Hozier

It’s tough to ignore some vocal qualities. Hozier, an Irish musician a year older than myself, brings a rough, sexy, and strong sound to his guitar-driven music. I can’t get enough. Bonus points for the killer man bun! A little Kings of Leon, a little Black Keys, and some soul influences give his recordings a…

Step

Vampire Weekend will always have a special place in my heart. Not as a band I ever really loved or listened to all the time, but as a band that has some great songs that I will always associate with great memories and people who are really important in my life. Their recent single is…

As I mentioned, I spent Wednesday night at a Jack Johnson concert at the Molson Ampitheatre in Toronto. The show was great – Edward Sharpe was very talented (and held his own despite being the under-appreciated opening act), and Jack Johnson was captivating without any bells and whistles. It’s amazing how a man and his…

Radio Daze

Truth be told, even satellite radio plays the same songs 8 million times. On my morning and afternoon commute I typically listen to Sirius XM’s Alt Nation. It’s great station with an eclectic mix of great indie, electronic, and (wait for it…) alternative music. The past few days Manchester Orchestra’s “Top Notch” has been on…

Genre-bending SomeKindaWonderful

It’s always a good sign (for me at least) when you can’t really classify something. This track, “Reverse” by SomeKindaWonderful, isn’t exactly uplifting or positive with its lyrics, but there’s something very unique and powerful in it. Lead singer Jordy Towers’ has a really strange and exciting vocal quality that sounds like a rock, grunge,…

Bahamas

Lately I’ve been loving mellow tunes. Easy-listening, perhaps inspired by the gradual (fingers crossed) transition into breezy Spring weather we’re experiencing in Ontario. A friend sent me this song last week, and I instantly knew it would become a favourite. Take a listen to “Lost in the Light” by the Bahamas. Definitely not a new…