The L4LM Monthly Mix is a serial playlist curated with care by the Live For Live Music staff, a small group of dedicated music-lovers with unique and varied tastes.

Each month, we bring you a new mix of tracks—from the old to the new, the beloved to the obscure, the silly to the sentimental. One month, we might be feeling the afterglow of a great live show and diving into that performer’s back catalog. The next, we might be so excited about Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak‘s new record that we buy matching red silk suits, include four of their tracks, and maybe even borrow their album art design.

There’s no particular overarching rhyme or reason to the L4LM Monthly Mix. This is just the music that’s on our minds, the music that we’re excited to share with you right now.

Next month, we’ll be feeling something different, and we hope you’ll subscribe and continue to listen along with us as that journey unfolds.

This article serves as your listening guide for the L4LM Monthly Mix—your liner notes, your peek inside our brains. Hear a song you like as you listen through? Scroll down (or “cmnd + f” search) and find out “what’s good” with the selection—why that music moved us this month. We hope we can help you discover something that moves you, too.

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L4LM Monthly Mix – November 2021

November 2021 – LINER NOTES

Sonic – “Fly As Me”

What’s Good: The sexiest track off the hottest new album from two of modern pop/hip-hop’s greatest. –Sara Shah 

Lettuce, Flamingosis – “Remember The Children” (Flamingosis Remix)

What’s Good: Lettuce announcing Flamingosis as support for their upcoming Miami NYE show reminded me of this killer remix. Flamingosis is definitely one of my favorite producers and Lettuce is one of my favorite bands. –Kunj Shah

Hanni El Khatib – “ALIVE”

What’s Good: Whatever the context, “I can’t believe I survived / It’s all around and upside down / I’m alive!” are some relatable AF lyrics in the year 2021, set to the backdrop of an easy-breezy, synth-heavy pop track. –Sara Shah

Vintage Pistol – “LEVELS”

What’s Good: Levels, Jerry. Levels. –Michael Broerman 

Flamingosis – “Daymaker”

What’s Good: The title track off of Flamingosis’s recently released album is a straight banger. –Sara Shah

Gilligan Moss – “GM from GM :)”

What’s Good: Chicago bred, Brooklyn-based electronic duo Gilligan Moss recorded a debut album over the course of three years in a handful of different locations, combining the duo’s love of seventies records and dance music—both modern and early. –Maddy Murphy

Opiuo – “Dusty Bugs”

What’s Good: One of my favorite shows this Red Rocks season was Opiuo with a live 36-piece choir. This man is a master of his craft. –Kunj Shah

Gorillaz – “19-2000”

What’s Good: Gorillaz’s self-titled, debut album turned 20 years old this year! –Kel Kawas

Bonobo – “Rosewood”

What’s Good: Single out from his new album, Fragments, coming out in January. –Maddy Murphy

Khruangbin – “(Time) You And I”

What’s Good: Another one of my favorite shows at Red Rocks this year was Kbin. They did this hip-hop medley that blew my mind. –Kunj Shah

Los Bitchos – “Las Panteras”

What’s Good: Off the long-awaited forthcoming Los Bitchos debut LP. Think Khruangbin, but with a punchier rhythm section. –Michael Broerman

Still Woozy – “Rocky” 

What’s Good: Stilly Woozy is legit, do not sleep on him. The whole album is amazing. –Maddy Murphy

Silk Sonic – “Smokin’ Out The Window”

What’s Good: How could she do this to me? –Andrew O’Brien

Scary Pockets (ft. Lawrence) – “deja vu” (Olivia Rodrigo)

What’s Good: This Scary Pockets project is quickly becoming one of my favorite things. Different singers, over creative funk grooves, covering good music? What more could I want. –Kunj Shah 

Tank and the Bangas, PJ Morton – “TSA”

What’s Good: Ever since I saw Tank and the Bangas’s Tiny Desk performance, I was sold. New Orleans meets hip hop, meets storytelling, meets funk, etc. Also, I’m writing this from the airport, so the song TSA felt appropriate. –Kunj Shah

Playing For Change – “Iko Iko”

What’s Good: This iteration of the New Orleans classic is a stacked compilation that features one of the last known recordings from Dr. John, along with Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr., and more. – Sara Shah

Andy Frasco & The U.N. – “Dancin’ Around My Grave”

What’s Good: When I heard my friend Andy was hosting his own funeral in Denver to create a music video for this song, I thought he was crazy—especially after seeing the very beautifully decorated coffin, and a venue marquee highlighting the words “R.I.P. Andy Frasco.” But after seeing the finished product and hearing the accounts from people of the faux funeral that took place, I have to give it to him, it was pretty brilliant. Psychotic, but brilliant. –Kunj Shah

Fugees – “How Many Mics”

What’s Good: How many mics do you rip on the daily? –Andrew O’Brien

The Nth Power ft. Maceo Parker, Ivan Neville, Nick Daniels – “Spirits”

What’s Good: The new Nth album, Reverence, is fantastic top to bottom. This soulful posse jam is perfect for a late-night drive. –Andrew O’Brien

Neal Francis ft. Derek Trucks – “Can’t Stop The Rain”

What’s Good: My boy. –Maddy Murphy

Black Pumas, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – “Colors”

What’s Good: A revamp of what has become a recent classic. Horns make everything better. –Sara Shah

Atmosphere (ft. Aesop Rock & MF DOOM) – “Barcade”

What’s Good: Just remember ALL CAPS when you spell the man name. –Kel Kawas

Terrace Martin (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – “Drones”

