Just under two years ago now, I started up a regular, weekly schedule for writing in this blog, not having any real idea of where it was headed. I can’t really say that it developed a particular direction over these past couple of years, either, but it certainly has given me a great deal of […]

Joshua Hyslop has been forging a name for himself over the past few years, touring with folk artist Passenger and opening for “A Thousand Miles” singer Vanessa Carlton.  With the passage of time and the release of two studio albums, multiple EPs, and a handful of stand-alone singles, he’s established quite clearly that he’s far […]

A recent happenstance led me to stumble upon Find Me, a collaborative project between singer Robbie LaBlanc and producer Daniel Flores.  The two have converged, with Flores taking on keyboards and drums, alongside Sören Kronqvist (keyboards) and Philip Lindstrand (guitar and bass) to form a compelling and energetic melodic rock band.  LaBlanc’s powerfully moving vocals […]

As a passionate fan of Imogen Heap’s music, her debut album, I Megaphone, has always been very compelling to me.  Known primarily for music that’s elegant and atmospheric, overflowing with screaming emotion but presented through gentle, breathy vocals, her raw and unfiltered beginnings as a 20-year-old artist with a slight Alanis Morissettte vibe come as […]

The music industry was thrown into mourning last year after the suicide of Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park.  While the tragic loss has of course affected fans worldwide, it’s impossible to imagine how hard it’s been for his loved ones.  But two weeks ago, bandmate Mike Shinoda released Post Traumatic EP, a fittingly […]

I was surprised and elated a few weeks ago to find an email in my inbox informing me that Summer Underground had released a new song.  The indie-pop duo, consisting of Grant Carey and Chrissy Sandman, found its way into my heart last year and only seems to root itself more firmly in there over […]

It’s an inevitable fact of life for bands who stick around for long enough—for some, even just long enough to release a sophomore album—that controversy is going to arise from the musical direction they’ve chosen.  Maybe it will be that they stick to what works and as a result are seen as “generic,” criticized for […]