Roundup: the Hot Half dozen for August 24, 2020

Blocks, single by Cloud Baby.  Dream on, and do it with headphones when you listen to this misty dreamscape from the Nashville Based Indie/Dream-Pop Group. It will make your day better.  And listen to the lyrics. On all digital platforms.

Sad4Good , single/video by LLusion  w/Cautious Clay & HXNS.  Just plain fun but says what we are all thinking: “ I want to be outside playing and I feel like a dead cow”.  Cheer yourself up by wanting to feel sad while you snap your fingers.  On all streaming services and video on YouTube.

Lo Intenté Todo, single by REIK, Jessie Reyez. Listen and you will understand why they are a multi-platinum music and Latin Grammy winning group.  They hit you in your heart and do it with hooks.  Part of their visual  EP 20 –21, a musical short film, now on all digital platforms.   Thong Song, single by Amber Mark, a cover of Sisqó’s R&B classic ‘Thong Song’ , Amber delivers it with a modern and melodious hooky pop verve that is hypnotic.  Recorded at her house during lockdown.  Available on all digital platforms.

Medication. Single by Leslie Mendelson .  Although this haunting piano ballad from her upcoming album, Can’t You Say Anything Nice?,  explores darkness of drug addiction, I really like listening to it. The lyrics are right on and the music hits you in your gut. On all digital platforms.

Ghost, single by Adaline.  Stripped down and powerful,this queer coming of age love ballad will hold your heart with  her voice and the story she tells in a few spare words.  Wow! Available on all platforms.

Thong Song, single by Amber Mark, a cover of Sisqó’s R&B classic ‘Thong Song’ , Amber delivers it with a modern and melodious hooky pop verve that is hypnotic.  Recorded at her house during lockdown.  Available on all digital platforms. 

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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