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The Phantoms

Monday, October 5, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Fittingly haunting for the first pick of October, this week’s recommendation is a newer track that has been featured (brilliantly) in the promotions for the upcoming new season of The Walking Dead.

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And for a bit of extra listening, also check out this song from Calexico’s latest album, which was used in last night’s Fear the Walking Dead finale.

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(Who knew zombie shows could be such a goldmine for new music?)

Sia

Monday, September 28, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Last week, Australian artist Sia released the first new single from her upcoming album This is Acting. Co-written with Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr., the track was originally intended for Adele to use on a future release but was eventually cut from her track list. Interestingly, because of the song’s original intention, Sia says that she sings “Alive” from Adele’s point of view.  Mixing well-produced, up-tempo pop music with the organic and unapologetic breaks in Sia’s vocals, the tune has an interesting duality, and a very catchy sound.

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Keith Richards

Monday, September 21, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

I didn’t really expect to like the new Keith Richards album; I honestly hadn’t made plans to even hear it out. But sometimes music surprises you.

Released last week, Crosseyed Heart is the third solo offering from the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist – and the first in 20+ years. During his session with NPR’s World Café (the engine behind my surprising encounter), Keith and host David Dye discussed the myriad of influences and styles found on the record – including inspiration taken from a book sent to Mr. Richard’s by one Tom Waits (because apparently, just as in my imagination, musical icons are pen pals?).  Elements from blues and folk, obviously rock, and even reggae, come into play on the tracks of the album, with the raspy speak-singing style of Keith a constant throughout.

My favorite track, “Illusion,” is a lovely and compelling, though uncomplicated, duet with Norah Jones. Hear it here:

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Grace Potter

Monday, September 14, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Grace Potter (of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals) has taken a solo turn with her new album Midnight, released last month. Driven by plucky vocals with enough scratch to be soulful, the pop-rock record is the right balance of polish and blur, made of catchy songs that don’t sound recycled, redundant, or irrelevant.

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Joan Shelley

Monday, August 31, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

I’m delighted to suggest a home-state songstress this week for your listening pleasure. Kentucky folk singer Joan Shelley’s voice is both sweet and wise, and paints itself into hills and valleys with warm guitar and the thrust of timeless music tradition. Joan’s album, Over and Even, is out September 4, 2015, but you can have a quick listen to the exquisite title track now:

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