Monday, December 31, 2012

[Read] 2012: An Emotional Guide Presented By Al Green

It's been a crazy year. From the positive to the negative, 2012 has brought us many smiles and tears. With so many emotions floating around, however, the appropriate response can fall between the cracks. To make sure you reacted to some of this past year's major events correctly, we have enlisted the help of soul superstar, Al Green...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

[Listen] Lord Huron, Ruler of Indie

[Sounds like: Maps & Atlases, Jesse Woods, Young Man]

Although there are only a few days left until 2013, we're still discovering bright spots in a seemingly dark time. Just turn on any news station and you'll witness negative event after negative event. The good is rarely focused on. I've always been told, however, that good things come in small packages. And whether you take that advice literally (you should always pick the small gift when participating in a white elephant gift exchange) or figuratively, it seems to always ring true. A song, for example, has a funny way of becoming an audible escape from reality. It can facilitate a mood, or better yet, improve it. 

Lord Huron is a band that we've recently discovered that has allowed us to retire from reality. Exemplified by their latest album, Lonesome Dreams, the band's sweeping, atmospheric sounds provide instant calmness to its listeners. Led by Michigan native, Ben Schneider, Lord Huron is a band we all should have known this past year. Luckily, there are 5 days left until the new year. So here's our small package to you: Lord Huron's best tune, "Time To Run." Escape, smile, and listen below...

Time to Run // Lord Huron

Purchase Lord Huron's album, 
Lonesome Dreams, HERE

Thursday, December 6, 2012

[Listen] Current Swell Rises Into Our Favorites

[Sounds like: Bag of Toys, The Beautiful Girls, ALO]

Surf rock sucks. It's been strung up and beaten relentlessly since Jack Johnson came into the picture several years ago. There are, however, a few shining heroes fighting to keep the genre respectable, as well as adaptable. Our friends, Bag of Toys, have gone the traditional route, changing little but doing things so well you can't help but love them. Our newest discovery, Current Swell, however, is changing the game and the genre by creating a hybrid. Think of grassy roots wrapped around a boogie board.  

Based out of British Columbia, this four man quartet has traveled the world, lived in cramped quarters, and have consequently created a close-knit movement they coin "singalong-ready roots rock." I'll give them some credit, they're not really surf rock anymore, yet they're not exactly not. It's confusing, I know. If I have completely lost you (which is always the likely case), the best way to deal with the bewilderment is to shut down and just listen. Current Swell's latest album, Long Time Ago, came out in October of 2011. Stream it below


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

[Download & Watch] Never Judge a Book By its Cover: Rayland Baxter

[Sounds like: David Mayfield, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Orbans]

Straight out of a mechanic's shop from the 60's, Rayland Baxter is a singer/songwriter from all over. He's dabbled in Tennessee, moved to Colorado, and explored Israel all while developing a sound that gets heads turning. It's acoustic, yet energetic - the type of mixture that makes you feel bubbly rural like feet on warm, hardwood floors. 

Rayland is currently touring the Northeast alongside Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, and consequently beginning to make a name for himself. Label it trickle-down-promotion if you like, but either way, Rayland's sound is attractive and worthy. Watch a video of one of Rayland's rooftop sessions below, then head over to his website to grab a free track for the price of an email address, as well as his new, full-length album...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

[Download] The Oh Hello's Leap and Bound with New Album

[Sounds like: Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Connor Zwetsch]

What do you get when you combine Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and that Connor Zwetsch girl? The answers is The Oh Hello's - a duo who began with a wonderfully immature folk sound a few years ago. They have since developed an identity so harmoniously perfect it brings folk angels to earth, streaming white lights behind them, intertwining and tangling to make a wild assortment of glowing stars that sparkle at all the right moments. It's a generous description, and it may be a little overstated, but this is one of those moments where you get caught up in something new. 

The Oh Hello's first attention grabber, "Hello My Old Heart," was released in December of 2011. For almost a year, the band fell silent until just recently releasing their first, full length album, Through The Deep, Dark Valley. We loved the band's original sound - so simple and raw. Their new album, however, is a "self-contained concept" that does what almost every artist can't do: reform their identity in a way that matures their sound and keeps people listening. From start to finish, Through The Deep, Dark Valley can be seen as a massive leap forward for The Oh Hello's. They keep the acoustics from their EP, invite a few friends to help out, and ultimately produce an album that simply says, "We're really good..."

