With graduations upon us (college/high school/grade school) and summer nearly here, we’ve picked out some songs to play at your parties, backyard barbecues or simply when you’re home hanging out and relaxing.



  • A Different Ship by HERE WE GO MAGIC / genre: Alternative / release date: May 8 / similar vibe: Paul Simon meets Coldplay / great for party, dinner party
  • Not Quite Yours by BARCELONA / Alternative / May 8 / similar vibe:  U2 meets John Mayer / great for road trip, party
  • Storm & Grace by LISA MARIE PRESLEY / Singer-Songwriter / May 15 / similar vibe: fantastic mix of sultry like a quieter Lucinda Williams / great for girls night out/
  • The Only Place by BEST COAST / Alternative / May 15 / similar vibe: Ricki Lee Jones meets Cyndi Lauper / great for back yard party, dance
  • Mixed Emotions by TANLINES / Electronic / Mar 20 / similar vibe: Hall & Oates meets Duran Duran / great for dance party, uptempo fun



A FEW ARTISTS TO KNOW (and their upcoming Chicago shows)



  • Free download (every week) on Valslist.com
  • Free concert every Monday at Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park (summer concert series called “Downtown Sound”)   May 28


VIDEO PAIR  (a cool look at two versions of the song “Just Breathe”)

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