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Miami Horror – “Leila” *NEW ’80s-INSPIRED CONCEPTUAL RECORD

March 3rd, 2017 by | Dance, Disco, Electropop, New Wave, synthpop |

unnamed 600x600 Miami Horror   Leila *NEW 80s INSPIRED CONCEPTUAL RECORDOne of my all-time favorite Australian bands Miami Horror has released a new single “Leila” which will be on their new 80′s-inspired conceptual record The Shapes out March 17th.

Stream “Leila” below which has this upbeat disco vibe that is a lot of

“Leila” is the first song released from Miami Horror‘s new conceptual release The Shapes - a unique 5 track release that has Miami Horror step out of their comfort zone. The Shapes combines upbeat percussive grooves, with experimental vocal styles that echo Talking Heads and other post-new wave groups of the 80s.

In conjunction with the EP’s release, Miami Horror are working closely with visual artists that have inspired their music such as Erin Garcia, Spenceroni, Lynnie Zulu & Annukil, as well as Argentinian and South African artists John Mccam & Sebatian Borkenhagen.

I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Shapes and give you guys a thorough review of the 5-track EP, I love everything Miami Horror does and this continues their vibrant electric vibe they bring to their music.

Hidden Gem: The Yugos *infectious quirky lo-fi pop/rock

February 23rd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, Pop, Rock |

unnamed2 Hidden Gem: The Yugos *infectious quirky lo fi pop/rockCincinnati based band The Yugos will release their album Weighing the Heart on March 10th via Old Flame Records. When I heard their song “Ingenue” back in early February, I was hooked! I can’t wait for their album as I think this band has influences from bands like The Talking Heads, The Psychadelic Furs and The Cure. You might not love it on your first listen but once you listen again, you won’t want to stop as it’s got this dark infectious lo-fi rock/pop vibe that sounds fresh!

Stream “Ingenue” below.

If you like that listen to “Steve French” and “Take Some Time” below. (more…)

Introducing Los Colognes *tropical smooth fun

February 8th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Ambient, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

unnamed1 Introducing Los Colognes *tropical smooth funNashville-based Los Colognes have just announced their third album The Wave, out May 12th via Big Deal Media / Thirty Tigers. Last month they released the first track “Flying Apart,” which has such a tropical smooth sound I’m hooked on! The band has a run of shows in the US, including opening slots for St. Paul and the Broken Bones and an appearance at Sasquatch Festival.

Guitarist/singer Jay Rutherford opines in “Flying Apart” – ‘Nobody believed / We’re all just hoping / Floating down streams.” It’s a song that invokes “the wave” metaphor of the album’s title, while churning through its own sonic sea of shimmering keyboards and guitars anchored by drummer Aaron Mortenson. The music evokes any of the best moments of late seventies or mid eighties FM radio while never being weighed down by the specter of influence. Los Colognes are a young band who have managed to forge their own sound while channeling the best sonic worlds of the decades past.

Stream “Flying Apart” below and find out more info on the upcoming album and Los Colognes upcoming tour dates!

Unlike the live approach used to record the group’s previous records, The Wave was built from the ground up with attention to each part. There is a certain economy of space in the songs that feel’s deliberate, while never ceasing to be warm and inclusive. Guitar and keyboard lines drift off each other in between lyrical exchanges while Mortenson propels the beat, sometimes meditative, sometimes driving.
The journey to finish recording The Wave was its own quest for Rutherford and Mortenson, a more deliberate process of creation and craft that shows a band becoming fully aware of its voice and its vision. Los Colognes have given us a singular collection of quietly anthemic tunes held together by philosophical reflection and damn fine rock and roll chops. The Wave is coming.
The Wave is out May 12th, preorder the album HERE.
Read the full bio by William Tyler HERE.

Tracklisting:
1. Sneakin’ Breadcrumbs
2. Flying Apart
3. Unspoken
4. Molly B Good
5. Forever In Between
6. The White Whale
7. Man Over Bored
8. Hope Not Too Long
9. A-OK
10. Can You Remember?
Tour dates:
2/25 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine
3/16 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
3/17 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall *
3/18 – Columbia, SC @ St Pat’s @ 5 Points *
3/23 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater *
3/24 – St. Petersburg (Tampa), FL @ Jannus Live *
4/1 – New Orleans, LA @ Hogs for the Cause Festival
5/20 – Richmond, VA @ Dominion RiverRock Festival
5/29 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
8/24-08/27 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Festival
*with St Paul & The Broken Bones
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Review: Urban Cone at Bardot *electric catchy pop

February 8th, 2017 by | Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Pop |

 Review: Urban Cone at Bardot *electric catchy popMonday night I caught the recently signed to Interscope band Urban Cone as they rocked the intimate stage at Bardot in front of a small but packed house in Hollywood. They were so damn catchy with their infectious electro-pop, I enjoyed just about every song they performed in their short but jam-packed set.

