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January 14, 2018

Where do you find new music? Maybe on the radio, certainly online through Spotify, Soundcloud, or blogs, at a concert where a band you weren't very familiar with just blows you away, or maybe one of your all-time favorite acts finally drops something new and you fall in love with them all over again. Whatever the source, great new music has a way of exciting us, helping us get through the day, and eventually becoming part of the soundtrack of our day, week, month, year, and maybe eventually our whole lives. 

Over the last couple of years, I've made it a priority to seek out new music from anywhere I can find it, and then keeping track of my favorites each quarter, my only requirement bei...

October 12, 2017

The third quarter of 2017, from July through September, saw a ton of new music released from some of my favorite artists, including the Foo Fighters, The National, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Killers, and more. Therefore, big acts dominate this quarter's list more than usual. Still, plenty of lesser known and more indie artists/bands have made the list. I'm particularly excited about the debut single from Effee, which is the new solo project of Fran Litterski from Columbus, who plays in Kid Runner and Fields & Planes, and is also a touring member of Magic Man. Mondo Cozmo just dropped his debut album, which is excellent, and I'm really enjoying the new tracks from Australian band Tired Lion...

September 25, 2017

James Alex is truly a force to be reckoned with - dressed in a velvet green jacket, red bowtie, ruffled 1980s style tuxedo shirt, and maroon pants - he growls into the microphone and strikes every chord on his guitar with a ferocity that belies the small crowd on this Monday night in September at Rumba Cafe. Monday nights can be tough for concerts, with smaller less enthusiastic audiences struggling to throw off their weekend hangovers, and the life-sucking force of the start of the work week.

Yes, the crowd was probably smaller than it would have been on another night, but those in attendance, along with both Beach Slang and *repeat repeat, gave everything they had, making this show the perf...

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