Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.
Happy summer, is it? I guess I got all the pop out of my system last month, cuz it’s about to get pretty indie in here. You like indy music, right? Good, cause I’ve got nothing major planned for this month. After all, independence day is coming up soon. In this June installment of Now Hear This, at the halfway point of an already-pretty-excellent year for all kindsa music, we’ll take some stock of the wide, white, anglophone (though in this case, hardly at all male) world of probably the least useful genre descriptor there is. Then, eventually, we’ll get to some other places – Holland, Africa, outer space, Takoma Park. We’ll meet some bands named after names, check in with some artists who’ve been around for fifty years, or seventy years, and some who went away for a while and have come back to us. First, though, let’s hear a heavy hit from one of the least-categorizable heavy-hitters out there… Continue reading →