Roundup: The Hot Half Dozen for October 27, 2020

 Haunted, single by Ghoste.  Ethereal but not spooky.  Just beautiful.  Single from the new album Deep Water to be released this Friday.  Her voice will carry you along and the music will carry you away. Available 10/30/30 on Spotify.  Livestream release event 4 pm MST 10/30/20.

Uncivil War. single by Shemekia Copeland.   Single from album of the same name.  Copeland puts her magnificent blues skills to work calling out the war against Black Lives that has gone on since the first slaves were landed in the US.  Sophisticated music surrounding a simple message: How long must we fight this uncivil war…that nobody wins”  Buy or stream on all Platforms.

The Raven, spoken word with music by Militia Vox.  Wow.  The Villainess does again, and of course she does it with Edgar Allen Poe.  The Raven is perfect for Halloween and Day of the Dead and you will be listening to it forevermore. Available now on Bandcamp;  all platforms after Halloween.

Sticky Situations, single and video,  Sweet Lizzy Project. Nashville-via-Havana rockers Sweet Lizzy Project released a hard-hitting English track with  frontwoman Lisset Diaz rocking the difference between her dreams and reality – and ours too.  Great lyrics, beats, guitar solos and just plain fun.  Stream at

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Te Extraño debut single by Edgar Cabachuela.  If you don’t know Mexican norteño, it’s full of urgency and love.  “Te Extraño”, written by the beloved Armando Manzanero, is given a gorgeous updating by LA-based Mexican-Guatemalan Cabachuela.  Beautiful in its own right and a great intro to norteño.  Stream on Spotify. Video at

Nena, single and video  by Yendry . Dominican Republic-born, Italy-based singer blows it away with her new pop romance ballad.  The beat keeps you moving, the voce is seductive and yet serious, and the production is cutting edge. Video at h Stream on Spotify.

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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