This week Today’s Top Tune spotlights performers around town this summer. HoneyHoney’s Suzanne Santo comes to The Bootleg in August. The Drums play the FYF Festival in July. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAllister take Planetarium to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. In August, Cody ChesnuTT performs at the Beyond the Pines Fest. And if you find yourself in Stockholm in July, check out Marlene.
Monday, July 3
Best known as half of the Americana duo HoneyHoney, Suzanne Santo sets out on her own for a full-length debut album that showcases her prowess as a singer/songwriter. The theme running through the album is that of one’s responsibility to others. Santo says, “Ghost in My Bed” is an example of that and how sometimes we are, in fact, the ghost that haunts us. Writing this record reinstalled my responsibility to keep pushing forward, learning, growing and challenging the art in the way that serves it best.”
Tuesday, July 4
Don’t let The Drums sunny sound fool you, frontman Jonny Pierce has a knack making heartbreak sound like fun. Check out Blood Under My Belt.
Wednesday, July 5
Swedish Electro-pop stylist Marlene has drawn a lot of attention lately, including that of Giorgio Moroder. After discovering her music, the electronic music pioneer flew to Sweden to record her for his latest album. On her own EP, Marlene’s traces the evolution of a relationship from its euphoric start to the insecurities and doubts that plague us as love becomes more serious. Give “Don’t You Worry” a listen.
Thursday, July 6
Soul troubadour Cody ChesnuTT is passionate about his music and thinks of it as medicine. He took the last four years off to concentrate on being a father and to receive more divine inspiration. We can feel that inspiration in “Have You Heard from the Lord Today?,” which features the stellar voice of Raphael Saadiq.
Friday, July 7
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of the National, film composer Nico Muhly and drummer/multi-instrumentalist James McAllister explore the cosmos as Planetarium with a suite’s worth of songs inspired by the Milky Way. Part rock odyssey, part electronic experiment and classical composition, “Saturn” will leave you starry-eyed.