A grand, warm embrace of dream pop, "Proto," the latest from London band Dios Mio, carries the listener away on the strength of the enigmatically named Helena's voice and what sometimes sounds like the strength of 10,000 guitars.
With a late-night, Latin-jazz groove and a vocal reminscent of a young Leon Redbone, Tommy Halloran's Guerrilla Swing comes into its own on the new track "My Favorite Sin."
Veteran, left-of-center Nashville, Tenn. songwriter Amelia White returns with a classic Americana sound and a big, bright hook on the track "Big Blue Sun."
Toronto musician Barzin Hosseini, who records under the name Barzin, returns with the gossamer, string-swept track "All the While," a meditation on patience, forgiveness and waking up to the world.
Hailing from the West Midlands region of the UK, Young Braves once went by the moniker Arcade Parade. We can all agree the name change was a smart move, as is the new track "Youth," a catchy and candid slice of Brit guitar-pop.
The Lowest Pair serves as a vehicle for Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee to explore the bottomless well of American folk music, with an emphasis on banjo, guitar and front-porch harmonies. The double-banjo duet of "Living Is Dying" captures that sound exquisitely.
It would be hard to overstate the importance and the beauty of the Everly Brothers' music, though with the passing of Phil Everly on January 3, 2014, many have tried. But that beauty always slips away. For a moment, Detroit-area band Frontier Ruckus manages to capture some of that elusive grace in its cover of "Like Strangers."
2013 was a banner year for KDHX and our Live at KDHX volunteer video team, as we hit several important milestones on the KDHX YouTube channel. The year ended with 3000 plus YouTube subscribers, over 1100 video performances and more than 3 million views.
You could call "Remember Me" by Christina Martin piano pop, but it's so much more than any two-word label. A plea, a memory, a melody that captures the slipping-away of private life while reaching out to the widest audience, it's the kind of song that unfolds new feelings with each listen.
It takes a minute, but once past the ersatz Gregorian chants, the track "Do It for Me" by Brooklyn, N.Y. trio the Pluto Moons bursts into giddy, catchy psychedelic pop.