Next is your place for new music discovery. Every week we showcase great new music from artists and bands that more people should know about. Our simple goal is to find you a next new favorite song. 

Bright Eyes as a band never really broke up. It’s been 9 years. Flea on bass. Conor in song makes the personal sound universal and the universal feel personal. Real Estate releasing album number 5. OK Go wrote and recorded in their homes over the last few days, inspired by our neighborhood’s nightly cheer for the frontline workers. It’s their somber prayer for hope.

Hanni El Khatib a SAN Francisco-based musician. Hanni El Khatib may be a new name to you (not if you listen to NEXT) but either way he could easily become your new favorite garage-soul-punk-blues stylist. Surfer Blood with a upbeat indie rock affair, with elements of post punk vocals, jangly guitar chords and rhythmic drums which blend old and new sounds together.

New Will Hoge makes me smile. Americana music from Nashville is what he does best and what makes me happiest. Michael McDermott with a  very now song. Glad to have him back. And this is a common backstory: “I could have been a contender… I’m sure you know the story,” Michael McDermott says, “record deal early, some modicum of success, and then the long slow descent and destruction. Jail, rehab, fortunate enough to be alive, man.”

Ben Harper sings about the fine line between loneliness, isolation and invisibility. The Dunwells -with Army of Friends. Love this video. Worth the watch. It’s about the frontline workers. Doctors and nurses. John Craigie adds a Motown inspired track this week. John Craigie is a Portland OR artist. Some bands explore and or change up their sound. Some dig deeper. The Jayhawks continue down that alt country path. And I love it.

Cheap Cut featuring Pete Wentz. Yes, that’s Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz spoken word on the London duo’s song about yer mobile. Butch Walker latest album is worth a listen. It isn’t just another collection of songs: it’s a rock opera detailing the cultural gaps in modern America, influenced by both the casual racism Walker saw in his own small town growing up, and the overt bigotry seen everywhere in the age of Trump  And when the rock opera’s main character’s son comes out as gay years later, he accepts him with open arms, detailed by the sunny disco anthem “You Gotta Be Just Who You Are.”

Haim go Do-do-do, do-do, do-do-do…a bit of Lou Reed in there. Also if you want – not me – you can sign up for their weekly fun online dance class. Sari Schorr with a great live performance captured in Europe. This bluesy rocker lives in Brooklyn. And is a very cool chick.

Please support these bands…or we wouldn’t have bands like this around to support. Buy an album, or a ticket to a show, or a tee shirt, or…something from them. Thank you. Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish).

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Artist and Song Title:

  • Bright Eyes – Forced Convalescence
  • Real Estate – The Main Thing
  • OK Go – All Together Now
  • Hanni El Khatib – Peace
  • Surfer Blood – Karen
  • Will Hoge – The Curse
  • Michael McDermott – What In The World
  • Ben Harper – Don’t Let Me Disappear
  • The Dunwells – Army of Friends
  • John Craigie – Don’t Ask
  • The Jayhawks – This Forgotten Town
  • Cheap Cut featuring Pete Wentz – Check Your Phone
  • Butch Walker – You Gotta Be Just Who You Are
  • Haim – Summer Girl
  • Sari Schorr – The New Revolution (Live)

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