Stef turned me on to Jessie Ware last week and I’m hooked. She’s a great pop singer with R&B influences galore. Here’s “Wildest Moments.” Catch Jessie Ware live at Lincoln Hall for the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival in January. – Brendan
Longtime band friend Mike Roeder pitched us “Gimme Shelter” for the Cover Up series. He really wanted us to take on Merry Clayton’s version (she’s the singer that provided the soulful backup vocals on The Rolling Stones’ original version). We took a few elements from Merry’s version and threw in some TRN flavor. Enjoy andMORE
Corsale just turned me on to The Daredevil Christopher Wright last week and I can’t stop listening. Here’s a track called “Divorce” from their latest record. Really cool textures and great songwriting.
Is there a cover song you’ve always wanted to hear Stefanie sing? Hit us up (leave a comment or email us at email@example.com) and we’ll feature it on our brand new blog series, Cover Up. Fans have been asking Stef to cover Alicia Keys for years, so we decided to start it out with “NoMORE
I heard about Akina Adderly from Roberta Moore Patterson, a friend of ours that has done some PR work for the band. Akina boasts a soulful voice and an musical family (as in Cannonball & Nat Adderly are her kin). Check out “Say Yes,” the title track from her new record due out November 6th.
It’s been forever since we’ve done a blog post outside of “Song of the Week.” This isn’t really a post either, but I think it’s pretty important stuff. Entertainment lawyer Bob Lefsetz writes a daily email called The Lefsetz Letter that goes out to almost anyone who gives a shit about music business. He canMORE
Herb Kent did it again. The King of the Dusties played this week’s tune on v103 during our drive home from Saint Louis on Sunday. Greg and I heard “Back Together Again” last Sunday as well and marveled at the ridiculous bass playing (it’s Tinker Barfield for all you concerned music nerds). Roberta and Donny did thisMORE
There’s something comforting about driving back to Chicago on Sunday after being on the road on Saturday night. It’s a great feeling to get out of Indiana, head over that nameless bridge, and glimpse our magnificent skyline. Without fail our soundtrack is always set by the King of the Dusties, the Mayor of Bronzeville, HerbMORE
I first heard about How To Dress Well from a FB post by Tarik Moody over at Radio Milwaukee. My interest was piqued from Tarik’s description of The xx meets Mayer Hawthorne. “& It Was U” is heavy on the Prince and Robin Thicke vibe. Very cool, very soulful.
Funk is probably one of the most overused, and poorly applied, words in the music lexicon. So many bands have used it to describe their genre (and have done so inappropriately) that it’s become pretty watered down and lost its meaning. I mean country funk? Really? But then there’s Dumpstaphunk. Now THIS is a funkMORE