Thursday, November 8, 2012

[Download] Spencer Hannemann Keeps Growing

[Sounds Like: William Elliott Whitmore, The Wood Brothers, Joe Pug]

Hey remember that guy we told you about a while back? Let me clarify. Remember that guy with the angel-molded voice that has countless projects online up for grabs? Well he's back with a new album, titled Dead as Disco, and it's a collection of 10 more freebies that have us falling in love with Spencer Hannemann's music all over again. This methodical folk-machine of a singer/songwriter released Dead as Disco yesterday, only two months after releasing his first official full length album. At a certain point, we thought we would be scratching our heads and anticipating a sudden drop off in execution from our new friend. After all, he has six EPs and two albums all within the last two years. Probably ridiculous and definitely addictive, Spencer's music is a must grab. Obsessed with playing and distributing his work, Spencer is inevitably growing his sound at an exponential rate. 

It hits you pretty quickly. The first song off Spencer's new album, "Nebraska," is a refreshing rise in tempo (a very minor rise) from his ordinarily slow and raw songs. And although most of the album stays within his normal sound, there is no resentment coming from our corner. It's his niche and with his raspy, deep rooted voice, he belongs there. You can grab Dead as Disco off his website, along with his other work, for free after you stream the new album below...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

[Listen & Watch] Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band is group that manages to turn heads with merely their name. And once they have gotten your attention, there’s no going back. This six-member band based out of Asheville, NC has taken the genre of funk to the next level and has dubbed their style as “Nu Funk.” It’s funky, aggressive, and downright fun. These funkadelic playas have one interest as stated through their facebook page: “to make YOU happy”; they have been doing so for over a decade now, and it doesn't look like they're planning on stopping anytime soon. 

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band recently released their sophomore studio album, Doin’ It Hard, back in March. This is the first album to feature the band's complete current lineup and has been said to be a “reflection of the Booty Band’s approach to music, touring, performing, and life in general.” And if you listen to the album, you’ll realize that this band’s approach to all of these things is not only appealing, it’s truly funky. And to accompany this new release, the band decided to put together a  remix side project titled Re-Doin’ It Hard. This seven-track album includes tracks from Doin’ It Hard mixed by some of the band’s favorite DJs. If you like your funk with a side of electronics, then this album is just for you. 

The Booty Band is a nationally touring band currently making stops possibly at a venue near you, including some winter music festivals. Be sure to check out their tour schedule here and watch their new music video for "Lovin’" below.  Also be on the lookout as these guys get ready to announce their NYE run as well as another studio album which is set to release in March of 2013.  Spread the funk.

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty - True Battle

Purchase Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band's music HERE 

Watch the band's new music video for "Lovin" after the jump...

[Vote] 100 Fold Studio: Building Eternal Relationships

100 Fold Studio, based out of Lakeside, Montana, is a non-profit architecture firm focused on "providing innovative and affordable design services for global missions." Powered by the donations of individuals and corporations surrounding it, 100 Fold Studio continually impacts areas such as Alabama, Africa, El Salvador, Haiti, Montana, and most recently, Cambodia. From mission centers to soccer fields, the firm is mastering innovative, limited-resourced designs for those who normally can not afford architects. While upholding the same level of quality as other firms, 100 Fold Studio is distancing itself by saving millions of dollars for millions across the globe who need it most. 

"Is this not the kind of sacrifice God has provide the poor wanderer with shelter...and to not turn away from your own flesh and blood?" Isiah 58:6&7 

100 Fold Studio is currently a finalist for the People's Choice Award hosted by the National Christian Foundation - Passion Awards. You can help make a difference by simply voting for its video, giving the firm a chance to win $10,000 and to continue its amazing mission. All you have to do is follow the link below, click on the video, "1 Line," and vote by this Thursday, November 1st. Easy as 1, 2, 3. And if you would like to learn more about 100 Fold Studio or want to donate, simply visit its website. 100 Fold Studio: serving others and sharing the gospel. It's time we return the favor... 

Vote for 100 Fold Studio HERE

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

[Watch] The Best, New Voice of 2012

She's left college on an impulse, she moved across the country, and she waits tables just so she can pay rent. From Florida to California, Connor Zwetsch has relocated herself in order to chase a dream, and we're seriously doubting she'll have any trouble catching it. In fact, we're casting our ballot, marking Connor as the best, new voice of 2012. Her portfolio isn't overflowing and her supplies are limited, yet she has a voice that warrants immediate attention from everyone. Soulful and raw, Connor's voice is a simple emission of gift-wrapped dirtiness. It's not like a fruit basket though; think more of shotgun with a bow on it. Yeah. 

