The Mercy Beat released their infectious debut EP this summer and the remixes have been pretty exceptional as well. If you're still in Labor Day weekend-mode, why not take a few minutes to yourself and jam out? It's too 'sweet' to pass up!
Check out the Soto Voce Remix of "Sweet" below:
The Mercy Beat's self-titled EP is available now HERE.
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If you've been following Haerts since they posted their debut song, "Wings," online in 2012, then you're probably just as excited as I am about their album news today! The NY electropop quartet is set to release their self-titled debut album on October 28 and have unveiled the album's first single, "Giving Up," today with a glittering lyric video to accompany it! Produced by St. Lucia's Jean-Philip Grobler, this album is going to be a beast and I am SO happy we finally have a release date!
Check out the glittery lyric video for "Giving Up" below:
"Giving Up" is available now HERE.
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If you haven't heard of pop/R&B goddess, BANKS, you're about to become very familiar with her over the coming months. Her mysterious yet still approachable vibe radiates offline as well; as much as her music continues to buzz around the blogosphere, the LA native posted her personal phone number on her Facebook page to cultivate a friendlier approach to the usual artist/fan relationship. All of this, along with her killer hooks and bewitching bass lines, make BANKS our September Artist of the Month!
On the verge of releasing her highly anticipated debut album, Goddess, BANKS, like Lorde, has that fresh aura that keeps you intrigued. I only hope she's as successful as her Grammy award-winning counterpart.
Goddess will be available September 9.
When I first heard "Era" by Delaware's Fiancé, I knew it was going to be a long intense love affair. Combining all of my favorite elements of gorgeous synth, lush mysterious vocals and hynotizing guitars, this is the song you should be blasting on repeat as we say goodbye to summer.
Check out "Era" below:
EP1 is set to drop October 7.
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If you're feeling out of place, the guys of Signal City feel ya. The alternative LA five-piece released their anthemic "Everybody Says" this week to much acclaim along with a live in-studio video, which you can check out here. The song takes on a fighter's approach as we all try to fight everyone's opinions on how to live in today's mimicking society. "You're all to blame, but you're all the same to me."
Check out "Everybody Says" below:
Signal City's debut EP is set to drop this fall.
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ATTENTION 90's babies! You might want to sit down for this! News spread today that there might be a Full House revivial in the works!
According to sources, the comeback of our beloved 90's sitcom is in early stages of development and our favorite hunky TV uncle, John Stamos, is reportedly at the helm of the idea, along with original series creater Jeff Franklin and executive producer Bob Boyett.
Full House, which has garnered a cult following since it's run from 1987-1995, has been racking up the ratings on Nick at Nite with an average of 1.5 million viewers, tugging at the heartstrings of new and old fans alike. Never underestimate the power of the repeat.
Stamos took some time off from making women swoon with a yogurt cup to appear on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live recently and hinted of a possibility of a revival, commenting, "We're sort of working on a twist on a sequel." Have mercy!
Full House has been a constant in my life ever since I was a kid. Even now, I find it to be a means of comfort - a safety blanket for when things get rough. It may not take a half hour to fix our problems like in the show, but it shows us that in time, everything will be alright. If a revival, like 90's beloved sitcom Boy Meets World's spin-off Girl Meets World, can do that for a whole new legion of young viewers, I'm all for it! Although, I have to say that it just wouldn't be the same.
What are your thoughts on a possibile Full House revival?
Earlier this year, I hopped on the bandwagon that is Instagram. I'm not sure how they found me, but a little band from Nashville decided to be one of my first followers. Their profile picture, which is the cover of their debut EP, I, captured my attention, being the 'lets-take-pictures-of-trees-and-add-a-pretty-filter-to-them" fanatic that I am. After checking out their music, I fell head over heels with their cinematic approach and the epicness that is "We're Only Getting Closer." Oh, that little band's name? Everyone Moves Away. But don't worry, they're not going anywhere anytime soon and chances are they won't be "little" anymore once their new EP makes it's way to your ears.
With influences ranging from M83, Tears For Fears, Explosions In The Sky and Jimmy Eat World, the heart of this Nashville trio, comprised of Chris Small, Tony High and Melissa Mattey, lies within the euphoric electronic elements that heighten our senses and allow us to drift off into a world that matches our dreams and the movie in our minds. Their newly released sophomore EP, II, delivers just that and more.
I had the honor of catching up with the band on what you can expect to hear on their new EP, the response they received after releasing their debut and the one show that kind of started it all. Thanks, Anthony Gonzalez!