 

Last week they released the catchy pop hit, “Old School” which should be all over pop/top 40 radio stations and garnering tons of streams online. They’ve been making catchy alternative electro pop tracks for years and it seems with a major label backing, they could finally break out in the US as they continue to gain recognition, they clearly have what it takes and as they got a fun sound that’s hard not to like.

Stream or watch my 4 favorites they performed live below, “Old School”, “Sadness Disease” and “Come Back To Me” and “Urban Photograph”. (more…)

Introducing Chris Youmans and The Sound Agency *funk-pop-soul fusion

February 7th, 2017 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Pop |
1487328772652 600x600 Introducing Chris Youmans and The Sound Agency *funk pop soul fusionChris Youmans & The Sound Agency came to life in 2013. At the group’s core is a collaboration between Youmans and multi-instrumentalist Colin Deas, who Youmans met while studying music at UC Berkeley. The Sound Agency takes the best elements of classic and modern pop, rock, funk, and soul and weaves them around Youmans’s infectious songs.

The band released their debut EP, Make Things Right, in February 2016 to a sold out crowd at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco. Following the release, the band moved from Berkeley to Los Angeles and has begun touring tirelessly on the west coast. This summer they will be making their debut at several California festivals and working on their next release.

The Make Things Right EP is currently streaming below on Bandcamp; my favorite song includes the title track.

CHRIS YOUMANS & THE SOUND AGENCY TOUR DATES
2/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mint LA
3/4 – San Diego, CA @ Seven Grand SD
3/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Hotel Utah Saloon

If you like what you hear above, listen to Chris Youmans and his band cover “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley below. (more…)

Video: Faulkner – “Revolutionary” *catchy rock-pop

February 2nd, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video, Rock |

unnamed 600x399 Video: Faulkner   Revolutionary *catchy rock pop

I had heard of Faulkner doing shows in LA but never pursued it as I didn’t know much about them. However, when their team sent “Revolutionary” over, I knew I had to write about this rock-pop track which is getting quite the buzz for an independent artist.

The bicoastal four piece have been getting a ton of love for their newest single, “Revolutionary” (off their debut album “REVANCHIST”) which is everything you could ever want from a grunge infused pop-rock track. The song has been even been featured on iconic L.A. radio station KROQ and has well over two million views on YouTube.

I caught them do a 5-6 song exclusive set in Hollywood, performing a track that will be with a fairly big rapper later this year (sorry I can’t reveal) and a couple others tracks there were quite catchy. They have a good stage presence and hopefully will get some tour dates going so they can gain further exposure.

Watch the music video for “Revolutionary” below. (more…)

Freedom Fry – “Awake” *fun alternative pop

January 15th, 2017 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop |

unspecified 600x600 Freedom Fry   Awake *fun alternative popFreedom Fry is at it again with another fun song you would love to hear at a campfire with close friends, road tripping or just some uplifting sing-along pop to make you feel happy! “Awake” is the jam and their first single of 2017!

“Awake is our ode to those moments when life feels vivid and you feel like you’re on the right path.” - Freedom Fry

Stream it below! Spotify // Amazon // Apple Music

 

Introducing Molly Marlette *electro-pop starlette

January 4th, 2017 by | Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

molly marlette 03 Introducing Molly Marlette *electro pop starletteI was introduced to Molly Marlette by her manager and once I heard her single “Do Me A Favor” as well as a few demo songs yet to be released, I knew she had a sound that has potential to get radio play as she has a fresh electro-pop sound that is easy to sing and dance along to.

Stream “Do Me A Favor” below.

If you like what you heard above, follow Molly Marlette on facebook and twitter.

Watch: REMI – Lose Sleep Ft. Jordan Rakei *Soul/Hip-Hop

December 11th, 2016 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

unnamed 399x600 Watch: REMI   Lose Sleep Ft. Jordan Rakei *Soul/Hip HopFollowing the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album Divas and Demons, Melbourne hip-hop outfit REMI share a new video for single “Lose Sleep” featuring London based artist Jordan Rakei – the cherry on top of their biggest year yet.

Filmed from both Melbourne and London, the clip features both Jordan and Remi walking darkly lit streets singing the highly personal lyrics with a reflective sensibility. Watch the soul-infused hip-pop/R&B track below, real smooth on a relaxing afternoon. (more…)

Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rock

November 28th, 2016 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Hidden Gem, Pop |

Kyko FI 600x450 Kyko *tropical electronic pop/rockThe latest Hidden Gem I got for you is London outfit Kyko. Formed in 2014, this young pop band is crafting a sound that keeps getting better. They just released “Nature” which is very Vampire Weekend/Paul Simon‘s Graceland-esque and I LOVE IT! They released “Nature” earlier this month and before that have had excellent releases on their soundcloud.

I discovered this band through a reddit post about people looking for music influenced by Graceland and African artists that influenced Paul Simon in making that classic album. I first heard Kyko’s “Animals” and fell in love with the tropical laid back pop/rock vibe that is very easy to groove to. Once I heard “Nature” and the several other songs on their soundcloud, I was hooked and hand to feature them on BtB.

Stream “Nature”, “Native” and “Animals” below. (more…)


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