Young, cute, and ready to shock the music scene across the country, Connor Zwestch is easily the best, new voice of 2012. You heard it here, and that's all that really matters. Blow your mind below...

[Download] Rin Tin Tiger, Perfect Harmony

[Sounds like: Bob Dylan, Fences, Violent Femmes]
Post Written by contributing writer, Rachel Rosenson

I cannot decide what I love most about San Francisco. All the vegetarian food options, my cut new calves from all this hill walking, or the incredible music spilling out of every corner. Capturing my ears' attention right now is Rin Tin Tiger. Composed of Kevin Sullivan on vocals/guitar/harmonica, Sean Sullivan on bass/ vocals and Andrew Skewes-Cox on drums/vocals, I suggest an immediate listen. This alternative/folk trio from San Francisco has everything a good band should: upbeat songs to blast, calmer songs with mesmerizing harmonica, and lyrics that are poetry in it of themselves. One of the things I enjoy most about them is the incredible harmony these guys have. Usually, a great harmony comes from a male/female duet, I haven’t found as many boy trio’s outside of 90’s boy bands that work so calmly and cohesively. If you are at all like me, you would avoid working on midterms and enjoy Rin Tin Tiger immediately instead. 

Their latest album Toxic Pocketbook was recorded live at Tiny Telephone Studios and released July 24, 2012. 

Far Away // Rin Tin Tiger

Purchase Rin Tin Tiger's music HERE

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

[Listen & Watch] Kae Sun Redefined

It's been a while since we last heard from Kae Sun, the Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter who surprised us all with his debut album, Lion On A Leash. I first found Kae Sun by chance - scouring the internet and randomly stopping on a video of a man singing his heart out in a church. It wasn't gospel, it wasn't holy, but instead it was folky and rustic. That song's name is "When The Pot," and Kae Sun immediately won me over with its raw vibe. 

Since then, Kae Sun has come a long way. His sound, unfortunately for my snobs of ears, is no longer as acoustic as I once loved and obsessed over. The folk influences remain - don't get me wrong - but there seems to be a more developed sound coming from Sun and his band. Exemplified by his latest single, "Ship and the Globe," Sun is finally pulling together a well-produced sound. Despite being a little poppy at times, this one has us in full anticipation for Sun's new LP, Afriyie, coming out in early 2013. Full of potential, full of talent: Kae Sun. Hit the jump below to watch the official music video for "Ship and the Globe," then head over to his website to grab a few for free in anticipation for his new project. Enjoy

Monday, October 8, 2012

[Download] Josh Phillips Folk Festival Open for Obsession

[Sounds like: The Grateful Dead, Alabama Shakes]

We missed their debut album, but we're on top of things with their sophomore effort, Get Outside. The Josh Phillips Folk Festival is unfortunately not a weekend-long assortment of musicians that conveniently and confusingly have the same name. Instead, it's a band based out of Asheville, North Carolina. What's so special about them? They combine folk with funk, spread it around, add some instrumental jam, and top it off with a crunchy voice. 

The band's newest project, Get Outside, showcases the band's diversified sound and consequently gives insight as to why they operate under the title of a festival. The album's opening track, "Angelina," is as much as it was expected to be - a fiddling, picking romp session about a desirable woman. What's not to love? Immediately following is my personal favorite: "Traveler's Song." It's fast paced, it's funky, and it keeps your foot engaged with the go-to stomping motion. It's that quick and unexpected genre shift that makes Josh Phillips Folk Festival symbolize that long, bewildered weekend on a mountaintop. Unlike a music festival, though, Josh Philips is giving his album away free of charge. Dig in below

Download Get Outside HERE

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

[Listen] The Bowerbird's Craft

[Sounds like: Bon Iver, Joanna Newsome, The Mountain Goats]
Post written by contributing writer, Rachel Rosenson

“And I do need the wind across my pale face, And I do need the fern to unfurl in the spring, And I do need the grass to sway, Yes I do need to know my place” 
Northern Lights by Bowerbirds 

Beth Tacular and Phil Moore, the real life couple that front the band Bowerbirds, takes folk to the next level. Not only are they folk artists, but while recording their latest album they lived in a trailer together sans running water and electricity as they built themselves a cabin by hand. During this process, Beth almost died from a mysterious illness, they broke up, got back together, and a great album was born: The Clearing. Bowerbirds understand more than the craft of building a cabin in the woods, they know the craft of music. The craft of their voices, the craft of their instruments, the craft of writing poetically profound lyrics. Enjoy their craft, I know I certainly do.

