Press Play Friday: Lily & The Parlour Tricks

“They say it so much better than I possibly ever can.” It was accidental, my discovery, entirely serendipitous. I had no clue what I was walking into and I certainly had no idea where my initial infatuation would lead. Little did I know our chance meeting would cause us to become more than just accidental…

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness “Cecilia and the Satellite”

“For all the things my eyes have seen, the best by far is you.” I had planned an entirely different kind of music post for today, filled with cushy pop songs you’ve probably heard before. I was, literally, in the midst of writing that post when I saw Cecilia quietly tiptoeing around this morning. She…

Haim “If I Could Change Your Mind”

Visions of Our Love If it were “cool” or even mildly appropriate for a woman above the age of twenty to rehearse dance moves in the privacy of her own bedroom, most of us, most likely, would have the majority of the choreography for Haim’s If I Could Change Your Mind memorized within the next hour….

Album Review: Haim – Days Are Gone

They say when you fall in love you fall in love slowly then all at once. A few months ago, I had no idea who Haim was, let alone know how to correctly sound out their name. Now, at this point in time, I can’t imagine a life where I don’t listen to their music…

Artist of the Month: Jason Mraz – 1000 Things

“Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness.” – Jason Mraz There is something so peculiar about Jason Mraz. He is able to create these intricately detailed lines of poetry and addictive harmonies so effortlessly, with just the flick of his wrist, completely and forever changing our music-dependent souls. Utterly remarkable and singular to…

Artist of the Month: Jason Mraz

“Everything in life influences my music. I’ve always used songwriting as a means to share what I think is profound.” – Jason Mraz Based on a true story . . . We met like any other couple might. I was still in High School and he was the cool, older bad-boy with a cocky smirk…

Press Play Friday: Fresh Music (8/30/13)

Dog Days Are Over The final days of summer are upon us, fading and fleeting, threatening to dilute that sticky, sweet, dreamy haze of residual sunshine and warmth. Arriving without warning, lying hidden amongst the slowly dying flower beds and sun-kissed smiles, it waits. Wanting. You know it’s there, desperate to steal away the last…

Album Review: Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest

“The very first words of a life-long love letter” We’ve had a long-standing crush on Sara Bareilles since the precise moment she sweetly serenaded us with a little voice and a love song. She is the mother of heartbreaking hymns and upbeat first-love confessions, compositions that mold themselves into the exact shape of our souls. She…

KT Tunstall “Feel It All”

“My heart is on a wire, sitting pretty like a bird.” There’s an immediate understanding between a soul and a song, an unexplained thought or feeling which passes between them, recognizing the significance the songwriter has buried amidst the combination of notes and lyrics. She has given you her heart, her truth. She has walked…

Album Review: Andrew McMahon – The Pop Underground

I See Colors When I Hear Your Voice Initially, the thought of Andrew McMahon trading-in his iconic piano for a full-on synthesizer sounds a bit blasphemous and ludicrous. The Piano Man is a legend around these parts; a lyrical genius in the eyes of many. Still, we remained profoundly hopefully when the announcement was made…

Sara Bareilles “Brave”

Let the Words Fall Out It’s no secret; we’ve been anxiously and impatiently anticipating the return of our favorite smiley songstress, Sara Bareilles, for some time now. Frequently and frantically hoping for another breathtaking album to snuggle with at night; wishing desperately that our musical sweet tooth be satisfied before any inkling of gray hair…

Florence + The Machine “Over the Love”

Green Light In My Eyes When the announcement was made, that my beloved Florence + The Machine had fashioned a brand-new tune for Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, the appropriate response had been to run around my home in a sporadic like fashion, screaming at the top of my lungs. When…