Category Archives: Play of the Day

Songs You Should Hear: How to ‘Cope,’ Reconnect, and Remain in Control

Those with diverse sonic palettes should rejoice at this week’s Songs You Should Hear!

These tunes, each distinct in its own sound and subject matter, have layers worth peeling back. Listen closely, and you might hear some intriguing — and even unexpected — influences make their way into a couple of these soundscapes.

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Songs You Should Hear: Meet the ‘Broads off Broad’

Next Friday, BentoLiving Chestnut Hill will present Broads off Broad, an all-female showcase featuring the talents of Erin McLendon and The HellCats, Jenny Teator, and The Lucky Penny Sisters.

McLendon, in particular, released a new single today. So, to celebrate, we thought this week was the perfect time to dedicate Songs You Should Hear to this killer lineup!

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Songs You Should Hear: Women Finding Their Power; ‘Tennis’ Anyone?

Today, we bring you tunes from three female artists with a lot to say.

These songs cover some heavy-hitting topics — from domestic violence, to finding self-worth, to breaking the cycle of toxic relationship patterns. And, all the while, these are three strong cuts that touch a variety of genres. Listen below!

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Songs You Should Hear: Get ‘All Wrapped Up’ in Some Colorful Rock Tunes

Jenna’s back this week with some Songs You Should Hear, and she has selected songs that span varying aspects of the human experience.

We’ve got fun and heartbreak alike on this week’s compilation, with rock (and similar genres) being the common bond that all of these tunes share. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, we implore you to do just that below.

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Songs You Should Hear: Live in Hope, Dance in the Rain, and Don’t Text Your Ex

First of all, we’ve been getting a ton of submissions on the form lately! Thank you all for your diligence. We’re looking forward to digging in and getting a lot of this new music featured, one way or another, in the coming weeks.

In fact, we have a few choice cuts for you today, recently submitted by independent artists near and far. And, with a headline like the one on this article, you’re surely curious to hear what’s in store, right?

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Songs You Should Hear: For Ukraine

This week’s Songs You Should Hear, simply put, is for Ukraine.

Jenna Rose took this one, compiling selections from Ukranian (and Ukranian-inspired) artists that speak to the culture for the nation. Also, we’ve included additional resources below the jump, so you can help the Ukranian people at this time of need. In fact, if you’re looking for ways to help, here is an open-source spreadsheet of Ukrainian artists and labels you can support:

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Songs You Should Hear: Let’s Process Our Emotions Together

Y’all… this week’s Songs You Should Hear hit hard.

There’s hope. There’s despair. There’s inspiration, introspection, and escapism. Sometimes, they all hit simultaneously. Without a doubt, these songs will get you feeling something.

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Songs You Should Hear: Hope in These New Developments; Have Yourself a ‘Sunday Funday’

Imagination is the key to today’s Songs You Should Hear — whether that means re-imagining that which has already been given life, or imagining a new, harmonious direction for varying musical styles.

Jenna and I teamed up again to bring these your way. Let’s get to it!

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Songs You Should Hear: Cameron Floyd Finds a New Sound; Leilani Kilgore Breaks Your Heart

To say we’re pumped about a fresh new year of music and possibilities is an understatement. We’re already seeing the submission form fill up with new reasons for excitement in 2022, and we can’t wait to keep digging in!

With that said, we have some songs from later in 2021 that still need to receive their proper UMC love. So, Jenna and I have teamed up once again to present some of those as…

Songs You Should Hear: Jan. 7, 2022

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Songs You Should Hear: Don’t ‘Sleep’ Too Long; STAV G’s Lucid Dream

This week’s Songs You Should Hear showcases the broad scope of the music out there for all of us — from the more traditional, to the completely unorthodox.

We love it when we get to paint from a broad palette like this — it keeps things interesting, and certainly, it gives all of our ears something new to appreciate — no matter your flavor.

Let’s start this weekend right!

Songs You Should Hear: Nov. 12, 2021

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