Aaron Beri “Connected” Ventures Back to R&B’s Memorable Moments Throwback Vibes with a Modern Feel

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If you are lusting for the sounds of 80s synth-pop with a twist of 90s R&B, you’ll definitely want to take a venture into the world of Aaron Beri on his latest music release “Connected” from his debut album ‘Avalanche’. Thankfully, music fans no longer have to wait two decades for a mini-series such as the New Edition Story to rekindle their relationship with the sultry sounds that catapulted popular R&B male vocalists into fame long before mumble rap was considered an actual genre (!?). “Connected” is a fabulous blast from the past with a refreshingly modern flavor.

“Connected” becomes an instant favorite due to Aaron’s honey-drenched vocals and the catchy music score. The songwriting is full of emotion, delivers meaningful words and still drives a catchy pop-infused feel with a chorus that is worth repeating. After engaging with the production, it is easy to understand how the track has garnered thousands of plays across the web.

Aaron’s latest release is reminiscent to George Michael’s earlier works, the sounds of 80s pop bands Breathe and PM Dawn to name just a few. Be not mistaken however, Aaron Beri defines his own unique style as he navigates through a myriad of experiences. “Connected” is a must add track to your playlist especially if you happen to find yourself on YouTube searching for throwback R&B videos thinking to yourself, “Man, I wish music still sounded like this.”

Listen to Aaron Beri “Connected” Streaming now on Soundcloud

Based in Australia, singer and songwriter Aaron Beri is set to debut his album ‘Avalanche’ in Europe. ‘Avalanche’ has been described as a, “soul and R&B soundtrack to Aaron’s childhood” (www.aaronberi.com). Aaron’s distinct style encompasses a wide scope of genres and influences that range from Rock, R&B, and Pop. The songwriter credits his mom for discovering the music that would eventually shape his style.

As a songwriter, Aaron Beri penned all of the songs on his new album which has made it a very personal experience for the artist. Aaron hopes to share his own personal story on ‘Avalanche’. As the title suggests, the project he says, “ are about the cold and destructive side of love”. “Kingdom Falls” another single on the album was produced by Aria nominee Peter Holz and Mastered by William Bowden, a Grammy Award-Winning Mastering Engineer.

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Aaron Beri is currently working on a 5 track EP and single which are both due to release later on in 2017. He plans to venture away from his current sound on the upcoming project as indicative of his evolution as an artist. Aaron states, “the sound is bolder, stronger and edgier”. Plans for music videos are also on the horizon. After getting plugged into “Connected” we are excited to see what Aaron Beri comes up with next.

You can shop for Aaron Beri’s latest album ‘Avalanche’ on all of your favorite digital music stores such as Spotify, iTunes, GooglePlay, Apple Music and More!

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SmartBlackKid Enlightens with “Intelligent Blues” The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol 2 Inspires through Hip Hop

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Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter SmartBlackKid is back with a new single titled “Intelligent Blues” from his latest album release ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol. 2’. From the first chord executed by this genuine one-man band, it becomes quickly evident that SmartBlackKid is on another level of artistry.

No stranger to eclectic fusions, SmartBlackKid unleashes a fury of thought-provoking lyrics over a dark and gritty beat. “Intelligent Blues” is reminiscent to the lyrical stylings of Wu-Tang Clan’s own GZA. SmartBlackKid delivers relevant bars in a laid-back manner while exploring deep lyrical content that stimulates the mind. Unfortunately, this experience is all too rare in mainstream music so “Intelligent Blues” is a grand escape from the mundane.

Check out our Feature on ‘The Best of SmartBlackKid Vol 1’

SmartBlackKid is unapologetic in his incorporation of relevant themes into his latest release which make this particular project most timely in every sense of the word. A fitting title for a forward-thinking single is just one of the ironies introduced on “Intelligent Blues”. SmartBlackKid is clearly a revolutionary musician who not only uses his artistic prowess to make great sounding music, but also uses his creativity as a vessel by which to educate and enlighten a wide-reaching audience.

“Intelligent Blues” is one of those songs that simply makes you dig a little deeper, think a little bit more about the world around you. The single is an experience that is worth having regardless of age and gender because SmartBlackKid taps into nuances that almost anyone can relate to.

Listen to SmartBlackKid “Intelligent Blues”

Hakhi Alakhun, who goes by the moniker SmartBlackKid embarked on a journey to release a 10 album series, a proliferation of materials written and recorded over the course of a decade. SmartBlackKid is a self-taught musician, singer-songwriter, guitarist, bassist and drummer. He once performed as the lead guitarist with the live hip hop band The Lo Frequency before undertaking his solo projects. Learn more about SmartBlackKid and stay woke by visiting his official website www.smartblackkid.rocks.

