Favorite New Songs for the Month of February

Here’s a countdown of my favorite new tracks released in February.

25. Passion Pit “Lifted Up (1985)”

The lead single off of the upcoming Passion Pit record “Kindred”. I think it’s the inferior of the 2 pre-released tracks.

24. Twin Shadow “I’m Ready”

The lead single off of upcoming Twin Shadow record “Eclipse” out 3/17/15

23. Freedom Fry “Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)”

The first release of 2015 for Los Angeles based Freedom Fry. It’s pretty catchy.

22. Seryn “the Wind and the Storm”

One of my favorite tracks off the Nashville (Formerly Denton) based Seryn’s February release. My other favorite tracks were released as singles ahead of the record, so this one gets the nod.

21. Murder By Death “Big Dark Love”

The title track off the Bloomington, IN band’s February album.

20. Black Honey “Madonna”

The latest release from the Brighton, UK indie band.

19. James McMurtry “Copper Canteen”

The lead track off of the Austin singer-songwriter’s record “Complicated”

18. Swiss Lips “Books”

the buzz band from Manchester will release their self-titled debut record on March 24

17. Florence + the Machine “What Kind of Man (Nicolas Jaar Remix)”

Florence’s latest single remixed by Jaar becomes a 12 minute epic.

16. Sufjan Stevens “No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross”

The lead single off of Steven’s upcoming LP “Carrie and Lowell”

15. Lord Huron “Fool For Love”

Lead single off of Lord Huron’s upcoming LP “Strange Trails”, available 4/7/15

14. Susanne Sundfor “Darlings”

Opening track from the Norwegian singer-songwriter’s February release “Ten Love Songs”

13. Chvrches “Cry Me A River”

The Glaswegian pop-band took on the Justin Timberlake hit on BBC Live Lounge

12. Alabama Shakes “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Brittany Howard and the boys from Athens, AL, released this lead single off their latest LP “Sound & Color”, due for release 4/21/15

11. Leon Bridges “Lisa Sawyer”

The latest release from Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges.

10. Dan Deacon “Meme Generator”

My favorite track off of Deacon’s Gliss Riffer LP

9. Royal Blood “Roxanne”

Another solid cover from BBC’s Live Lounge. In this one, the Brighton band covers the iconic Police track.

8. Passion Pit “Where the Sky Hangs”

My preferred track of the 2 released ahead of Passion Pit’s latest album, Kindred, available 4/21/15

7. Sonny & the Sunsets “Icelene’s Loss”

The best track on the latest release from the incredibly prolific songwriter, Sonny Smith.

6. Father John Misty “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C For 2 Virgins)”

The first single released from Josh Tillman’s fantastic new album

5. Janell Kroll “Sunny Days”

A really great song from an up and coming NYC vocalist.

4. MOURN “Otitis”

This track from the Barcelona teens has gotten a solid amount of play.

3. Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear “Silent Movies”

A stepping out song from this mother/son duo from Kansas City.

2. Leon Bridges “Coming Home”

This one from the Fort Worth crooner is blowing up the blogosphere.

1. Father John Misty “Heart Shaped Box”

A lovely and intimate rendition of the Nirvana hit, recorded live at Sirius’s XMU Sessions.

Well, February. That’s a wrap!

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Music Discovery for February 2015

This has been something I’ve been doing on my personal Facebook, wherein I choose a song by an artist I wasn’t familiar with going into the day and share it to get the word out there about some up and coming artists. I think I’ll start sharing them daily on here as well, but here’s a collection of all my picks in February since I started. February 9 Fences “Sunburn”

February 10 Leland “Aware”

February 11 Maudlin Strangers “Overdose”

February 12 MNEK “the Rhythm”

February 13 Rumer “Dangerous”

February 15 Holychild “Running Behind”

February 16 Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear “Silent Movies”

February 17 Penguin Prison “Never Gets Old”

February 18 MOURN “Otitis”

February 19 Swiss Lips “Books”

February 20 Janell Kroll “Sunny Days”

February 22 Freedom Fry “Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)”

February 23 the DuBarrys “Undress Your Soul”

February 24 LANKS “Hold Me Closer”

February 25 Black Honey “Madonna”

February 26 Screaming Females “Criminal Image”

February 28 Meadowlark “Fly”

Yea! New music! See you next month!

Top Records for February 2015

My rankings and scores for my top 20 records I listened to in February 2015
1 Father John Misty “I Love You, Honeybear” 8.9
2 JD McPherson “Let the Good Times Roll” 8.5
3 James McMurtry “Complicated Game” 8.5
4 Susanne Sundfor “Ten Love Songs” 8.5
5 Gretchen Peters “Blackbirds” 8.2
6 Rhiannon Giddens “Tomorrow is My Turn” 8.2
7 MOURN “MOURN” 8.1
8 Screaming Females “Rose Mountain”8.1
9 Songhoy Blues “Music in Exhile” 8.0
10 Sonny & the Sunsets “Talent Night at the Ashram” 7.9
11 Ibeyi “Ibeyi” 7.9
12 Colleen Green “I Want to Grow Up” 7.8
13 THEESatisfaction “EarthEE” 7.8
14 Drake “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late” 7.8
15 Dan Deacon “Gliss Riffer” 7.8
16 Seryn “Shadow Shows” 7.8
17 Rumer “Into Colour” 7.8
18 Grooms “Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair” 7.8
19 Dutch Uncles “O Shudder” 7.8
20 Murder By Death “Big Dark Love” 7.7

Happy Listening!

