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Jo's Picks Of The Month: January 2024

By Jo Louks.

This article is a regular monthly contribution, published exclusively in the Sound Café magazine with the intention of providing you with information on artists that you might not have heard of, but I think are truly worth exploring further.


Noah Kahan is an American singer-songwriter, he broke through in 2017 and joined Republic Records.  His single "Hurt Somebody" achieved gold status in the States. His debut album, Busyhead dropped in 2019 and within 5 years, two more albums followed. I was/I Am in 2021 and Stick Season in 2022, the second of which went on to be a breakthrough album and his nomination for the 2023 Grammy award for the Best New Artist. 


In our generation today, Kahan opens up about his struggles with mental health, his popularity is a sure sign of the times and what the youth are longing for. Indie folk is becoming more mainstream, Kahan feels he's the right person for the right time. 

Noah unravels the taboo of the mental health initiative with The Busyhead Project. Noah donated a portion of every ticket sold from his 2023 tour to the project and local organizations on the road.  

Love this song, hope ya'll do too.


Lovelytheband is an American Indie-pop band that formed in 2016 in Los Angeles, the band consists of vocalist Mitchy Collins, guitarist Jordan Greenwald, and drummer Sam Price.


The band is most known for their single Broken which is an amazing song, give it a listen also. It has over 3 million streams on Spotify. Broken also topped many charts for several weeks and made the top 10 on the Billboard radio song chart.

In 2017 the band released their first EP, Everything I Could Never Say.  

The single Heartbreak of America was released on October 30th, 2020. It highlighted problems in America such as gun violence, the 2020 presidential election, drug abuse, etc. 

The song was co-written by Foster the People frontman Mark Foster, another amazing Artist. In 2022 the band started their own label, Happy Accident.  The first release Sail Away dropped in June. The growth of this track mirrors their chart breaking debut single Broken.   

Enjoy Sail Away !

The Sound Cafe's Jo Louks & Stevie Connor.

"My collection of K-TELS playing on my portable candle record player is where my relationship with and love for music of all genres began. It continued throughout my life, from going to concerts through to my more recent luck in being involved in an album production, from studio recording to mastering. WOW! What an experience, and from it I've gained an even greater respect and appreciation for what it takes to make great music!

Couple that with my air guitar acumen, and that of course makes me a consummate professional in bringing 'Jo's Picks Of The Month' to you.

All kidding aside my repertoire of songs is vast and what an honour it is to share my picks with the readers of The Sound Cafe Magazine!" - Jo.

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