The Black Keys: So Cool They Sizzle

Some hits are more equal than other hits, for example, Norman Greenbaum's (1970) "Spirit in the Sky"--it only reached #3 on the Billboard chart, but it's a bona fide classic, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "Top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." Those who...

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Some Songs Are More Memorable Than Other Songs

Some songs just have a a “different" sound, like Procol Harum’s blues/rock "Whiter Shade of Pale." One of 1967's biggest hits, it's a perennial Boomer favorite, with almost 100 million Youtube views. Dermot Kennedy creates a "different” sound,” too, and, tempo aside,...

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Longing for a Pink Floyd Vibe?

How do we know that Cage the Elephant hits the Boomer sweet spot? Because this is the fifth time BoomerMusicUpdate has posted one of their songs.  For some reason, their music connects to the songs of our collective past. Music-wise, their newest, “Ready to Let Go,”...

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The Raconteurs: Not as Wild as Steven Tyler…

    Generally speaking, Boomers believe that our generation’s music was the best ever, and one reason we believe that to be true is Aerosmith’s “Crazy,” a top 10 hit in 1993. It has great everything:  words, music, message, emotion, connection, energy… a...

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Funk is Alive & Well

If "get down” and “funky” appeal to you, than this is your song:  “Soul Train” by singer/songwriter Just Loud has the kind of funkadelic vibe that was perfected by Prince, an obvious and major influence on this 29-year old new star. Tightly produced, high energy and...

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“Hey Mama”–A Song For Your Mother, and All Mothers

Alt and Adult Alternative darling Nathaniel Rateliff, who "exploded on the scene" a mere 4-years ago, goes for broke with his latest, "Hey Mama," a a low key homage his mother... and all mothers.  (It's been #1 Alt for three weeks.) Rateliff's delivery is strange for...

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It’s a Good Song to Dance to….

Remember Dick Clark’s “Rate A Record” segments on "American Bandstand?" A few selected audience members judged the new songs?  If it got a thumbs up, the comment was probably because they “liked the beat.” From those days to these, a hot beat is still a critical...

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Blues-y/Roots-y and Raw: “Cringe” Hits All the Hot Buttons

  “Cringe" by emerging singer/songwriter Matt Maeson is an intense, raw, and bluesy rock song, replete with painful memories and emotional wails. …similar to Sonia Dada’s 1992 "You Don't Treat Me No Good,” which included a  great line that may help explain the...

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