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Tuesday Reviewsday: Little Dragon, Moonchild, Dan Croll and more

Singer Yukimi Nagano (2nd from L) and band members of  Little Dragon attend the Mulberry Mix Tape Tour at Mulberry Store on October 13, 2011 in New York City.
Singer Yukimi Nagano (2nd from L) and band members of Little Dragon attend the Mulberry Mix Tape Tour at Mulberry Store on October 13, 2011 in New York City.
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It's Tuesday, which means that it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week we're joined by music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.

Artist: Moonchild
Album: "Please Rewind"
Song: "All the Joy"


Moonchild is made up of three SoCal kids, Amber, Andres and Max. They met at USC as they were studying jazz composition and started traveling together in 2011 as the horn section. They've been doing their thing ever since.

They released a project around 2012, got a little bit of buzz on Bandcamp and then got bigger buzz. In fact, they were ask by Stevie Wonder to open for his benefit concert. I had a chance to see them live and it's just great to see a band in this genre playing live instruments. 

Amber's vocals are a perfect soft, just glides over the instruments, really jazzy. The soul influences is not lush. You can hear that on every song, in fact they had one of their songs remixed by DJ Jazzy Jeff and James Poyser. 'Be Free' was their first album and this one comes out soon, 'Please Rewind' comes out March 25th. 

Artist: Dan Croll
Album: "Sweet Disarray"
Song: "Can You Hear Me?"


Dan Croll set out to be a rugby player and broke his leg and became a musician. This album is an electro-folk soul, sort of sounds like a cross between Boz Scagg's Lowdown, Paul Simon and a british artist named Phife. Really powerful lyrics. 'Sweet Disarray' is about his grandmother who has struggled with dementia and Alzheimers, so heavy lyrical content, but beautiful tenor to his voice.

One funny story about him, he tells it often, that he released tickets to his tour or one of his shows before he had a lot of music online and it sold out, it just sold out crazy and he was like, "Great," until he found out most people thought that they were going to a Diana Croll concert. He said he ran into a photographer friend of his and he was like, "What are you doing here?" and he said, "I'm performing." And he's like, "This isn't Diana Croll?" 

Artist: Little Dragon
Album: "Nabuma Rubberband"
Song: "Klapp Klapp"


Little Dragon has a forthcoming album called "Nabuma Rubberband." This is a great indie soul of funk jazz band from Sweden. This is their fourth album, and I am a genre junkie, so I'm always throwing genres on people. I think what you call them depends on which album you're talking about. This is a great band. They're not going to be indie darlings for long. 

They've been placed in films. they've been placed in commercials, so I have a lot of hope for them. When they started out they were on a small label called Peace Frog and now they're on Republic so you can see there has been a change.