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GREYE Single “Windows” Revitalizing the American Spirit Florida Progressive Americana Rock Band Gives an Unblemished Performance

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It has been quite a while since we have covered an Americana collective, but we recently discovered some sweet sounds from GREYE, a Florida-based Progressive Americana Rock Band. GREYE just released their latest project “Windows” and the band’s lead single of the same title currently has the global music-sphere lit.

Released in July, “Windows” is a polished performance with a blistering down-home feel. The song, which carriers a laid-back vibe is driven by a distinct score which consists of addicting guitar riffs, robust bass rhythms, catching percussion and a luscious vocal performance. “Windows” is the quintessential fusion between some of America’s most popular genres with a distinctly modern feel. GREYE gives a flawless performance and production on the single is among the cleanest we’ve ever experienced from an indie band.

GREYE offers music lovers a rich listening experience which not only includes alluring vocals and professional musicianship, but also an opportunity to experience thought-provoking songwriting content which is often difficult to come by in the mainstream. “Windows” is a performance that can be appreciated from various perspectives regardless of your music preferences and most of all, it is a great song and easy to absorb.

GREYE is a refreshing introduction to neophytes of Americana who have not yet had the opportunity to experience its nuances, while Gen X-ers will gravitate towards the progressive sounds that defined the 90s, reflecting back on music’s evolution. Millennials just now stumbling upon bands like Pearl Jam, will marvel at the sounds of real music, and those that relish in the conventions of The Allman Brothers Band will give a nod to the deeply rooted influences heard in GREYE’s release.

Listen to GREYE “Windows” on Soundcloud.

Based in Daytona, Florida, GREYE consists of band members Hannah Summer (vocals) Jett Wolfe (guitar), Joshua Reid (bass), Ray Grimard (drums). The band got its start in 2012 and has since performed at both local and national venues.

In 2014, GREYE released their debut album ‘Providence’. Following the success of ‘Providence’, the band released the full-length LP’s ‘The Tube’ and ‘The Worrier’ in 2015 and 2016 respectively. GREYE members cite a number of musical influences ranging from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to John Butler Trio, YES and many others. Jon Allred of “Indie Music Lives Here of Portland” stated, “…forget 50 shades, one does of GREYE is all you need at the end of the day to unwind and lose yourself to a music masterpiece…”

Having been praised for their work ethic and in receipt of numerous accolades, the band has definitely made its mark on music since its original inception. GREYE was highlighted at the 2015 BMI Key West Songwriters Festival and vocalist Hannah Summer was selected as Songwriter of the Year at the Songwriters Showcase of America 2014-2015.

GREYE kicked off a summer tour in July starting in North Charleston, South Carolina and along the east coast. August tour dates start on the 2nd .

Check out these upcoming tour dates for GREYE:

    The Middle East – 480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139 – July 31st @ 10pm

    Stella’s Barn – 1346 Elmira Rd., Newfield, NY 14867 – August 2nd @ 6pm

    Lot 10 Kitchen and Lounge – 160 S Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 – August 4th @ 10pm

    The Back Door Bar – 3092 NY-28, Old Forge, NY 13420 – August 5th @ 8pm

    Palmetto Brewing Co. – 289 Huger St., Charleston, SC 29403 – August 12th @ 6pm

    JohnKing Grill & Bar – 428 King St., Charleston, SC 29403 – August 12th @ 10pm

Visit the band’s website for more tour information www.greyemusic.com.

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Arica Queen Litty Freestyle Hot Summer Hip Hop Jams

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If you are looking to update your summer playlist, check out one of the latest freestyles by VA’s own Arica Queen, “Litty”. We added this track to our summertime cookout playlist and will be taking it from the backyard to the beach and you should too.

 

Watch Arica Queen Perform Litty Freestyle Directed by Nate Brown Now Streaming on YouTube

Dig into the sounds of Arica Queen on her popular ‘Tuck Ya Tails 2-Da BlackOut Mix’
The project is a tribute to the classics she grew up listening to.

Artist EsZ & Erron’s Attic Releases EP ‘If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me’ The Ultimate Hip-Hop Experience with a Laid Back Vibe

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NYC-based artist EsZ recently released a 6-song EP ‘If You Didn’t Get this Message, Call Me’. The project is certain to deliver the distinct sounds that EsZ fans are familiar with, which consists of a fusion of mellow instrumentals, gritty lyrics, and thought-provoking lyrical content. EsZ showcases his diverse skill-set when it comes to being an avant garde hip-hop artist performing within a new soundscape.

