Every once in awhile a video makes you smile and recall a more whimsical time. Hippo Campus has made what we can only describe as fab with their new single, "South". Love this band and their great sense of melody cleverly masking more serious lyrics.
Korey Dane is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles who knocked us over from the first note of his new album, Youngblood. "Jules Verne" is the first single. The album is deep. Can't wait to see him live!
Here's Korey Dane's gorgeous rendition of Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You."
We love this video from Raury, a great young songwriter/performer from Atlanta. Make sure to check out All We Need when you get a chance. Auspicious beginning...
One of our favorite new artists is Sam Outlaw, whose Angelino is chock full of outstanding songs. Here is "Ghost Town" from the sublime session the band played for WFUV.
Josh Ritter has been a fave since Jim Olsen sent us Hello Starling in 2003. Josh's new collection is called Sermon on the Rocks and features the delicious first single, "Getting Ready to Get Down." Check out the fast-moving lyric video literally penned by the author himself.
Glen Hansard's delightful new collection of songs will appear on Didn't He Ramble, which arrives on September 18th. The first single was released today. Here's the video for the encouragingly optimistic "Winning Streak."
Nicki Bluhm has more charm than you can shake a stick at, and it shines in her new video (which also happens to feature Melanie Lynskey from Up in the Air and Two and a Half Men, as well as Parenthood's Jason Ritter). Nicki and her band the Gramblers are out on an extensive tour throughout the summer and fall, including a number of festival dates.
And just what is a grambler, you ask? Well, according to Urban Dictionary, "Grambling is a slang term whose exact origins are unknown, but is generally thought to have originated in California as a combination of "gambling" and "rambling." It can describe living an unconventional, adventurous and sometimes risky lifestyle associated with traveling, independence, playing music, and having fun, and can be a catchall synonym for any and all of these activities. Gramblers are spirited and fun-loving, rough around the edges, and tend to disregard societal norms in favor of a good time." Sounds like an awfully good moniker for this band to me.
We can't get enough of the sweet, soulful sounds of Matthew E. White. His new video for "Feeling Good Is Good Enough" imparts the kind of joy that sends you into the arms of music in the first place.
It's wonderful to be seeing the fantastic early reception that the young band Hippo Campus is getting from Triple A radio. Their recent performance on CONAN came directly on the heels of SXSW, where Conan's booker Jim Pitt heard them for the first time in our New Music Meeting panel. We're proud that they met the opportunity with so much gusto! You can read the backstory to this "discovery" on the Current's blog.
The sizzle reel that teases the new Dwight Yoakam album, Second Hand Heart, sizzles indeed. Hand me a cast iron skillet and a few drops of water, and shake those hips evermore, brother man.
Spacebomb is an amazing musical collective in Richmond, Virginia that features Matthew. E. White and Natalie Prass. White has created a studio with a distinct sound in part because there are so many great players living in the area. To learn more, check out this piece from The Guardian and watch Matthew's lyric video to his new single, "Rock and Roll Is Cold."
The charming Houndmouth are back with a new album (Little Neon Limelight) and here's the video for the first single, "Sedona." Don't you wish you could join the band? We do.
Not many artists have both the passion and the technical prowess required to pull off a killer cover of Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." But Sean Rowe is one of them.
The Barr Brothers turned in a stellar performance at WFUV recently, and the station is doing some of the best performance video in the biz these days. This living, breathing version of the single, "Half Crazy," showcases the song's range and texture.
Head to WFUV's site to see an equally compelling rendition of "Even the Darkness Has Arms."
Check out this entertaining clip for Tweedy's new single, "Low Key," with lots of fun cameos. Jeff and Spencer Tweedy are told by their major label chief that, due to shrinking revenues, they'll need to hit the street to sell their music themselves. They attempt to do so door-to-door!
The amazing Spoon are about the release their eightth album, They Want My Soul, on August 5th. Here's the ironic video for the joyful "Do You."
...and a conversation with Britt Daniel and director, Hiro Murai.
Seeking a wonderful, soulful pop record to serve as a soundtrack for some laid-back activities this weekend? Look no further than PHOX's self-titled debut, which is streaming in its entirety courtesy of NPR Music.