elbow_01My favorite band…that’s usually not a toughie. I listen to almost everything. Everything.

I appreciate way more than almost anyone I ever speak to about the subject. It speaks volumes of my marriage that my wife unconsciously has the best taste in music of anyone I know except Gilles Peterson…and that is a HUGE statement.

Ever since I first saw them on Later with Jools Holland my favorite band has been Radiohead. Not that I drove for days to see them anytime they were close, but I held their recorded content to be of higher quality than any other band. I listen to many, many other bands: Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Social Distortion, Klaxons, Tame Impala, Belle & Sebastian, Cartonbox, M83, CHVRCHES, Plastikman, Silversun Pickups, The XX, etc.

But an unlikely named group has won me over. Elbow.

Click on the link carried with their name, because they’re not new but their newness in the US will hopefully make then explode as the next, new, big, intelligent, thing.

Not ready to commit? No worries. Ge to know their lead singer Guy Garvey from his BBC 6 Music show, which itself is the equivalent of a weekly musical Turkish Bath: more than you wanted but you love every bit of it.

Elbow is more than worthy of your consideration.