The Brits are taking over!

•June 23, 2008 • Leave a Comment

And another artist from the UK is taking over the charts quickly.  Currently, singer/songwriter Duffy is spreading like wild fire.  Her unique sound and instrumentals take us back to the days of Motown.  It is no surprise that many bands from this era are listed under her influences on her Myspace page.  Not only can she make a great single but she can deliver it in live performance.  She recently was featured on MTV’s FNMTV which is featured on Friday nights at 8pm.  Her live performance definitely solidified her in my eyes and I hope to hear more from her soon!

Check out her single Mercy!

 

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Last thing on your mind

•June 23, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Well I’ll tell you after watching many Old Navy commercials, this is not the last thing on your mind.  O.N. has introduced Lights to us with their new advertising strategy to make O.N. appear hip and sheek.  “The Last Thing on Your Mind,” and “Drive My Soul” are some singles that Lights has out for us to hear.  She is categorized as Indie and New wave which after hearing these singles, I think you will agree.  I feel as though all of the great music has recently been coming from Canada or Europe.  They have mastered the new wave and indie sound to a tee and offer something that a lot of U.S. bands are unable to do.  Her light and airy sound matches the calming instrumentals.  Check her out and see for yourself.

THROWBACK OF THE WEEEEK!

•April 23, 2008 • Leave a Comment

A Tribe Called Quest, straight out of New York City will always be remembered in the hearts of hip hop fans.  They were a highly influential group that was popular in the late 80’s, early 90’s.  Even if you have not heard of this group, you have at least heard of Q-tip.  The four member group consists of Q-tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, and Jarobi White.  Jarobi White was featured on their first album but left soon after.  However, we have heard him in their later tours dates in 2006.  The group split after a while and did the solo gig.  Q-tip had two large singles “Breathe & Stop” along with “The Vivrant Thing.”  This group was extremely influential on the hip hop game and will be remembered with the greats like Run-DMC.  Their music attracted all kinds of hip hops artists and will be forever known as a popular throwback!

Wiz Khalifa

•April 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Wiz Khalifa straight out of Pittsburg, PA is bringing a new sound of old techno beats and harder rhymes.  His roots do not originate from Pennsylvania or as he would like to refer to it as PISTOLVANIA.  This Warner Brothers artist released his single “Say Yeah” on iTunes recently but has been out since January 7th of this year.  His clothing style could be mistaken easily for Kanye West with the sweater, collared shirt, large sunglasses and gold chain.  There is no comparison otherwise.  This 23 year old rapper was originally from North Dakota.  His single “Say Yeah” samples Alice Deejay’s “Better off Alone.”  This sampling allows for immediate bopping and catches the ears of new listeners.  Some of his other singles include “Oh No,” “Damn Thing,” and “Talk to Me.”

Gym Class Heroes

•April 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I am here to introduce the one and only, Gym Class Heroes.  This band represents a hip hop/indie feel.  GCH come straight from Geneva, New York where lead singer Travis McCoy met drummer Matt McGinley in physical education class.  Soon after meeting they decided to use their meeting place as their band name.  They began in 1997 and originally played smaller venues but over time got bigger and they eventually played The Warped Tour in 2003-2004.  This well-known concert event gave GCH to show what they were really made of.  Their first album …For the Kids was released in 2001.  GCH took a break until 2005 to make their following album, The Papercut Chronicles and the more famous album As Cruel As School Children in 2006.  They have become mainstream in the past couple of years with their single “7 weeks” featuring The Academy Is’ William Beckett.  GCH is currently on the Vans Warped Tour once again and are working on their fourth album.

This band is INCREDIBLE live.  Travis is animated and has great energy throughout the concert.  I am also biased because when I saw them I was in love with all of their songs.  Check out their stuff yourselves and let me know what you think!

Paramore or Flyleaf?

•April 8, 2008 • 1 Comment

One of KC101’s top hits recently has been Flyleaf’s newest single, “All Around Me.”  This combination of guy intrumentals and girl vocals is starting to become a trend in the music scene.  Flyleaf’s Lacey Mosley’s newest single creepily resembles Paramore’s Hayley Williams’ older songs from their past album All We Know is Falling.  The instrumentals mirror the band and make it appear that Flyleaf is Paramore’s twin for this single.  However, the rest of Flyleaf’s self-titled album is harder than Paramore and cannot be compared.  I am a little ashamed to admit it but I thought for a long time that this new single was Paramore on the radio and not Flyleaf.  This may just be my own mistake.  If you like chicks with great vocals and harder rock instrumentals you need to checked out Paramore’s new and old album along with Flyleaf’s new album.

Save Each Other…The Whales are Doing Fine!

•April 8, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Patent Pending straight from Long Island, New York is not only a great band to see live but they are also great guys.  Two years ago, I had the honor of working the Patent Pending at WQAQ’s Spring Concert.  The band consists  of five guys that come with energy like you wouldn’t believe.  Not only are they amazing artists but they are some of the funniest people I have met in my life. 

Whether in a large venue or a small garage, they can deliver the same type of energy and get everyone in the crowd bopping.  Patent Pending is currently making a new mix tape and released a Christmas song earlier in the year called “She’s a HO HO HO, Merry Christmas.”  They haven’t made it mainstream yet but I think in a couple of years, we can expect big things from these boys.