Listen to This!

I’ve told myself for some time now that once I finished up my PhD work, I could focus more on posting on this site. The amount of music I sift through on a weekly basis whether it be from live shows, press releases, in preparation of my weekly calendar, or just word of mouth suggestions is…well it can be a lot.  I thought, to get back into the swing of things, I’d bring back my List to This column and share some of the sights and sounds that have grabbed my attention.

So here we go!

Foy Vance The Wild Swan

I’ve finally got around to absorbing this album that came out last May. It’s amazing how Foy’s songs can at once feel so effortless and emotionally resonant.  Here’s one of my favorites from the album:


MONA – “In the Middle”

Love this band! So happy to see them back at it with a new EP (In the Middle) that came out towards the end of last year. They are hitting the road with July Talk and will be at Soda Bar in San Diego on January 28th and at Bootleg Theater in LA on the 31st.  Catch them if you can!


Warbly Jets

The “Jets” are doing a residency at The Satellite this month. Their second night happened to be my first show of the year (shocking, I know).  If I look past the theatrics (lights! smoke! dramatic curtain drop!), I feel like there is a compelling musical force that is sure to get attention from music aficionados everywhere.


Wildwood Kin – “Warrior Daughter”

More SXSW artists were announced this week, so I have lots of listening to do, but I’ve got 400+ already down and this UK act is one of my favorites so far.


~ Kristen