Although its over 100 degrees in Los Angeles now, I still don’t mind listening to “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood. Simply a sensual feeling overtakes the song with the soft melodic flow of vocals and low bass. The music video shows the boys chilling, relaxed, and laid back while cruising through California. What better way to spend the day right? The video has a vintage/artsy vibe that is kicked together with a don’t care about it party vibe. Not to sound contradictory or anything…. But the Neighbourhood is definitely a band you should keep your ears peeled open for!
After a crazy, hectic, eventful day I came back to my apartment and decided to do some new music searching. Luckily, this music search brought me to one of my favorite new duo, the Birds of Chicago. Yeah, the name might not sound that appealing (especially since the Hitchcock movie “the Birds” left me with a terrifying mark of the two legged creatures) however, their smooth vocals and background instruments made my mind venture off into relaxation mode where I was pondering through thoughts of love and companionship. Ok, enough of my revelation and back to the music….. The Birds of Chicago , J.T. Nero and Allison Russell, were at SXSW this year, however I did not hear of them until just recently. Their song “I Have Heard Words” spiritually connected to me and I could relate to the lyrics being sung. Russells vocals are phenomenal and put me at ease, For some reason while listening to this song I can just imagine myself sipping an Arnold Palmer on a country side somewhere in South Carolina enjoying the simplicities of life. Their North American Roots/ American folk music will definitely be something added to my upcoming July 4th playlist!
I remember first seeing this band firsthand at the RED Media offices in NYC. They were very interesting and looked very hipster at first sight so I knew I was gonna be hearing some type of indie music. As a big fan of indie music I was very excited to listen to them! It came to my surprise that they are not just like the stereotypical indie band, they actually have much experience with instruments. One of the band members even brought in a huge bass to add to the music and environment while playing! Not only was I impressed, but it also made the performance more enjoyable to listen to and watch!
“We Don’t Need Our Heads” was definitely the song that stuck out to me! Not only are the lyrics captivating and inspirational, but the vocals in it soothe me. It reminds me of some classic rock with a current indie twist.
I am looking forward to hearing more from this great band in the future to come!
A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Brooklyn Based Artists preforming with their numerous instruments at RED Media in October 2012 .
Ok the title is semi-true, but not literally. This new acoustic indie band from Dublin, Ireland has signed with Glassnote Records and recently released their singles “The John Wayne”. When I first heard of them I must admit that I was not that interested in a foreign band. First thing that popped into my mind was accents, accents, and folk music. However, after listening to a couple of their songs I grew to love them. I was fortunate enough to see this band preform twice within the last couple of months. I went to their first American show at Masonic Lodge in LA and I also saw them at the CMJ Music Festival in NYC. No doubt that this band will get far! Their audience loved them and they tend to crack jokes in between songs as well as provide their listeners with funny American journeys they’ve had like their first time at “Astroburger” in Hollywood. The Little Green Cars have such a unique and distinct voice, especially one of their lead singers Faye O’Rourke. Her voice blew me away; the pitch, tone, smoothness that she has when she chimes into songs is so pleasant to hear. The other musicians play their instruments perfectly and I feel that music is alive yet again with new raw talent! Below is one of my favorite songs, “Them”. Make sure to listen to Faye’s unique and distinct voice that captures emotion towards the song!
(Horrible quality pic, I know. But I just had to post this pic of when I met the band in October at Electric Lady Studios!)
This new hard metal band compiled of Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam Bassist), Joseph Arthur, and Richard Stuverud is releasing their first debut album Acts on October 30th!
Here’s one of their songs, “”! If you enjoy it go check out one of their shows (tour dates posted below)!
RNDM — 2012 Tour Dates
November 2: Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
November 3: Washington DC – Black Cat
November 4: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
November 7: Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
November 8: New York City, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
November 9: Montreal, QC – Coronoa
November 13: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
November 14: Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
November 15: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St. Entry
November 16: Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
November 18: Boulder, CO – The Fox
November 21: Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
November 23: San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
November 25:Portland, OR – The Doug Fir Lounge
November 26: Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret
November 27: Seattle, WA – The Showbox at the Market