With spring just around the corner, great new songs seem to be popping up left and right. We’ve pulled together this the fifth of our critically acclaimed MOR New Tunes Playlist Series(Our friend is a food critic who happens to like our playlists).
Our latest Spotify playlist features some really great songs from artists running the gamut of the musical world. This go round we’ve got Andrew Bird and the Bowerbirds, Bahamas and Islands. From Paul Simon to the Black Keys we’ve got your covered. Rounding out this month’s list are Lower Dens, First Aid Kit, Sharon Van Etten, Dr. Dog, Fanfarlo, Bahamas, Tennis, Heartless Bastards, Howlin Rain, and the New Multitudes (Yim Yames, Will Johnson, Jay Farrar, Anders Parker doing Woody Guthrie tunes). Good stuff all around, we hope you enjoy.
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The Austin based rock band Heartless Bastards has been making consistently good albums for years now but their newest attempt, Arrow, really seems to hit the mark. From the moody opener “Marathon” to the pop friendly “Parted Ways” to rock riff happy “Late In the Night” this album is chock full o’ goodness. Perhaps it’s Erika Wennerstrom’s powerful alto or how the album itself is a perfect blend of salty, sweet, rock, blues and heartbreak, but this one has been on repeat around here since it came out. “Got to Have Rock and Roll” is a full on rocker, “Only For You” is groovy as hell, “Skin and Bone” is road trip friendly folk and the album closer “Down in the Canyon” attempts to slow rock your face off. From start to finish the album draws you in, spits you out, makes you rock and never loses momentum. What can I say but, well done Heartless Bastards.
Check out the band on Letterman playing “Got to Have Rock and Roll.”
Or a studio video of the band recording “Parted Ways.”