What’s Good: Terrace Martin is a genius. All of the most interesting roads in contemporary jazz/hip-hop go through him. Now, where’s the Kendrick album? –Andrew O’Brien

Ween – “Stacey”

What’s Good: Oh yeah, I got really into Ween while you all were away. –Michael Broerman

Yazmin Lacey – “Morning Sunrise”

What’s Good: This one is a new discovery for me, and I was captivated by Lacey’s smooth, soulful tone. Like butta. –Sara Shah

Ross from Friends – “The Daisy”

What’s Good: Off the British electronic record producer and DJ’s latest album, Tread. –Maddy Murphy

Tycho, Ben Gibbard – “Only Love”

What’s Good: Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie)’s enchanting vocals laced over Tycho’s signature downtempo beats are what dreams are made of. –Sara Shah

Eric Krasno – “Alone Together”

What’s Good: Another song that hit home when being stuck with Covid. Can’t wait to see Krasno with Oteil and CO at Denver Comes Alive. –Kunj Shah

Kikagaku Moyo – “Dripping Sun”

What’s Good: Kikagaku Moyo is already due for another lengthy U.S. tour. –Kel Kawas

Billy Strings – “Heartbeat of America”

What’s Good: You gotta be pretty damn tuff to win the title of best song on Billy’s new album, Renewal. –Michael Broerman 

Jimmy Herring, Circles Around The Sun – “Bird With No Name” (Neal Casal)

What’s Good: Jimmy Herring’s guitar playing is some of my favorite out there, mixed with the sonic capabilities of Circles Around the Sun, makes me so glad that this album exists as a tribute to Neal. –Kunj Shah

moe. – “Four”

What’s Good: Get well soon, Satan. – Michael Broerman

Amber Mark, Franc Moody – “Lose My Cool (Franc Moody Remix)”

What’s Good: Digging this blend of Mark’s powerful pipes and Moody’s poppy disco vibe. –Sara Shah

Silk Sonic – “After Last Night”

What’s Good: You know we couldn’t just have one Silk Sonic track on this playlist. –Kel Kawas

Neal Francis – “Prometheus”

What’s Good: Neal Francis’ own rise, fall, and redemption is a character arc straight out of Greek mythology. –Michael Broerman

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “What If I”

What’s Good: Distance made the heart grow fonder as Nathaniel Rateliff reunited with The Night Sweats for The Future. –Michael Broerman

Silk Sonic – “777”

What’s Good: This song oozes funk and this album is the goddamn truth. –Kunj Shah

Dopapod – “Think”

What’s Good: Dopapod’s latest single, which premiered via Live For Live Music in October, encourages you to think for yourself, in a world filled with mixed messages and confusion. –Sara Shah

The Werks – “Liqwid (Live from Legend Valley 2021)”

What’s Good: Welcome back, Chuckie Love. –Michael Broerman

Marco Benevento – “At The End Or The Beginning”

What’s Good: Marco Benevento’s first new music in two years paints the devastating events of the past year-and-a-half in his trademark, industrial pop-jam hue. –Michael Broerman

girl in red – “Seratonin”

What’s Good: This twenty-two-year-old pop songwriter from Norway tugs at the heartstrings and it’s soooo damn good. Off her latest album, if i could make it go quiet. –Maddy Murphy

Polo & Pan – “Magic”

What’s Good: Polo & Pan just exude upbeat, positive energy with every beat, and this remix of a classic really hits the spot. –Sara Shah

Nightmares On Wax – “Imagineering”

What’s Good: From Nightmares On Wax’s new album, Shout Out! To Freedom… This album has been three years in the making. George Evelyn, better known by his stage names, Nightmares On Wax and DJ E.A.S.E., has said that the project was finalized over lockdown and that it is a very personal project to him. Maddy Murphy 

Maribou State, Holly Walker – “Spooky”

What’s Good: A laid-back, funky version of a classic tune. –Sara Shah

Scary Pockets (ft. Judith Hill) – “You Shook Me All Night Long”

What’s Good: Judith Hill is a force to be reckoned with. A major collaborator with Prince and Michael Jackson, if she’s good enough for them, she’s good enough for me. Can’t wait to see her at Denver Comes Alive. –Kunj Shah

Jack White – “Taking Me Back (Gently)”

What’s Good: It’s hard not to include Jack White on my selections, but even harder when he releases fresh music and announces two new albums. “Taking Me Back (Gently)“, the softer, folky version of “Taking Me Back” will arrive as the final track on White’s July 22nd album, Entering Heaven Alive. –Kel Kawas

Maggie Rose (ft. Marcus King) – “What Makes You Tick”

What’s Good: Love me some Maggie Rose, pair her up with the soon-to-be guitar legend Marcus King, and you have yourself a powerful musical combo. –Kunj Shah

Oliver Wood – “Molasses”

What’s Good: Oliver Wood’s solo album was one of my favorite things to come out all year. This song is an emotional rollercoaster in the best possible way. Andrew O’Brien

Courtney Barnett – “Before You Gotta Go”

What’s Good: Never go to bed angry. –Michael Broerman

Hether – “Morning Bells”

What’s Good: Hether’s Sticky Thumb is a lo-fi triptastic EP to get lost in. –Maddy Murphy

Jenny Lewis – “Puppy and a Truck”

What’s Good: All you need. –Michael Broerman

 Aaron Lee Tasjan – “Traveling After Dark” (Neal Casal)

What’s Good: Just dream another dream, and may it take you far. –Michael Broerman

 Trey Anastasio – “Lonely Trip”

What’s Good: My new favorite Trey Anastasio ballad hit me differently last week when I had Covid. The loneliness described in the song could be felt by my quarantined self. –Kunj Shah

