Album Review: Eurus by The Oh Hellos

Album Review: Eurus by The Oh Hellos

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

When The Oh Hellos played at the 2016 RNBNBBQ Festival, it had been a year since they released their well-received Dear Wormwood. After a stunning performance, anyone attending the festival who may have been unfamiliar with the band was hooked. Luckily for these new fans, the band had three albums to play on repeat. Unluckily for them, they had to wait over a year for a new release. Read More

3 new(ish) albums you may have missed

3 new(ish) albums you may have missed

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

As the new year progresses, we are still tirelessly working towards our new year’s resolutions. Progress is, of course, great, but sometimes we get caught up in our busy schedules and forget about the constant flow of music. If you missed the releases of these three albums, take a few minutes, and dive in. Whether it’s on your commute to work or while you’re making dinner, be sure to check these out. Read More

New year, new playlist for you

New year, new playlist for you

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

We can only listen to Christmas music for so long before “Little Drummer Boy” begins to sound like nails on a chalkboard. If you’re over our Christmas playlist, you’re in luck. Here is a hand-crafter, Roots N Blues approved playlist to kick off your new year right. Read More

A playlist to get you excited for this weekend

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

There are so many cliches that I could list off right now, i.e. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” or “It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.” But let’s just get straight to the facts: In 24 hours, you’ll be walking through the festival gates. Read More

What we’re listening to right now:

What we’re listening to right now:

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“Watching From a Distance” by David Ramirez

-Parker Donovan, Roots N Blues Intern

There’s no getting around it: there will be times throughout our life when we are reminded of a universal truth, life can be relentless. Sometimes we undergo a deep deconstruction of our entire beings. Heartbreak, something everyone will go through at some point, perfectly exhibits this universal truth; thank God we have music to cope. Read More

Intern Playlist: What Evan is listening to

Intern Playlist: What Evan is listening to

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-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting what each of the RNB interns are listening to. Check out the rest of the series here.

I never realized just how many different kinds of music I really listen to until I tried to create this playlist. As I skimmed through my finalized list, I noticed the how the songs bounce in and out of genres and really kind of go all over the place. It took way too long to narrow it down to 30 songs, but these two hours of music are essential to my being. The list features country, alternative, a little punk and many more. It features artists like Charles Bradley, one of my favorite guys to walk this earth, Family and Friends, a group some of us interns recently saw, and 2017 Roots N Blues artists like Band of Horses and Pokey Lafarge. Specifically, the following five songs are personal favorites:

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Intern playlist: What Kelly is listening to

Intern playlist: What Kelly is listening to

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-Kelly Bielfeldt, Roots N Blues Intern

This is the second in a series of blog posts highlighting what each of the RNB interns are listening to. Check out the first in the series here. 

The Art of Making Playlists

I’m a man of many interests. Most are pretty standard to the typical millennial, college student. I like to draw, play the occasional video game, and socialize with friends, all when I’m not studying for my classes of course! – LOL

One of my favorite hobbies is making elaborate Spotify playlists. I will legitimately spend hours on end working on a playlist that nobody will probably ever listen to besides me. I’ll add songs only to delete them; I’ll move songs up only to move them back down again. So, you could imagine I was super jazzed up when I was told to make a “What we’re listening to” playlist for our blog.

I thought rather than taking this blog post to talk about how great each song on my playlist is — which they are — or talk about how crazy talented all of the artists featured on the playlist are — which again, they are — I thought: Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to create an incredibly way too in-depth, step-for-step guide on how to make the ultimate playlist? The answer to that question is yes, so let’s dive in!

After much pondering on how to start this guide, I thought of three unique pillars to help us judge the greatness of a playlist: Length, Flow, and Arc. Let’s take a deeper look at how each pillar can be used to judge our personal compilations of music.

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Intern playlist: What Michael is listening to

Intern playlist: What Michael is listening to

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-Michael Arnott, Roots N Blues Intern

This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting what each of the RNB interns are listening to.

Hello all you people. Do you like music? I’m guessing that you PROBABLY do, but the more important question is do you like GOOD music? I’m also guessing you would say to me, “But Michael, isn’t that subjective?” to which I would say, “Normally yes but not when we’re talking about my music.” Don’t believe me? You’re flat out 100% unequivocally wrong and you should be ashamed. In penance for this dishonor upon yourself and your family, I am prescribing a hearty dose of my personal playlist. Its wide-range of musical tastes will always provide you with fresh, unadulterated goodness pulling from the new, the old, and everything in between.

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What we’re listening to now:

What we’re listening to now:

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“Waves” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones

-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

When an artist I love releases a new album, I always try and listen to it completely — start to finish, sometimes in one sitting. But occasionally, life happens. Maybe you forgot to listen to it. Or you zone out in the middle of listening to it and don’t really process how good the album really is. Or in some cases, you overlook an incredible song. That’s what happened to me with this song. Read More

What We’re Listening to Now:

What We’re Listening to Now:

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“Damned (If You Do)” by the Mavericks

– Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

The opening of each Mavericks song is closely followed by a recurring conundrum: to salsa or to line dance. In their newest single “Damned (If You Do),” the Miami bred group does not eliminate this decision making process. With more than twenty successful years in the music industry and an incredible performance at last year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ under their belt, the Mavericks continue to deliver.
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