Tuck the Darkness In // Bowerbirds

Buy the The Clearing HERE

[Download] Joe Marson & The Satisfied Minds

[Sounds like: Ben Harper, James Morrison, Gavin DeGraw]

Damn it's been a while since our last feature. The team has been incredibly busy, but don't count us down and out - not by any means. We're getting back into the swing of things - both with school and Beat Dropping - and we're doing it now with a little Joe Marson. Soulful and bluesy, this New York native is quickly building a name for himself. The guitar chords are sharp, his voice is crisp, and the entire band's presence is a relaxed, pulled-back-hair presence. 

Marson & The Satisfied Minds' debut album, Someday Soon, is a collection of songs that have suddenly caught the ears of many on and offline. Luckily for those that haven't had the pleasure of hearing Marson nor his debut project, NoiseTrade has released it free of charge. The project can also be streamed and downloaded below. So forget about our absence and accept our apology by supporting Joe Marson & The Satisfied Minds. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

[Download & Watch] Matt Corby's Made of Stone EP

[Sounds like: Mumford & Sons, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake]

For those that follow Beat Dropping, it's no secret I love Australian singer/songwriters. It's the accent, it's the obvious down under vibe, and it's certainly the craftsmanship that keep me drawn towards the Aussies. This is the fifth time that Sydney native, Matt Corby, has made it on Beat Dropping, and it is by no mistake. With a voice so sweet and a sound so soft, Corby's music is undeniably ambient and emotional - a unique mix of acoustic blues flavored by the country he hails from. 

"Pull yourself out of this state dear / Acknowledge you were a fake here..." 

Almost 22 years old, Corby's music ironically alludes to a musician aged and wised. His most recently debuted project, a mini-EP titled Made of Stone, captures Croby's ability to write pungently raw lyrics in a simplistic manner. Compared to his live performances, however, they do no justice. When performing, Corby, to simply put it, pours his emotions out. In a growling heap of sweeping tones, Matt Corby effortlessly captivates listeners...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

[Download] Cassino Enters Our Radar

[Sounds Like: The New Frontiers, Northstar]
Post written by contributing write, Rachel Rosenson

Cassino isn’t new, and their latest album came out in March of 2011, so that is not quite new either, but my brother just turned me onto them and I don’t want to wait for a new album before I try to share them with the world. Cassino sounds like they would be a very stereotypical Southern country band considering it is the creation of Nick Torres and Tyler Odom, two childhood friends from Huntsville, Alabama that record in Nashville. However, I never would have known of their Southern background until I read it online

Their sound is undeniably folk, even though there is fiddle, banjo and mandolin interspersed within their album. Besides great music, their lyrics are brilliant—they seem to have this underlying theme how people are destroying the Earth and themselves with money, pollution and all of those other horrible American traits we have. 

Kingprince // Cassino

Purchase Cassino's music HERE

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

[Watch] Sunday Lane Takes On Bon Iver

[Sounds like: Emile Millar, Amy Stroup, Jess Dunbar]

It's a song we've heard covered by countless artists since its original debut with Bon Iver. It's by no mistake, either, as "Skinny Love" is a beautifully crafted song. The thousands of covers scoured across the internet, however, make it hard to appreciate any other take on the hit single other than it's original form. We love Birdy's attempt and we're mesmerized by Jess Dunbar's smokey twist, but the rest have always fallen short. Call us snobs or spoiled ears, but the song is old news. 

When I was told Sunday Lane would be tackling Skinny Love after her recently debuted album, From Where You Are, I smirked and promptly sighed out of disappointment. Sunday has been a friend of ours for a while now and we think she has the potential to go really REALLY far....and we still do. Bam, just like that, we're back on the love train and adding Sunday's cover to our list of favorites. With help from fellow band member, Max Helmerich, Sunday keeps the raw sound of the original in tact, yet seems to add a ghostly, campfire atmosphere. We received the visuals for the song last night, and we couldn't resist sharing them with you. Hit the jump to watch...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

[Download] Gwyn Fowler: Thank God For Discussion Threads

Just a few days ago Gwyn Fowler was just an ordinary graduate student from Charleston, SC with a dream of being a teacher and a passion for music. That is until her boyfriend posted a link to her albums on Reddit, sharing with the music world that “[he] fell in love with [his] girlfriend’s voice.” And boy, are we glad you did, sir. Fowler, who grew up in a musical household, has been playing the guitar since she was a young girl and started writing music in college. Her pure voice and soft guitar picking run together terrifically, moving the listener in every which way from song to song. 

