The Week Ahead: Today’s Top Tune 1/8 – 1/12/18

If you’re looking for a batch of new music, look no further! KCRW has you covered with the latest by LA based Dresage. Tom Misch had a banner year in 2017 and was voted Best New Artist by KCRW DJs — hear why. Check out a preview of Lissie’s new album coming in March. Brandi Carlile launched her tour with a session on MBE last week.  Last but not least, Typhoon hit The Teragram Ballroom February 11.

Monday, Jan 8 Dresage “Renaissance”

​The heart and soul behind Dresage is Keeley Bumford, who got the music bug after discovering Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as a teenager. She studied opera, jazz, and received a degree in audio production at Berklee​. She’s since moved to Los Angeles to begin her career as Dresage. We share “Renaissance” as Today’s Top Tune.

​​Tuesday, Jan 9 Tom Misch “Movie”

KCRW DJs anointed Tom Misch as Best New Artist of 2017 and “Movie” is a song we grew to love. Travis Holcombe put it this way: “There’s a sense of ease and maturity to Misch’s work, and with such a versatile and ever-improving skill set – producing, writing, singing, guitar – the possibilities for this artist feel infinite. With his proper debut album set to drop in April, the stars seem to be aligned for a breakout year from Tom Misch in 2018.” We wish him the best and pumped to see him on the Coachella lineup!

Wednesday, Jan 10 Lissie “Blood and Muscle”

​For her upcoming 4th album, singer/songwriter Lissie ​combines introspection with dream-pop.  As Lissie sings “I want to laugh at the dark, like I’m not scared of nothing, I want a love that’s made of blood and muscle.” She unabashedly states her dreams and desires.

Thursday, Jan 11 Brandi Carlile “The Joke”

Grammy-nominated Americana artist Brandi Carlile drops a new album in mid-February.  A powerful vocalist, songwriter, and activist – “The Joke” offers hope to the under-represented, unloved, or illegal among us.

Friday, Jan 12 Typhoon “Empiricist”

Typhoon’s latest album centers on a fictional character that is losing his memory and consequently his identity. Lead singer and songwriter Kyle Morton asks the question “What does a person become if they don’t know where they came from?” We find out on “Empiricist.”

(Brandi Carlile photo c/o: Steven Dewall)