The Friday Refrain: A bit of what's new in music...

What a whirlwind week! First off, it's podcast week! Go here or look for Half Pints Whole Notes on your podcasting ways. Already our 4th episode and we're having a lot of fun, this week we head off to Michigan for a couple of brews from Bell's.

Singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez released Vestige & Claws this week. Also, the posthumous Pops Staples' Don't Lose This was released finished up by Mavis Staples with help from Jeff Tweedy. Rapper Drake dropped If You're Reading This It's Too Late by surprise last Friday. Popular rockers Imagine Dragons are back this week with Smoke + Mirrors, which is pretty awesome and has a good handful of single-worthy songs on it. Kate Pierson who was in the B-52s released Guitar & Microphones.

Like a breeze in the trees, it's the list. (I don't know, I'm tired and played way too much Wario's Woods)

Chill out, laid back stuff

The Unthanks, Mount The Air

Letts, Hold Fast

Snow Ghosts, A Wrecking - She kind of sounds like Lana Del Ray

In Tall Buildings, Driver

Damon & Naomi, Fortune

A Bit More Up Tempo

Whitehorse, Leave No Bridge Unburned - The best album cover of the week by far, it's a male/female duo on vocals with a bit of California to the rock

The Clang Group, The Clang Group EP - Pretty decent rock.

Sonny & The Sunsets, Talent Night At The Ashram - I think it's safe to say they like The Beatles

Oh and by the way...

Craig Duncan, Cajun Country - It's cajun but it's also country. Perfect timing for the Mardi Gras.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, So Delicious - it's bluesy and country and a bit of early rock and roll thrown in for good measure. Each song made me debate which genre to say, so I said all of them.

Well that's it for this week. Hope all is well and you're surviving the crazy weather whatever it may be in your neck of the woods. Happy Listening!