Weekly roundup of new releases. July 27.20

Gente/Salvajes and Gente.Double Single by Ulises Hadjis.  Two beautifully playful and emotional tracks in Spanish from this Venezuelan alternative pop artist and multi-instrumentalist stream on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes store and all digital platforms.

Hillbilly Love . Single by Scott Holstein. Down home, toe-tapping CW earworm that fits the times we are in with great guitar work and uplifting lyrics and echoes of Hank Williams and a slick video that shows that country is cool. Released on Airplay Direct  http://airplaydirect.com/ScottHolsteinHillbillyLove.

The Floating Hand by Body Double. From their debut album Milk Fed . Led by Candace Lazarou, this post-punk exploration of herself and competition, the band –  Jascha Ephraim (lead guitar) and Mel Weikart (keyboard) and Lazarou has given birth to a fascinating and hypnotic earful and mindful. Stream on Bandcamp, Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal and buy on Amazon music.  Follow at https://www.facebook.com/bodydoubleusa

A Boutique Affair . Video and single by Catholic Guilt. Classic raw rock from this Melbourne, Australian group of rockers delivering raw, emotional  lyrics amid pounding drums, jangling guitars and sophisticated arrangement. YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhudrg-8-tw

Hot Hot Heat. Single by Odario with vocals by Kamilah Apong,. from his upcoming EP Good Morning Hunter  and produced by Todor Kobakov this infectious single  blends house, hip-hop, beat poetry and jazz  with layered poetics, steelpan sounds and movin’ grooves. Available for streaming or purchase on all digital sites.

Blues From The Inside Out. Album by Dave Specter. Good down-home blues with uplifting lyrics geared to our tumultuous times. Twelve head-bobbing songs, some with guitar by Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane/ Hot Tuna fame, this is a must for blues fans and anyone who wants to just feel good. Check out the video. https://bit.ly/2EqQT9y. Bandcamp, Apple Store, Google Play.

About Patrick O'Heffernan

Patrick O’Heffernan is co-host of the LA-based, nationally syndicated weekly program, Music FridayLive! and is a music reviewer for online magazines Vents, The Hollywood Progressive and MusicJunkie. He has also co-hosted a national political talk show, The Fairness Doctrine, and hosted the “Uplinks” media segment on Saturday All Things Considered on NPR. He holds a PhD in International Relations from MIT, has been awarded an Emmy, four Addy’s, and a Webby-Honors, among other awards. He has published 5 books and ghost-written others. A project he co-launched, the North Asia Nuclear Free Zone, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. He serves on the Board of Netroots Nation.

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