The “Deep Beautiful Melancholy” Playlist

It’s admittedly a bit of a corny movie, but to this day, Elizabethtown remains one of my favorites. Partly because of my Kentucky roots. Partly because of my man-crush on Orlando Bloom. Partly because its main character is a Drew and it has an Elizabeth (sort of ) in the title. But when it really comes down […]

#MonthlyMusic: Ladies in the Lead (Folk Edition)

For the August installment of #MonthlyMusic (which I’m just barely sneaking in here before the month ends), I want to spotlight the contribution of women who lend their stellar songwriting and velvety vocals to the wonderful world of contemporary indie folk music. (In a future installment, we’ll enjoy some songs featuring girl power from other […]

#MonthlyMusic: New Jams for July

The stars have somehow aligned to make this summer the summer of incredible brand-spankin’-new music. Over the course of the next few months, an impressive roster of great artists will be releasing much-anticipated albums. And that means that right now we’re in prime season to sample the singles that these artists are releasing in anticipation […]

#MusicMonday: Drive-By Truckers, “What It Means”

Music has an uncanny ability to provide an escape from the worries and woes of the world. A good song can transport you. It can momentarily free you from the tyranny of your immediate surroundings. But music also has the ability to do just the opposite. It can drive us deeper into the messiness of reality […]

#MusicMonday: Jamestown Revival, “Poor Man’s Gold”

I’ve been on a serious Jamestown Revival kick today. I first encountered their music a couple years ago through their catchy song, “California (Cast Iron Soul).” Since then, they’ve released a new album, The Education of a Wandering Man, and on it is this soulful little stomp about a conversation between a rich man and a preacher. This stripped-down […]

#MusicMonday: Dashboard Confessional, “A Plain Morning”

I look out my window, and I see snow. I look at the weather forecast, and I see temperatures in the teens. I look at my calendar, and I see “March.” These things trouble my soul. “A Plain Morning” is one of Dashboard Confessional’s earliest songs, and it’s filled with all the sad guitars and […]

#MusicMonday: Judah and the Lion, “Suit and Jacket”

At the age of 31, I can’t help but think that I should feel more “grown up” than I do. But here I am, after more than three decades, still trying to make sense of where I’m at in life. And (if I can be honest) still not wanting to go without a fight into […]

#MusicMonday, The New Basement Tapes, “Kansas City”

If you come across a studio full of renowned musicians bringing forgotten Bob Dylan lyrics to life, you’d better stop and pay attention. It’s bound to be a musical gift to mankind. But if said studio includes the aforementioned renowned musicians and Johnny Depp…well, you might want to think about buying a lottery ticket, because today is your […]

#MusicMonday: A (Heartbroken) Valentine’s Playlist

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and what better way to celebrate the favorite holiday of florists and over-sized teddy bear manufacturers than with some sappy, romantic, feel-good love songs? Well, I can think of one thing better: a playlist of songs about heartbreak and loneliness. I consider myself a blessed man on Valentine’s Day. I have a terrific […]

#MusicMonday: Ivan & Alyosha, “It’s All Just Pretend”

Any band named after Dostoyevsky characters has my immediate respect. And after seeing these guys in Chicago a few years ago, I’ve been a bona fide fan of their music ever sense. Sure, they write some catchy, feel-good tunes. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find some lyrical substance worth sinking your teeth into. […]