Two for the price of one, as they say… “Sirens” & “Never Let You Down” by the Weepies! The Weepies are an incredible pair of singer/songwriters…

American Idol Top 4 Recap: Back Home

Before I start this (slightly overdue) recap, a bit of sad news for anyone that actually still watches “American Idol”…Fox has announced that the show will end after its 15th season in 2016. It’s weird to think that the show, such a force of nature in the past, will be gone after next year…even though I…

American Idol Top 8 Recap: Stronger

Wednesday night’s installment of “American Idol” went back to the beginning, quite literally, for a night of Kelly Clarkson tunes. It’s a sign of how far the very first “Idol” winner has come when you can easily fill an evening of standout covers of hers, and it ended up being one of the strongest nights…