Listeners will be introduced to “Woke Up, Hands High” the premier track on the EP and they will not be disappointed. EsZ performs with a one-of-a-kind cadence that neophytes will relish along with his youthful tone of voice. EsZ delivers freshly-cut bars which are accentuated by soulful female vocals drifting in and out of the track in the background. The story-telling on the “Woke Up, Hands High” is not only sincere but entertaining as the listeners. Fans cannot help but to understand that EsZ is a progressive artist that is well beyond his years in performance.

The follow-on track on ‘If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me’, is “Saucy” a classic EsZ style track adorned with salacious lyrics and ironic metaphors. This particular track however, does have a throwback screwed-up vibe that we haven’t really heard since the early 2000s while overall appealing to a current ear. EsZ is incredibly detailed in his execution of bars and never misses the mark on delivering a catchy hook. “Saucy” is the perfect combination of grime, sensuality and a little bit of the streets mixed with a dirty club feel.

EsZ switches things up with “Going Under” which introduces a more underground sound. Lyrically, the track is poetic in nature, with a very pensive vibration. Production on “Going Under” is unblemished much like the previous tracks, however it has a simple and clean vibe that is primarily bass-driven with a synth-infused flair. “Going Under” is a minimalist performance with an infectious mist of vapor.

Next on the playlist is “We Danced For, Dazed All Summer”, a down-tempo mix with a recognizable Latin zest. EsZ takes listeners into his virtual domain while illustrating a series of mind-bending scenarios using descriptive lyrics and evoking colorful visuals through word. “We Danced For, Dazed All Summer” is categorically a chilled-out track with a lazy vibe. The track performs like a sweltering hot day at the beach somewhere on a tropical island. Fans will be in for a treat as this track takes a surprising twist, but we won’t divulge all of the deets so that you can listen for your self.

“If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” starts to wind down with “To Live the Good Life”, another powerful performance by EsZ who sheds some light into what he calls Erron’s Attic, which we can only suggest would be considered a glimpse into his universe. “To Live the Good Life” is a smokey track that rests heavy on the mind. Juxtaposed with the title itself, there is an emotional presence that can be experienced while absorbing the words penned on the track leaving fans to wonder, what’s really going on up in Erron’s Attic?

What could be considered as one of the most polished performances of 2017, EsZ leaves fans with “Touching Base/Your Colors” a loungy tune with a subtle rebellious energy. The Brooklyn-based artist shares a myriad of experiences over this piano-infused track that vary from aspirational to painful with a twinge of heartbreak and inevitable healing.

EsZ is a revolutionary artist that leaves it all on the stage with every single performance. Music fans who are looking for substance and content that is succinct will not be disappointed as there are few mainstream artists today that are capable of delivering more than a catchy beat and incoherent expressions of mediocrity. EsZ happens to be the complete opposite. Falling more along the lines of hip-hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole to name just a few, EsZ has developed a credible game that is to be respected in terms of his artistic prowess. Not only is he able to deliver meaningful flows but his sound undoubtedly appeals to the masses as observed through his ever-growing fan base from around the world.

EsZ, though a young artist is wise beyond his years and this is evident in his intricate story-telling. He is truly a unique and multi-faceted artist that introduces a fresh perspective on life in the new millennium.

EsZ is the epitome of art and culture. Hailing from the hip-hop hub of the universe, New York City, Erron is a true contemporary. He is a visual artist as well as a performing artist, fusing his passion together to leave his mark on this world. By nature, Erron is a creative who is known for not only his strikingly visual art but his ability to deliver clever rhymes through music. His music has been covered in popular publications such as Underground Hip Hop and he has a growing legion of fans from across the world. “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” is the latest release by EsZ and it is available for your digital shopping pleasure on iTunes and Spotify.

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The Gangsta Rabbi Releases Album 2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69 Examining The World According to Steve Lieberman Legendary Musician

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There is little doubt that the latest album release from The Gangsta Rabbi ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69′ was a tremendous undertaking for the legendary musician who is also famously known as Steve Lieberman. Punk music fans are taken on a rather historic journey through The Gangsta Rabbi’s universe where a myriad of emotions are expressed through 16 resounding tracks, each delivering their own unusual, yet entertaining flair.

Scheduled for release on June 1, 2017, ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69‘ is the 31st CD and 69th music release from Steve Lieberman, dubbed the legit King of Jewish Punk. From the emergence of the initial track on the album, “My Very last Year 3468 (Extreme Punk Thrash Edit)”, listeners will immediately take note of the powerful emotion that is driving Steve’s performance. In between sequences of distorted waves of sound, The Gangsta Rabbi delivers a hard-hitting experience that grinds the psyche.

