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.
We love Sean Rowe's amazing, soulful voice and lyrical vision. Check out this video for his new single, "Madman," filmed while on a tour of house parties. The album (named after the single) streets on September 9th.
Here's a delightful take on the Arctic Monkeys' hit "Do I Wanna Know?" by Chvrches.
We love Dan Wilson's music. He's one of the best songwriters alive and a gifted calligrapher, too. Check out his work here on "A Song Can Be About Anything," from his forthcoming Love Without Fear.
It's Opening Day at the old ball park and many times during the long season, people will ask their significant others to get married. Publicly. But before you dive in without thinking it through, first consider where to do it. The folks at Swimmingly have done your homework!
We're crazy about PHOX, a band from Madison, Wisconsin. We saw them play at SXSW in March. You'll be hearing a lot from them in 2014. Here's a tease...
Many of us made the voyage to Austin again for South by Southwest. As always, there was an abundance of wonderful new talent to see and hear, but also a growing presence of uncredentialed Spring Break kids in search of good times and free booze. That mix can be toxic, and has felt like it was heading for a cliff for the past several years of the festival, culminating this year by a local drunk driver in a stolen car killing three people in a crowd outside a club, injuring many more. There are interesting takes on the state of the conference in the New York Times by David Carr and Manny Ferdandez and Jon Pareles.
We love movies and get more enjoyment from watching the Oscars than any other awards show. Sure, the Golden Globes are entertaining as they combine TV and film and serve alcohol while stars sit around tables trying to out-glow one another. But let's face it: the Oscars are king and always will be. If you're planning a party and want an easy Oscar ballot, here it is. The show is Sunday night.