• Angel Olsen

    Angels Olsen on ACL

    I need to do a better job of posting the new tunes that hit my radar and give me all the feels. A couple months ago I was watching a new episode of Austin City Limits, and I was introduced…

  • Bruce Cockburn

    40 Years in the Wilderness

    I discovered Bruce Cockburn’s music in the summer of 1994 – the year that his great album Dart to the Heart was released. I was in my mid-20’s, lacking any real focus or direction in life, and I immediately connected…

  • First Aid Kit

    Fireworks!

    I don’t recall what triggered it, but I fell into a YouTube rabbit hole last night, zeroed in on First Aid Kit. For those that don’t know, First Aid Kit is made up of two sisters from the outskirts of…

  • N.E.R.D.,  Pharrell Williams,  Rihanna

    Rihanna in Lemon

    I’m always interested in what Pharrell’s up to, especially when it comes to N.E.R.D. He’s always super creative with the beats and grooves, so anything that comes along is worth my attention. A few weeks back, I saw some buzz…

  • Dr. Dog

    Dr. Dog + Jim Song

    photo by Chris Crisman Call me a huge admirer of Dr. Dog. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Thanks. “Jim Song” has that special formula that instantly connects with me: slow, acoustic guitar ballad; a lovesick and broken protagonist; throw in some…

  • Valerie June

    Valerie June’s Two Hearts

    Here’s one that’s impossible not to like: Valerie June.  I didn’t get introduced until a PBS Newshour mini-feature on her just a few weeks ago. It piqued my interest and sent me on my way to her latest album, The…

  • Sons of Bill

    Santa Ana Winds – my intro to Sons of Bill

    If there’s one lesson I keep on learning when it comes to music, it’s to keep listening to the recommendation services that our music services offer. If you spend any decent amount of time listening to streaming music on Spotify,…

  • Prince

    Memories of a Prince Fan

    In the late summer of 1984, I saw Purple Rain for the first time. I was 14. Adolescence had arrived, and was about to be taken for quite a spin with Prince Rogers Nelson at the wheel. Every long time admirer of Prince…