Thursday, May 31, 2012

[Download] Caged Animals' "I Will Take My Own Hand"

[Sounds like: Noah & The Whale, The Shins, I Dream In Colour]

I had never heard of the Brooklyn band, Caged Animals, until glancing through Fishy Tune's website. I'm not completely sold on the band as a whole, but I can sure dig their new single from their "Summer EP" (released back in June). They've got a soulful, funk vibe working on this one, yet vocals more kin to the indie realm. An interesting mix, no doubt, I Will Take My Own Hand is a track worthy of your summer playlist. Slow at first, upbeat later, the Caged Animals' single has suddenly become free to the public, and we couldn't be happier. If you like what you hear below, check out more from the animals behind bars on their bandcamp site. I'd write more, but I'm going to bed 

I Will Take My Own Hand - Caged Animals

Check out more from Caged Animals HERE

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

[Read, Listen, & Download] 5 Albums to Grab, 1 to Anticipate

[Sounds like: Matthew Mayfield, Fitz & The Tantrums, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, 
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Xavier Rudd]

Ok, so not all of these are albums, but the title just flowed so effortlessly...

The music scene has been exploding lately thanks to a recent surge of talented debuts, albums, and other oddities of the music market. This feature is simple: I'm here to give you 5 to grab, and another to anticipate. What does that mean? Well I'm putting the best projects from recent weeks in one place for your consideration. Some are free, others are a few bucks, and one is to leave you wanting more. Regardless of the price tag, however, your summer is about to get a musical kick start. Hit the jump below to see the list, listen to a few songs, and download the best from the recent weeks... 

[Listen, Download, Watch] Don't Let the Beard Fool Ya - Zach Deputy

[Sounds like: Keller Williams, Keb Mo', Michael Franti & Spearhead]

Most of y’all are familiar with the name Keller Williams (or at least I hope you are); well here’s another name to add to whatever genre you may place Keller: Zach Deputy. Zach Deputy is a guy from Bluffton, SC who has talent that gives Keller a run for his money.

For those of you who are not familiar with the work of either Keller or Zach, they are masters of what a technique that is called “looping.” These guys are able to compose entire songs by playing all the instruments themselves, using a pedal that records a beat or guitar riff, and then repeats or “loops” it (hence the term, “looping”). Below is a pair of tracks from Zach’s recent album, “Another Day,” which was released back in September of last year. His albums are great and have a fun, easy going sound that goes great with summer. However, to get the full effect of what Deputy is all about, you need to see him live (again, very similar to Keller). At shows, Zach brings a lot more funk with his music and fills the place with energy. Click here to see what I am talking about.

Zach is in the middle of a huge summer tour right now filled with big and small venues, including lots of festivals. Check out his tour schedule to see if he’ll be playing in a town near you. You can also keep yourself updated through his facebook and twitter. Enjoy.

Sweet Rene - Zach Deputy

Remember - Zach Deputy

Purchase Zach Deputy’s Music HERE
Watch a Live Recording of “Tubesteak” After the Jump…

Monday, May 28, 2012

[Listen & Watch] Suspenders and Sundresses: The Lumineers

[Sounds like: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Head & The Heart, Mumford & Sons]

Sharing is caring. Tommy sent this one my way and I selfishly ran away with it. They're called The Lumineers and they make really good music. I love it when that happens, when a band makes good music, ya know? I guess I'll tell ya'll a little about these guys (and girl). They're simple folk; suspenders frequent the wardrobe, sundresses too. They tour in a minivan with a vanity plate and have made the hand tambourine look awesome. They began their journey in Denver and their names are Wesley, Jeremiah, and Neyla. Two friends from a New York City suburb brought closer by tragedy and a classically trained cellist attracted by a Craigslist ad came together to make a few songs and play a couple gigs. 

"And so The Lumineers sound took shape; an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk." 

The Lumineers recently debuted their first, self-titled album in April and have been selling out show after show ever since. But hey, I don't know where any of you live, so if you're trying to catch a show, you can find their tour schedule here. The bottom line: The Lumineers are simple people with great music. They're doing this whole thing the right way - for the fans and any other willing ears. It's time you join the bandwagon, it's bound to be overflowing at some point. 

Ho Hey - The Lumineers

Purchase The Lumineers' music HERE
Watch the official video for Ho Hey THERE

Friday, May 25, 2012

[Listen] Someone To Keep An Eye Out For: Zach Heckendorf

[Sounds like: John Mayer, John Butler, Dave Matthews]

If you passed Zach Heckendorf on the street, you’d think he’s just another ordinary 18 year old, when in reality, he's likely to be the next big thing in music. With a sound that resembles that of both Dave Matthews and John Butler, Heckendorf’s future is looking bright. At just 17, this Denver native got the chance to perform at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater, a unique opportunity that many musicians will never have. Hit the jump below to read more and hear this young blood who is tearing up the music scene...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

[Listen] A Matt Corby Set

[Sounds like: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd]

I featured Matt Corby and his hit single, Brother, a while back, and then shamefully continued my perpetual pursuit for the next best thing. I'm an idiot. Some of Corby's newer material (Souls a'Fire, Untitled, and Big Eyes) landed in my lap the other day and I will be the first to tell myself I am the dumbest man alive for having moved on so quickly. Matt Corby, the Aussie with soft eyes, is an incredibly captivating voice and guitar strummer. It doesn't matter if he's whistling or singing, he's reeling you in.

