Aretha Franklin passed away today. The 76-year-old singer was more than her moniker alluded to. The Queen of Soul sang gospel, R&B, and even opera. She was not just a singer, but an individual whose voice blew away millions.
Instead of making things easier, the Internet has made it difficult to find a source for good new music. There are so many platforms that it is hard to narrow down the crazy amount of music that is out there in 2018. Whether it is rising talent or established artists who I have missed out on, I am always looking for fresh music. I listen to a lot of Adult Alternative and Indie, so Philadelphia’s WXPN is my most reliable source for interesting artists. I also listen to a few podcasts to supplement my perpetual curiosity. The podcasts that will help you discover new music are more than just playlists. They offer song deconstruction, live performance, and in-depth interviews.
It may be hard to believe, but 2018 is already halfway over. That means it is time to sit back and take stock of the greatest music that has been released this year. A diverse selection of amazing R&B, dream pop, rock, and pop already makes up my 2018 playlist. So far no record has separated itself as being the best of the year, but there have been a lot of great of LPs. Without being ranked in any order, here are the ten best albums of 2018 (so far).
Agency is an R&B duo whose background and identity are a mystery, but their music is golden. Their new EP Exponents is a beautiful five-song effort that draws from different elements of R&B to create dynamic music.
I do not often stumble across a musician who lists John Barry and Tears for Fears amongst their influences. Finding out that a wide range of inspiration was responsible for Kicklighter’s Paper Planes, Vol. 1 was less surprising. It is a unique album that channels different styles in a way that befits their unique creator.
Wagonwheel Blues, the debut record of Philadelphia indie band The War On Drugs, turns ten years old today. At the time, the album was a project started by four relatively unknown musicians. One of those artists was current The War On Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel. Another was Kurt Vile, who left the band after Wagonwheel Blues was... Continue Reading →
Blues sideman Matt “Guitar” Murphy passed away on Friday. He played with Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Memphis Slim, Ike Turner, and a slew of other incredible musicians during his well-traveled career. Murphy’s most famous gig was as Jake and Elwood’s guitar player in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. In 1978 Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi... Continue Reading →
Few music scenes are as eclectic as Austin's. There is no one type of music that dominates the Texas city's jukebox. As is the case with their hometown, the band Good Field does channel just one type of indie rock. There is a blend of styles in their new album, Surface Tension. The result is a good record with standout moments that show off seasoned musicianship.
Over the last 30 years, Charlottesville, Virginia has been home to a few artists with an ability to create memorable music. Members of the Dave Matthews Band, Maxine Jones (En Vogue), and Steven Malkmus (Pavement) have all called the city home at one point. Another intriguing group of musicians from Charlottesville, Pale Blue Dot, recently put out the album Anatomy.