Free music–need I say more?
Slim Shady sits at the head of this week’s new release table.
Rock & roll ain’t dead. Actually, it might be living in Boston.
New Wave legends Tears for Fears surprised fans with their first new recording in nine years: a cover of Arcade Fire’s “Ready to Start.” It might be crazy to call a band with 16 U.K. Top 40 hits “underrated,” but Tears for Fears – to this writer – have only seemed to earn the respect they truly deserve in recent times. In the last decade, Gary Jules and Michael Andrews had a U.K. chart-topper with a mournful cover of the band’s “ Mad World ,” [...]
Ah…nice to hear from David Mead again, isn’t it?
Despite the fact that it’s kinda grey and crummy on the East Coast as I write this, Jack Johnson’s music immediately makes me picture sunshine, cookouts, beaches and the welcome smell of that sticky-icky wafting through the air. The Hawaiian singer/songwriter/surfer doesn’t disappoint on his latest track, “I Got You.” No, the song doesn’t sound much different from the rest of Jack Johnson’s oeuvre, but come on, how can you hate on music that makes you feel so mellow? It’s [...]
Prepare to be Stung…again.
When last we heard from Julian Velard, one of the best and most underrated singer-songwriters in the pop game, he’d dashed off a quick but captivating EP, Person of Interest , last fall. Since then, he’s kept a low profile, popping up as musical entertainment on a few NPR shows here and there and performing with fellow singer-songwriter Ari Hest as part of the soft-rock cover act The Jewbadours . The silence finally ends this month, with a forthcoming album out this year and a [...]
ROBOTS! ROBOTS! BEWARE!
Vampire Weekend’s return is the highlight of this new release Tuesday.
Blame the incredibly long shadow of “Weird Al” Yankovic or the crop of so many dime-a-dozen parodists dropping quickly-crafted goofs on YouTube, but it always feels that The Lonely Island are criminally underrated. Sure, the trio of writer/actors Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccome and Akiva Schaeffer have earned plenty of acclaim for their daffy song satire, thanks to their beloved Digital Shorts on Saturday Night Live , where Samberg acted and Taccome wrote for several years. Some of these clips, including the ’90s R&B pastiche “ Dick in a Box ” [...]