The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.
Lauren Ruth Ward is an LA troubadour by way of Baltimore. She seems fearless and her lyrics are brutally honest and pointed. On her debut album, there’s one track in particular that is wrought with emotion called "Did I Offend You?" It’s a little scary because it’s unclear if she’s throwing shade on someone else or if she’s tearing herself down.
Next up is a North Carolina band with an awesome name: Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Led by the irrepressible Sam Melo, the band recently released its third album. The band isn’t easy to describe – I hear indie folk, stream-of-consciousness rap, and arena rock. Roll it up into a blunt and it might blow your mind. Catch them at Stubb's on May 17.
Finally, the one album I’ve been listening to more than any other this year is In A Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls. The group is under the aegis of Meg Remy, an American expat living in Toronto. “Rosebud” is a direct reference to the mystery of the film Citizen Kane. The band finds the groove immediately, one that sounds borrowed from The Spinners' “I’ll Be Around.” Yet as much as the groove moves this song along, it’s the supposition that everyone has a “Rosebud”: that you and you alone possess the one key to understanding and delivering yourself.
Produced by Art Levy