I'm not sure why Pete Yorn decided to name his new music project after a European cave dwelling aquatic salamander, but if he stops by to play us some songs in Studio M, we'll have to ask him.
The Olms is a collaboration between Pete Yorn and L.A. musician J.D. King, two guys who definitely have an old-school approach to recording. That means real instruments, real singing, recorded onto real tape...not a computer. And when they started recording, they really had no expectations, so the true inspiration shows through.
The Olms' self-titled album comes out June 4th.
If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song "Wanna Feel It."
Have you heard the song "Rumble and Sway" yet on Triple M?
The singer sounds like a raspy blues dude who's definitely been around the block a few times....but surprisingly, Jamie N. Commons is only 23 years old!
He was born in England, but spent many of his formative years in Chicago, where he grew up listening to the blues. His first concert was an Allman Brothers Band show, where he says he smelled something funny in the air and a guy next to them kept hooting.
Eventually he moved back to England, went to music school, and then started making a name for himself. In March of this year, he released the EP "Rumble and Sway" in the United States.
If you go to Jamie's website and sign up for his email list, you can get a free download of the song "The Preacher."
Artist: Alchemilla Hail From: Boston Song: 'The Wheel' Album: Diamonds From The Penny Arcade Sounds Like: Hole, Pearl Jam
In Their Words: "Alchemilla had been trying to write a ballad for a little while but it wasn't happening. There was some turmoil happening in some of our lives and I tried to channel that into a song about a disintegrating relationship. I wanted to incorporate ideas of betrayal and and chaos into the lyrics, and used the car ride as a metaphor for feeling helpless, and sort of giving in to that chaos. I don't know if it's a ballad but it's one of my favorites that we've written." -- Singer Kat Burke
Katie Powderly’s music permeates the boundaries of genre, inhabiting a space somewhere between alt-country and folk, and is both vintage and current, nostalgic and prophetic. Respectful of tradition while remaining relevant, Powderly presents a promising musical hybrid in her painstakingly hand-hewn tunes. According to Adam Hajnos at Flying Rooster, "It’s folk noir with a kind of David Lynch-y dreaminess, as though Powderly is struggling to stave off a sort of encroaching darkness … But fear not-[she] is not a downer. Far from it. It just demonstrates her ability to acknowledge her demons, and maybe even dance with them a little, before casting them off into the night as she makes her first tentative steps toward dawn."
The Woodrow Wilsons has music that radiates positive feeling of warmth and empathy. They all play a wide range of instruments including cigar box guitar that the vocalist built himself, and also glockenspiel, horns and a singing saw.
The Size of My Fist is taken from the second album Devil Jonah that was released on February 17, 2012.
England's Frank Turner used to be in a band called the Millions, and according to legend, his first band was called Badgerdorito. Now here in Wisconsin we love Badgers, and Doritos are pretty awesome, but we think he might be taken a bit more seriously by using his given name.
Turner's just-released album is called "Tape Deck Heart," and you can get a free download of one of his songs, "Four Simple Words," by signing up for his email list. Click here to get the song.
If you like what you hear, you can see him live and in person in Madison. He's playing the Majestic Theatre on August 6th.
Our Friday feature this week is Sting and the Police, as the man formerly known as Gordon Sumner turns 64.
Here are some Sting facts you can use to amaze and amuse your friends!
1. His bass is named Brian.
2. Early on, he performed on cruise...
In honor of Blitzen Trapper coming in for a Live From Studio M recording session on Monday, October 5th, we've been given a download of their single "All Across This Land" from their new album! The new album drops on Friday, October...
Fall is here along with cooler crisper temperatures....but we tried to rekindle some of the summer glow with "Rub it in" by Billy "Crash" Craddock.
It was a number one country song and number 16 pop song back in 1974.
At first some...
When JJ Grey came to Madison to play for us in Studio M this summer, he brought along his own video crew.
Now we know why!
Even if you're not watching too closely, you'll notice us all over this video for the song "Light a...
Some people seemed quite surprised that the song "Jungle Love" by Morris Day and the Time made it onto the World's Worst iPod.
The song only made it to #20 on the charts in 1984-85, but a lot of people saw it on MTV..and it was also part...
Happy 66th birthday to Bruce Springsteen!
In honor of this esteemed occasion, the guy who really doesn't like being called "The Boss" is our Friday feature this week.
And here are a few things you may or may not have known about our...
I'm pretty sure the website change.org wasn't created for things like this. There's a petition to ask the National Football League to have the Grateful Dead play the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
Now I get their reasoning--the Dead...
With Keith Richards' new album "Crosseyed Heart" coming out this week, we're celebrating by making Keith and the Stones our Friday feature.
Here are a few things you may not know about London's hitmakers.
1. Keith failed his...