Straight No Chaser

With Christmas in 9 days and Hanukkah in 4 days, who is in the holiday spirit? It seems to be sneaking up on me, but I think it’s because we have no snow. I’m afraid we aren’t going to have a white Christmas, and that’s fairly unusual for the midwest.

As I let my iPod sift through 590 Christmas songs, I’m constantly reminded that there are a lot of BAD Christmas songs out there. Luckily, I have a good amount of Straight No Chaser in my holiday collection, and that seriously saves me. Straight No Chaser is an acapella group from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and they’re awesome. (Nevermind that I went to Purdue University and IU was a major rival school. I look past that, but only for these guys.) I feel like they could be quite the contender on The Sing Off, but then again, they’re already big, so they don’t need that show. Check them out if you’re looking to change up your holiday music collection!

New Music Wednesday: Christina Perri & Lydia Christine Crigger

I have a fairly eclectic taste in music. Pop, punk, ska, jazz, alternative, dance, electronica…they hold a little piece of my heart. I like to think I have a strong appreciation for most any kind of music.

Lately, I’ve been loving Christina Perri. A couple weeks (or maybe months) ago, I saw her perform live on some daytime show and I fell in love. The way she emotes her songs is incredible. She has this raw sound to her voice that I really love, too.

Not too long ago, I was perusing my Facebook and came across a sorority sister of mine. I saw that she had posted a number of videos, so of course I had to click them. I didn’t know she was in to music, let alone playing and singing her own stuff. For some reason I don’t remember that from college. Then again, she was a couple years younger than me, so maybe this happened after I graduated. Anyway, curiosity got the better of me and before I knew it, I had officially stalked this girl’s music – and I think she’s fantastic! She reminds me of Christina Perri in a way. Check her out!

New Music Tuesday: NFG and Cartel

New Found Glory released their album – Radiosurgery – today! NFG has been one of my favorite bands for at least 10 years now. My teen angst is probably what got me interested in them in the first place, but they’ve been able to successfully hold my attention and keep me singing along. I guess they’ve evolved into poppier punk, but so has my taste in my “old age.” They’re my feel good band. And from what I’ve previewed from this album, they come through again with another fantastic album. Definitely check it out!


Another of my favorite bands – Cartel – released their new album today as well – In Stereo EP. Cartel is one of my few post-college new bands I still listen to. Another pop/punk/alternative favorite, this album seems to be another winner. The EP is only about 15 minutes long and it’s the same thing you’d expect from a Cartel album. Nothing too wild and crazy or out of the ordinary, but still worth the download and listen.