JaxxShack Picks: June 13, 2016

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox – Postmodern Jukebox is the brainchild masterpiece of arranger Scott Bradlee. PMJ releases YouTube videos each week, which have featured over 70 different guest performers over the years, that turn popular songs into vintage swing/jazz/ragtime gems. The perfect soundtrack to your next Gatsby-esque party.

Ghostland Observatory – This duo from Austin, Texas melds electro music with funk rhythms and rock vocals. They’ve perfected their inventive sound over the last 12 years, and when I listen to them I’m not sure if I want to go for a run or write some crazy blog posts while drinking a bottle of Captain Morgan (one of those little “personal” bottles… I’m not a complete mess).

Lake Street Dive – Awesome folk & southern rock vibes abound. Singer Rachael Price provides an impressive range and bluesy tones, while the rest of the band plays, ya know, the typical instrumental lineup – drums, guitar, trumpet and upright bass. The name? They were inspired by a street in Minnesota with a ton of dive bars (Go Vikings!!!).

JaxxShack Picks: Week of May 9th, 2016

Mama Knows – Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. Love Sister Sparrow’s bluesy sound and raspy undertones. If you like this, you NEED to listen to her flawless version of Bridge Over Troubled Water. I’m probably 13k of it’s 13,900 views on YouTube.

Cilver – I’m America. The female led rock band Cilver hits hard with this anthemic powerhouse track off of their new album Not The End Of The World. They’re the rock group you’ve been looking for: clean production without that dude that tries way too hard to sound grunge and the guitarist that wants to overpower the rest of the band with his sweet licks.

Leon Bridges – Pull Away. You may have heard his track Coming Home which was one of the most viral tracks on Spotify, and Pull Away is not a stark departure from that Motown sound. Ironically, (Leon must be very confused) the tracks have completely opposite messages, but sound like extensions of the same song.