The new breed of orchestral-folk bands is nothing if not precocious, and Montreal, Quebec band Little Suns is surely that, as well as spry in its rhythms and wry in its message of hope and companionship.
Welsh musician Rhys Viney's uses his latest project Go Life to send echoes of classic '80s synth pop, a la Depeche Mode or OMD, in new, reverberating directions.
Ivan and Alyosha perform a sampling of their album, "All the Times We Had," an impressive session embodied by optimism: uplifting content driven by a combination of acoustic guitars, electric trimmings, subtle percussion and impeccable vocal deliveries.
Calling upon the fresh ears of four producers to create a monumental return to the top, Paul McCartney offers fans something "New."
Growing up in central Illinois, Ryan Heinz relied on magazine subscriptions, MTV and an occasional road trip to a concert for exposure to music. He still learns from those things, but now also takes tips from blogs and his fellow KDHX DJs when crafting the playlists for his show, "Coin-Operated Radio," which can be heard on Tuesday nights 7-9 p.m. Central.
With a voice that's wise beyond her years, Basia Bulat weaves personal hardships into gorgeous melodies that tap into universal sentiments: longing, wonderment and love.
Thomas Dolby may have taken some time off from music, but he's been anything but absent.
Hooks come in all manner of shapes, sizes and sounds. They could be an organ line, a clicking pattern of drum sticks, a thrumming bass line, a single vowel, repeated. The Crookes undestand that, and on "Afterglow" they pull out all the indie-pop stops.
As opening lines go, "He sets a table for two/Playing Bacharach, saying I love you," is about as romantic and deceptive as it gets. "If Only He Were You" by Pony Boy (aka Marchelle Bradanini) fulfills both promises.