Hello new music lovers. Welcome to NEXT. We have a simple goal: Find you a NEXT, new favorite song. #NextFavoriteSong

Fort Frances with a great remake for this is indeed the big one. Elizabeth Cook “This is the first time that I’ve been completely unchained, really. I wasn’t in an oppressive relationship, I wasn’t trying to meet some sort of label’s expectation, I wasn’t trying to meet some sort of market expectations. And that’s the way I wanna do it, or not at all.” Produced by Butch Walker. No need to wonder why the feel of this tune makes chris bro smile.

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard with guitars sets to absolutely maximum fuzz, this Welsh quartet are utterly in thrall to the scrappy, swaggering end of glam rock – think Thin Lizzy or T-Rex in the back room of a pub. Done and done. Tom Petty family releases the original demo version. and it’s the 1st song which will be part of a forthcoming Wildflowers project

Alanis Morrisette releases the original album plus new acoustic live album from Alanis’ Performance At  London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire From March 2020. A digital deluxe version of JAGGED LITTLE PILL is available that pairs the original 13-track album, produced by Glen Ballard, with a new acoustic live album from Alanis’ performance at London’ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire from March 2020. Alanis’ groundbreaking album Jagged Little Pill celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this month on June 13. Upon its release in 1995, the album was a cultural phenomenon and a critical smash. It has now been certified 17x Platinum by the RIAA selling more than 33 million copies worldwide, making it the 16th best-selling album of all time in the U.S

The Flaming Lips release of their 21st studio album. The album is comprised of thirteen new cinematic tracks. AMERICAN HEAD takes on a welcome temporal shift that occupies a similar space to that of THE SOFT BULLETIN or YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS and just may be their most beautiful and consistent work to date.                                                                     

Prince released a a previously unreleased track from the expanded reisseu of Prince’s (already) double album “Sign O The Times.” The Super Deluxe version feautres more than 6- unreleased songs plus 2 complete concerts.  “I feel that we’re on the brink of something. It is going to be strict and wild and pretty.” — Prince, 1986

Raye Zaragoza is a first-generation Japanese-American on her mother’s side, indigenous on her father’s side, and raised in New York City, Raye shares her unique perspective and stories through songs that are both inspiring and thought-provoking. Her forthcoming sophomore LP will be released in summer 2020. Writing about social issues comes naturally to Raye. “As a woman of color in America, social issues are things you deal with and see every day of your life,” she says. “I write about my experience and oftentimes my existence has been laced with injustice.”

Jake Bugg on lockdown, Bugg said, “I’ve got music to keep me going and I’ve just been focused on that and writing every day. Music is one of the few things we have in lockdown that can keep us calm when we are feeling down, but also uplift us and dig into those emotions I think.” Fourth album as Cayucas, brothers Zach and Ben Yudin are heading back to the beach—in other words, to the sunny, vibrant, melodic rock from which they first paddled out. “We were on tour and I had the idea to write a song called ‘Blue Schwinn’ to get back to our roots,” Zach says. “We had this mantra: Back to the beach. That kickstarted the creative process.

Beach Slang – Under The Milky Way (Cover) new benefit compilation The Longest Day – A Benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association Beach Slang’s cover of The Church’s “Under The Milky Way,” which is a sweet, jangly song that’s right up Beach Slang’s alley. They stay pretty faithful to the original but make it a little grungier and a little more modern. The Allman Betts Band have created the tie-dyed contender for summer festival favorite.  A semi-autobiographical lyric shared by Betts and Allman, ironically this is the only song on the album with band collaborator Stoll Vaughan as its sole author.  Vaughan wrote the song alone, though namechecking detailed parts of Betts’ and Allman’s life, respectively.  Musically evokes the group’s affection for The Band and the Grateful Dead. Archers Of Loaf play music.

Thundercat – Black Qualls (featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington) The whole track is anchored by a thick bass groove that allows the rest of the song to peel off into curious and unexpected places filled with crisp guitars, sweet harmonies and swirling synths. In a statement, Thundercat described the song as a meditation on what it means to be a young black American, saying: “What it feels like to be in this position right now… the weird ins and outs, we’re talking about those feelings. Jacob Reese Thornton give us a stomping protest song for these times! 17 year old Jacob Reese Thornton is quickly getting noticed as a rising star songwriter/guitarist following his appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. Jacob hits the nail on the head with new single “The Kids,” With biting lyrics, a pounding groove, and a T-Rex/Bob Dylan vibe

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Spotify playlist updates on Thursday(ish). Link to Chris Bro on Spotify.

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Artist and Song Title:

  • Fort Frances – The Big One 2020
  • Elizabeth Cook – Perfect Girls of Pop
  • Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – Double Denim Hop
  • Tom Petty – You Don’t Know How It Feels (Home Recording)
  • Alanis Morrisette – Hand In My Pocket (Live at London’s O2) (Acoustic)
  • The Flaming Lips – My Religion Is You
  • Prince – Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1)
  • Raye Zaragoza – The It Girl
  • Jake Bugg – Rabbit Hole
  • Cayucas – Yeah Yeah Yeah
  • Beach Slang – Under The Milky Way (Cover)
  • The Allman Betts Band – Magnolia Road
  • Archers Of Loaf – Talking Over Talk
  • Thundercat – Black Qualls (featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington)
  • Jacob Reese Thornton – The Kids

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