Corby, still in his twenties, is a young blood full of talent and insight. That last part, the insight mention, is becoming more and more evident in his music. I figured that one out on my first listen of Souls a'Fire. His music is chalked full of emotion and purpose, plus one hell of a voice - soft at a moment, growling at the next. Below I'm supplying you with Corby's best. There's no excuse to overlook this one - one place, a blender of sounds. Enjoy the music of a talented Mr. Matt Corby below and then check out his website for more - if you're looking to see him live, you might have to do a bit of swimmin first

Check out more of Matt Corby's music HERE

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

[Listen, Download & Hope] What Gives Us Hope - Frontier Ruckus

[Sounds like: The Tallest Man On Earth, The Wood Brothers, The Avett Brothers]

I’m a huge fan of those local bands that you’ve never heard of and then once you hear one of their songs you stop everything and ask, “where have I been?” Well I remember Hobbs having one of those moments with Fitz and the Tantrums, and I can say that I just had mine with Frontier Ruckus.

This four-man band from Michigan will blow your minds with their genius mixture of instruments that flow perfectly. The band puts themselves in the “hyper-experiential minutia-obsessed memorialism” genre, which is fittingly broad. You don’t know what to expect from a band like Frontier Ruckus, who with one song can have you sink in your seat comfortably relaxed, and then just three minutes later, have you cutting the rug shamelessly.* These guys have it figured out, and I can only hope that they keep doing what they’re doing and continue creating such great music. They have the talent, the energy, and what seems to be the attitude that keeps our hopes high for music, which is getting torn down by “artists” like Ke$ha and Lady Gaga.

And luckily, Frontier Ruckus is just about to hit the road for an eleven show summer tour, so be sure to check them out if they play somewhere near you. You can also check out facebook and twitter to keep up with the band. Enjoy.

*See Bethlehem/Mount Marcy 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

[Download & Watch] Noah Guthrie Covers "Sexy and I Know It"

If you haven't heard about this guy, then you've been severely left out of the loop for the past week. Noah Guthrie has become an internet sensation overnight with his cover of one of the most annoying songs ever created - Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO. We don't know how he did it, but in just over a week, his video has received over seven million views. That's pretty impressive seeing that he's just 18 years old, lives in Greer, South Carolina, and has gone virtually unnoticed until this life-changing cover hit the tube. That's not to say he doesn't deserve the attention, though. Noah has an incredible voice and has countless other covers that have me speechless (White Blank Page by Mumford & Sons especially). And although some of you may absolutely despise the original song and wince at this post's title, I personally guarantee you will be dropping jaw and clicking download within the first 5 seconds. 

Noah Guthrie > LMFAO. Well, in my opinion, it's the majority of the music industry > LMFAO. It's basic math and it's only a matter of time until this kid is in every iTunes library out there. We're (more like NoiseTrade) are happy to give you a free download, but be sure to plant Noah on your musical radar for the future. Hit the jump below to watch Noah's perform Sexy and I Know It, and then follow the link to download it for free (tip optional, yet encouraged)... 

Download Sexy and I Know It HERE

[Download & Anticipate] Will Overman's "Ashes"

[Sounds like: Joe Pug, Mumford & Sons, Sean Hayes]

I don't know how we did it, but Tommy and I somehow managed to overlook one of Will Overman's songs when we first featured him. It's been a while, so for those of you who aren't familiar with this young talent's work, here's the skinny: He's a recent high school graduate with one of the most pure and raw voices that I can think of. That being said, this Virginia Beach native has yet to garner the attention he deserves. It's my prediction (and hope) that this won't be the case for long, however. I honestly don't see how it couldn't be. In my opinion, Will embodies the folk and singer/songwriter genres - getting recognized and blowing up only seems natural. Tommy interviewed Will a while back (which can be found here) and also debuted his first two singles. Somehow his song, Ashes, however, slipped through the cracks in that process. 

That is until about 10 minutes ago when I was stalking his YouTube channel. We've been in contact with Will on and off since the interview and we're beyond thrilled to announce that he has begun to write more songs. His new stuff can be found on the channel, but we're gonna hold out on featuring the new goods until he can manage to jump back into the recording studio. So for now, listen and download Ashes below, and then sit back and grow antsy for a Will Overman project to debut in the near future. Oh and did I say this guy is just now graduating high school? And I'm sitting here on a damn computer... 

Ashes - Will Overman

Download more of 
Will Overman's music HERE

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

[Listen & A Download] Gary Clark Jr.

