Roundup: the Hot Half dozen for August 2, 2020

Cold Heart. Single by Joe Stuckey. For my money the best song ever released by Stuckey. A mesmerizing blend of his virtuoso guitar, dreamy memory effects and urgent lyrics set to a pressing beat that ramps up and leave you wanting more.  Available everywhere.  Stream/download at Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, .  Lyric video at

My Earth Songs. Album led by Lonie Park and the Earth Band and featuring Grammy winners from around the world includingRicky Kej, Baaba Maal, Lucy Kalantariand Jon SamsonWouter Kellerman, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Ron Korb, and  Dominic D’Cruz. Soundtrack from the My Earth Songs Virtual Live Concert fundraising event for UNICEF Covid Relief Fund.  Released by Universal Music Group. Stream or download at

Woman in the White House. Single by Sheryl Crow. The songwriter, activist, rock star, champion, mother and nine-time Grammy winner just released a message in hard rock as only she can do it.   Groove with the music and resonate to the message. Available everywhere.  Lyric video at

Triggered. Single by Binx.  More great pop from the South African Queen Bee. Due out this Friday, August 7, reserve it now and rock out over the weekend.  It will stick in your brain like honey.  Pre-save on Spotify through on her Instagram feed. Binx donates 10% of her album sales to a campaign to save bees.

Air. Album by Xoë Wise. A dreamy collection of beautifully crafted ballads, love songs and commentary with a Death Cab for Cutie feel.  Wise is known for her activism and currently performs at pop-up shows and Thank You Thursday livestreams in her base city of Chicago to help support businesses ravaged by Covid-19. Stream on Spotify, download on Bandcamp. Follow at

Take me Home. Single by X.Ari. A blockbuster electronic rocker by the queen of electronic rockers with lyrics pointed at healing. Listen carefully with your headphones on. A lot going on.  Lyric video at Stream it at Bandcamp and Spotify. Follow at

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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