Grateful Dead – “Ripple”

What’s Good: If he knew the way, Jonah Hill would take you home. –Kunj Shah

Terrace Martin – “Don’t Let Go”

What’s Good: It’s not even really a full “song,” but it captures a feeling better than most songs I know. –Andrew O’Brien

L4LM Monthly Mix – June 2021

June 2021 – LINER NOTES

Andy Frasco – “Love Hard”

What’s good: Andy played me this track he had just recorded with Dominic Lalli, Jen Hartswick and Maggie Rose in his car after a sushi dinner one night and it was an INSTANT banger. Catchy and fun with a nice message, what can be bad? –Sara Shah

The Suffers – “Take Me to the Good Times

What’s good: This song has popped into my head at least once a week since I first heard it during Georgia Comes Alive. Feels like a perfect anthem for a summer of stepping out after a year at home. – Andrew O’Brien

Little Simz Ft. Cleo Sol – “Woman”

What’s good: Over the past few years, British rapper Little Simz has only been getting better and better. –Shelby Bretschger

David Shaw – “Something to This Feeling”

What’s good: David Shaw’s new solo record ranges from harder rock to softer melodies, and this one is perfectly equal parts sweet and spicy. Good vibes. –Sara Shah

Scapegoat Wax – “Freeway”

What’s good: Wasn’t on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater soundtrack but really could have been. –Shelby Bretschger

CARRTOONS Ft. Julia Zivic – “Taurus”

What’s good: Awesome collab between one of my favorite rising NY-area producers, CARRTOONS, and the psych-soul singer-songwriter, Julia Zivic. –Shelby Bretschger

Karina Rykman – “No Occassion”

What’s good: This fun, Chromeo-esque tune hears the Queen of the Jam Scene coming into the forefront and owning her diva side. –Sara Shah

Amy Winehouse – “You Sent Me Flying / Cherry”

What’s good: Excellent Saturday morning vibes with a satisfying build. –Shelby Bretschger

Masego ft. Don Toliver – “Mystery Lady”

What’s good: Straight vibes. –Sara Shah

Miriya Takeuchi – “Plastic Love”

What’s good: The city pop never dies. –Shelby Bretschger

Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”

What’s good: Bruno Mars slaps. Don’t @ me. –Shelby Bretschger

Pocket Protection – “Paul P. Shure”

What’s good: George Gekas‘s new project recruits prominent musicians like Alvin Ford Jr. to create the perfect NOLA vibe. –Sara Shah

KAMAUU ft. Adeline– “MANGO”

What’s good: Straight vibes Pt. 2. –Sara Shah

Tedeschi Trucks Band ft. Trey Anastasio– “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad”

What’s good: Two of the greatest guitarist living right now trading licks… ’nuff said. The whole Layla set from LOCKN’ 2019 is coming soon as a live album: Layla Revisited–Kunj Shah

Roy Ayers – “Love Will Bring Us Back Together”

What’s good: Five minutes and fifty-five seconds of that FUNK. –Kunj Shah

Sharon Jones, E.L. Fields Gospel Wonders – “Heaven Bound”

What’s good: Daptone Queen Sharon Jones backed by a gospel choir. My lord, enough said. –Sara Shah

Phish – “Free (Live In Brooklyn)”

What’s good: How I feel with a year+ of lockdown behind us and Phish tickets in my pocket for the summer. –Andrew O’Brien

Amy Winehouse – “You Know I’m No Good (Live at the BBC)”

What’s good: Been thinking about Amy since I heard yasiin bey, née Mos Def, talk about his friendship with the troubled artist on his new The Midnight Miracle podcast with Dave Chappelle and Talib Kweli. She was both a generational talent and a deeply tortured soul. –Andrew O’Brien

The New Basement Tapes – “When I Get My Hands On You”

What’s good: Seeing Greensky Bluegrass cover this tune at Westville Music Bowl last month sent me back down the New Basement Tapes rabbit hole. For those not familiar, this supergroup comprised of Jim JamesElvis CostelloMarcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Rhiannon Giddens wrote a whole album’s worth of music to accompany a cache of newly unearthed Bob Dylan lyrics in 2014. It’s worth a listen for any number of reasons. –Andrew O’Brien

Meshell Ndegeocello – “Atomic Dog 2017″ (George Clinton)

What’s good: A moody, updated reading of an early-’80s George Clinton favorite… –Andrew O’Brien

Parliament – “Wizard of Finance”

What’s good: …and some old school Parliament to bring it back around to the OGs. –Andrew O’Brien

Watermelon Funk – “Watermelon Funk”

What’s good: You may know DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander from his stints with the Eric Krasno Band and the Marcus King Band, but his Watermelon Funk project may be his funkiest work yet. Dig it. –Andrew O’Brien

Oliver Wood (King Johnson) – “Fine Line”

What’s good: From Oliver’s debut solo album. An old tune from his King Johnson days reworked as something new and refreshing. The chorus has been stuck in my head for weeks. You can check out my interview with Oliver about the process of making the album here. –Andrew O’Brien

Sky Society ft. Flamingosis – “Laid Back Coolin”

What’s good: Straight top-down convertible, beachside cruisin’ feels. –Sara Shah

Khruangbin – “Right” (David Bowie)

What’s good: This David Bowie cover is just “Right”. –Michael Broerman

Phish – “Everything’s Right”

What’s good: Everything is finally right. Hello, concerts! –Kunj Shah

Billy Joel – “Big Shot”

