Friday Night Music: The National

It's Friday night and I haven't done one of these in a while, so here's a video from a group I've been listening to a lot lately: The National, a moody and melancholy American band. This is from their quite good newest album, Trouble Will Find Me:What's been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Fitz & the Tantrums

At long last, spring is in sight. Time to celebrate the season and usher in warmer weather with something upbeat, and I've got just the thing: Fitz & the Tantrums, an infectiously catchy soul-pop hybrid from L.A. Like Of Monsters and Men, another of my favorites, they trade off between male and female vocalists (in this case their lead singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs) to good effect:What's been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: The Temper Trap

Here's a little something for your Valentine's Day from the Temper Trap, a band that I just recently came across though they've been around for a while. This is from their 2009 debut, Conditions, which is another of the rare albums I can easily listen to all the way through. It's a minimalist video, but a damn good song:What music has been running through your head lately? … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Chvrches

Welcome, 2014! It's a new year, so let's ring it in with some new music from Chvrches, a synthpop trio from Scotland with a name that's hard to type.I came across this band late last year and downloaded their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which I've had on heavy rotation ever since. I can listen to it all the way through - no duds or filler tracks - which is pretty rare, even for bands I like. (It doesn't hurt that their lead singer, Lauren Mayberry, has written a bracing … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Shelley Segal

In my previous Friday Night Music posts, I've just been sharing artists I like, with no overarching theme. But this is Daylight Atheism, after all, and it's about time I featured an explicitly atheist musician!I'll be the first to say that I don't usually like what you might call "message music", but Shelley Segal is the exception. I heard her sing on Freethought Radio earlier this year, and I was instantly a devotee. I bought her 2011 record An Atheist Album right away, and I've been … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Janelle Monae

I don't know a lot about R&B or hip-hop, but I know what I like, and since discovering Janelle Monáe a few weeks ago I've been well and truly addicted.In any case, Monáe is almost impossible to pigeonhole. R&B is only the broadest description of her music, which spans a wide variety of styles - jazz, classical, '70s-esque funk, and more - and all in the service of a science fiction concept story, spanning multiple albums, about a messianic android on the run from the dystopian … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Foo Fighters

Because sometimes you just need a little screaming. From the excellent 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace: … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Florence + the Machine

I'm surprised I've been posting music videos this long without mentioning one of my favorite artists at the moment, the English indie rock group Florence + the Machine. (As you can tell, I seem to have a thing for U.K. rock bands.)F+TM's style is darkly moody, gothic, operatic, held together and propelled by the magnificent voice of the lead singer/songwriter Florence Welch. (Not for nothing was their debut album called Lungs.) This one's a bit more upbeat than most of their hits, but I like … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

To put some swing in your step for the coming weekend, here's a little something from Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. I recently came across this indie rock-and-roll band hailing from Portland, Oregon and liked them a lot, which I suppose means I've completely succumbed to music hipsterdom.It's good stuff, regardless: a defiantly retro sound carried by Ford's throaty yelp of a voice. Listen to this song, off their 2011 debut album Dirty Radio, and just try not to tap your feet!Sallie … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Of Monsters and Men

New York has been sweltering under an unrelenting heat wave this entire week, so to keep comfortable, we should all be trying to think cold thoughts. And I've got something that might help: hailing from godless Iceland, a video by Of Monsters and Men, an oddly named band whose musical genre is best described as half Scandinavian power metal, half traditional skaldic folksongs. It's a strange combination, but when it works, it really works.I also like this group because it's one of the few … [Read more...]


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