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it’s time to get down with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

February 15th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Music Video |

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears are one of my favorite blues/soul bands out there because frankly, there are not too many that are still around today with how the music industry has evolved. They have a retro appeal much like Fitz & The Tantrums and a little bit like The Black Keys but specifically have sound a bit like James Brown and carry some of his swagger as well.

My brother saw them open up for Passion Pit last year and even though Black Joe Lewis hasn’t released new music since 2009, when they released an four song EP and then in March 2009 released their debut album, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!

Their album is a must buy for anybody that is down to have a good time with some soulful rock/blues. Here’s a few reasons why you should buy their album.
Get Yo Shit
Earlier today, Black Joe Lewis released a song on iTunes which is worth checking out as well.

For more on Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, check out Black Joe Lewis’ facebook and twitter.

Not throwback thursday: Fitz & The Tantrums

December 23rd, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Pop, R&B |

Although their music sounds like some back in the day R&B and Funk/Soul stuff, Fitz & The Tantrums are a rising soulful pop band from Los Angeles.

They released debut EP in 2009 (purchase), got signed by Dangerbird Records in 2010 and released their debut album (purchase) in August ’10. Here’s a couple of my recent favorites from Fitz & The Tantrums.

Don’t Gotta Work It Out

Hidden Gem: Vokab Kompany

October 4th, 2010 by | Dance, Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Vokab Kompany is an electro/hip-hop/funk/soul band hailing from San Diego. They are a mix of genre’s and when I saw them perform Saturday night On The Rox in Los Angeles, they reminded me of a more electro-soul Rage Against The Machine. 

Here are a couple of my favorite tracks from Vokab Kompany. “So Bright” which is one of their latest songs released in June and “That Day” is one of the singles off their latest album release, The New Kong, which came out Halloween 2009.  So Bright by Vokab Kompany
Download  That Day Radio Edit – Vokab Kompany 
If you like Vokab Kompany, check out their hompage and bandcamp. Enjoy!

Prospect of the Week: Outasight

August 20th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous, Prospect of the Week |

Outasight – Catch Me If You Can from gregthedude on Vimeo.

Even though this rapper signed with a major record label in October 2009 with Warner Bros., Outasight is our Prospect of the Week because he hasn’t released a debut album yet, but is definately on the verge of becoming mainstream. Although Outasight is defined as a hip-hop artist, he has traces of rock, soul and some pop in the songs, which makes for a great genre-blending artist. The video above is the music video for the single, “Catch Me If You Can” from the Further EP and in 2010, Outasight collaborated with Asher Roth on the remix to the song.

On August 17, Outasight put out a mixtape, Never Say Never, which I really love and have included a link to below. This Yonkers, NY based musician will be releasing his debut album, From Here to Eternity in the Fall of 2010 (release date TBA).

Below I have included a few of my favorites by Outasight and download links to their latest mixtape (Never Say Never) and the Further EP, released in December ’09 and gained so much buzz that it isn’t free anymore 🙁  Outasight – Never Say Never – She’s Leaving Home by Hypetrak  Outasight – Never Say Never – Be Alright by Hypetrak  Outasight – Catch Me If You Can Remix (ft Asher Roth) by Tea N Muffin  Outasight – Never Say Never – Near The End (ft. Freddie Gibbs) by Hypetrak

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