Listening Now: Bluegrass for White Winters

Give a hollar! In preparation for the Trampled by Turtles concert this weekend, I’ve been listening to a lot of bluegrass, which has made me nostalgic for my square dancing days in Arkansas. We can thank Bill Monroe (the father of bluegrass) and his band The Bluegrass Boys for this subgenre of American roots music….

Listening Now: Covers That Changed Everything 

Something Old, Something New Cover songs have been around since the early days of recorded music. Whether it was an easy way to extend a set or a way to change the feel of a song completely, covers have made and remade entire careers. This week we’re throwing it back to a couple of faves…

Listening Now: Best Albums of 2018

What a year. This year I turned 25 (my swanky 20s-themed party pictured above) and celebrated with new friends who have become close friends, grew a ton in my work, challenged myself to write and paint with this little project and by saying yes to every commission, explored Colorado for the first time accompanied by…

Listening Now: Love & Boxing Day

Time Warp. I’m writing this, as I usually do, on a Monday, which happens to be Christmas Eve. You’re reading this, if you bothered to open your email over the holidays, on Wednesday. By now it is Boxing Day and the holiday that I am currently eagerly anticipating you have already celebrated. Time is a funny…

Listening Now: Joy! Feel Good Beats + Indie Dance Tracks

JOY! OMG, You guys it’s Christmas! This week we’re looking at JOY! It’s been a busy month of a lot of projects and late nights and Hugo and I have had a lot of dance parties. With any luck, I will be holding the best little bundle of joy in my arms Thursday when I…

Listening Now: Peace

PEACE It’s a busy season in all areas of my life right now. So much so that when the time came to talk about peace I laughed to myself. The music below is a lot of the stuff I listen to when I need to clear my head, but it’s not necessarily “peaceful” in the…

Listening Now: Hope & Light

HOPE & LIGHT Wow. Where did November go? I love the Christmas season, but it’s suddenly here and time seems to speed by so quickly I barely get to sit in the season of peace. But that’s probably my own doing…or the caffeine. I found it harder than I thought to find songs explicitly about…

Listening Now: Christmas Unicorns

Real talk: Convicted by Lifetime Christmas movies So I was recently making my way through some really craptastic Christmas movies when I found myself convicted. In the Netflix/Lifetime Christmas movie “Dear Santa” a 20-something rich girl falls for a dad with a kid who runs a homeless shelter. It’s pretty classic Hallmark/Lifetime style (I couldn’t…

Listening Now: Indie Shallow Dive (Part 1: Women)

 A friend told me recently that I need to save some content for future posts. Lol. The music world keeps spinning, y’all. I’m five weeks into this little side project and I’m realizing how much I DON’T know about this hobby that I dearly love (music). What I put in this newsletter is barely half…

Listening Now: Ameri-Can I? A brief look at Americana

What a year it’s been in America. Today we’re looking at the latest and greatest in Americana music. Like America, Americana music is quite the melting pot. It’s a genre that has evolved from all walks of life basically having huge musical jam sessions together for hundreds of years. “Americana is contemporary music that incorporates…

Listening Now: Local

I love this city. I’ve got a lot of sappy thoughts about it as I reflect on being here for a year and a half but the big thing is music. Yeah, the coasts are really great. And I frequently miss the ocean. But that Midwest kindness mixed with cheap indie concerts, access to world-class…

Listening Now: Chill the Folk Out

TLDR: It’s getting chilly, so chill the folk out. This week’s Listening Now is a brief exploration of folk, its relation to place, and a very small portion of all that it entails: everything from a classic guitar and rustic voice pairing (MPJ) to the occasional orchestration of mandolins (Beta Radio) to neo-folk/Americana (Blind Pilot and…

Listening Now: Madelynne’s Mix Tapes

Welcome to the first issue of Listening Now! In this weekly newsletter, I will spill my current jamz, only the best YouTube links, concerts you should put on your calendar and why, and I may sprinkle in some other things. Hugo will probably offer his two paws. And there’s already talk of some guest posts….