This has already been quite a year for songs. Here are just a few of my favorites from the first half of 2016.
McDermott reflects on his father’s recent passing, building the song from a tender acoustic opening to an impassioned and cathartic conclusion. Simply jaw-dropping.
June unleashes a roundhouse punch of a rock song, bursting with the songwriter’s unvarnished social and political commentary.
Escondido showcase their brooding side on this dirty – and addicting — rock song.
Andersen tends towards more upbeat acoustic-based fare but demonstrates the depth of his talent, not to mention his voice, on this moving piano ballad.
Consider this your summer sing-along song.
A hard-hitting blast of R&B from the Paperboy.
Titles don’t get much more appropriate than the one that adorns this mesmerizing ballad.
Ambel transforms this genteel Gillian Welch song, extraordinary in its own right, into a pulverizing rock explosion.
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