Roundup: The Hot Half dozen for October 12, 2020

Amigo Cruel (acustico) single by Francisca Valenzuela. If you liked the studio version of Héroe you will love this stripped down, very Spanish, but powerful new song.  Valenzuela’s vocals are so strong they create a different environment all by themselves.   Stream on Spotify.

Waving at the Window new single by Travis, single release from new full album 10 Songs is melodic, reminiscent, melancholy, romantic and addictive.  Stream it Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Soundcloud.  10 Songs available at https://bit.ly/373nGxB

Black Motorcycle , single by Kassi Ashton. Nashville-based Ashton has been a motorcycle fan and owner for years and expresses her passion for the king of cycles in the hard-driving, hook-heavy  and fun song. Available on all platforms. https://www.kassiashton.com/

‘OPE’ (Gratitude) debut album by Riddim Doctors. A project Of Nigerian Grammy-Winning Recording Artist and Percussionist, Sikiru Adepoju, the gems of fusion music on this beautifully produce album, chock full of op level collaborators, will close your eyes and carry you away to another, calm, beautiful world.  Wear earphones. Now Streaming on all platforms

I miss u single by Jax Jones featuring Au/Ra grabs you gently from the first note and keeps you moving with beats moving your pulse along with Au/Ra’s hypnotic vocals. This team is major league and they make electronic/pop at it best.  Streaming on all platforms. YouTube video is stunning.

Waiting on a Train, single by Kendall Street Company.  You cannot stop listening to this deceptively simple Appalachian-feel song of a life that has passed by.  Banjo-driven, sweety-voiced and pure joy to listen to. Available on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, YouTube.

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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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