This week’s track comes from Laika, The Astro-Hound, a project headed by Johnstown-based musician Sean Jackson. Jackson started writing the new record, Kairos, after his mother passed away three years ago. "Music has been a life-long love for me," he explained in an email, adding that he hopes this record will be relatable to anyone struggling through their own grieving process. Stream or download the piano-driven single "Died at Five" below, or check out the whole record at My Idea of Fun.
This week's mp3 comes from witty roots-rocker Brett Staggs. Stream or download “Love in My Heart (Hell in My Soul),” from the new EP Nothing Bad Ever Happensto Me, below. Then, go see Staggs perform live at his record release show at the Funhouse at Mr. Smalls on Oct. 7.
This week’s song comes from Same, an indie-rock four-piece which releases its debut record, Weird As Hell, at The Shop in Bloomfield on Thu., Sept. 1. Stream or download the catchy, wistful and very '90s track, “Blurry Legs," below.
It may be a little later than usual, but don't make the mistake of sleeping on this week's MP3 offering. The song comes from prolific singer-songwriter Robert Cook, who we last heard from back in 2014 when he released a collection of original Christmas music. He recently released a new record, Grey Matter. Stream or download the opening track, “All Wrapped Up in You,” below.
This week’s track comes from Pittsburgh punk band S.L.I.P. Stream or download “Cruel Noise,” — which the band wrote and recorded as a cassingle to celebrate the opening of Cruel Noise Records in Polish Hill — for free below. Like what you hear? You can also catch S.L.I.P. this Saturday at Cattivo.
This week’s MP3 — which is likely to improve your mood on this hazy-ish Monday — comes from ’60s-style “exotica” jazz ensemble The Blue-Hots. Stream or download the winsome “Do You Think It Matters,” from the group's release Collection Three: Spells, below.
This week’s track comes from rapper Pk Delay, who we wrote about back in June. Stream or download “Mood Yah,” feat. Choo Jackson, from the EP, dad., for free below. You can also see Delay in person on Aug. 6 when he performs at Gus's Cafe in Lawrenceville. The show starts at 10 p.m.
This week's MP3 comes from rapper, Gallo. He teamed up with DJ Goodnight for the hot-weather jam “Summers Mine,” from a forthcoming EP which plays on DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince's He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (Gallo, like Will Smith, makes a point of promoting positivity and not swearing in his rhymes). Stream or download the track, which also features G Vocals, for free below.
This Monday's MP3 comes from the band LoFi Delphi, who just released its sophomore EP, Always the Quiet Ones. As our writer Mike Shanley puts it, "LoFi Delphi takes a page from its classic pop influences, meticulously arranging the material to sound more like a group song than a riff with some embellishment." Stream or download the song "Goodbye" from the release, and read more about the band here.