What’s good: Billy Joel wrote this song about Trey Anastasio in 1978, igniting the feud between Phish and The Piano Man that would last over four decades (and counting). It seemed odd to write a diss about about a 14-year-old kid in Jersey who had never even been to Elaine’s, but hey, that’s showbiz. –Michael Broerman

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – “Leave ’em Behind”

What’s good: People like Lukas Nelson, who write socially relevant songs with the time-tested twang of country, are bringing respect back to a genre that has become a dirty word. –Michael Broerman

The Black Keys – “Poor Boy a Long Way From Home” (Robert Lee Burnside)

What’s good: On their new album, Delta Kream, The Black Keys give credit to the Mississippi Hill Blues artists who served as the band’s early inspiration, while simultaneously melding their own style with nearly a century of blues traditions. –Michael Broerman

Fashøn – “That Thing About You”

What’s good: When he’s not touring the country with Goose, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Peter Anspach has been working on new tunes with his side project, Fashøn, featuring former Great Blue bandmate Ethan Michael.

Magic Beans – “Footprints in the Rain”

What’s good: Magic Beans pulling off some bluegrass twang on their latest album with some help from Torrin Daniels, on loan from Kitchen Dwellers–Michael Broerman

Celeste – “Strange”

What’s good: Isn’t it strange how a song from a “sad” montage in Ted Lasso can bring you so much joy? –Andrew O’Brien

Wings – “Jet”

What’s good: Been on a big Wings kick lately. Climb on the back and we’ll go for a ride in the sky. –Andrew O’Brien

Sugar Ray – “Someday”

What’s good: Summer nostalgia to a T. –Shelby Bretschger

AFTM – “That’s What I Came For”

What’s good: Saw these local Athens, GA young bois open up for Karina Rykman in Asheville. I’m sure it’s not the last I’ll be seeing of their acronym-loving asses. –Michael Broerman

BareFuzz – “Ride It Out”

What’s good: Keep an eye out for these local Columbus boys as they continue to climb festival lineups this summer. –Michael Broerman

Steely Dan – “Caves Of Altamira”

What’s good: One of the grooviest songs by one of the grooviest bands in history. –Shelby Bretschger

The Disco Biscuits – “Home Again” (Live, 9/15/01)

What’s good: Just came off a three-night run at Red Rocks with The Disco Biscuits. When this band is on, it’s on. –Kunj Shah

View June 2021 L4LM Monthly Mix & Liner Notes

L4LM Monthly Mix – April 2021

April 2021 – LINER NOTES

Anderson .Paak – “JEWELZ”

What’s good: Anderson .Paak. Fat, funky bass. What more do you need? –Shelby Bretschger

The Avalanches – “Because I’m Me”

What’s good: A grainy, soulful sampling clinic courtesy of the Australian electronic crew The Avalanches with a strong verse by Camp Lo‘s Sonny Cheeba. –Andrew O’Brien

Stevie Wonder ft. Rapsody, Busta Rhymes, Cordae, Chika – “Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate”

What’s good: Powerful, poignant, and timely message about the state of affairs in our country, from none other than Mr. Stevie Wonder himself. –Sara Shah

Goose – “So Ready”

What’s good: The goose has BEEN loose, baby. A great single in anticipation of their second studio release, Shenanigans Nite Club. Check out the animated music video, too. –Shelby Bretschger

EMEFE – “Greed”

What’s good: EMEFE’s feel-good funk track comes complete with Afrobeat influences and a laid-back message. –Sara Shah

Scary Goldings (Scary Pockets x Larry Goldings) – “Equal Parts Timing & Romance”

What’s good: Every time Spotify feeds me something new and funky, it’s Scary Pockets. Scary. Pockets. This whole collaboration album with Larry Goldings is fantastic. –Andrew O’Brien

Dr. John – “Iko Iko”

What’s good: Dr. John is one of the greatest to ever do it and I’ll always throw “Iko Iko” on when I’m missing New Orleans. –Kunj Shah

Lake Street Dive – “Hypotheticals”

What’s good: LSD is back in action with a new album led with this incredibly catchy single. –Shelby Bretschger

The Meters – “Hey Pocky Way”

What’s good: When I think of New Orleans Jazz Fest, I think of The Meters. I also love that Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier dropped this track in a NOLA scene in its 5th episode. I hope The Meters were able to cash in on that Disney money. –Kunj Shah

Amy Helm – “Breathing”

What’s good: Amy Helm is much more than the daughter of The Band‘s late drummer Levon Helm—she’s a badass singer/songwriter in her own right. –Andrew O’Brien

Slim Wednesday – “Reptile Show”

What’s good: Never heard of this JoJo Hermann side project until the day before our picks for this month were due. Thank you, Spotify Discover Weekly. –Michael Broerman

Little Feat – “Skin It Back”

What’s good: Southern rock meets the yacht. i.e. Little Feat slaps. –Shelby Bretschger

David Shaw – “Got Me Feeling Good”

What’s good: The latest single from The Revivalists’ David Shaw’s new solo venture is an instantly catchy, upbeat soul-pop anthem that, as the title might imply, has us feeling good. –Sara Shah

Low Cut Connie – “Help Me”

What’s good: Grade-A driving music. –Jimmy

The Revivalists – “Shoot You Down”

What’s good: The world is on fire and there are more and more mass shootings everyday. –Kunj Shah

Flamingosis – “Cosmic Feeling”

What’s good: This Avalanches-inspired track has a great groove, and a just-as-great music video–Shelby Bretschger

Chromeo, Tropkillaz – “Stay In Bed (And Do Nothing)”

What’s good: Chromeo has come correct with topical, tongue-in-cheek funk jams throughout the pandemic, and their latest tune is no exception. The title says it all. –Sara Shah

Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite”

What’s good: Good heavens, you can practically smell the cocaine of the 1980s Miami Beach club scene when listening to this track from Todd Terje’s 2014 album It’s Album Time. –Tom Shackleford

Yurie Kokubu – “Taxi Man”

What’s good: Been going through a huge Japanese City Pop phase and I don’t see this ending any time soon. It’s a perfect blend of disco, funk, and pop just in time for driving in the sunshine. –Shelby Bretschger

Rudy Willingham – “Pool Party”

What’s good: This super fun track samples an adorable viral video to turn it into a high-energy funk banger. –Sara Shah

Elohim, GRiZ – “Bring Me Back”

What’s good: Elohim and GRiZ is a combination I can always get behind. This one is a banger. –Sara Shah

Ghostland Observatory – “Sometimes”

What’s good: Ghostland Observatory returns with a vibed-out, synth\-heavy, melodic new wave track that feels more like Tame Impala than old school Ghostland. –Sara Shah

TEYOMRI – “Patience”

What’s good: This smooth, melodic house track with a sexy, flute-infused beat will transport you to a beach party in Tulum. –Sara Shah

Dinosaur Jr. – “Take It Back”

What’s good: Continuing my delayed descent into ’90s alt-rock by overcompensating and staying up-to-date on all new Dinosaur Jr. releases. –Michael Broerman

Nigel Hall – “Wake Me”

What’s good: I haven’t been this excited for a new album in a long time. Nigel’s new solo record, Spiritual, comes out next month. –Andrew O’Brien

Judith Hill – “You Got the Right Thang”

What’s good: Looking for funky pump-up music? Judith Hill’s got the right thang right here. –Andrew O’Brien

Tune-Yards – “under your lip

What’s good: From the duo’s new album Sketchy, this “under your lip” almost feels like several distinct musical ideas boiled down into one catchy track. –Jimmy

Garage A Trois – “Shooting Breaks”

What’s good: Celebrating the return of Garage A Trois. –Michael Broerman

Yola – “Diamond Studded Shoes”

What’s good: I’m relatively new to Yola, but if “Diamond Studded Shoes” is any indication, her new Dan Auerbach-produced album Stand For Myself is going to be in heavy rotation for me when it comes out this summer. –Andrew O’Brien

Hope Tala – “Lovestained”

What’s good: Part bossa nova. Part hip hop. All awesome sunny morning vibes. –Shelby Bretschger

Noname – “Rainforest”

What’s good: The flamenco guitar groove and Noname’s easy, conversational flow truly transport you to the rainforest on this new tune. –Andrew O’Brien

Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

What’s good: A strong contender for “Song of the Summer”. –Tom Shackleford

Todd Snider – “The Get Together”

What’s good: The Reverend Todd Snider preaching from his pulpit of the First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder. –Michael Broerman

Robert Earl Keen – “The Road Goes On Forever”

What’s good: The party never ends. –Michael Broerman

David Allan Coe – “Longhaired Redneck”

What’s good: Just moved to Asheville. This sums it up well. –Michael Broerman

Bruce Springsteen – “My City Of Ruins”

What’s good: Bruce Springsteen playing this song this song at Jazz Fest after Katrina brought me to to my knees. The entire crowd was in tears as they collectively sang along to a song of destruction and hope. –Kunj Shah

Maggie Rose – “What Are We Fighting For”

What’s good: Maggie Rose just crushed two nights at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, busting out soulful tunes like this one. –Shelby Bretschger

Death Cab For Cutie – “Waterfalls” (TLC)

What’s good: Just one of my all time favorite bands covering one of the most classic pop-R&B jams of the 90s. Here for it. –Sara Shah

José González – “Visions”

What’s good: Our first taste of the Swedish singer-songwriter’s first new album in six years. –Tom Shackleford

Moby ft. Jim James – “Porcelain”

What’s good: An emotive, complex piece from a pair of unique talents. –Tom Shackleford

Glorietta – “I Know” (Nathaniel Rateliff)

What’s good: Glorietta was the result of an experiment by Matthew Logan Vasquez: gather a bunch of artists at a house in Glorietta, New Mexico and see what happens. With an assist from Nathaniel Rateliff, this track has gotten under my skin in the best possible way. –Andrew O’Brien

Dumpstaphunk ft. Marcus King – “I Know” (Nathaniel Rateliff)

What’s good: This updated take on the Buddy Miles protest anthem kicks off Dumpstaphunk’s powerful new album ‘Where Do We Go From Here’. –Andrew O’Brien

Souls of Mischief – “Step To My Girl”

What’s good: Souls of Mischief always make me feel nostalgic. Perfect mix of bravado and sensitivity. –Andrew O’Brien

Jackson Whalan ft. KRS-One – “From The Woods (Remix)”

What’s good: The legend KRS-One hopped on the new remix of Jackson Whalan’s blues-hop banger “From The Woods”, and it goes hard. –Andrew O’Brien

Keith Jarrett – “The Rich (And The Poor)”

What’s good: Just some legendary players impressing each other. Simple, delicate, and so damn good. Andrew O’Brien

Sleep – “The Clarity”

What’s good: Though I stopped smoking pot a while back, I’ve only gotten futher into stoner metal. –Michael Broerman

Franki Valli – “Grease” (Bee Gees)

What’s good: It’s the word. –Tom Shackleford

Prince – “Sometimes It Snows in April”

What’s good: Every time we pass the anniversary of Prince’s death, I give a ceremonial spin to this sparse but heart-wrenching song, recorded 31 years to the day before his passing. –Andrew O’Brien

