Hot half dozen 1.26.21

Eyes Tell Us Lies, single by The Strands. Formed in 2011, I have been following them ever since. Eyes Tell Us Lies is another example of their genre-defying Artisanal sound delivered with smooth passion.  Stream on Spotify, Reverb Nation. Follow at

Dark Highway, single, video, by Riotron. Another addictive mashup of electronic , jazz, dance and rock by the  Canadian-born Jeff  Fettes.  With over 20 million views of his iconic music video, I’M Sorry, he is unstoppable.  Stream on Spotify, Apple Music. Follow at

Mr. President single by Binx.  Binx does it again, releases a fun prop song that is much more than the sum of its parts.  The star of music, YouTube, TikTok and every other platform has some kind words for the new US President, precisely crafted with her signature accents and South African accented vocals keeps you moving and thinking.  Stream everywhere.  Follow at

 La Llorna from new album La Catrina  by Juan Castenón. Castenón has traded his jazz guitar for a requinto (small, 6-string Mexicans guitar) and accordeón and teamed up with artists Marysol Jodorowsky, Rafa Torres, and Gil Ríos for authentic classic Mexican music of the people.  Castenón is one of Mexico’s top jazz guitarists and it is a treat to hear how he brings his jazz skills to bear on the music of homeland. Available on Bandcamp.  Follow at

Jumpstate, single by X.ARI.  Wow!  X.ARI is master storyteller in music and Jumpstate tells an interior story of the mental state we all go through at some point, knowing which way to jump.  She is at once strong and vulnerable, calm and urgent.  The arrangement is complex and sophisticated, but the music sticks in your mind. Stream it on Spotify. Follow her at

Quiero Veete Hoy by Benjamin Walker and Vanessa Zamora. In the hands of this great Chilean-Mexican team, this often-recorded love song is gentle, light, romantic, totally addictive.  A valentine to their fans (and good for that after- valentine- dinner time).  A jazzy beat moves it along while the accents and Zamora’s voice coat your ears and your heart with pleasure.  Stream on Spotify, Apple music.  Follow Benjamin at, Vanessa at


Bonus this week, in case you have been on the moon and missed it, Driver’s License, the new single by Olivia Rodrigo Olivia Rodrigo ,was released this week and immediately went to #1 on the Billboard Charts with 107 million streams. Find it anywhere.

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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