Jedd Beaudoin is host of the eclectic syndicated music show Strange Currency and frequent arts reporter for Wichita Public Radio. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University, where he is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.
Washington DC's Broke Royals return with another hook-laden slice of arena-ready pop, "Saint Luxury". "So often, the people promising answers are just trying to sell you something or make a power grab."
Italian gothic metal outfit, Lacuna Coil return with their ninth and heaviest album to date. Co-lead vocalist Cristina Scabbia reflects on the album's inspirations: "This record is basically us saying that it is OK not to be OK."
The first-ever collection of holiday tunes from Josh Rouse is as cool as you might expect. And you don't need to put up a tree to listen to it. "Not every song on my record is about Santa Claus. You can listen to it in spring and still enjoy it."
Co-founder of the Whigs, Parker Gispert recreates the Sinatra classic "That's Life" following his pastoral, folk-cum-American Primitive masterpiece, Sunlight Tonight. "I wanted to have a tune that would extend a welcoming hand to different generations."
Los Angeles folk rock trio, the Dales deliver the majestic single, "Easy Times". Band co-founder Drew Lawrence says, "I decided to turn it all off and focus on the good things, the ones around me that I love."
Mellotron Variations create mind-bending but deeply melodic music on "Went Home to Meet Konrad". The project features Pat Sansone (Wilco), John Medeski, Robby Grant (Vending Machine), and Jonathan Kirkscey (Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Blueshift Ensemble).
Lee Hazlewood guru Hunter Lea talks about the latest in a long line of archival releases from the influential artist as well as how members of the grunge and avant-garde rock communities helped save one of American music's most singular voices from complete obscurity.
Twenty years into their career, instrumentally-driven trio Dysrhythmia still find new ways to surprise and astound listeners. Virtuosity isn't the only thing that matters here but it sure gives us a lot of marvel at on Terminal Threshold.