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L4LM Monthly Mix – March 2021 – Women’s History Month

MARCH 2021 – LINER NOTES

Nina Simone – “Feeling Good”

What’s good: Welcoming a new dawn, and a new day… things are starting to look up in the world of live music! –Kunj Shah

Ms. Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

What’s good: A classic track from a historic record. –Andrew O’Brien

Mavis Staples – “Slippery People – Live” (Talking Heads)

What’s good: The crossover cover I never knew I needed. –Michael Broerman

Janelle Monáe – “Come Alive (War of the Roses)”

What’s good: Is there a triple-threat right now cooler than Janelle Monáe? Pretty wild that I can say I saw her perform on the main stage at Lollapalooza and star in an award-winning film about NASA scientists in the same year. –Sara Shah

Sharon Jones – “Midnight Rider” (Allman Brothers Band)

What’s good: R.I.P. to the QUEEN of soul. –Sara Shah

Khruangbin – “Evan Finds the Third Room”

What’s good: Hello? Is Laura Leezy a queen? YES–Andrew O’Brien

H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”

What’s good: There’s a reason this track just won “Song of the Year” at the Grammys. If you don’t feel a pit in your stomach when H.E.R. sings this chorus, you weren’t paying attention last summer. –Andrew O’Brien

Tedeschi Trucks Band – “Midnight In Harlem”

What’s good: Mama Susan. Is there anything else to say? –Shelby Bretschger

Drugdealer – “The End Of Comedy”

What’s good: Weyes Blood lets her inner Carole King shine on this minimalist, yet sonically fulfilling track. –Shelby Bretschger

Brittany Howard – “Stay High (Spotify Singles)”

What’s good: There is no one who commands a crowd quite like this absolute powerhouse. This version of the song gives me chills. –Sara Shah

Gorillaz ft. Little Dragon – “Empire Ants”

What’s good: My most played song of the 2010s decade (according to Spotify). –Shelby Bretschger

Billie Holiday – “Strange Fruit”

What’s good: I watched The United States vs. Billie Holiday recently and hadn’t fully understood the importance of this song before then. She was nothing short of a revolutionary, and it should be required viewing for all Americans. –Sara Shah

Judith Hill – “Americana”

What’s good: This up-and-coming badass burst onto the scene recently and stole the show at Georgia Comes Alive with a performance featuring her adorable mom, who plays in her touring band along with her dad. Her new album, Baby, I’m Hollywood!, is a powerful statement on the state of affairs in our country. –Sara Shah

Jennifer Hartswick – “Stay” (Rihanna)

What’s good: If you only know Jen as a member of Trey Anastasio Band, you’re missing out on one of the best vocal jazz albums of the last decade. All of Nexus is worth many listens, but I’m partial to this gorgeous reimagining of the Rihanna smash hit. –Andrew O’Brien

Fruition – “Santa Fe”

What’s good: Mimi Naja’s singing on this song from 2016’s Labor of Love made me an instant fan of Fruition. She also just put out her debut solo single (which you can check out here). –Andrew O’Brien

Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”

What’s good: This song got an unlikely boost last year from cranberry juice skateboard guy, but it was essential way before that. –Kunj Shah

Karina Rykman – “Dirty South”

What’s good: As Karina Rykman slowly trickles out solo singles (two a year for the past two years) the anticipation grows unbearable for a debut LP. –Michael Broerman

Billie Eilish – “you should see me in a crown”

What’s good: This b*tch is batsh*t crazy and I f*cking love it. –Sara Shah

Yaeji – “Raingurl”

What’s good: With roots in Korea, Atlanta, and Queens, NY, Yaeji synthesizes house and hip-hop into gorgeous textures and dance-heavy beats. –Shelby Bretschger

Remi Wolf – “Photo ID”

What’s good: Eclectic, indie pop-funk delivered with colorful, Gen Z excellence—Remi Wolf is for sure a rising force to be reckoned with. –Shelby Bretschger

Sia – “Hey Boy”

What’s good: Sia is just her own unique brand of a human/alien, and I respect that. Also, her music is a ton of fun. –Sara Shah

Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, WizKid, SAINt JHN – “Brown Skin Girl”

What’s good: The catchiest song of 2020. And yes, I know it came out in 2019. Don’t @ me. –Andrew O’Brien

Megan Thee Stallion ft. DaBaby – “Cash Sh*t”

What’s good: “Savage” may have made Megan Thee Stallion a household name (given the TikTok virality), but “Cash Sh*t” was the first song that really hooked me a few years back. Much love and congrats for her recent Grammy wins–Shelby Bretschger

Selena – “Always Mine”

What’s good: The late Queen of Tejano music is one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the last century, and this track screams “80s dance pop.” –Shelby Bretschger

ROSALÍA – “MALAMENTE”

What’s good: No one else in music right now sounds like Rosalía. She blends flamenco, R&B, and latin pop for a brand propelling her to well-deserved stardom. –Shelby Bretschger

St. Vincent – “Pay Your Way In Pain”

What’s good: Getting some serious Prince vibes from this new St. Vincent–Andrew O’Brien

Dua Lipa ft. Madonna, Missy Elliott – “Levitating”

What’s good: I mean… Missy Elliott, Madonna and Dua Lipa on the same track? Talk about a trio of GODESSES. This disco funk track is a vibe. –Sara Shah

Hiatus Kaiyote – “Get Sun”

What’s good: Hiatus Kaiyote are back, and in doing so, prove once again that Australia has the best bands on the planet right now. –Tom Shackleford

Southern Avenue – “We’re Gonna Make It”

