Robert Plant and the Band of Joy – “Angel Dance” When the former Led Zeppelin frontman decided to create a new incarnation of his pre-Zep band (which included drummer John Bonham), he looked to guitarist Buddy Miller, who played on his Grammy-winning Raising Sand record with Alison Krauss. Miller brought in folk-rocker Patty Griffin and… Read more »

Matthew Sweet – Girlfriend

Matthew Sweet – “Girlfriend” Hard to believe that the record of the same name came out almost 20 years ago, after Matthew Sweet was dropped from his label. His rocking power pop complimented his sugary sweet melodies, making this record a breakthrough smash. Along with “I’ve Been Waiting” and “Evangeline”, this song gave Sweet national… Read more »

Gomez – Airstream Driver

Gomez – “Airstream Driver” This song, from Gomez’s sixth record A New Tide, shows the expanse of their musical talents, pulling in blues, catchy pop melodies, and quirky indie rock sounds. Despite finding success with their first two releases Bring It On and Liquid Skin, they have bounced around between labels before landing on Dave… Read more »

Tift Merritt – Mixtape

Tift Merritt – “Mixtape” This tune from the Raleigh, NC native’s fourth record See You On The Moon perfectly highlights the soulful voice that has given Tift Merritt acclaim since her first record Bramble Rose. This latest effort, produced by Tucker Martine (husband to Laura Veirs) simplifies her sound to the basics, highlighting her songwriting… Read more »

Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good

Amy Winehouse – “You Know I’m No Good” Amy Winehouse exploded in 2007 with her release Back to Black, produced by British DJ Mark Ronson. Ronson took Winehouse’s soulful vocals and matched them with Sharon Jones’ backing band, the Dap-Kings to create a sound that revived British R&B. This track showcases that sound in all… Read more »

Richard Thompson – Crawl Back (Under My Stone)

Richard Thompson – Crawl Back (Under My Stone) Richard Thompson – “Crawl Back (Under My Stone)” This song, from the legendary guitarist’s 1999 record Mock Tudor, finds him in classic form, with his witty songwriting and expert playing at the forefront. After he made his mark with British folk band Fairport Convention, he made several… Read more »

Jenny & Johnny – Big Wave

Jenny & Johnny – Big Wave Jenny & Johnny – “Big Wave” This latest collaboration from Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis and her boyfriend Johnathan Rice mines 60’s pop in both melody and the buzzing, aquatic guitars that recall the Ventures or early Beach Boys. From their upcoming record I’m Having Fun Now, this pairing inspired… Read more »

Crowded House – Saturday Sun

Crowded House – Saturday Sun Crowded House – “Saturday Sun” New Zealander Neil Finn began his illustrious career with Crowded House in 1985 after the dissolution of Split Enz, the band that also featured his brother Tim. Finding success with the band’s self-titled record, they would go on to have a 15 year career, despite… Read more »