At the ripe old age of 22, Louisiana-born Hunter Hayes has already become a powerful voice in country music. His 2011 debut album spawned two Country Number 1s and three Grammy nominations, all the more impressive considering he played every instrument and sang every vocal track himself. Now he’s back with his second album “Storyline,” and he’s allowed a few more musicians into the mix including guest vocalists and his touring band. Listen here as much as you want to “Storyline” from Hunter Hayes, it’s our Album of the Week.
Few names in dance music are as influential and successful as Tiësto. The 45 year old Dutch DJ and producer helped popularize the big room “trance” sound, and continues to top lists of biggest earning DJs in the world. While he’s released countless singles and mix albums he’s hard at work on what will be only his fifth album release and we already have the first single it’s called “Wasted” and features Matthew Koma on vocals. Listen her to Tiësto and our Song Stuck In My Head.
Singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne looks back to classic folk artists like Stephen Stills, Nick Drake and Van Morrison for inspiration. His 2004 debut album “Trouble” has been certified gold in the US, and his most recent release, “God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise” won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album last year. His fifth album is out now, it’s called “Supernova” and was produced in Nashville with The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. Listen as much as you want to “Supernova” from Ray Lamontagne, Slacker’s Album of the Week!
Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, and many of the songs on the band’s brand new album “Pop Psychology” deal with Glenn’s years in the closet and struggle to find self-acceptance. One thing that hasn’t changed is the band’s love for brash, new wave-inspired power pop. “Pop Psychology” is our Album of the Week!
Chicago rock band Chevelle started off as brothers Pete, Sam and Joe Loeffler, until Joe left the band and was replaced by–who else?–their brother-in-law Dean Bernardini. They’ve sold over four million albums in the past 20 years, and they’ve just released album number seven. It’s called “La Gárgola,” Spanish for “gargoyle,” and the album was produced by Joe Barresi who’s worked on albums by everyone from Kyuss to The Melvins. Listen here as much as you want to “La Gárgola” from Chevelle, it’s our Album of the Week.
Boston duo Karmin have truly had a 21st-century path to fame. After gaining a cult following with their quirky YouTube videos, as well as on web sites like Reddit, they landed an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Their first major single “Brokenhearted” was a Top 20 smash back in 2012, and since then anticipation has been building for their debut full length album. Well it’s finally here, it’s called “Pulses,” and you can listen to it as much as you want. Karmin’s “Pulses” is our Album of the Week.
Los Angelenos Foster the People burst onto the scene with “Pumped Up Kicks” back in 2010, a dark and quirky song that eventually rose to number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The band’s sophomore album is out now and it’s called “Supermodel.” Band leader Mark Foster says this time they were inspired by grittier, more rock-oriented artists like The Clash. Listen as much as you want to “Supermodel” from Foster the People, it’s our Album of the Week!