One of the good things about living over half way to Charlottesville, from Richmond, is that I am in range of the University Of Virginia's student radio station, WTJU, so I get to hear the latest sounds that the hippest college age kids are into. I've written about this station before, and how much it reminds me of of some of the wonderful free form radio in the NYC area, back in the late 60's.
One of the trends I have noticed lately is how much of their music is reminiscent of late 70's and early 80's Progressive and New Wave styles, yet it's all new stuff. I always loved those sounds. In fact that era is one of my favorites. It's so refreshing to hear this trend, because frankly I thought that music got pretty damn boring in the mid 90's, and through the first decade of the new millennium. It seems that melody, creativity, and dynamism have finally returned to modern music, and I'm very happy to hear it, although I still don't hear it much on mainstream radio, but then mainstream radio in America, has usually been lowest common denominator crap.