Not too long ago we delved into “Little Kosher Girl” a high speed trip on mad, crazy love with a postmodern vibe. Strangely upbeat and mysteriously entertaining, “Little Kosher Girl” is a frenzied execution of righteous punk perfection. Check out our Review on “Little Kosher Girl”

Energy remains on overdrive on the track “Jewish Riot” a multi-faceted production with highly intense layers and a truly exhausting score. The Gangsta Rabbi gives fans a catch hook and old-world feel with a slice of rebellion on “Jewish Riot”. The energy never leaves the track as angsty riffs send shockwaves through the body.

A unique performance “Basset Hound Pull-Toy” follows suit with more fierce rock instrumentals and catchy phrases. The song is memorable, tells a sincere story and delivers a fun listen that will get your head nodding ferociously.

The Gangsta Rabbi continues to flex his muscles as a legendary musician on “A Dove Flies Over Baghdad” a brazen performance with an intriguing message. Music lovers will appreciate the raw appeal of The Gangsta Rabbi and the reference to striking moments in time.

If “A Dove Flies Over Baghdad” isn’t enough, The Gangsta Rabbi slaps listeners hard in the face with “I Want a Bass With A Whammy Bar”, a performance which has a retroactive alternative vibe with a dash of funk appeal.

Fans will embrace the memorable “Get It! Get It! Get It! Shift Shift Shift”, a multi-dimensional performance that quite a contrast to “I Want a Bass With A Whammy Bar”. Listeners are able to capture the many faces of The Gangsta Rabbi and his multi-layered personality which shines through each and every one of his performances.

Another high-flying race to another dimension is “G-d Loves Me Tho’ I’m Crazy”, an impassioned production with extreme guitars and explosive instrumentals. The Gangsta Rabbi reintroduces a sharp flurry of vocals and an addicting hook that reverberates through the mind.

“3 Little Puppies” is a playful brings out a playful performance with no shortage of ironic melodies intertwined within rugged bass and ripped guitar chords. The Gangsta Rabbi’s voices pushes through this track with distinct clarity as the delivers thunderous sequences of sound.

If you have your ears open for another upbeat performance then “Yada Yada Ya Ya” will deliver with modern appeal. “Yada Yada Ya Ya” at first seems like an uncomplicated expression but there is clearly something deeper to the story being told through this unique composition. The Gangsta Rabbi proves that he is full of surprises and every work of art he develops is the culmination of his experiences, may of which others can certainly relate to.

Turning toward history, the performance “Midianites” provides an unconventional glimpse into realm in which few have dared to venture deeper. The song is largely instrumental, rugged in all realness yet The Gangsta Rabbi still blesses the performance with a vocal accompaniment. Again, “Midianites” is a production that delivers hardcore riffs that drive endlessly.

Next on this unparalleled journey through punkdom “1ST Diaspora Egypt” delivers fast-paced instrumentals, crashing waves and fervent spirit. “1st Diaspora Egypt” is overarched by electrifying instrumentation and razor sharp ambiance.

“Puppy in A Cup” is another fast-paced tune with evidence of symbolic meaning. Clearly there is more to the song than meets the ear so to speak, and it may take a few spins to really capture the message that The Gangsta Rabbi is exuding through his non-stop performance. One thing is for certain the unconventional sound that The Gangsta Rabbi delivers is not only rare, but though-provoking, indicating that there is more to punk music than raging sonic booms.

The Gangsta Rabbi shares a very personal story on “Cancer Ward #3-Phlebotomy”. Listeners are able to get a 4 ½ minute and some change glimpse into a world that most people would be too afraid to enter, yet one that touches almost everyone in some way or another. The Gangsta Rabbi demonstrates many things on “Cancer Ward #3-Phlebotomy” courage and will are just a few. One cannot help but question if there is more to this story.

2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69 starts to wind down with “25 Days In A Coma” and the final performance “The Punk Meets The Godfather”. Both of these songs leave a lasting impression on listeners as they provide a mind-bending conclusion to an absolutely potent experience that few individuals will be truly prepared for. The Gangsta Rabbi boldly welcomes fans into his world, sharing excruciating experiences with reckless abandon.

One cannot fully appreciate the breadth of  ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69′ without having an open mind and strong sense of humanity. Few artists are capable of exposing their true selves as they often put forward a facade. The Gangsta Rabbi does the exact opposite. He is a musician that keeps it real while delivering authentic sounds and unforgettable experiences.

