Kassi Ashton – California, Missouri

Quickly making a name for herself with her soulful voice and authentic songwriting, Kassi Ashton shares, “This is the song I always knew I wanted to write. It’s an intro in to everything I am.” In the deeply personal song, Kassi digs into her experience as a self-described black sheep, ridiculed for her . . . → Read More: Kassi Ashton – California, Missouri

Uncle Sam’s Pill Box Hat: Tom Petty shouldn’t have died like this, and neither should you, by Davin Michael Stedman

Well Tom Petty died of an opioid overdose, just like Prince and Michael Jackson. I know they were all in pain from the wear and tear of touring. These are my Idols too, I am not diminishing them.

I am stating the obvious and undeniable fact that this country, from top to bottom is . . . → Read More: Uncle Sam’s Pill Box Hat: Tom Petty shouldn’t have died like this, and neither should you, by Davin Michael Stedman

Jorja Smith – Let Me Down ft. Stormzy

“Let Me Down”, the new song from Jorja Smith f. Stormzy, dropped last week with an overwhelmingly positive response from critics and fans. Today, she shares the official video, directed by Hector Dockrill, who did previous videos for Jorja’s “On My Mind” and “Beautiful Little Fools”. Filmed in Kiev, we see Jorja taking . . . → Read More: Jorja Smith – Let Me Down ft. Stormzy

Burning Spear – Institution

Burning Spear is that rare performer whose real name, Winston Rodney, was better– or at least as good— than his incendiary stage name. I would give my left nut to be named Winston Rodney today. Take a listen to this 1977 Spear tune recorded for Social Living. The rhythm section is one for the . . . → Read More: Burning Spear – Institution

Harvey Danger – Pike St./Park Slope

When asked about my time in Seattle in the bad old days, I smile and say, “If you can remember the 90s, you weren’t there,” which is true. No lessons stand out to relate to you today. “Manifest Seattle Destiny” was the brightest and loudest and sharpest shared delusion of its time, which doesn’t . . . → Read More: Harvey Danger – Pike St./Park Slope

Hippo Campus – Buttercup

Hippo Campus’ meteoric career trajectory continues to steadily ascend, playing to packed, over-capacity crowds of joy-filled and enraptured fans at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza last summer, and headlining the Minnesota State Fair (the best of all 50 state fairs) in their hometown. Now that the holidays are past, the band is hitting the road again . . . → Read More: Hippo Campus – Buttercup

Company of Thieves – Treasure

Company of Thieves is back after taking six years off. Their new tune, “Treasure,” is pretty cool and you can hear it below. The band had a music industry story you hear about in the movies – founding members Marc Walloch and Genevieve Schatz met on a train station platform in Chicago and bonded . . . → Read More: Company of Thieves – Treasure

Hoffabus, Brian Naubert’s New Album, is Excellent – Laser Show Release Party at Pacific Science Center (Seattle) on 1/30

Hoffabus is a new album and you MUST, MUST, MUST listen to it.

It is amazingly GREAT……

And that’s all you need to know about it. Click here or on the video embed below to start enjoying this fine work.

Hoffabus is the new project of Brian Naubert, a Northwest songwriter who has been . . . → Read More: Hoffabus, Brian Naubert’s New Album, is Excellent – Laser Show Release Party at Pacific Science Center (Seattle) on 1/30

XTC – Earn Enough for Us, by Steve Stav

The first time I saw Andrea after 14 years, it was just a friendly date for drinks at a bar called Flowers, down the street and over from me on the Ave. There were no ulterior thoughts or hopes; at the time, she was married and I was dating 2-3 gals who didn’t know . . . → Read More: XTC – Earn Enough for Us, by Steve Stav

XTC – Mermaid Smiled, by Steve Stav

On first pressings of Skylarking, but was bumped to make room for “Dear God.” I’ve always found this song to be a prime example of genius; I get lost in it. The lyrics bear me out. For my sister –

– Steve Stav

XTC – Dear God, by Steve Stav

Well, that was certainly something. Even had miniatures, and a model train for effect. Kismet. For the novice, an XTC album was typically akin to an omnibus of vivid, eccentric, short (British) stories… as if Mark Twain were raised in England, and had read a bit more Shakespeare. For fans, a documentary on XTC . . . → Read More: XTC – Dear God, by Steve Stav

It was not the Whitest Christmas: It was a very fine Christmas, by Davin Michael Stedman

IT FINALLY HIT ME: OK, I am finally in the Christmas spirit thanks to Bing Crosby & Irving Berlin…and a local television producer named Conrad Denke.