Thanks to her boyfriend’s knack for random internet discussion threads, Gwyn is on her way to becoming a music sensation. Her two EP’s, Patterns (2008) and Vespers (2011), have gained great recognition through Band Camp (Vespers has earned the #1 spot on the bestseller list for the week).  You can visit the site to download both albums at “name your price” (throw her some bones, she definitely deserves it). And just when you thought there couldn’t be any more good news – Fowler has announced in an interview with Yahoo News that we can expect a new EP in the coming weeks, so be ready for that. In the meantime, go and help this truly talented musician out, all while helping yourself to simply good music. Enjoy.

Patterns by Gwyn Fowler

Download Patterns HERE 
and Vespers THERE

Sunday, September 2, 2012

[Download] Reasons to Love Jay Trainer

[Sounds Like: Led Zeppelin, Ben Harper, Allman Brothers]
Post written by contributing writer, Rachel Rosenson

I think there are a couple reasons why I love Jay Trainer:
A) He is from San Francisco, and me being a newbie to the Bay Area, I am overly excited about everything San Francisco-esque. 
B) His music is a million things rolled into one. Some songs are relaxing, some have a shredding acoustic guitar, but all of his songs are grand. His guitar and bass lines have a definite blues/jazz thing going on, but he adds a unique twist to each song that really makes a unique sound. An example would be his song "Soulful Rights, Soulful Days" where there is a strong trumpet line and seemingly monkeys or elephants screeching in the background. Others songs sound a lot more mainstream (not in a bad way, just in a they-only-use-instruments-not-jungle-noises way), but either way I love them both. 
C) He is hipster-good-Samaritan in that he created Artfulchange, a social action network that uses art and music to raise awareness for environmental causes. 

Moral of the story I guess is that good people sure do make good music. 

Run // Jay Trainer Band

Better To Breathe // Jay Trainer Band

Download more of Jay Trainer's music HERE

Thursday, August 30, 2012

[Look & Listen] Gary Clark Jr. Reveals Cover Art for Debut Album

[Sounds Like: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Sheepdogs]

One of my favorite rockers, Gary Clark Jr., revealed the album cover (shown below - click to enlarge) for his upcoming debut full-length album this afternoon. I opened up the email carrying the news and thought one thing: Hendrix. Although the album's title and track list are still unannounced, we're catching major Jimi vibes. His music alone is fairly reminiscent of the rock & roll legend, leaving us in full anticipation for his first full-length effort that's set to debut on October 23rd via Warner Bros. Records. 

Your guess is as good as ours as to which songs will show up on Clark's debut album, but that's not to say we're gonna try and predict a few. You'll certainly see his recent hit, "Bright Lights," as one of the staples of the project, but as for the others, we're hoping to see "When My Train Pulls In" and "You Love Me Like You Say." Regardless of what ends up on the untitled album, though, be prepared to hear Hendrix in a new, soulful form.

Click to Enlarge Album Cover

Buy Gary Clark Jr.'s music HERE

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

[Listen & Remember] The Recycling Bin: August 2012

[Sounds Like: William Elliott Whitmore, The Oh Hello's, Matt Moberg]
See last month's Recycling Bin HERE

For this month's Recycling Bin, we chose to revisit three of our all time favorites (which really isn't saying much since we've fallen in love with every song on this website): William Elliott Whitmore, The Oh Hello's, and Matt Moberg. Each band and musician has incredible talent - some of it noticed throughout the states, while the rest is still widely undiscovered. Regardless of their level of fame in the music game, however, all three bring incredible works and attributes to the table. Hit the jump below to rediscover these guys and see what we're talking about...

[Listen] Tigers On Trains, Grey-Haired Dental Demons

[Sounds Like: a happier Bon Iver, a male Feist]
Post written by contributing writer, Rachel Rosenson

"And I realized the spirits/they lived in my feet/how they 
itched/and made me sane" -"Sea Weed"

Why this band is unsigned is a mystery to me, because stumbling across their albums brightened my day ten fold. After all, it's lyrics like this that make me love music. Simple but not obvious, poetically prophetic but not pretentious, a chant-able mantra but not overly catchy.

