Crossing the Streams with Brent and Aaron

Crossing the Streams with Brent and Aaron

Most of us older than 30 remember mix tapes and the time we spent meticulously curating the perfect collection of songs to introduce friends to new music. The mediums we grew up on have moved to streaming services and playlists, but the sentiment still rings true. Every Monday, Aaron and Brent trade songs to find out what has changed and what will never change. Music is ever-evolving, but the fingerprints of the past are always present. Get ready for a mixtape throwdown for the digital age with Crossing the Streams.


September 25, 2023 70 mins

This week, in Episode 181, Aaron and Brent circle back to the folk genre to cover music from a Canadian singer/songwriter who just passed away in May and an Irish trio that named themselves after a particular bird that frequents the river Boro in Wexford.

With a style of music that is reminiscent of fellow Irish singer/songwriter Dermot Kennedy, Aaron highlights three songs from the band Kingfishr.

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For their 180th Episode, Aaron and Brent spotlight songs from a renaissance period in country music when artists like Shania Twain and Garth Brooks started crossing over into the mainstream.

In the 1990s, hits like “Achy Breaky Heart" and "How Do I Live" helped bridge the gap between the genre's traditional roots and the new pop-friendly sound.

For Episode 180, the guys each highlight three standout tracks from country music in the 1...

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This week, Aaron and Brent explore the stranger side of music in an episode they have dubbed, "What is Even Happening: A Collection of Curiosities".

From spoken-word tracks and experimental sounds to bluegrass covers of hip-hop songs, the guys single out three left-of-center picks including music from bands like King Missile, Passion Pit, and Was (Not Was).

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September 4, 2023 64 mins

This week, Aaron picks out music from an English singer, songwriter and guitarist who was named Best British Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards in 2007 and Brent highlights a singer/songwriter who was nicknamed "Bruno" by his father because of his resemblance to wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

Named best-selling male solo artist of 2006 in the UK thanks in part to his debut album topping UK Albums Chart, Aaron singles out three songs fr...

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August 28, 2023 66 mins

This week, Aaron picks out music from a Kitchener, Ontario, twin sister group while Brent highlights a Chicago-based band co-founded by Louise Post and Nina Gordon.

Born from the ashes of their previous group, Courage My Love, during the summer of 2020, Aaron picks three tracks from the Arn-Horn sisters in Softcult.

Taking their name from the spoiled rotten rich girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Brent picks three song...

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For Episode 176, Aaron and Brent base their song picks around the very concept that helped birth this podcast:  Mix-Tapes.

Before the days of instantly discovering new music through Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube, you had to rely on word-of-mouth from friends or a meticulously-crafted collections of songs on cassette in order to unearth a band you never knew existed.

This week, the guys exchange three song with each other...

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August 14, 2023 68 mins

This week, Aaron picks out songs from a St. Charles, Missouri band that formed in their local record shop while Brent features music from a Dallas/Ft. Worth group that got a career boost courtesy of VH1.

Starting out in high school under the moniker Hindsight before changing it again to a name they would eventually title their debut album, Aaron introduces Brent to 3 songs off of Greenwheel’s album "Soma Holiday".

Included as one of ...

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August 7, 2023 78 mins

Aaron helps to familiarize Brent with deeper cuts from an artist who found success with two back-to-back radio hits in the late 90s while Brent introduces Aaron to a West Tennessee band that takes their name from a line in the Terry Gilliam film "Brazil".

With songs like "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask For More" making him a Top 40 staple, Aaron instead picks out three songs from Edwin McCain's 1995 major-label debut "Honor Among Thi...

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July 31, 2023 72 mins

This week, Aaron and Brent each try to define what exactly makes a song have a particular vibe to it.  As expected, they have vastly different interpretations of the meaning of the word.

They each pick out 3 songs that distinctly represent what the concept of the word means to them and give their explanation for each one.

The guys highlight tracks from artists including Ásgeir, Deee-Lite, Anna of the North, and mo...

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Aaron highlights a band from the suburbs of Atlanta that originally started as a solo project for frontman Andy Hull while Brent spotlights a Louisville-bred band led by singer-songwriter Jim James.

