October 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
Halloween is only a few short days away! To get you prepared for all the thrilling festivities, we’ve created a Halloween themed playlist for this week’s Tuesday Tunes. Check out our playlist below and share what songs your listening to!
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Mad House (Chew Fu Straight Jacket Fix) – Rihanna
Glory and Gore – Lorde
Zombie – Natalia Kills
Guilty Filthy Soul (Samantha Ronson Remix ft. Wale) – AWOLNATION
Psycho Killer – The Talking Heads
Monster – Kanye West, Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver
Secret – The Pierces
Skeletons – This Century
An Encounter – The 1975
Must Be The Music – The Summer Set
This Ain’t A Scene – Fall Out Boy
Mona Lisa – Panic! at the Disco
October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
UK Singer-songwriter James Bay recently unveiled the official video for “Hold Back the River” on VEVO. The song precedes the release of Bay’s forthcoming Hold Back the River EP, out digitally on November 24, 2014.
You can pre-order the EP here on iTunes.
October 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
For all of you that read my past single review for a certain duo known as You+Me, you will know why this next piece brings me so much happiness. It is my delight to present to you the 10-track album by You+Me, titled rose ave. Released this past October 14th, Alecia Moore, otherwise known as P!nk, and Dallas Green, from City and Colour and Alexisonfire, have graced their fans with beautiful vocal harmony and emotional lyric work in this project.
The lyrical content of the first track on the album fits the image that its title, “Capsized,” would evoke. With references to passing ships and treacherous seas, the feeling of exploration and desperation are emphasized by heavy strumming and other musical elements that create the effect of a howling wind. This ability to paint a picture just through words is seen throughout the album, indicative of the true talent these superstars possess. It’s also worth noting that this song is as instrumentally dense as it gets; everything that follows is stripped to Moore and Green, and two instruments, maybe. The only exception to this claim is “Break the Cycle.” Singing about the vicious cycle of a failing relationship, even the vocals and string section create a sound that rises and falls. All thoughtful details in what is undoubtedly a very personal song.
“From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blues)” is my second favorite track off the album. This song is complicated only through the harmonies, which Moore and Green seem to create effortlessly anyways. Restricted to a soft, acoustic plucking, this is just one of the many ballads featured on the album. “Gently,” which follows, would be the happy counterpart to the last track. But structurally, the two songs are the same; just Moore, Green, and a guitar, which is the perfect way to have the two musicians.
The only even more perfect way to have You+Me is in the form of “Love Gone Wrong.” Each singer takes a turn leading a verse, while the chorus brings the two together, Green singing in a higher register than Moore’s sensual grovel. My favorite part off this song, though, is Moore’s verse. She sings with so much attitude and soul, hearing it will give you goosebumps. Major nod to P!nk here and my top pick off the album for sure!
“You and Me” is another great example of the harmonic talent this pair has. I mentioned in my feature how it never feels like one artist is being played over the other. This track sounds like a Western love story, layering steel guitar over a simple strumming. The steel guitar is also featured in “Open Door,” a beautiful tearjerker of a song written like an open letter to Moore and Green’s parents.
Overall, this album deserves a standing ovation. When you consider how busy the two must be with their own music going on, and the fact that the majority of this project was created in a single week (WHAT?!), for an entire album to come out like this reveals a true passion for music. Available on iTunes for downloading and Spotify for streaming, rose ave. by You+Me is a must listen.
“Love Gone Wrong”
“From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blues)”
“No Ordinary Love”
October 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
If you’re a One Direction fan, you’ve probably already watched their new video about a dozen times, but what’s one more avenue for you to watch the hyped up new release? The video is for “Steal My Girl,” complete with the familiar and crazy antics that make up a One Direction video. It’s also got movie star Danny DeVito and several other interesting characters, all as the backdrop to the studly boys of One Direction, of course. So go ahead and swoon over Zayn’s falsetto–or headband for that matter–we’re right behind you!
October 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
It was a whirlwind of a week at New York’s CMJ Music Marathon. One of the highlight acts we got to see was Milo Greene, the indie pop band from Los Angeles. Don’t be fooled by the name, however, Milo Greene is not just one man. The band is actually a quintet, comprised of four lead singers and a percussionist.
Milo Greene formed in 2010 with idea of creating music that would fit well into movies and TV. They are a rare pop band that loves writing scores, resulting in the “cinematic-pop” genre they’ve labeled themselves. Milo Greene has recently been successful in this vision with their song, “Perfectly Aligned,” being featured in Tim Burton’s upcoming film, Big Eyes.
In 2012, the band released Moddison, a short film compiling music videos for each song on their self-titled debut album. It was a unique idea that certainly sets Milo Greene apart, and is a perfect example of the band’s essence.
Milo Greene is signed with Chop Shop/Atlantic Records and has released one full length album, Milo Greene, with a sophomore album, Control, set to be released January 27, 2015. Listen to their single, “White Lies,” below to hear their fun, yet soothing sound. You can pre-order the album now, as well.
October 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Barely a month after wrapping up their Where We Are Tour, One Direction has already announced a new tour, with dates and ticket sales already planned out. The On The Road Again Tour will start in Austria in June 2015 and make its way to the U.S. by July, carrying into September. Pre-sale tickets go on sale TOMORROW, October 24th at 10 AM, and regular sales begin 10 AM, November 1st. Tickets are available through One Direction’s tour website, here. The boys will also be traveling from Australia west to South Africa throughout the winter and spring, starting in February. Get all the One Direction tour dates here.
The tour announcement also comes roughly a month before the highly anticipated release of the band’s fourth album, Four. The music video for the second single off the album, “Steal My Girl,” will also premiere tomorrow. Be sure to check back for that release! You can watch teaser clips from the video on their YouTube channel here.
Pre-orders for Four are also available on iTunes.
October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today, October 21, is the first day of the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon! Each year, hundreds of artists perform in over 80 venues throughout New York City. CMJ is known to bring the best up and coming talent so all attendees, be sure to keep an eye out! If you don’t know what CMJ is, you can read Sierra’s recap from the 2012 festival, or visit the official website.
For this week’s Tuesday Tunes, we wanted to create a list of songs from artists we can’t wait to see this week. There’s still time to purchase a badge and there are some showcases that are free and open to the public, so don’t miss out if you’re in the area!
Luna – Bombay Bicycle Club
All This Could Be Yours – Cold War Kids
10, 000 Emerald Pools – BØRNS
Wait – WYLAND
Meet Me – Animal Years
Floodlights - Jack + Eliza
No Shows – Gerard Way
Best Friend – Foster The People
Tools – Yellerkin
Let Go – RAC