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Music Discovery: September 2020

Since we started working from home in March, as everyone is aware — the current world we live in with the global pandemic, racial tensions, and political differences has had me paying a lot more attention to these issues, which sometimes can be too much to handle. Music has been a good escape to get lost in songs that I’ve enjoyed in the past and also the chance to discover new songs. I always gravitate towards songs that have a chill, smooth beat; usually R&B or Reggae is what I listen to when I want to relax. For something more upbeat, I listen to some good electronic/dance and hip-hop music to improve my mood. As a fan of 80’s and 90’s R&B, these recently-released songs caught my attention because they reminded me of similar artists from those eras.


Artist: Snoh Aalegra

Track: Dying For Your Love

Twitter: @snohaalegra

Aside from her looks and style, […]

Music Discovery: August 2020

In these strange and turbulent times, one thing that has helped me lean back from the fray of the day to day routine is getting to appreciate just how much great music is out there these days. Whether indoors late at night or out in the sunshine in the middle of the day, here is a small selection of what’s caught my ear recently that I hope you will enjoy.


Artist: Archers of Loaf

Track: Raleigh Days

Twitter: @archers_of

Iconic indie-rockers, Archers of Loaf, are back and they are bringing the fire with them! “Raleigh Days” illustrates just how capable the band is of producing quality jams time and time again. Anthemic in its structure, “Raleigh Days” finds the band looking back to the weight of an era remembered all the while finding a way to grasp for what is yet to come.

RIYL: Guided By Voices, Gang […]

Music Discovery: July 2020

This time and space we’re currently occupying is bursting with a multitude of layers representing so much to so many different people. One seemingly common connector is a tangible feeling of change, one that’s propelled forward by the progression of the Black Lives Matter movement, the celebration of Pride, and the opportunity to care for each other amidst the ongoing pandemic.

Change is a hard thing to capture, especially as we harness the potential energy behind it in a kinetic display meant to dismantle and rebuild the systems and attitudes that shape our world. We are existing in a fluid state. While the lack of definition may make the future seem daunting, we’re also offered the opportunity to create new ways to serve all people. Like rivers carving their path to the sea.

The following featured tracks and accompanying playlist aim to encapsulate the magnitude of the times through a mix of new music and other tracks that just felt right. Together may we Lift Every Voice and Sing.


Music Discovery: June 2020

At PlayNetwork we condemn racial injustice, bigotry, and discrimination in all forms. We support Black Communities. We encourage everyone to listen and learn from those who are suffering. We believe that together we can conquer hate. 

In a recent interview, Stacey Abrams described the events of the past week as what happens when people are desperate for “their pain to be validated” and that, before all else, “we have to start by saying what you feel and what you fear is real.”  For centuries, protest songs have been a powerful expression of those feelings and fears, calling our attention to societal injustices. 

The PlayNetwork music team has collaborated on a playlist of protest songs and compiled a list of resources below that can help you get involved.   

Black Lives Matter is leading the Movement to fight for freedom, liberation, and justice. The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund  is the country’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice. […]

Music Discovery: May 2020

Hi, my name is Brittany Ward and I’m a Music Supervisor at PlayNetwork. My job requires an eclectic music taste, but my personal tastes range from hip-hop to country with everything in between. I love discovering new music and my favorite sounds to listen to have a blend of multiple genres. Below, are some of my crossover songs I’ve been listening to lately.  


Artist: Parisalexa

Track: Chocolate

Twitter: @parisalexamusic

Hailing from the Seattle area, Parisalexa had a busy last year appearing on the TV show Songland to perform a song she wrote in front of Charlie Puth and other judges who gave her the praise all of us in the Northwest knew she deserved. She’s been on my radar for quite some time but her new music is making a leap into a new level of R&B pop music.


Artist: Margo Price

Track: Twinkle Twinkle

Twitter: @MissMargoPrice

Margo Price […]

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