Named after the English city home to bands like The Smiths and Oasis, Aaron picks out three songs from Manchester Orchestra.

Once featured in the film Elizabethtown as the fictional band Ruckus, Brent singles out three songs from the...

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July 17, 2023 71 mins

This week, Aaron introduces Brent to an Atlanta band that just released their first album in 6 years last month while Brent highlights a group from Germany that formed in 1965 by guitarist Rudolf Schenker.

Described by NPR as "revved-up Southern hard-rock that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn”, Aaron picks out three songs from Royal Thunder.

Featuring a career that has spawned 19 studio albums and over 100 millio...

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Aaron highlights a Tennessee musician who was once a featured contestant on American Idol while Brent circles back to the outlaw country genre to spotlight a singer who had his fair share of run-ins with the law.

Controversially eliminated from the 2008 edition of Idol under his real name, Aaron picks out three songs from Josiah Leming's latest project, Josiah and the Bonnevilles.

Born Donald Eugene Lytle before legally ren...

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With Brent headed out-of-town on vacation, Aaron does the heavy-lifting this week for the ninth edition in the Filling In The Gaps series.

”Filling in the Gaps” episodes give either Aaron or Brent a chance to introduce the other to a whole section of music that they may have missed entirely.

This time around, Aaron picks out 6 pop-punk songs from bands including Simple PlanFour Year StrongNew Fo...

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June 26, 2023 69 mins

Aaron and Brent highlight music released by the offspring of famous rock stars and look at how being the next generation can be both helpful and harmful.

Stepping away from the shadow of their celebrated parent in order to carve out their own identity, Aaron and Brent spotlight songs from musicians including Nancy Sinatra, Tommy Prine, and Wolfgang Van Halen.

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June 19, 2023 82 mins

This Monday, in honor of Bevill's birthday, the guys are going with a nostalgic theme for Episode 167.

Brimming with soundtracks that were just as significant as the movies themselves, Aaron and Brent each pick out three songs from various films of the 80s.

They'll highlight songs from classic, and cult-classic, movies like "Better Off Dead", "The Wizard", "License To Drive", and more.

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June 12, 2023 68 mins

Aaron and Brent each pick out music from two different bands with Minnesota roots.

Formed in 2020 while quarantined at their parent's suburban home in Burnsville, Aaron picks out three tracks from the brother-sister duo Durry.

Featuring two members of the beloved Minneapolis/Boston band Lifter Puller, Brent highlights three songs from Brooklyn's The Hold Steady.

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June 5, 2023 79 mins

Aaron features music from a 25 year old musician hailing from a small seaside town in Northern Ireland while Brent highlights an artist whose songs have been covered by acts ranging from UB40 and The Monkees to Urge Overkill.

Finding early support and mentorship from fellow Irish musician Foy Vance, Aaron picks out three songs from the Portaferry singer/songwriter Ryan McMullan.

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May 29, 2023 69 mins

Aaron picks out music from an Australian band that features two members who also play in the group King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard while Brent focuses his attention on a UK band that broke-up just prior to achieving one of the biggest hits of their career.

With a brand new album, "Calm Ya Farm", just released earlier this month, Aaron spotlights 3 songs from the Melbourne group The Murlocs.

Acquiring their name from bassist Paul...

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Aaron and Brent bring back frequent guest Ryan King for a special episode featuring actor and musician Phil Buckman.

Buckman has played with groups like Fuel, Steel Panther, and Filter.  He was the featured bassist for Ryan's pick, "No Love" in Episode 160.

Aaron, Brent, and Ryan talk with Phil about his music career, including his current band Petty Cash, and his acting career, which has included roles in movies like "An Americ...

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May 15, 2023 84 mins

Aaron and Brent return to one of their favorite topics:  Soundtracks.

With two previous episodes dedicated to the topic, Episodes 13 and 88, this time around Brent goes with a traditional movie soundtrack release while Aaron picks out music from a popular video game series.

Featuring music composed by Bear McCreary, Aaron highlights three tracks from the original soundtrack to 2022's God of War Ragnarök.

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