Tigers on Trains is an acoustic Indie-Folk band formed by Christian Van Deurs and Mason Maggio in 2006, backed by a band of a haunting harmony of vocals, trumpets, violins, and percussion. Individually the music itself is serene, the lyrics stick with you, but how they intertwine and create a soothing sound perfect for lazy Tuesday mornings makes them a favorite. Haven't fallen in love with them yet? On their Facebook page, the band describes themselves by saying, "There are grey-haired demons living behind our teeth; when we open our mouths they sing, mostly in imaginary keys." Their debut album, Grandfather, can be streamed below and their sophomore effort, Foundry, is now available for purchase.

Check out more of Tigers on Trains' music HERE

Monday, August 27, 2012

[Download] Spencer Hannemann & 40 Free Songs

[Sounds Like: William Elliott Whitmore, The Wood Brothers, Ryan Bingham]

This one blows my mind. Spencer Hannemann, a native of Irvine, California, is a singer/songwriter who has a quivering voice hand molded by folk angels. It's raw and emotional, but most of all, when accompanied by his acoustic guitar, it's irresistible. Hannemann released his full length album, 10 Songs, a week early (originally set to debut September 1st), and needless to say, he has my iTunes library working like a broken record. This freebie isn't Hannemann's first project, however. In fact, there are currently 40 songs spread out over 9 released projects that you can greedily grab for no charge (this would be the appropriate reaction). Don't ask me why. With his voice, each one of these projects could be bringing in the big bucks. But thankful we are, and complain we shall not. There's no better feeling than finding a few great songs (or 40) for free.

Oh, did I mention all 9 projects, including 6 EPs, and the full length album have been released in just the past two years? He doesn't know it yet, but Hannemann became our best friend today. Stream and download his new album below, then head over to his bandcamp page to download the new album and EVERYTHING else.

Download 40 of Spencer Hannemann's songs HERE

[Listen] The Mysterious Depressions of Nashville, Tennessee

[Sounds Like: Phil Collins, Steve Forbert, The Police]

It is extremely difficult to fail at finding something on the internet. Google alone has kept inquisitive minds at ease by compiling endless lists and finishing our sentences. But tonight Google, the internet, and myself stand relatively in the dark. I found The Depressions by way of their Bandcamp website, but any information further than their streaming album, Pas Tout La, seems to be fairly evasive. I've exhausted the search bar and completed their album. Despite finding next to nothing on the band, I came away with two impressions. First, they give Phil Collins a run for his money while instilling a youthful, funky vibe simultaneously. Secondly, the album cover for Pas Tout La seems to be a montage of the Carolina Cup, Boy Scouts, and a shady drug deal. Needless to say, I had high hopes before hitting the play button. Those hopes were just confirmed...

Stones // The Depressions

Rita // The Depressions

Purchase The Depression's debut album HERE

Sunday, August 26, 2012

[Listen] Jessie Ware, Another British Bomb Shell

[Sounds Like: Ellie Goulding, Donna Summers, Amy Winehouse]
Post written by contributing writer, Rachel Rosenson.

I don't know what's in the water across the pond, but these British women really know how to crank out some good stuff. Jessie Ware's debut album, Devotion, hit the streets running on August 20th, and her performance at the Oya Festival in Oslo shows it will only be picking up speed. Jessie Ware has a gliding voice that seems to be the unique conception of an Ellie Goulding meets Donna Summers circa 'Love to Love you Baby.' The voice in itself is angelic, but has a little kick in it (like her Brit counterpart Amy Winehouse) giving her a distinct sound that while it sounds sweet, lets you know Ware is not daddy's-little-girl. Her voice is paired over seemingly misplaced techno-influenced beats, but it is a Dorito's in peanut butter & jelly sandwich scenario - sounds wrong in theory, but it is so right in practice. "Running" may be her official single, but I have been playing the track "Strangest Feeling" on repeat. My suggestion? Put it on and bliss out. 