Tell us how this whole project got started.
- We have all had a love for mood evoking or cinematic electronic music. I guess our first "band" experience was when we all went to a local M83 show in Nashville. This band is hugely influential to our overall sound. I think you could say that our desire to create together kind of stemmed from that one event.
You guys are fairly new to the scene. Give us a glimpse of what releasing your first EP was like and the response that followed.
- Good question! We honestly never had any expectations so when we received the positive feedback from fans all over the world we were extremely humbled. We just set out to write music that we love to listen to. EP I really got the ball rolling and we quickly realized that writing more material should be priority one. Eventually, this led to what will be a seven song release EP ii.
"With The Night" gave me straight up chills the first time I listened to it. How is this new EP different from your first? Does it have more of a cinematic feel?
- Thank you! Our music is always inspired by visual elements. We want to be able to close our eyes and actually "see" the music that we write. One thing I think we all agree on is that EP ii has a more diverse spectrum of style. That's probably due to us stretching our creative muscle and it being seven songs as opposed to four.
What advice can you give to others who want to start a band?
- Good question... One thing I know we have learned is to spend as much time thinking about how we are going to market a release as we do writing our music. We put a lot of time thinking about every detail of our songs and we've learned that putting that same effort into a marketing campaign is very beneficial. At the moment, we don't have the luxury of a label marketing department or radio team so it's "all hands on deck" all of the time.
What are your top 5 favorite songs/albums at the moment?
- We're in absolute love with CHVRCHES, M83, Hammock, The Album Leaf, and Explosions in the Sky.
Imagine you have the opportunity to go on the tour of your dreams. What bands would you bring along with you and where would it take you? Don't be shy to get fancy with the routing!
- Awesome question! Wow... It would be pretty fantastic to tour with CHVRCHES or M83. We would absolutely love to do a European tour with stops in the UK, Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Or hop on to support a local tour in the states... Either way would be an absolute fantasy.
II is available now HERE.
Artist of the Month, In The Valley Below, have finally unleashed their hypnotizing debut, The Belt, on America. After releasing several EPs, including this year's Man Girl, I started to question if we'd ever get to hear this album, but the wait, like most things desired, was absolutely worth it.
Opening track, and crowd favorite, "Peaches," sets the tone of The Belt without ruining any surprises. This is probably the first ITVB track you've heard and using it as a debut's opener is clever placing. They've got you now, but chances are, you're not looking for a way out.
"Neverminders" comes barreling in with a sucker punch that lets you know they mean business with just the right amount of synth to keep it sweet enough, while "Last Soul" keeps the momentum going steady. Keep this one handy for dark, moody, windy nights near the ocean.
Personal favorite, "Hymnal," will ignite chills and solemn wistfulness. "I wish I found you sooner / I could have loved you longer." Beloved 2013 EP favorites "Stand Up" and "Dove Season" showcase what this duo are really made of. Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob's vocals blend effortlessly together; it's hard to picture these two doing anything else but this. Suddenly, going for a lush nature walk with this album as a companion sounds like exactly what the doctor ordered.
The biggest surprise is "Take Me Back," which takes on an 80's pop persona that delights as much as it pacifies, while the rest of the album keeps on astounding. You think you've heard it all until another track pulls you in for an additional four and a half minutes. Needless to say, I'm so far gone in this album that I'm pretty sure it's the best fitting belt I've ever purchased. (That was lame, huh? I apologize.)
The Belt is a remarkable debut that steals your senses and multiplies them by the end. It's music to grow up to; to change to; to fall in love to; to fall apart to. That's ultimately what music is all about - to be able to learn and move forward with a song to keep you company...all with a secure belt to keep it all together. (Damn. I did it again...)
The Belt is available now HERE.
Today is the day! The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards air tonight, and like every year, I am buzzing with excitement! This is the night (along with the Grammys) that music nerds and bloggers look forward to the most! Whether we're overly critical about MTV (just call me Grandma) or if you're in the midst of growing up and making memories of your own, the VMAs always leave us with something to talk about and remember for years to come.
As a music and pop culture fanatic since forever, I'm finding it to be crazy that I have this platform to share my commentary on these things. However little my opinions mean to anyone, social media and this lovely blog right here give me the opportunity to be my quirky self and ramble on about things I'm sure nobody cares about...because that's what it's all about! If I told 12 year-old me that I would get to do this all because of the internet, I would have died. If I could have live-tweeted during the 2000 VMAs, I probably would have annoyed every single person on the planet.