What’s good: Nope, that’s not an old soul record—it’s a track off Southern Avenue’s latest. I guess you can call it an “old souls” record. This band’s sound is timeless. –Andrew O’Brien

Heart – “Barracuda”

What’s good: Many thanks to the Wilsons for teaching a young Andrew about carnivorous fish… and rock n’ roll. –Andrew O’Brien

Imogen Heap – “Hide and Seek”

What’s good: I first heard this track in high school, and I’ve still never heard anyone manage to muster a sound quite like Imogen Heap’s trademark siren song. –Andrew O’Brien

Grace Potter – “Toothbrush And My Table”

What’s good: Grace turns on a bit of NOLA swagger on this one. Can’t beat it. –Kunj Shah

Etta James – “At Last”

What’s good: This song had been around for nearly two decades before Etta James recorded it in 1960. Now, I can’t imagine anyone else singing it. She owns it. That’s the power of Etta in a nutshell. –Andrew O’Brien

Brittany Howard – “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Rogers and Hammerstein)

What’s good: Sometimes, you don’t need more than two minutes to make an impact. Damn–Andrew O’Brien

Laure Mvula – “Church Girl”

What’s good: Laura Mvula first captured my ear’s attention on 2016’s The Dreaming Room. After five years away, she returns with the lively “Church Girl” which pays homage to 80s MTV-era production alongside her trademark vocal layers.  –Tom Shackleford

The Highwomen – “Crowded Table”

What’s good: The Highwomen—the supergroup composed of Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby—took home a well-deserved Grammy for this timely single. –Michael Broerman

Amanda Shires – “Break Out The Champagne”

What’s good: Exactly what Amanda Shires was thinking when she took home a Grammy with The Highwomen for “Crowded Table”. –Michael Broerman

Dolly Parton – “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?”

What’s good: Do I? –Michael Broerman

Brandi Carlile – “The Mother”

What’s good: Call your mother. –Michael Broerman

Lizzo – “Stayin’ Alive” (Bee Gees)

What’s good: Lizzo flipping the Bee Gees? Sounds like a strange choice—until you hear it. Then it makes perfect sense. –Kunj Shah

Haim – “Falling”

What’s good: The Haim sisters really know how to get your head bobbing. –Jimmy

Phoebe Bridgers – “I Know The End”

What’s good: “When I get back I’ll lay around / And I’ll get up and lay back down” about sums up the past 23 years for me. –Michael Broerman

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L4LM Monthly Mix – February 2021

FEB 2021 – LINER NOTES

The Motet ft. Nigel Hall – “And The Beat Goes On” (The Whispers)

What’s good: Nigel’s buttery vocals and The Motet’s poppy brand of funk makes this take on the ’70s classic an instant winner. –Sara Shah

Cory Wong ft. Cody Fry – “Coming Back Around”

What’s good: Cory Wong. So hot right now. (But for real, we’ve really been loving the Cory and The Wongnotes variety show. Check it out!) –Shelby Bretschger

Glass Animals – “Heat Waves”

What’s good: Glass Animals’ latest release, Dreamland, is a VIBE from start to finish, and this track is arguably my favorite. –Sara Shah

Return To Forever – “Medieval Overture”

What’s good: Chick Corea returned to forever this month. One of the greatest, most creative musicians of the last century. –Andrew O’Brien

Vic Mensa, Wyclef Jean, Chance The Rapper – “SHELTER”

What’s good: Wyclef Jean, Chance the Rapper, and Vic Mensa on one track? Say no more. –Sara Shah

Vulfpeck ft. Joey Dosk – “LAX”

What’s good: A clever love song reminiscent of Michael McDonald-era Doobie Brothers. –Shelby Bretschger

Thundercat – “Dragonball Durag”

What’s good: Consistent with Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, Thundercat shows off his loving (and silly) side atop a stank-face-inducing groove. –Shelby Bretschger

Black Pumas, Lucius – “Strangers”

What’s good: Black Pumas are one of my favorite newer acts, and this collab with Lucius displays a more folksy, breezy side of the band. –Sara Shah

Redbone – “Come and Get Your Love”

What’s good: I just think this is a badass song, even if I know it from a Marvel movie. –Kunj Shah

Minnie Riperton – “Baby, This Love I Have”

What’s good: February is both Black History Month and the month of Valentine’s Day. Minnie Riperton both radiates Black excellence and perfectly encapsulates how it feels to love someone while not being the best with words. –Shelby Bretschger

Charles Bradley, Menehan Street Band – “Cumberland Blues” (Grateful Dead)

What’s good: In which Charles Bradley turns the Workingman’s Dead classic into a soul celebration. –Andrew O’Brien

Tash Sultana ft. Jerome Farah – “Willow Tree”

What’s good: Terra Firma is finally here! Been waiting three long years for a new Tash LP since Flow State dropped. Still have to really dig into the full album as the artist intended—”take yourself to a quiet space, turn off the lights, light a candle and light some incense”—but I like what I’m hearing so far. –Andrew O’Brien

Dr. John – “Right Place, Wrong Time”

What’s good: I always seem to be in the right place at the wrong time. –Kunj Shah

Madlib – “The New Normal”

What’s good: Madlib came on my radar as a frequent MF DOOM collaborator, but his latest work makes him stand apart. Behind the scenes, Four Tet played a pivotal role in the project, spending years collecting and piecing together sound bites Madlib would send him and hand-crafting the masterpiece that would become Sound Ancestors. Read more about the fascinating process here. –Sara Shah

Michigander – “OK”

What’s good: “It’s okay to be alone sometimes” could be the new 2021 anthem. –Sara Shah

