Been Listening: May + June 2016

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Hello! Welcome back to Been Listening! This post will be twice as rad as usual because it has TWO months worth of music goodness. These are my May and June favorites!

  • Mudcrutch released their second album, simply called 2, in June! If you like Tom Petty and/or southern rock, you’ll probably like Mudcrutch and their second album.
  • Folk crooner Gregory Alan Isakov released his album with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on June 10. NPR previewed it with the video for its song “Liars” a few weeks before. Listen/watch and get ready to feel things. I can’t wait to listen to the whole album.
  • After the Paris terrorist attacks forced U2 to postpone their shows there last year (and thus cancel the concert film that was supposed to air with it on HBO), U2 released “U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE — Live in Paris” on June 10! Watch this performance of “I Will Follow” from the film. It has me allllll up in my feels from my U2 ie Tour show in Chicago last year. Forever my favorite.
  • Please tell me that you’ve seen Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and The Lonely Island playing “I’m On a Boat” on classroom instruments.
  • I got reacquainted with the concert scene after getting back from West Virginia with a show in Madison by Nathaniel Rateliff and Lord Huron. SO DANG GOOD. Check out the recap here!
  • Bear’s Den have FINALLY released the first single from their upcoming album, Red Earth & Pouring Rain. It’s called “Auld Wives” and it’s brilliant, beautiful, and haunting. And they have a music video for it!
  • I can post about musicals and the Tony’s in my music posts, right? Because I watched this performance from the School of Rock musical on the Tony Awards and now I reeeeeally want to see it. The movie was and still is one of my very favorites.
  • My favorite Christian artist Crowder (aka David Crowder and his band) is releasing a new album, American Prodigal, in September! He’s released the first single, “Run Devil Run.” It’s a lot of fun and it totally does NOT sound like a Christian song, which is what I love about Crowder.
  • Speaking of Christian artists, Audrey Assad has released her first ever music video, for her beautiful rendition of my favorite hymn, “Be Thou My Vision.” Also, I saw her at the GIVEN Forum in DC and she is the realest human to ever human.
  • The Avett Brothers released their ninth album, True Sadness, just a few days ago! I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Avetts’ last few albums, but this one is really darn good. Eclectic, but mature. Love. (Did ya catch their performance on “The Tonight Show?” Don’t miss out. So fun.)
  • Also released recently was Mumford & Sons‘ collaborative mini-album with South African artists Baaba Maal, The Very Best, and Beatenberg, called Johannesburg. So good. The Sons also appeared on “The Tonight Show” to play some of those songs! Here’s “There Will Be Time,” and here’s “Wona.”
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