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Black Pistol Fire – “Crows Feet” *Blues Rock

August 13th, 2012 by | Rock |

Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen may be Canadian-born but their relocation to Austin, Texas isn’t their only claim to the south – they produce some rich blues-rock that will even have southern natives jammin’.

Having been compared to the legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival in the past, their new single, “Crows Feet” channels the vigor of Jack White with the accessibility of The Black Keys. In other words: if you’re a fan of rock, don’t let this duet pass you by.

Get a load of the slide guitar and that robust instrumental closer in “Crows Feet”:

Black Pistol Fire’s new album Big Beat ’59 is available now on iTunes via Rifle Bird Records. Connect with them on Facebook!

An Incredible Weekend at Coachella (Day 1: Friday)

April 16th, 2012 by | Alternative/Indie, Chill/Jam/Reggae, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Dance Music |

Having witnessed all the craziness of Coachella this past weekend, I figured I’d share it all with everyone (especially the people who are going next week, you are in for quite a treat). It was impossible to see everyone I wanted to live and the weather was not as good the whole weekend as I would have liked it to be. However, that did not stop me from seeing some great live performances. Starting today and up until Wednesday, I will share with you the performances I saw each day and let you all know what to expect if you are going this coming weekend.

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Video: Taylor Berrett & The Wild Cover The Black Keys

February 3rd, 2012 by | Music Video, Rock |

With the extensive accessibility of the internet, it isn’t surprising that not even two months passes before tracks from The Black Keys latest album El Camino are covered.  Lucky for us, there is talent beyond the mainstream and frankly, it ain’t so bad.

Taylor Berrett‘s style walks a line between John Mayor and Justin Timberlake circa bringing sexy back. This characteristic bodes well for his cover of “Lonely Boy,” however, his staccato and raspy style are a regular trait for the indie/blues rock genre The Black Keys fall into.

New Zealand’s rap-rock trio, The Wild, capture the intimacy and emotion of “Little Black Submarines” that fits the general bluesy demeanor of the original. They don’t go so far as to imitate the Dan Auerbach’s rocking guitar solo but this decision gives their rendition more strength in the tracks’ delicacy. Stream and download below!

Watch the two Black Keys video covers below!
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Hanni El Khatib – Build. Destroy. Rebuild

April 20th, 2011 by | Rock |

Since I heard this song in March, I have just liked it more and more. Reminds me of “United States of Whatever” by Liam Lynch but like 5 times better. Nevermind, with Hanni El Khatib’s punk/garage/blues style, this sounds a bit closer to the next Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. If worst comes to worst you don’t like this song, at least listen to the end because the ending is one of the best parts of the track.

Hanni El Khatib – Build. Destroy. Rebuild.

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Sampled Saturday pt. 3 *Black Keys, NBA Jam, Shaggy & Marky Mark

February 5th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, R&B, Remix, Rock, Sampled Saturday |


I’m feeling the good vibrations. I hope you like this Sampled Saturday feature that we are officially starting here. This week I bring you a song sampling NBA Jam, a song sampling one of the best rock songs of 2010 and a song sampling the above Marky Mark single. Then Bei Maejor jumps on the hit that’s about the worst thing cheaters can say to their partner… (video links next to sampled song)

Jody Duff – Jam 94′ [Prod. by AyP] (NBA Jam sample)
The Black Keys – Tighten Up ft. MENT Nelson [Hip-Hop Remix] (sampled song)
Bei Maejor – Hit Me Up Angel (Shaggy sample)
Matt Clarke – Good Vibration (sampled song above)

*To download: right-click (PC) or control-click (Mac)*

Not so hidden gem – The Black Keys

November 10th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Rock |

The Black Keys have been around for a while (since 2001). However since “Tighten Up”, they have gotten much more attention and have found the formula for commercial success. They are a blues-rock duo and just a mix of some good fun music.

I usually don’t like Blues because it’s a little too slow for my taste, but these guys make it uplifting (not feeling like the blues) and more upbeat.

Here’s a few of my favorites.
The Black Keys – Everlasting Light
The Black Keys – Tighten Up
The Black Keys – Psychotic Girl
I think this “not so hidden gem” thing should start becoming a weekly thing. Do a post about a really good artist that is pretty well known but should be more well known.

Freddie Gibbs – “Oil Money” Official Music Video

September 8th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, R&B |
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“Oil Money” is from Freddie Gibbs’ Str8 Killa EP which is on iTunes. Oil Money features Chuck Inglish (The Cool Kids), Chip Tha Ripper, Bun B & Dan Auerbach (Black Keys). The video is fairly laid-back, don’t see a lot of bling on the rappers who are all just hanging by a storefront in a SUV.
Below download “Oil Money” and listen and download “Something New” feat. YP.
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F4396154%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-tFCbH&secret_url=false  Freddie Gibbs – Oil Money f. Chuck Inglish, Chip Tha Ripper by diptnyc 
http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F4845968%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-PwXlZ&secret_url=false  Freddie Gibbs featuring YP – Something New (Produced by Million $ Mano) by Hypetrak 
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