Jovial, upbeat melodies reminiscent of a tropical vacation and sweet, honest-to-goodness lyrics make for a refreshing combination.
Kind of like if Elvis and The Beatles had a baby. If you’re not dancing right now, you should probably check your pulse and make sure you’re still breathing.
Angsty, new age punk with introspective lyrics and pop rhythms.
If you decide to just sit down and really listen to a song, this would be it. Kill me with sorrow, and then lift me from the ashes. The Lumineers, Stubborn Love (2012).
Magical, fantastical, orchestral rock. Poignant lyrics subdued by powerful music.
It’s funny how sometimes a name really describes a band, and then others it just doesn’t… at all? You’d think Vampire Weekend alludes to gothic, pale kids that like to cut themselves, but… Continue reading
The strangest cross between Kings of Leon and Jeff Buckley (though that’s not all you’ll hear), Heyrocco have quickly become one of my go-to favorites. I hate to bring age into the equation, but… Continue reading
Have you ever kicked yourself for waiting so long to buy an album once you’ve realized how great a band is? That’s how I feel about Young the Giant. The first few times… Continue reading
I had a friend–who’s advice on music I’ve since learned to ignore– tell me that Passion Pit was a garbage band with no substance. Considering I was a pretty big fan of his… Continue reading
In the first few weeks of Spring when the air is still cold and the sunlight catches you from a farther distance than it should, so that it just barely warms your skin–the… Continue reading
I first heard The Kooks while driving through LA for one getaway or another– which may have influenced my appreciation of them. Regardless, I love them. Their first hit and my first encounter with them was Naive (2006), from Inside In / Inside Out.
Every once in a while you come across a CD that just blows you away, and everyone you give it to loves it just the same. I figure by now most of you… Continue reading