Songs You Need To Hear: Dark Loft, “Rose & Gold”

dark loft jason crosby

You know how you’ve made it as a musician? When you’ve played on over forty albums, backed up Robert Randolph on B3 and Carlos Santana on violin, and manned the keyboards for both Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews. Only one man can boast such a resume, and that man is Jason Crosby, who, as it […]

Continue Reading

Songs You Need To Hear: Billy Bragg, “Never Buy The Sun”

billy bragg video still

British folk singer Billy Bragg has penned a new song, available for free download, called “Never Buy The Sun.” One of Bragg’s best songs in years, it comes in the wake of the Rupert Murdoch newspaper scandal, in which employees from News International are accused of engaging in phone hacking, police bribery, and more. Paul […]

Continue Reading

Songs You Need To Hear: Laura Veirs, “The Ocean”

l_9bf09cc9d0ac4426815260ea5f57e2e8

Debate time: can Led Zeppelin be accurately covered? It’s been tried before, by the likes of Cracker, Blind Melon, Duran Duran and Hootie and the Blowfish, who were just some of the artists featured on the 1995 tribute album Encomium (other brave souls on there include Tori Amos, 4 Non Blondes and Sheryl Crow, who […]

Continue Reading

Songs You Need To Hear: Villagers, “That Day”

Villagers2_Credit_Richard_Gilligan_20100226_100229

What if Scottish folk singer Donovan and Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner had a love child? It’d be Conor J. O’Brien, lead singer of the Villagers, whose debut album, Becoming A Jackal, was nominated for a Mercury Prize. “I’m spitting words but there’s no meaning,” sings the young Dubliner on “That Day,” the album’s third single. […]

Continue Reading

Songs You Need To Hear: Chief, “Breaking Walls”

Chief

If Los Angeles-based band Chief are an act you’re not familiar with, you should probably start paying attention. The four New York University graduates have created their own hybrid version of folk rock, sliding three-piece vocal harmonies up against crunchy guitars. Check out “Breaking Walls” off their debut full-length album, Modern Rituals. It features stellar […]

Continue Reading