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Michigan Rattlers – Last Week

I offered a preview of up and coming duo Michigan Rattlers on my most recent mixtape, but their brief, but growing catalog has been on constant replay over the past month or so. “Illinois Sky” and “Sweet Diane” offer up approachable Americana with relatable storytelling reminiscent of Dawes and The Jayhawks. Graham Young and Adam […]

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2015 Wrap-Up: Top 60 Tracks of 2015 Mixtape

2015 was phenomenal for many reasons in my life, from a new career and family milestones, to exciting travels (including a new festival) and plenty more to celebrate. Unfortunately, it did not allow much time for daily posts on all of the new music I managed to squeeze in. Though I did not get a […]

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MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 6-20-15 ft The Weeknd, Penguin Prison, Dawes, Tuxedo & more

The weather is finally heating up (for real this time) and so are the quality summer releases. Electronic acts like Disclosure, Whilk & Misky and Flume have been teasing more than satiable singles, while Jamie xx unveiled an early contender for album of the year with In Colour. Surprises were also welcome as Beck came […]

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MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 5-07-15 ft Dawes, Shakey Graves, Future Islands, VERITE & more

Winter finals are complete, so I can finally get back to the music. There were plenty of new tunes to be excited about as big names like the consistently great Lord Huron, the banjo-less Mumford & Sons and forever Californians Best Coast all released top notch albums. Other familiar names like Mikal Cronin, Florence + […]

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – I Wanna Love You

The last time I saw Jessica Lea Mayfield perform was when she played in front of an intimate crowd in Pontiac circa 2008. Fast forward 6 years and the Ohio songstress is prepping her third album Make My Head Sing… on ATO Records. The album appears to be the first without the help of The […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #30-21

Lollapalooza, Chicago, August 2013 We’ve cracked the twenties folks. More great 2013 tracks are below. #30 Alabama Shakes-Always Alright (Amazon) 2013 was essentially a victory lap year for Brittany Howard and Alabama Shakes. Technically, “Always Alright” was released in 2012 off the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack, but didn’t really blow up until Oscar season 2013. […]

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #40-31

the xx, Fillmore, Detroit, June 2013 Onward and upward with more of my favorite tracks of 2013. #40 Phantogram-Black Out Days Phantogram’s brand of darker indie pop with a touch of hip-hop excelled with Sarah Barthel’s soaring vocals and the swirling abyss of bass and synth. The echo that kicks off “Black Out Days” and reverberates […]