A Europop track referencing Sylvia Plath? Welcome to the new Belle and Sebastian. The Scottish group is back with their ninth studio album, "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance," and it's a different Belle and Sebastian. They're not unrecognizable, it's just as if they put on some makeup and slipped into their party dress.
The Cold War Kids perform partially like a jam band, partially like a punk band. Their chemistry shows and they clearly get along. The band's four members kick, bump and lean into each other and a few times bunched together as a pack onstage, almost like a mid-game team huddle.
"Is it a fucking Tuesday night in St. Louis?!" howled Saint Motel point man A/J Jackson before the band busted into "Daydream/Wetdream/Nightdream." A proper answer was weeded out with a quick glance towards the nearest iPhone. Jackson needed no response, but the question was fair.
Coming from a background of bossa nova, samba and rock music, Rodrigo Amarante flexes his songwriting clout on his debut album "Cavalo." He combines the sonic worlds of Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Brooklyn into a special sound that cannot be found on any other record.
It's been a great year for rock 'n' roll records released by your friends and neighbors. Here are the ones I really liked.
This past year was a weird one. Thankfully, music made the tough times easier. So many great records came out, almost too many to keep track of; so here's a slice, a mere sliver of the releases that caught my ear this year.
This past year proved to be another great 12 months for new music, and I'm proud to share my top 10 albums (as featured often on my show "Bittersweet Melody") with the KDHX audience.
Though I had a top albums list of 2014, choosing singles made for a larger variety of sounds, and it was much easier to decide on my "best of," as I only had to remember the songs that made me smile the most.
A great song always makes a connection -- with your heart, your body, your head, sometimes with your voice, when you can't stop singing or humming along. The DJs of KDHX know that feeling, and they love sharing it with the world. These are the songs that truly connected with them -- and we hope with you -- in 2014.