Hey guys, it's been a while since I posted some tunes for you to check out. I have a few that are all over the map in terms of style, but they share that one thing that is really important. Yup, they're all great. So let's do this thing.
First up, a super hard rocking band call the Black Rainbows with the song "The Prophet." Now, if you don't like this much jam on your toast, don't let that sway you from checking out the other tunes below. With that out of the way, have at it:
How about something completely different? No, not Monty Python, here's St. Paul and the Broken Bones. These guys are just unbelievably soulful, and played a sold out show in Philly at Union Transfer this week. I love this! And I found a link on youtube that includes a couple of great songs from NPR's Tiny Desk Concert. Seriously, if you listen to no other songs on this post, don't skip this. You're welcome.
Do you like alt-country? You know, country with a rock kick? If so, do not let this next song pass you by. It's by Kathleen Edwards, and it's called "Six O'clock News." This song is so freakin' good that you'll listen to it over and over. Quite a bit different from the Black Rainbows, right?
I'm going to move to another great band, Soft Science. This trippy video is kind of fun to watch, and the song makes for great listening. And you can feel special because only about 3000 people have viewed this. I think I heard this band on Sound Opinions and just liked their sound. I think you will, too, because you're cool. Enjoy.
This next one is out of character for BRP. It's kind of hip-hop, check that it is hip-hop, but there's a lot of old-school soul in there, too. It's none other than Miguel, who is huge, and the track is called "Coffee." The video is a bit soft-core, sorry about that (or maybe you dig it, and therefore, enjoy). Anyway, the song itself is great. Here goes:
How about something a lot more traditional BRP? I'm glad you asked. Here is a great band with jangly guitars, catchy hooks, and at least one pompadour hairdo (a true BRP favorite look). The tune is called "Rebel Heart," and it's so radio-ready that it's ridiculous. Great rock and roll!
Want a boppy, poppy great tune? Good guitar, some synth, soul singing? Want a song that will rattle around in your brain for days? Well, check out Vox Eagle with their track "No Sleep." 598 views? Ridiculous, BRP community, let's kick it up a notch for a worthy song!
Who is one of the absolute best songwriters out their right now? If you said Jason Isbell, you would be right. Is this country? Well, yeah, but don't let that dissuade you. This guy is great. I don't usually like balladeers, but Jason writes such honest and powerful songs that you just have to appreciate the dude. Here's "Something More Than Free":
Want to hang out with me in high school? OK, picture this: a 1976 White Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon and your roller-skate skinny blogger (with long hair) at the wheel. Be happy that there's plenty of metal around you because seat belts are optional, a DUI means the cops tell you to pour the beer out and be on your way, and the tunes are loud and hard rockin". This one is an all-time BRP favorite and goes out to my dude, Aaron. Oh yeah, it's the long version!!!
Friends, I'm tired. I need to go crash. But hanging with you and listening to all these great songs has me feeling good. Thank you so much for reading and listening. And as always, if you have something that you think the entire BRP community should be listening to, well speak up and let us know. And with that, I'll see you soon.
My name is Bill, and I live in the greater Philadelphia area. I love music, and I have a lot of opinions. This site is primarily focused on music, but sometimes I get off track. I hope you enjoy.