Strangest Feeling // Jessie Ware

Purchase Jessie Ware's music HERE

Thursday, August 23, 2012

[Download & Watch] Shakey Graves: Keeping Austin Weird

[Sounds like: Bon Iver, Ray Lamontagne, Railroad Earth]

If you take one part Bon Iver, two parts Ray LaMontagne, and add a little more soul and fire inside his twanging guitar, then what you have is singer- songwriter, Shakey Graves (formerly known as Alejandro Rose-Garci), from Austin, TX. This man is full of talent and may be a new favorite of mine. His rhythm flows, but in a speedy manner that brings along with it simply good ole’ southern music. Accompanied by a raspy, yet pure voice, Shakey Graves’ music is that which you will enjoy. 

With his recent album, Roll The Bones, Shakey Graves delivers music that really hits the nail on the head. And not only does he have that going for him, but Shakey Graves is also the kind of guy you’d like to sit down and have a beer (or two) with. And to back that opinion up, attached after the jump is a short clip with Shakey Graves on how he got his name and giving you a taste of what he is all about. Enjoy

Shakey Graves - Built to Roam 

Download the Rest Of 
Roll the Bones HERE

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

[Download] Trails And Ways, An Infectious Sound

The dream pop, electronic folk, and sometimes foreign speaking group known as Trails and Ways released visuals for their latest song, "Mtn Tune." For your personal well being, we feel compelled to let you know that the sounds you're about to hear are highly addictive and may result in the desire to climb a really large rock or run through a field with a bunch of your friends. It's not just "Mtn Tune," which debuted earlier this month, that will do this to you. It's the band's entire collection of enchanting dream tracks that will have you up and running. Sure, Play 60 is doing wonders for all the chubby kids out there, but Trails and Ways have something really special here. Hit the jump after listening to "Mtn Tune" below to watch the new music video... 

Mtn Tune // Trails and Ways

Download more of their music HERE

Saturday, August 18, 2012

[Preview] 5th Annual Music On The Mountaintop: Part 4 of 4

[Sounds like: Naked Gods, Rose's Pawn Shop, Monroeville, Salem Speaks]

The promotional madness that is the 5th annual Music on the Mountaintop preview that's unfolded over the past three days is sadly coming to a close. We're nearing a new type of chaos next week, however. Bluegrass, folk, jazz, and almost everything in between will flow from the mountaintops of Boone, North Carolina. It'll be quick - just three days - but it will almost certainly be perfect. Chaotic perfection: only obtainable by music itself. 

We only need to cover four more bands in order to complete our 16-band preview of this year's MOTM lineup. We'll be closing out with Naked Gods (they're far from the reality), Rose's Pawn Shop, Monroeville, and Salem Speaks. I swear, if you haven't already bought tickets to this music festival by the time this preview is over, I will kick a puppy. Hit the jump below to prevent such an atrocity...

Friday, August 17, 2012

[Listen] Lucy Rose, Giving Ellie A Run For Her Money

[Sound like: Ellie Goulding, Birdy, Florence + The Machine]

Lucy Rose, a London based singer/songwriter, has a voice that'll make you feel like staying in bed on a rainy day. It's reminiscent of fellow Brits Ellie Goulding and Birdy, so it's no surprise she quickly caught my ear. I don't know much of her music, but her song Middle of the Bed (ironically enough) is one that makes me wish I had discovered her long ago. 

There must be something in the water over in Europe because time and time again we've seen ladies with amazing voices spill their emotions out. Her music is fairly delicate; most songs and videos seem to revolve around self reflection and relationships. There's nothing wrong with that, and in fact, it's probably the most relatable subject matter for songs nowadays (just ask Adele). Don't think I'm complaining, though. Great music is great music, and Rose seems to have found the key to producing just that. We're anticipating her new album, "Like I Used To," to release on September 24th. You can go ahead and pre order the album now on iTunes, but for a sneak peak of some of its songs, hit the play button below. Enjoy

Thursday, August 16, 2012

[Preview] 5th Annual Music On The Mountaintop: Part 3 of 4

[Sounds like: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Black Lillie's, Natural Bridge, River Whyless]

I'm sure you've already bought tickets to this year's Music on the Mountaintop festival. I mean after the first 8 acts we've featured, the decision to go should be a simple one. It's chalked full of amazing talent and to add icing to the cake, Railroad Earth is hosting (and teaching). The enhanced focus on musician and fan interactions makes the 5th annual MOTM a special one. But, if for whatever reason you need more convincing, here are four more bands that will be strutting their stuff on stage in Foscoe, North Carolina August 24th-26th. Hit the jump below and learn a little bit about Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Black Lillie's, Natural Bridge, and River Whyless...