Polo & Pan – “Coeur d’artichaut”

What’s good: I can’t get enough of these guys, they might be making the best electronic world music out right now. It’s a vibe. –Kunj Shah

The Neville Brothers – “Yellow Moon”

What’s good: It’s Mardi Gras time and I’m thinking about New Orleans. –Kunj Shah

Foo Fighters – “Medicine at Midnight”

What’s good: Wait, is that Dave Grohl or David Bowie? –Andrew O’Brien

Gladys Knight & The Pips – “Midnight Train To Georgia”

What’s good: Georgia on my mind since Georgia Came Alive! –Kunj Shah

Maggie Rose – “Do It”

What’s good: Since she came on my radar in 2019, it seems like every new song from Maggie Rose ends up stuck in my head for weeks. She just did it again with “Do It”, the first offering from her forthcoming album, Have A Seat, recorded at the iconic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. –Andrew O’Brien

Cosmo Pyke – “A Piper For Janet”

What’s good: For his first release in nearly four years, English-bred Cosmo Pyke sighs a breath of fresh air into his signature blend of soul and surf rock. He doesn’t disappoint. –Shelby Bretschger

Erykah Badu (Prod. by J Dilla) – “Didn’t Cha Know”

What’s good: In honor of the late, great J Dilla, gone 15 years this month. Lots of casual heads know the name of the iconic producer, and maybe some of his beats, but most don’t know just how prolific this dude was making beats for other artists. For all things J Dilla, check out our recent feature, Yancey Taught Me: Examining the Life, Legacy, & Genius of J Dilla.  –Andrew O’Brien

Allen Toussaint – “Night People”

What’s good: This song always gets me up and dancing. –Kunj Shah

Aaron Neville – “Hercules”

What’s good: One of the GOATs to come out of New Orleans. –Kunj Shah

Judith Hill – “Irreplaceable Love”

What’s good: One of many new discoveries from Georgia Comes Alive. Watch out for her new album, Baby, I’m Hollywood!, coming this spring. –Andrew O’Brien

Aqueous – “On The Edge (Live)”

What’s good: Aqueous never fails to deliver that ’90s skateboard-punk energy. –Michael Broerman

Melt – “Hours”

What’s good: Melt first caught our attention with the groovy, soul-pop sweetness of “Sour Candy”. Now, they’ve returned with bass-driven psychedelia and a mellow, pop flair on “Hours”, *melt*ing our hearts just in time for Valentine’s Day. –Shelby Bretschger

DANGERDOOM – “Space Hos”

What’s good: That mask hid a million different identities. Still haven’t fully processed MF DOOM’s passing. –Andrew O’Brien

Justin Townes Earle – “Can’t Hardly Wait”

What’s good: It’s a shame when an artist’s passing serves to introduce you to their tremendous body of work, but that’s what happened with Justin Townes Earle. –Michael Broerman

Lake Street Dive – “Nobody’s Stopping You Now”

What’s good: Lake Street Dive’s first new music in nearly two years comes in the form of an inspiring ode to originality and staying true to one’s self. –Michael Broerman

The War On Drugs – “Eyes to the Wind (Live)”

What’s good: “Eyes to the Wind”, one of the many stand-out songs from The War On Drugs’ 2014 studio masterpiece, Lost in the Dream, stretches out to nine minutes with this sublime live cut on their new concert album, LIVE DRUGS. –Tom Shackleford

John Coltrane, Duke Ellington – “In a Sentimental Mood”

What’s good: This classic recording featuring the incomparable John Coltrane on saxophone and Duke Ellington on piano should be mandatory for any wintertime playlist. Not much else needs to be said for this soothing and timeless jazz standard, so perhaps it’s best to let the music speak for itself. –Tom Shackleford

Holly Bowling – “Weather Report Suite”

What’s good: I wish Holly Bowling would transcribe entire Grateful Dead concerts. Would love to hear the grand piano rendition of “Drums” from the Pyramids with Hamza El Din. –Michael Broerman

Belle & Sebastian – “The Boy with the Arab Strap (Live)”

What’s good: Listeners are treated to a wonderful live version of the dance-friendly, fan-favorite tune from the Belle & Sebastian songbook here. This live cut of “The Boy with the Arab Strap” appears on Belle & Sebastian’s brand new live album, and treats fans to some loose mid-song commentary from singer Stuart Murdoch. –Tom Shackleford

Bay Uno – “Wait For Your Love”

What’s good: I recently rediscovered this charming ballad from indie singer-songwriter Bay Uno. The song’s quirky horn parts matched alongside a borderline drowsy tempo and enchanting melodies make for a romantic and feel-good listen at the end of a long winter’s day. –Tom Shackleford

Sturgill Simpson – “Hobo Cartoon”

What’s good: Off the latest volume of Cuttin’ Grass, Sturgill actually wrote this song with Merle Haggard shortly before his death in 2016 and has now finally released it. Aged like fine wine. –Michael Broerman

Chad Kroeger (ft. Josey Scott) – “Hero”

What’s good: The Cleveland Browns made it to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1994—three years before I was born—with quarterback Baker Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski emerging as the Hero(s) that can save us. –Michael Broerman

Miles Davis – “Shhh / Peaceful”

What’s goodOne of the hardest things for me throughout the pandemic has been finding moments of inner peace. As such, I’ve been gravitating toward relaxing music. I hadn’t gotten into Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way until after Chick Corea died and I learned that the album features three legendary keyboard players—at the same time: Chick, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Zawinul (Weather Report). Now I can’t stop listening. Close your eyes. Breathe deep. You got this. –Andrew O’Brien

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