Tonight, from our living room I got to watch Stephanie Anne Johnson and I host Band in Seattle’s Christmas Special. The show culminates with my duet of . . . → Read More: It was not the Whitest Christmas: It was a very fine Christmas, by Davin Michael Stedman

Do You Even Worship Saturn Bro? By Davin Michael Stedman

We have been sold out of these ‘Slow Jam for Christmas’ singles for an entire year. But Kyle Ledford and his Soniphone Records are cutting me 100 more next year. This time in this new format called Stereo.

This 2018 will be the greatest adventure yet. A return to Jamaica to shoot the . . . → Read More: Do You Even Worship Saturn Bro? By Davin Michael Stedman

The Grass Was Actually Greener, by Davin Michael Stedman

Remember when bands were super depressed in the 1990s but everything was pretty awesome? That’s clinical depression.

Listening to Nirvana unplugged with Megan Lueck on the late night tip.

My heart goes out to those dealing with that struggle.

…also the 90s were awesome. Yet today I also dig doing back strokes in Olympic . . . → Read More: The Grass Was Actually Greener, by Davin Michael Stedman

Adam West – The Thing

Golly, the late Adam West had some superb comedy cameos in the later years of his life– the mayor on Family Guy, appearances on The Simpsons and King of Queens come to mind– and this song for an upcoming Dr. Demento recording is another humdinger of comic brevity for TV’s classic Batman. Give it . . . → Read More: Adam West – The Thing

Alice Merton – No Roots

At the age of five Alice Merton started taking classical piano lessons, four years later she was introduced to vocal training. After spending many years being classically trained, Alice discovered the art of songwriting through one of her high school courses in Germany. She then went on to study songwriting and pursue her . . . → Read More: Alice Merton – No Roots

Joe Walsh Pre-Christmas Merriment, by Mark Erickson

I have been tending lately to fixate on artists for a while, given the wealth of video on YouTube. I have spent time looking for new, i.e., old, material from Alice in Chains, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Don Rickles, Sam Kinison and others. Recently, I researched the early 1970’s video catalog of Joe . . . → Read More: Joe Walsh Pre-Christmas Merriment, by Mark Erickson

This is West Indian Rock: Davin Michael Stedman Returns to Jamaica

Here’s the bio Brains Gad requested to promote our shows in Jamaica:

Seattle songwriter Davin Michael Stedman is best known as the lead singer of The Staxx Brothers. His work with the emerging British act Sherlock Soul is also presently garnering him acclaim.

But it his work in Jamaica as an emerging solo artist . . . → Read More: This is West Indian Rock: Davin Michael Stedman Returns to Jamaica

Chi Ching Ching – Rock the World

Chi Ching Ching is this generation’s brightest talent combining his strengths: dance and vocal performance. He is gearing up for his 2018 debut album Turning Tables and dropped the LP’s first single “Rock Di World” on Friday, Dec 15th, 2017.

Band In Seattle to Air Christmas Special December 23 and 30, by Davin Michael Stedman

This year I got to host Band in Seattle‘s Christmas Special with my friend Stephanie Anne Johnson. Tune in December 23 at 8pm and 11pm on CW11 Seattle – KSTW and again on Dec 30 at 8 & 11. The Christmas Special is one hour long, as apposed to the usual 30 minute . . . → Read More: Band In Seattle to Air Christmas Special December 23 and 30, by Davin Michael Stedman