Tuesday, February 26, 2013

[Listen & Download] Seize The Day With Towers & Trees

When an opportunity to grow presents itself, take advantage of the situation. When your friend offers to record and produce the music you've created but bashfully kept to yourself, you accept. When a bunch of your friends ask if they can play music with you and let you lead, you nod your head in agreement. It's not a complicated formula, and its meaning is pretty blatant: you're good at what you do. When Adrian Chalifour of Victoria, British Columbia started writing songs, his friend, Ben, knocked on his door offering to record and produce Adrian's work. Then, Ben told Andrea, Donovan, Dave, Kiana, and Olivier about his project with Adrian. The six friends showed up with instruments in hand, and soon after the indie-folk band Towers & Trees was born in September of 2012 in front of a sold out audience. 

Towers & Trees' first and only album, Broken Record, is a hybrid of foot-stomping snaps and claps and delicately constructed ballads. Led by the popular hit, "Montreal" (which can be downloaded for free for a limited time), the short record shoots to portray the Pacific Northwest through a Canadian-folk lens. With opportunities grasped and growing potential ahead of them, Towers & Trees continues to "find joy in playing music and sharing that joy with as many people as possible. The future is bright indeed."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

[Listen & Download] Corndawgin' with Jonny Fritz

Jonny Fritz has an incredibly odd story. Born in Montana, wandering Virginia, and cramming an entire lifetime into his pre-teen years has made Jonny a little whimsical. He adopted the surname Corndawg (only recently returning to Fritz, his birth name). He opted out of the whole higher education thing and spent his time "developing a blind man's ear for the slightest turn in a tale or human voice." He left home at a young age, totally un-phased, as if he was simply taking the next step in a normal life. Equipped with a motorcycle and a duffle bag filled with mountain twang, Jonny bounced from town to town sharing his talents with willing ears. 

"If I could sell 3 CDs a night, I would have enough for gas and to make it to the next town."

Since his ambitious wanderings, Jonny has signed with ATO Records, garnered attention from his peers, and settled down in Nashville, Tennessee: the music capital of the world. He's living the dream and loving every minute of it. Listen in below and become a part of Jonny's long, odd journey to the top.

Download a Jonny Fritz original HERE

[Listen] Allen Stone: A Hippie With Soul

Allen Stone is no mystery to the informed music fan. He's gained the attention of numerous media and news giants like MTV, New York Times, and Billboard. Why? Because he has a silky smooth voice anchored in an awkward frame. It's one of those "big things come in small packages" deals. People eat that stuff up. Stone even started in church, rocking the pews with call and answer frenzies. As a preacher's son, Stone says he didn't discover soul outside of the church until he was a teenager and busy collecting albums from the 60's and 70's. 

"Soul music from that time wasn't just about bumpin' and grindin' at the club - it was a huge part of a cultural movement. That's where my inspiration comes from," says Stone. 

When you listen to Stone's music, it's evident that the 25 year old kid has something to say. From the negative effects technology has on relationships to the economic crisis, Stone's mind is always racing. As a result, Stone's music is deeply rooted by personal values and propelled by an infectious vibe that makes listeners groove with ease. You've probably already heard about him, but in case you haven't been able to move from underneath your rock, listen to one of Stone's best (at least in my opinion) below...

Purchase Allen Stone's music HERE

Saturday, February 2, 2013

[Listen] Don't Mess With The Heavy

[Sounds like: The Black Keys, Jack White, AWOLNATION]

The Heavy is an indie-soul rock band from Bath, England. They're loud, they have cool nicknames (for example, Big Daddy Spence plays the bass), and they don't care about what other people think. These characteristics make up one badass persona - a personality that make pea coats and bowler hats look cool. Kelvin Swaby, the head of this British rock monster, has grinding vocals that when accompanied by the band's support, churn out a sound reminiscent of The Black Keys. 

The group unleashed their third studio album back in August and it harbors one of the band's best songs. "What Makes A Good Man" is a rolling stomp anthem fully equipped with backup vocals, "oohs and ahhs," and shredding guitars. You may not like everything The Heavy throw out, but if you're going to enjoy any of it, this is where to start. So forgive our month long absence (we'll explain soon), and enjoy our return with The Heavy...

What Makes A Good Man // The Heavy

Buy The Heavy's Music HERE