[Sounds like: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King]

I hope ya'll are in the mood for some rock n' roll. I'm coming to the end of my finals week - one more exam between summer and me. In my wake, I've left a blurry trail filled with coffee beans, lack of sleep, and the tiny little shavings left behind when you burn through one pencil eraser after another. Now this one exam - the one that has me twitching - is responsible for this post. How? Well, I started this week calm and collected. I had these finals in the bag. Two back to back one day, a paper and another the next day? On Monday I was confident. On Wednesday night, tonight, the night after everything I've mentioned? I am cursing everything and everyone. 

I'm not going to get all down and weird on y'all. Instead, I'm channeling my frustration and hatred towards academia with a new guy who is shaking things up with guitar shreds reminiscent of Stevie Ray. It's good ol' rock n' roll, and just what the damn doctor ordered. If you have exams in the coming days, like I do, and you're almost broken, like I am, then cut the cutesy folk off and plug Gary Clark Jr. into the amp. School is hard; it's more fun to hang out (Mom, I don't actually mean this, I'm still working hard. I promise). Stream Gary's new EP below and grab the single, "Bright Lights," for free over on his website

Download the single HERE
Purchase the "Bright Lights" EP THERE

[Read, Listen, & Download] Childish Gambino Delivers Once Again

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, is a true renaissance man. Known mostly for his talents in stand-up, rap, and acting, Childish is definitely someone you need to check out. I’ve been a huge fan of this Georgia native for several years now, and its looking like he’s finally getting to where he belongs – on top. There isn’t much about Glover’s background that he can’t tell you himself. Just about an hour ago, over 40 tweets started rolling onto my timeline from Glover’s twitter account talking about the things that have gotten him to where he is now; I highly recommend you check it out. He concluded his “rant” with a link to a new website that includes Gambino’s new untitled single which is posted below. Donald Glover is a guy who is straight up and has nothing to hide, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing (and hearing) the things he has up his sleeve in the near future. Enjoy.

Childish Gambino - Untitled

Check Out More of Childish Gambino 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

[Listen] A Mother's Suggestion: The Weepies

I've got to give a lot of credit to my parents for establishing my musical tastes. I didn't grow up in a home filled with many mainstream hits playing over the speakers, although I admit to subjecting to a Smashmouth stint at some point. I've been raised in a family with good ears - ones that have picked out local, underground talent for years. 

Seeing that it's Mother's Day, I figure I should give y'all a mother's suggestion. My mom is largely responsible for who I am today. It goes without saying, but without her guidance, love, and impeccable music taste, I wouldn't be where I am today. I'm currently in the middle of finals, and I've been relying on my mom for sounds I can study to. She doesn't know it (well I guess now she does), but she's given me one of my favorite bands to study to - The Weepies. Enjoy the music, call your mother, tell her you love her, and then call my mom and thank her for some great music (telling her you love her is optional, although she'll probably build you a cake or paint you a picture if you do - she's pretty cool like that). Happy Mother's Day Mamacita, I love you.

Download The Weepie's music HERE
Visit my mom's website (yeah it runs in the family) THERE

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

[Listen & Read] Get Funky Tonight With The Haggis Horns

Most of y’all are already out for summer and living life worry-free, while Hobbs and I are here still slamming our heads against our desks not knowing what to do with ourselves along with these exams coming up. This is why I am featuring The Haggis Horns, a funk band that can fit any mood you’re in.  

When it comes to studying, I’m not a huge fan of lyrics in the music that I am listening too (I simply don’t have the multi-tasking skills). And for that reason, I find The Haggis Horns a great study companion to bring to the library or wherever you may be studying. And for all of you out there enjoying the sun and beaches, whatever it may be, nothing is more promising to get you up and moving than funk. So kick back and enjoy this 5-man band in whatever setting it may be and enjoy.

Haggis Horns - The Traveller Pt. 2

Check out and download more of 
The Haggis Horns HERE

Monday, May 7, 2012

[Download] ZZ Ward And An Edgy Mixtape

This could be a hit or miss with some of ya'll, but I'm certainly growing obsessed. ZZ Ward is a sexy soul-tress that puts off a sound that is sexy, spooky, and smooth all at once. Let's say Tracy Chapman, Adele, and Alicia Keys had child together - impossible, I know, but humor me. The result of such madness would be ZZ Ward. She has one of the grooviest voices of the current time and is showcasing it with some definite attitude. 

This girl ain't shy. She'll scarf down some whiskey, throw down a dirty bassline, and let her voice take you over. Her songs are grungy at times, but mostly bluesy. She hales from Roseburg, Oregon, played in her father's blues band as a child, and started working with local rappers shortly after. The end result is a unique fuse of the two that will inevitably catch your attention. Check out her mixtape, "Eleven Roses" below and be sure to download the tracks that catch your ear, or grab the whole thing for free on her website. Keep an eye out for this one, she's special.

Download "Eleven Roses" HERE
Check out the official music video for OVERdue after the jump...