Joel Michael Howard plays musically light, emotionally heavy guitar pop. “Don’t Know Why,” from Howard’s upcoming 7-inch, could pass for the Shins if they were inhaling small doses of helium and gently floating skyward. There’s also a touch of Kiwi pop in the symphonically enhanced sway, and when those harmonies kick in you might almost confuse it for Boston until you remember what a gentle touch Howard brings to his music. Check it out.
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