New Music Tuesday 5/6/14 featuring Thomas Dybdahl, Natalie Merchant, Morning Parade, and Hunter Hayes

Here is what we’re listening to this week…

Thomas DybdahlWhat’s Left is Forever 

This is the one I’ll have on repeat all week. If you’re in Los Angeles, this Norwegian singer-songwriter has a residency this month at The Hotel Cafe.

Natalie Merchant Natalie Merchant 

I listen to this album and I am taken back to the 90s. There is a sense of comfort I feel while listening to Natalie Merchant’s pleading vocal. This is her first solo effort with all new material in over a decade. Definitely worth a listen. You can stream it here 

Morning ParadePure Adulterated Joy

If you kept up with us during SXSW you would know they were one of my favorite new discoveries from this year. Admittedly, I’m not well versed in their discography but I really enjoyed what I heard out there in Austin. I also enjoyed the songs they said were new, which always lessens my pause to pre-order an album from iTunes from a band I’m not super familiar with. They are currently the single of the week on iTunes so if you want to check them out but don’t want to commit just yet, there’s your opportunity.

Hunter Hayes– Storyline

I’ve been a longtime fan of Hunter Hayes since I first heard his single “Storm Warning” on the radio. I fell even more head over heels with “Wanted” and have been waiting for a follow up to his debut album. He shies away from the typical country cliches like pickup trucks, beer drinking, partying, and the like so if you’re not really into country (or want to dip your toe in), you should give him a try. He’s a talented musician and songwriter which always strikes my fancy. I’m excited to hear what’s next from him.

Also of interest:

  • The Lovebirds – Breakup Shmakeup
  • Liam Finn – Nihilist
  • Sarah McLaughlin- Shine On
  • Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours
  • Kina Grannis – Elements
  • Lily Allen – Sheezus
  • Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  • MONEY- The Shadow Of Heaven
  • tUnE-yArDs – Nikki Nack 


~ Kristen and Amanda