Elton John: The Diving Board

Elton John released The Diving Board, his first solo album in seven years, back in September but I only recently bothered to listen to it and now I'm kicking myself for taking so long to hear this beautiful, masterful record. Elton is one of those artists I often take for granted, mostly because his public... Continue Reading →

Richie Havens: …His Last Songs

As I wrote when Richie Havens died earlier this year, the legendary folk singer – best known for opening the original Woodstock festival – had one of the most distinctive and lovely voices in all of music history. Before his death, Havens completed recording two final studio albums: Mixed Bag for Kids and ...His Last... Continue Reading →

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa: Seesaw

By: Brendan Seesaw is the follow-up to Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa's 2011 album, Don't Explain, and features a diverse selection of covers originally recorded by artists such as Tina Turner, Al Green, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Ultimately, it's a hit and miss collection, but the hits will knock you out. Seesaw includes a... Continue Reading →

Bing Satellites: New Mp3s & Full Album Downloads!

By: Brendan The prolific Brin Coleman has several new Bing Satellites releases for your listening pleasure. Below are just a few selections, all available for free download at Archive.org and/or a Name Your Price (including $0) download at Bandcamp... Bing Satellites - Motif (Mp3 Download Page) Bing Satellites - Motif One from bing satellites on... Continue Reading →

Hellogoodbye: Everything is Debatable

Hellogoodbye's third album, Everything's Debatable, will be released on October 29th via Old Friends Records. Everything is Debatable resurrects the electro-pop style of their debut, Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, and adds a strong dose of New Wave and Neo-Disco to the mix. It may surprise some readers to learn that I like Hellogoodbye. They aren't... Continue Reading →

Lorde: Pure Heroine

We've been praising Lorde's music here at Muruch since last July and have been happy to see her music finally pop up on American television and soar to the tops of the charts - her hit single "Royals" is enjoying its second week at the top of Billboard's Hot 100. Lorde is 16-year old New... Continue Reading →

Allison Crowe: Heavy Graces

Allison Crowe has been a very busy girl this year. After a surprise cameo in the summer blockbuster movie Man of Steel and the release of her exquisite traditional folk covers album, Newfoundland Vinyl, Allison quickly rushed back into the studio to write, record, engineer, produce and create the cover art for her upcoming album,... Continue Reading →

Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe's sophomore album, The Electric Lady, was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. This followup to her exquisite debut, The ArchAndroid (one of Muruch's Top Albums of 2010), continues the bizarre, enthralling tale of time travelling android Cindy Mayweather - first introduced in Janelle's Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) EP. However,... Continue Reading →

Golden Animals: Here Eye Go

Since the 2008 release of Golden Animals' debut album, Free Your Mind & Win a Pony, I've been eagerly awaiting new music from the band. The wait is over as Golden Animals just release their sophomore album, Hear Eye Go. Like their debut, Hear Eye Go starts strong with a blues-rock gut punch. Though "All... Continue Reading →

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