Music Monday VII: Summer music faves

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Oh haaaiii.

Welcome back to Music Monday!  Now that my busy summer is over, I’m returning to sharing music content every other Monday, like planned.

Since I haven’t really filled you in on anything music-related all summer (except for my U2 concert in early July), I thought I’d share with you a list of the music and music-related things that colored my summer.

  • Do you know Gregory Alan Isakov? No??  You should.  I’ve had his album The Weatherman on repeat all summer.  Swoon.
  • A few years ago I saw Nathaniel Rateliff in support of Mumford & Sons. He was dynamite.  His sound has undergone a complete 180 since then, from introspective acoustic folk to funky gospel-tinged soul (yes, really).  He and his new band, The Night Sweats, made their television debut on “The Tonight Show” a few weeks ago and they burned the freaking house DOWN.  Watch the performance, if you haven’t yet.  It’s a good time.  Check out his website for info on The Night Sweats’ upcoming debut album (out this Friday! Spoiler alert—it’s good. Really good.) and their tour!
  • Song of the summer: “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.  DANCE PARTY.  Thanks to Bishop Hodges summer staff for introducing me.
  • Why did it take me so long to start listening to Twenty-One Pilots? Their latest album, Blurryface, is gold.  “Tear in My Heart” was my other go-to summer song.
  • Like music documentaries? Give Austin to Boston a try.  It follows Ben Howard, Bear’s Den, The Staves, and Nathaniel Rateliff as they toured together after the 2012 SXSW festival.  It’s a great glimpse into the world of up-and-coming artists and into Communion Music, the platform and record label started by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett.  Austin to Boston is on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Netflix.
  • Remember “Closing Time” by Semisonic? Talk about a throwback.  BHPC summer staff jammed to it at our end-of-camp gathering.  Good times.  But now it makes me miss summer staff like crazy.
  • Next time you find yourself in Boulder, Colorado, make sure you stop by PosterScene at the Pearl Street Mall.  Music posters, records, and other music memorabilia.  It’s a beautiful place.
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