Tune of the week: Travis Oaks- Last Love Song

I’m a terrible music blogger! Musicandeverything.com is a lifestyle blog initially based around music and reaching out to like minded ladies (and men) who tend to veer towards the non-mainstream but not in a “hipster” way. Hipsters are mainstream. I hold my paws up and say “I have been neglecting the music aspect of things”. It’s my bread and butter and I think perhaps critiquing music is hard for a passionate music lover because I want to enjoy it not pick it apart. That being said I felt an urge to resurrect the Tune of The Week after an accidental hiatus after hearing a great track from an Irish four piece act.

Travis Oaks’ Last Love Song struck a chord with me, punsville, not intended.

Although this is technically his first release, the four piece has done phenomenally well in generating a good name for himself thanks to his obvious talent, winning a support slot with The Hot Sprockets and the indie promotional powerhouse that is Numu Promotions.

This stunning song and appropriate accompanying video is officially released today. Check out the video below. Enjoy!



Music: Sinead O’ Connor – Take Me To Church

Sinead O’ Connor is back, and fabulous!

Whatever your opinions about Sinead O’ Connor’s public persona, there is no denying her talent. She is beautiful in many ways, not least of all in her haunting vocals and crafted songwriting skills.

As the coverart for her upcoming album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss was released recently, it’s quite fitting to see that we are getting a little teaser of what is to come.

As the heading states, this track is fabulous, topical and delivered with perfection. You will love this.

Happy listening!

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Tune of The Week: Able Archer – Ghostmaker

I’ve been blogging about music since I was 19. That’s five years of listening to new singles, EPs, Demos and Albums on a daily basis. Quite a lot of music! A lot of it is enjoyable, sadly some of it is quite forgetable and once in a while I get a little gem to listen to. There are few that merit the term “gem”.

A musical gem, in my book, is a sort of diamond in the rough. Something that stands out in the piles and piles of music related emails that fill my inbox every day. Ones that spring to mind are The Hot Sprockets, Cat Downing, Youth Mass and Crow Black Chicken; all of whom offer something a little edgier than most of the bands I come across. Recently I came across another musical gem in the form of Able Archer. 

The band label themselves as ” A proper rock band with hardly any ironic beards or cardigans”; for that alone, I love them. Backing up this amusing claim is their new single Ghostmaker; a loud and compelling track that will indeed appeal to those who want no frills rock without the pretentiousness of fashion. Not a cardigan in sight.

Take a look at the video below and let me know what you think.

Music: Nicole Maguire – What You Really Mean | Album Review

Nicole Maguire is a young singer -songwriter who has the backing of some of Ireland’s most accomplished musicians such as Paul Brady. With such calibre championing her, the pressure was very much on when it came to the releasing her début album.

The support from fellow Irish artists has been justified as What you really Mean’  is a charming and elegant effort from the Cork born singer.

Nicole Maguire Album Review

The 24 year old singer sold her car to fund the album and gave her heart and soul into the creation of a fine folk album, produced by Grammy nominee Mitchell Froom.

Throughout the album it is as though the acoustic guitar and Maguire’s voice were cut from the same material; they are the main focus of the album, from beginning to end, with notable and experienced percusionists and guitarists lending a smoothiness to each song.

Not yet impressed? What if it was mentioned that accomplished singer songwriter Vonda Shepard lends backing vocals? Thought that would do it.

Among the highlights of this 11 track album is Hard Love, the lead single on the album. This is a subtly fierce love; her damaged lyrics contrasting beautifully against the music. Have a listen below to hear for yourself.

This is a wonderful album that heralds a positive future for the younge singer. Perhaps she will be able to buy a new car very


Tune of The Week: Flight Like Apes- Crouching Bees

Happy Friday, Music lovers! If you’re reading in Ireland not much needs to be said about this track from adored Dublin band Flight Like Apes. If you’re reading else you may or may not have heard of them. Either way you will enjoy this track; one of FLAPES softer numbers which comes straight off their upcoming EP WhigField Sextape. An intriguing title, eh?

The EP will be reviewed soon enough on M&E, and it is due for release on May 12th; a long way away, however you can indulge yourself in this fantastic little number and somewhat mesmerising video while you wait for that very date.

One thing that really stands out on this track is the rawness of lead singer MaryKay’s voice. Enjoy.

Tune of The Week: Moscow Metro – Spirit Of A City

March has been quite a hectic month in casa del M&E so I’ve been listening to quite a lot of chilled out music to instill some calm to the choas. Moscow Metro have featured quite a bit on my commutes to work and weekend drives  over the past few days thanks to their fantastic single Spirit of A City. 

The track will feature on the upcoming EP of the same title, an EP which is smooth and beautiful, just like this track.

Ideal for chillin out, this National-esque track is soothing and complex in equal measure; I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more from them when their EP is released in April.