Here we are – 2016!  And I am currently ON FIRE in keeping with my resolutions! (For what now, 5 days?!)

I went to a Yoga class this morning, and the theme was “Begin Again”.  Perfect!  So we have a new year, a new theme, a new look and hopefully a new podcast coming this year!

I’ve updated my concert calendar with some fun new shows, and hope to keep a diverse, eclectic show schedule as active as possible.  If you’re a musician or band and are playing in LA – please let me know! I’d love to cover it!

I also added the AlongTheRail photography portfolio.  Click on the link to the left to see some of my favorite photos.  Playing a show in LA and want me to shoot it? Drop me a line!

I also want to hear more from our readers.  What are some of your resolutions – Music related or otherwise?  What shows are you looking forward to in the coming months?  What albums can you not wait to hear? What EXCITES you about the new year?!

Music can be both an independent experience or a highly social and collaborative one. I like both and would be thrilled if a community could arise from these posts this year.  Follow the blog itself, via twitter, email.. Keep in touch and say hi!

And as always – I’m open to and eager to hear new music!  Send me stuff to alongtherailmusic@gmail.com!  Thanks so much to those who have submitted tracks.  We’ll be in touch!

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and musical new year! Thanks for reading!





Pumarosa – “Priestess” (Chess Club Records)

Happy Halloween weekend!

I just found this awesome song from the London based band PUMAROSA.  Take a few minutes (7 and a half to be exact) to lose yourself in this awesome hypnotic, slow burn track that builds and evolves.

“You Dance You Dance You Dance You Dance”

I can’t wait for this band to come Stateside, but if you’re lucky enough to be in the UK, here are upcoming tour dates:

FIVE FOR FRIDAY May 29, 2015

Here are 5 new songs making me happy these days:

1) WORK DRUGS “Hey Nineteen”

The more I listen to this song, the more I like it.  Super catchy beat from this Philadelphia based duo.  I’m excited to see them live at the Roxy in September!

Work Drugs: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

2) CLOSE TALKER “For The Sun”

Great stuff from this Canadian indie rock group.

Close Talker: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

3) SUNFLOWER BEAN “I Hear Voices”

This song makes me miss living in NYC.  It’s a fun, gritty song from this Brooklyn based trio.

Sunflower Bean: Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

4) RIOTHORSE ROYALE “You’re Still Here”

Beautiful harmonies layered over a lush yet slightly sinister sound.  Love what this indie-pop duo is doing!  Shoutout to one of my fave music sites DAYTROTTER for turning me on to these guys.

Riothorse Royale:  Website  Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

5) ROOSEVELT “Night Moves”

Really fun song from this talented indie-electric artist from Germany.  I can hear this in a car commercial.. He’s live at the Echoplex in LA July 16th.

Roosevelt: Website  Facebook  Soundcloud

That’s it for this week – Have a wonderful weekend!


This summer there is SO much free music to see live in LA!

To get us started, here’s the JUNE schedule for KCRW’S brilliantly curated Summer Nights concerts:


6/5 First Fridays @ Natural History MuseumHanni El Khatib & Avid Dancer (wow!)

6/6 Make Music PasadenaHow To Dress Well, Nick Waterhouse & More

6/6 One Colorado (Pasadena) De Lux & KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

6/20 One Colorado (Pasadena)Cayucas & KCRW DJ Marion Hodges

6/27 Chinatown Summer NightsKCRW DJs.  

I’ll be adding future shows for the rest of the summer as they near – stay tuned and have fun out there!

FIVE FOR FRIDAY – 5 New Songs To Start Your Summer!

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Whether your plan is to hit the beach, have a BBQ, check out a music festival or just kick it by the pool, here are some great new, summery tunes!

1) NIGHTAIR “Clouds”

These SoCal rockers have bottled summer in this tune.  It just oozes joy – complete with a happy go lucky “I’m alright, I’m ok hey hey” rallying cry.

Nightair:  Instagram  Twitter  Facebook  Soundcloud

2) KID ASTRAY “Diver”

A fun, carefree sounding tune from this Norwegian group.

Kid Astray: Tumblr  Twitter  Facebook  Soundcloud

3) KINGDOMS “Capture The Moon”

Love the synthy pop vibe to this song from the LA based band.

Kingdoms: Website  Twitter  Facebook  Soundcloud

4) PATRICK JAMES “California Song”

A beautiful tune from the Australian crooner.

Patrick James: Website  Twitter  Facebook  Soundcloud


This sexy soundscape is perfect for the end of a long day – This is just what you need when relaxing in the hot tub.

Alina Baraz: Facebook  Twitter  Soundcloud

FIVE FOR FRIDAY – Belated Birthday edition

I missed last week because it was my birthday… Sorry about that.  But, back this week with 5 new songs for your listening pleasure!

First up – PALACE – a band from London that I’ve already been watching for some time.  I love everything I’ve heard so far, and they put this new song “Kilorean” out recently.  Another winner, in my opinion!  It’s dreamy and relaxed and bluesy yet happy sounding – put this on, pour a cocktail, go out to your yard or patio and say, “HELLLOOOO  WEEKEND!”

Their debut album is out in June and I can’t wait!  They’ve also got some tour dates in the UK this summer (jealous..) See their website for info.


Next – another band from the UK. (No surprise there – I seem to love a lot that comes from across the pond!) This is ECHOTAPE.  “All My Days” is a ridiculously fun, song with major party anthem potential.. This is destined to be played on festival fields.. The catchy lyric “All my days are rolling into one, my head’s like a sieve and I’m sinking some” – pretty much describes everyone at a festival anyway. Check it out and just try not to bop along:

Check out their Facebook page for a video of a recent TV appearance.


Third up we have FROOGLE & ALEXA HARLEY – with “Falling Down”.  This is a gorgeous, powerful song, off the collaboration EP, “Tunnel Vision”  From his Facebook, “Froogle fuses elements of jazz and r&b with state of the art electronics.”  – that combination works wonderfully here:



The next band brings me closer to home.  SMOKE SEASON – a LA based boy/girl duo known for their genre bending “electro soul”.  They’re sexy, sultry, and kick ass.. They’re playing “Brokechella” this weekend in LA – I hope to check em out.  Here’s their song “Bees”:


And finally for this Friday – AQUILO.  Check out this gorgeous downtempo R & B tinged break up anthem  “Better Off Without You”:

If you live in the UK, you can see this English duo live this summer.  Hey Aquilo, please come play LA soon!!



I am going to see Glass Animals tonight in LA and have been looking forward to this show for MONTHS!  So in honor of tonight, here are some songs from Glass Animals.  Beware – this music will cause grooving / head bobbing / swaying.  Enjoy!

Glass Animals have become one of my favorite bands of late – I love the groovy, smooth, electro sound. It’s both mellow and energetic.  I can’t listen to anything from them while sitting still, and can’t wait to be in a GA crowd to experience these songs live tonight!

They’re a four piece of childhood friends from Oxford England – their debut album, Zaba, came out last year.  Hope they don’t keep us waiting too long for more great sounds.

They’re on tour now, headed all over the US this summer.  Check em out if you can!  TOUR DATES