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

On NEXT this week. Cordovas with a work of wild poetry and wide-eyed abandon, set to a glorious collision of folk and groove-heavy rock-and-roll. On the lead single “High Feeling,” Cordovas channel their unbridled joy into a soul-soothing call for radical openness. Blu Detiger is tik tok music. For those unfamiliar with the young starlit, she began her journey at seven years old and eventually began touring with acts like Caroline Polachek, The Knocks and Kitten. Along with this she began DJing events like New York Fashion Week and within just this year has gotten nods from pop stars Dua Lipa and Madison Beer. Her latest single “Figure It Out” flaunts her signature funky bassline alongside her angelic yet sultry vocals to construct a bubbly indie pop single. Each lyric rolls off Blu’s lips oozing swag and style, as she nails each note and  nonchalantly tells her suitor “thank you, next”. 

Abubakar Baker Shariff-Farr, better known as Bakar, is a British singer, songwriter and model. Known for his experimental indie rock style. The Psychedelic Furs and Richard Butler has always had more of my more favorite RnR voices. Most bands typically don’t take more than a couple of years between albums – but it’s been almost three decades since The Psychedelic Furs have released new material. Made of Rain, their eighth studio album, 29 years after their last one

Margo Price – Heartless Mind a pivot away from twang toward a more classic rock sound—something closer to Buffalo Clover than her previous two albums. She named Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac as touchstones, perhaps even hat-tipping the latter with that album title, and recorded in Los Angeles, at the storied EastWest Studios, with a group of session players including Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers and Matt Sweeney from Chavez and Zwan. Co-producing is her old friend Sturgill Simpson. Ben Hopkins with his first solo since PWR BTTM broke up

The Go Go’s are one of the original LA punk Trialblazers. Look for a The Go Go’s documentary on Showtime. Supersuckers are great live. Now throw in Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam for this version. Win win. Fontaines DC are a great band with great songs and a great message. This is a brooding and stormy record about surviving unceratainty. Rock bands aren’t supposed to get big anymore. Let’s hear more guitar please. And Thank you. Fort Frances a brilliant  Chicago band reminds us that someday the show will go on. The stage lights are dimmed (well out) but will burn brighter. Soon. #LiveMusicIsGoodForYourSoul 

SOJA on their new song, I started writing this song when a friend gave me a ukulele as a gift. We were in Europe for what turned out to be the hottest summer tour ever… and our bus broke down. With no AC, and a bus full of angry dudes, a calm came over me and the words ‘don’t worry about the things you can’t control’ came to mind. From there the lyrics flowed. I’m so happy to share ‘Things You Can’t Control,’ especially now, when perspective is everything.” TREVOR YOUNG. Heartless Bastards return after 5 years. These Austin based rockers, Heartless Bastards, are back with a powerful song. In Erikas’s own words:“Revolution is about self love. I think if people loved themselves more there wouldn’t be racism, bigotry, and classism. Some people are so worried that there is not enough pie to go around, and that lifting up others limits their own opportunity. There is mass misinformation and manipulation to peddle this narrative. Money, materialism, privileged access to better education are things people constantly measure themselves with. The need to feel better than someone in order to feel good about oneself is an age old insecurity. I think there’s fear there too. So many struggle to get ahead because they’re afraid of getting left behind. The planet really can’t sustain everyone having more. Everything is made to fall apart like cars, and $1100 cell phones. I think humanity needs to learn how to have less, and not play into the commercialism that constantly sends the message we lack things that we don’t really need”. “… a brutally honest take on the current political and social situation in the country delivered in a rambling alternative folk style with soaring, atmospheric instrumentals that transcend the genre completely.”

Joe George from Chicago. I’ve been interested in music for as long as I can remember. Upon hearing the Beatles, it was all over, or it had all begun rather. I started playing guitar, writing songs, singing, making any kind of music I could. I’m probably most known for (other than my hummus) the video content I provide for a company called Reverb.com. Chuck Prophet’s takes on current trouble with a “21st Century exorcism from Silicon Valley to the White House, inspired by the San Francisco cult hero being priced out of his rapidly-gentrifying home turf” The Land That Time Forgot. The Mango Furs (Nashville) A sonic exploration reminiscent of 60s psychedelica with jazz and pop influences.

Music is Life. And new music keeps you young at heart. And keeps your mind nimble. It’s science. Do the google if you don’t believe me.

It was tough before Covid 19. Now more than ever we need to support these bands. Even something as simple as buying an album, or a ticket to a show (when live music comes back or if they are hosting online events), or a tee shirt. And if you can buy directly from them. Even better. Thank you.

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

WARNING may contain bad words. Or may not. Depends.

You can listen to NEXT on the radio. Listen to NEXT on Ocean 98 in Maryland Sunday nights at 10. Or Saturday afternoon on VOBB in Canada

Artist and Song Title:

  1. Cordovas – High Feeling
  2. Blu Detiger – It’s Time To Figure It Out
  3. Bakar – Hell N Back
  4. The Psychedelic Furs – No One
  5. Margo Price – Heartless Mind
  6. Ben Hopkins – Laugh Track
  7. The Go Go’s – Club Zero
  8. Supersuckers – I Believe in Miracles (Live featuring Eddie Vedder)
  9. Fontaines DC – Televised Mind
  10. Fort Frances – These Lights Will Shine Again
  11. SOJA – Things You Can’t Control
  12. Heartless Bastards – Revolution
  13. Joe George – How Will We Do
  14. Chuck Prophet – Marathon
  15. The Mango Furs – Tangerine

and remember if you love someone hug them right now

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