Anywho, enough of my rambling! Here are my top five absolute favorite performances of VMAs past!
5. Eminem - "The Real Slim Shady/The Way I Am" at the 2000 VMAs
- I thought this performance was so cool! I remember watching intently on when he would pass Carson Daly in the audience and of course my 12 year old heart melted when he did. Eminem always has something interesting to add to the mix and this performance has always stuck out in my head. The whole aura of Radio City Music Hall and the VMAs just go so well together and I wish they'd bring them back! They just don't do stuff like this anymore.
4. Spice Girls - "Say You'll Be There" at the 1997 VMAs
- GIRL POWER! I was a MASSIVE Spice Girls fan growing up - and when I say "massive" I mean I was obsessed! My room was pretty much a Spice Girls haven. I even got to see their reunion tour in 2008 and my mouth was hanging open throughout the entire show due to utter shock! This performance (and those outfits) are forever implanted in my mind and I love how they broke so many boundaries! They were definitely a force to be reckoned with. Sporty was always my favorite. She killed this performance! Just call me Katrina Highkick. ;)
3. NSYNC - "It's Gonna Be Me" at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards
- Okay I know this isn't a VMA performance but it really should have been! After the Spice Girls craze, I was NSYNC obsessed all the way (with a soft spot for the Backstreet Boys as well) and this will forever be my favorite live performance of theirs! Here's the thing: boy bands of the 90's were innovative. Not to say that boy bands of the present aren't talented (One Direction's "Story of My Life" gets me every time) but you don't see performances like this anymore. I loved how they incorporated their music video for "It's Gonna Be Me" (which was the cutest idea EVER) and broke out of those boxes. It was a way of saying that they might be a boy band, but there's more to them; you can't box them in. Plus, let's just take a minute to take in JT's cornrow faze.
2. Christina Aguilera - "Come On Over (All I Want Is You)" at the 2000 VMAs with Fred Durst
- Back in 2000, Christina Aguilera was known as "the little girl with the big voice," but at the 2000 VMAs, she showed the world that she also has attitude! Due to dirty speculation over whether Aguilera was romantically involved with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst and TRL's Carson Daly (you can thank Eminem for that one) the two decided to come together and fight back. I remember watching this and being shocked over seeing them on the same stage together. It was like TRL at it's finest - two genres merging to shock the masses! It was freaking glorious! Don't mess with X-Tina. But I think we all know that by now. ;)
1. Britney Spears - "I'm A Slave 4 U" at the 2001 VMAs
- Whenever I think of the VMAs, I think of this performance. Maybe it's because I was 13 and impressionable at the time, but I remember watching this for the first time and thinking, "this is groundbreaking." 2001 was a killer year for Miss. Spears. Her third album, Britney, (which is my fave album of her's) was unleashed in November of that year and it really started a new era for the pop princess. This performance started a fire and it continues to be a favorite for fans around the world. I heard a rumor that Aaliyah was to supposedly perform with the snake that year, but unfortunately she died a few weeks prior. Imagine what that would have been like.
BONUS: Britney Spears - "Satisfaction/Oops!...I Did It Again" at the 2000 VMAs
- I had to add this one in for good measure. This is the moment when the world realized that Britney wasn't our little girl anymore. I remember how everyone thought it was so shocking. Just wait 13 more years, world! This is nothing compared to what's to come. That's all I will say on that matter.
As you can tell, the 2000 VMAs were my favorite and nothing will ever top it for me. But that's not to say that we won't have any great performances this year!
I want to hear who you guys are excited to see at this year's VMAs! I will be live-tweeting throughout the show tonight, so follow me on Twitter @TinaTweetsAlot and join me in my nutty couch commentary! Let's share our opinions as if they were snacks! :D
Elephant Stone are gearing up to release their sophomore album, The Three Poisons, this Monday, August 25, but have decided to spill the beans early and give you a full album stream for your listening pleasure! This one's a goodie, folks!
Stream the entire Three Poisons album below:
Pre-order The Three Poisons HERE.
Catch Elephant Stone on tour next month!
09/08 Burlington VT - Monkey House (Tickets)
09/09 New York NY - Mercury Lounge (Tickets)
09/10 Washington DC - Black Cat (Tickets)
09/11 Brooklyn NY - Rock Shop (Tickets)
09/12 Philadelphia PA - Milk Boy (Tickets)
09/13 Asbury Park NJ - The Saint (Tickets)