Top Record for the Week of 2/24/15

There were a few pretty good records to round out the month, plus the first Texan to sit atop the list. This week’s top record:

James McMurtry “Complicated Game”

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Austin based James McMurtry, son of Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry, has been toiling around the music scene since the late 80’s. “Complicated Game” is his first studio album since 2008’s “Just Us Kids”, and it’s quite the masterpiece of modern Americana. It’s a breathtaking display of songwriting and storytelling, as McMurtry crafts a wonderful batch of characters and stories into his work. His guitar work is not to be overlooked as well, as he weaves some pretty solid jams into the 12 tracks presented. I hope you get the chance to enjoy this excellent record.

Score: 8.5
Recommended Track(s):
“Copper Canteen”, “How’m I Gonna Find You Now”, “South Dakota”


James McMurtry “How’m I Gonna Find You Now”

Other Top Releases for the Week of 2/24/15

Screaming Females “Rose Mountain”

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Score: 8.1
Recommended Track(s): 
“Empty Head”, “Wishing Well”, “Criminal Image”

Songhoy Blues “Music in Exile”


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Score: 8.0
Recommended Track(s):
“Soubour”, “Al Hassidi Terei”

Colleen Green “I Want to Grow Up:


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Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s):
“Pay Attention”, “TV”

Dan Deacon “Gliss Riffer”


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Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s):
“Feel the Lightning”, “Meme Generator”

THEESatisfaction “EarthEE”


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Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s):
“Planet For Sale”, “Nature’s Candy”, “EarthEE”

Dutch Uncles “O Shudder”


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Score: 7.7
Recommended Track(s):
“Upsilon”, “I Should Have Read”

Happy listening and have a good weekend!

Top Shows Coming to Town for the Week of 2/27/15-3/5/15

Dang! There’s a lot of shit going down this weekend in the DF-Dub. Ha. Here you go!

1. Fleetwood Mac @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Weds 3/4
Um, yeah, it’s Fleetwood Mac. If you’re not familiar with them, that’s on you.

2. the Avett Brothers @ Southside Ballroom (Dallas) Fri 2/27 and Sat 2/28
We get 2 shows of one of the biggest acts in Americana fueled rock.

3. Big Gigantic @ House of Blues (Dallas) Sat 2/28
A dynamic show of lights and stage design, Big Gigantic combines electronic beats with live saxophone and drums.

4. Hayes Carll @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Fri 2/27
This singer/songwriter from Kingswood is a fabulous storyteller. He should be a hell of a good time.

5. Styx @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Sat 2/28
I’MMMMMM SAILIIIIIING AWAAAAAAAY! Because why not?

6. Meghan Trainor @ Granada Theater (Dallas) Fri 2/27
It’s gonna be all about that bass at Granada this weekend. I’m also a big fan of their opener, Sheppard. No treble, y’all!

7. George Lopez @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Sat 2/28
“Why you crying?!?” Because I don’t watch the Kardashians or Dancing with the Stars. If you ever watched his late night show, you know what I’m talking about, because that’s all he’d talk about.

8. Wild Child @ Cambridge Room (Dallas) Thurs, 3/5
An up-and-coming indie act out of Austin. Go catch them before they blow up.

9. Quiet Company/Calhoun/Oil Boom @ Dada (Deep Ellum) Sat 2/28
A trio of solid Texas groups all under one roof. Shoudl be a fun one.

10. Ishi @ Prophet Bar (Deep Ellum) Fri 2/27
Dallas’s favorite party band is throwing down in Deep Ellum this weekend.

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Record for the Week of 2/17/15

A solid crop of middle of the road records this week. I was all ready to write up about a group of teenage punk-rockers from Barcelona, until I got in the car yesterday after work and listened to this week’s pick:

Susanne Sundfør “Ten Love Songs”

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Ten Love Songs is the 5th studio album from Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør. Her lithe voice is somewhat similar to Natalie Prass, but a little stronger in the upper registers. This record, though, is much different. It’s a little bit synth-pop, a little bit goth, a little bit classical (there’s basically a piano concerto plopped in the middle of “Memorial”). Her lovely voice is stacked on top of dancable synth runs and throbbing, gloomy bass tracks on some tracks, and just left to stand on its on some others. Not a perfect album, as some tracks seem to really miss the mark, but when it’s on, it’s really on.

Score: 8.5
Recommended Tracks:
“Darlings”, “Fade Away”, Delirious


Susanne Sundfør “Fade Away”

Other Top Releases for the Week of 2/17/15:

MOURN “MOURN”

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Score: 8.1
Recommended Track(s): 
“Otitis”, “Jack”

Sonny & the Sunsets “Talent Night at the Ashram”

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Score: 7.9
Recommended Track(s): 
“Icelene’s Loss”, “Secret Plot”

Ibeyi “Ibeyi”

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Score: 7.9
Recommended Track(s): 
“Mama Says”, “Oya”, “River”

Drake “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s): 
“Legend”, “Energy”

Seryn “Shadow Shows”

Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s): 
“Disappear”, “the Wind and the Storm”

Grooms “Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair”

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Score: 7.7
Recommended Track(s):
“Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair”

the Unthanks “Mount the Air”

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Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s): 
“Mount the Air”

Carl Barat and the Jackals “Let It Reign”

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Score: 7.4
Recommended Track(s): 
“Glory Days”, “Summer in the Trenches”

Have a good weekend, and happy listening.