If you like the welcoming voice of Jason Mraz or the orchestral folk sounds of Hey Marseilles, then we think you should take a listen to Magic Giant. This indie folk group won us over with their jam "Let's Start Again"...
... and sealed the deal with "Let It Burn." Any song that starts with a harmonica AND a banjo will always be our jam.
Digging Magic Giant? You can download all their jams for free on Soundcloud!!
Ho. Ly. Wow. Clare Maguire has some pipes on her. In her take on Carole King's classic "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" for a collaboration with Burberry, she absolutely and completely blows it out of the water. I've listened to it three times in a row, and each time is just as stunning.
Although, I must say, I do have quite the soft spot for Carole's version too, especially when she sings it with my forever favorite James Taylor.
PASSION PIT IS BACK, Y'ALL. This is not a test! "Where The Sky Hangs" is so happy and breezy, and so very long overdue by our favorite indie-poppers. I'm literally counting the days 'til their newest studio album "Kindred" hits the interwebs. No really--55 days. I can't wait.
Blue Water Highway Band is the kind of band that transports me automatically to warm weather and driving with the windows down. Or to walking through crunchy fall leaves and apple picking. Or even to bundling up while the snow falls outside. In short, Blue Water Highway Band is all-weather music. (There's just something about good Americana music that does that to me...)
Put another way, Austin's Blue Water Highway Band is just delightful. With some semblance to Jason Isbell, The Lone Bellow, and, of course, some Mumford-esque jamming in the middle of songs, there's just a whole lot to love with this sextet. I'm a fan.
Check out the video for "Medicine Man," and I know you'll fall in love as much as I did.
I can credit the brilliant taste makers over at All Songs Considered for introducing me to Brooklyn band Howard. Their song "Falling" immediately impressed me at a time in the day when it's difficult for any song to stick out with so many other things bouncing around in my mind grapes (a.k.a. happy hour time). The build to this song is one of the best I've heard in a while and is so complex and beautiful. I'm so thankful for finding this band and can't wait to listen to this jam over and over again.
Join me in continuing to dive deeper into Howard's music by listening to their album Religion on Spotify.