Muruch’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

To paraphrase my old, beloved music blog peer Said the Gramophone, please forgive Muruch for not posting much in 2019, it's very old. Like STG's Sean Michaels, I've been blissfully busy being an author instead of a critic. My debut poetry book, Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot, was published in September and it's been... Continue Reading →

Lex Land: Free Album Download!

I love Lex Land's Our Favorites collection, which is currently available as a free, legal, full album download on Noisetrade. Our Favorites features ten tracks culled from the former The Voice contest's Orange Days on Lemon Street and Were My Sweetheart To Go albums. Lex's voice is smokey and strong, her music a murky, bluesy... Continue Reading →

The Voice: The Swon Brothers Cover Wagon Wheel

I wouldn't have posted about The Swon Brothers' cover of "Wagon Wheel" on last night's episode of The Voice since I wasn't particularly impressed by it, but for the fact that the performers and the judges incorrectly credited the song to Darius Rucker. I'm probably one of a thousand Old Crow Medicine Show fans who... Continue Reading →

The Voice: Sarah Simmons Covers Brandi Carlile

We in the Muruch household were very excited to hear Sarah Simmon cover Brandi Carlile's "The Story" on NBC's The Voice last night. It's our favorite Brandi Carlile song and really should be the next "Hallelujah" cool song everyone loves to cover (hear that, Allison Crowe?!). Sarah didn't quite capture the chill-producing emotion of Carlile's... Continue Reading →

The Voice: Sasha Allen Covers Heart

Ever since Carrie Underwood broke out on season four of American Idol with her cover of Heart's "Alone," the song has become a favorite on reality singing competitions. But it's a great song by a great band, so that's fine by me. Sasha Allen gave the femme monster ballad an emotive, acoustic soul makeover on... Continue Reading →

The Voice’s Judith Hill Covers Carole King

The Voice's Judith Hill may have covered Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" last night, but her soulful voice and piano playing reminded me of the first time I heard Alicia Keys perform "Fallin'" on The Grammys (or was it the VMAs?) back in 2001.You can watch Judith's performance and hear the original Carole King... Continue Reading →

Rebecca Loebe: Circus Heart

I was surprised to read that Austin singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe was formerly a contestant on NBC's The Voice and even more surprised she covered Nirvana's "Come as You Are." The music on her third album, Circus Heart, has a gently jubilant folk-pop sound. Songs like the opener "Darlin" and the title track sway on airy... Continue Reading →

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