Milk Crate #78

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Milk Crate #78 includes Lauren Mann, Shawn Mendes, Carly Jamison, Jack Ellis, and HOMES.

Milk Crater is different from most blogs. We make a donation to charity with each and every listen. The idea is simple: make the world a better place by uncovering the abundance of fantastic new music that gets released every day. Isn’t it time you added some new songs to that go-to playlist of yours?

We find the songs, you give ’em a listen, Direct Relief does the rest. If you like this idea, give us a thumbs up by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Let’s groove about it, y’all.

1“Make Smooth” – Lauren Mann

Genre: Soul

What do you get when you combine Sara Bareilles with Dr. Dog? Lauren Mann takes one part catchy chorus and one part pensive verse and whips it up into a smooth batter of alluring melody and charm. “Make Smooth” comes from her latest release, Dearestly, out now. Support her by purchasing the album via “pay-what-you-feel” donation.

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2“Ruin” – Shawn Mendes

Genre: Pop-ish but not really

The “Stitches” guy goes full John Mayer, and it’s really good. Appreciation points +1000 for the bluesy approach that Mendes takes to his newest material. Mendes’ mood says he’s sinking, but this song floats steadily atop the soulful attitude and clear angst, which mirrors the melancholy 3/4 timing and broken up guitar licks.

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3“Dynamo” – Carly Jamison

Genre: Alternative

This would be a fun one to see live. It’s upbeat, and has that “Beat On The Brat” mentality that has all but ceased to exist in modern rock. Carly Jamison is the female counterpart to Tommy Stinson, complete with a beat-down verse and prevailing chorus. The autobiographical “Dynamo” can be purchased at her website, here.

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4“The Storm” – Jack Ellis

Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Right away you can tell this song wants to go somewhere — and it does. “The Storm” pays dividends by the first chorus through loud, rugged aggression that retains a hauntingly gentle polish. Ellis is the common man’s rocker whose music starts out washing over you like a gentle wave and later turns to the ‘jet’ setting on the hose nozzle. Just enough power to make you dance a little on your toes.

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5“Black Gold” – HOMES

Genre: Rock

Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more dirty guitars and blues-inspired vocals — HOMES join the Milk Crate party. Perhaps the most upbeat of them all, “Black Gold” is best kept simple: fun, entertaining, and packed with talent. Think Red Hot Chili Peppers. Is it funk? Blues? Rock? All of the above? Give this melting pot of a band a thumbs up on Facebook.

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