I work to music. I work out to music. I ride the subway to pickup Kiddo with tunes from my iPhone piped into earphones. Needless to say, I listen to a lot of music. And, at times, I get, well, bored with what is on my playlist. Yes, even though I love love love Adele and Vampire Weekend, I sometimes need to switch it up. I am in search of new artists all of the time - not necessarily new to the music scene, but new to me.
Here are a few "newish" artists and bands I've discovered recently (or re-discovered):
Fun. - With two albums out, they are at the top of my must-play right now. A little alt-rock, a lot really cool, their songs keep you moving along, whether it is working or working out. You will win super high "cool mom" points when you download them.
Esperanza Spalding -- The first jazz musician to win a Grammy for best new artist, she's performed for Nobel Prize winners and at the White House numerous times. Multi-instrumental and a singer, her music blends traditional jazz with international influences. Seriously, even if you have never liked jazz before, give her a try...I bet you will love it.
Foster the People -- The indie pop trio's megahit "Pumped Up Kicks" is in heavy rotation on my iPhone. It is the reason they shot to stardom, but their talent is why they stayed there. They've toured, they played with Maroon 5 and the Beach Boys, they just have a groovy, kickin' vibe that is perfect for that afternoon of cleaning.
Yo Yo Ma -- Again, someone who is not new to the music scene by any stretch of the imagination. He may have catapulted classical music into the forefront for many, this genius cellist has made classical music accessible to millions. He has some new albums out, with some awesome bluegrass musicians as well as collaboration and participation with The Silk Road Project.
Soundtracks -- Okay, so not technically a band or an artist, but I have rediscovered my love of soundtracks. The tunes from the movie O Brother Where Art Thou is a favorite, as is some instrumental ones, like the score from How To Train your Dragon or Ratatouille. A novel idea to check out, ideal as a backdrop when you are paying bills or surfing around Cafe Mom.
Help me out -- what music are you listening to these days? What news ones should I try?