Young Guns are one of those bands that can’t seem to do any wrong. Talent seems to ooze out of every aspect of them and sometimes it’s easy to forget that their new album is only their second.
Since The Black Keys arrival in 2001 the music scene has been gifted with something new and refreshing. If the saying ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ applied anywhere, then it would apply here, as they have to stuck to what they are good at and built around it. Releasing their seventh studio album El Camino at the end of 2011, these guys have flooded their listeners ears with dirty guitar riffs, distorted vocals and whiskey fuelled songs that we have all become familiar with.
Girl bands. You know 'em. Mostly, girl bands are hot. Girl bands represent women empowerment. These are the girls who said eff it to the norm and did it themselves. They inspire girls and boys fall in love with them. I’ve never had a close clique of girlfriends until I met women that make their own music and play it well. Some of my best friends are apart of LA’s favorite girl band, Raining Jane. These women are smart, accomplished and musically diverse. Collectively, they make you laugh and they will make you cry. Raining Jane makes music inspired by the journey of life, love, friendship and the experiences they have created in their years together.
I love it when my worlds collide. It’s especially wonderful when it involves really great music. A few years ago I went out to see my friend, Vic Artur play at the Silverlake Lounge. His band had the Monday residency and I had never seen him play music before. They were good. You know, indie music at the Silverlake Lounge. I didn’t remember much. Life is funny…
X Factor finalist Olly Murs is back with his sophmore album, and it's easy to say that he is back with style. Having already released a hit record the previous year, he has definitely returned with something to rival it.
I was really in the mood to hear some music but I was also not in the mood to brave the LA club scene. Fall surprised us with some chilly weather not usual for Los Angeles and I was craving the cozies (ie pumpkin latte, fire, sweaters). Luckily for me I made the perfect choice to see the group “May Stands Still” that night at Taix on Sunset. It was the perfect match for my mood and the music provided for all my cravings. I sat comfortably in my chair next to one of my best friends from High School along with some friends and family of the band.
Ben Howard was once referred to as so unique that he will make you feel like he is the original troubadour. Whilst that may be a hugely sweeping statement, I find it hard to argue with, he seems to almost be an upbeat Nick Drake. Having released two EP’s already gaining an ever growing fan base his debut album ‘Every Kingdom’ was greeted with high anticipation. It was no surprise that the CD was truly fantastic, everything from the soulful voice, which has a very distinct sound and I feel makes the album, to the lyrics on tracks like ‘Old Pine’. The song that really leapt out at me in front of all other songs in ‘Black Flies’, there is something about its slow slightly dark feel that completely hypnotizes you.
Technically the CD matches up to its expectations as well, bringing that finger picking folk sound to the songs and the way the album has been composed truly does give the whole album a completely original and unique sound. It isn’t too often in songs where you can clearly hear every single instrument being used but you can with this, which is just another plus.
There are no real negatives to this album. There are several songs on the record which have been on EP’s; but those songs have been altered slightly adding a new element to them.
I would definitely recommend you give this album a listen if acoustic music is your thing, and even if it isn’t you will most likely be pleasantly surprised. This really is one of the greater releases of the year and is not one to be missed.
I want throw a Halloween party. A party draped in cheetah, tiki gods, skeletons, lava laps, costumes, twister, rum and beer. The soundtrack would be The Growlers.
The Growlers are a low-fi, 60’s rock and roll, Tarantino sunset gathering of weird cool. They take me back to the days where my parents were very active in the performance arts community in a theatre across the street from the Dresden in the 90’s where the after hours were full of trannies and black lipstick. The Growlers are dingy, playful and dark. Their production is old school and authentic yet still contemporary. They’ve opened up for both the Black Keys and Devendra Banhart along with many others in that realm.
Off to university and thought this was an apt song by Brandon Boyd, to see me on my way…
"It takes courage and control, but you start by letting go"
The song deals with a common theme that Brandon Boyd often talks about, (both in song and in interviews) which is allowing yourself to live a life of expression and freedom of fear of how others might judge you. It can be easy to let this fear control every aspect of your life, from the petty things like how you dress, to more major decisions like what you do for a living or where you live. Without even realizing it, many people make these decisions based on what they feel is expected of them rather than what they may have done if no one judged them.
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Marmalade Sky are a four piece British rock band from Bristol, their newest EP is quite rightly titled ‘British Boy’. Whilst the band is unsigned, anyone who takes the time to listen to them will be greeted with true great British rock and roll with influences such as The Rolling Stones and The Who.