February 2017, New Music

Listen: LANNDS, “Young Years”

Photo by Josh Wessolowski Jacksonville’s upcoming powerhouse, LANNDS, just released her newest track. “Young Years” is in defense of millennials. It’s a hopeful and resistant track that calms in tumultuous times. “We will not conform/we will not be controlled,” she sings softly, but with a defiance that you can feel. …
sylvan esso, radio
New Music

ISM Friday Five: Aug. 26 – Sept. 2

1. “Timeless” – James Blake, Vince Staples Why it rocks: James Blake first released “Timeless” back in May but rapper Vince Staples brings a new, compulsive tension to the moody song. 2. “Radio” – Sylvan Esso Why it rocks: Amelia Meath’s cool vocals make “Radio” is an electrifying synth pop …
local natives
July 2016, New Music

Listen: Local Natives, “Fountain of Youth”

Cali-based indie rock quintet Local Natives brought us an optimistic hit perfect for the summer yesterday. “Fountain of Youth” is the first release from their upcoming album, Sunlit Youth. The sound of the single isn’t much different from their earlier album, but it is definitely happier. The song seems to represent a …
June 2016, New Music

Listen: Hozier, “Better Love”

You read that right. The one and only Hozier has released a new single, written for the new Tarzan movie, “The Legend of Tarzan.” The slow drums and sensual voice are typical Hozier, but the song as a whole sounds much clearer than his self-titled album. He also uses less background singers, …
Wild Belle image by Jennifer Tzar
April 2016, New Music

Listen: Wild Belle, “Dreamland”

Sibling duo Elliot and Natalie Bergman, otherwise known as Wild Belle, have released the deliciously sensual “Dreamland,” their title track. It’s an excellent follow-up from their first release, “Throw Down Your Guns.”  It’s addictive for many reasons, one of the biggest being Natalie’s soulful, raspy voice. “Dreamland” gives a more …
Album Artwork for Frankie Cosmos, Next Thing
April 2016, New Music

Listen: Frankie Cosmos, “Fool”

The gloomy weather in Jacksonville has me listening to moody indie beats and “Fool” by Frankie Cosmos fits perfectly. Frankie Cosmos is the beautiful product of creative genius Greta Kline. Frankie Cosmos proves that simplicity is the key for an awesome grunge song. Her lyrics are raw, vulnerable, and to …