Punk lovers can expect to hear a fusion of aggressive lyrics combined with shredding guitar performances. ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69′ is equally as progressive as it is nostalgic as Steve rejuvenates some of his earlier recordings.

The Gangsta Rabbi rewrote and re-recorded all of the performances that are on ‘2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/#69′. The songs are derived from an extensive catalog that Steve Lieberman developed over a long period of time.

The Gangsta Rabbi Steve Lieberman

The Gangsta Rabbi otherwise known as Steve Lieberman is a punk musician, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. Known as the pioneering King of Jewish Punk, Steve is also songwriter and producer. His musical influence in the industry spans across the decades as he has shared the stage with bands such as Glass jaw, the Misfits, Weezer, Andrew WK and Ryan Dunn.

To date, Steve Lieberman sold over 110,000 records and his music has landed on multiple radio formats across the country. Having worked as a county comptroller by day and rocking the stage as a musician at night, Steve developed a hefty catalog of music for the masses. Steve is currently engaged in battle with an aggressive form of cancer however he continues to deliver a combination of relics from his musical past, reinventions that relate to the present day and music innovations which look toward the future. Learn more about The Gangsta Rabbi by visiting www.gangstarabbi.com.

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Taylor Grey Takeover Artist Interview with G&S

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Not too long ago the girls at G&S reviewed “Never Woulda Letcha” the latest release by singer and songwriter Taylor Grey. We recently caught up with Taylor to get the scoop on her latest project and more, check out the interview below.

Fun Questions:

Top 3 songs on my playlist right now are…?

Cigarette Daydreams – Cage the Elephant

Soap – Fox Wilde

Superficial Love – Ruth B.

Most memorable experience while on tour was…?

The most memorable experiences will always be being on stage and seeing people sing my lyrics along with me – it’s a really magical experience.

Craziest thing a fan has ever done…?

Once a fan followed me and my band from the show venue to In’n’Out. The crazy thing was that we got lost on the way, so we went on two freeways and several random streets, but she stuck with us the whole way. She didn’t even come in to say hi.

Never leave home without…?

My phone or lip gloss

Before going on stage I…?

I have this weird habit where I have to sing a little bit, even just a chorus, of every song I sing in my set.

My dream collaboration would be…?

Ed Sheeran, hands down.

If there were three words to describe your sound, what would it be?

Vibey Space Pop

Can you give us some idea of what inspires you as a songwriter and artist?

My experiences and experiences of those close to me. I song write to story-tell, and I tell stories that are sometimes direct life experiences I have had or they’re sometimes narratives I craft based on a plethora of experiences and emotions that are true to me.

Your highly-anticipated album set to release this spring is called Space Case, how did you come up with such a unique name for your project?

Space Case is actually the title of one of the song’s on the album and the name really stood out to me. I was drawn to it as the album title because I thought it was unique, but also because the song, “Space Case,” really encompasses the essence of this album for me. It’s about a girl who is a little out there – with her head not even just in the clouds, but in outer space – who just has big dreams and is working to actualize them.

 

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Fans recently got a chance to experience the first single from the album “Never Woulda Letcha” and judging by the response from your fans it seems like a hit! What do you feel goes into creating a song that resonates with listeners?

I think being honest in your emotions is crucial. Whether I am writing a heavy Pop song like “Never Woulda Letcha” or a more alternative song like some in “Space Case,” I believe in telling true emotions and stories. I’m never going to create stories that I think people want to hear – I like writing about unconventional things, like having the female voice aka my voice being the one taking care of a heartbroken boy or wanting someone to like you even though you have no intention of liking them back. I like the not-so love story.

Many times artists feel like they are called to perform in some aspect, do you recall the moment when you discovered that this was the path you wanted to follow?

I started musical theater when I was really young because I was a shy kid and my mom wanted to help me come out of my shell. Because I was so young, I can’t remember an exact light-bulb moment, but the stage has always felt like home to me. When I went on tour last summer however, and I was singing my own songs on stage, I felt this immense feeling of happiness where I said to myself  “I never want to stop doing this.”

What do you hope that your fans, new and old, will take away after hearing Space Case?

I hope people listening feel like they can see themselves in my songs. I hope that they can relate to at least one song and feel like someone else gets it, that they aren’t alone. I have songs like “Never Woulda Letcha” that are upbeat and Pop for people who gravitate towards that. But I also have songs that I’ve written while crying on bedroom floor heartbroken. There is a wide spectrum which I loved creating because as I songwriter I was given the freedom to write what I felt when I felt it.

The music industry has changed a great deal over the last decade and to be honest much of the music that is out there sounds similar; as a young artist how do you distinguish yourself from other performers?

I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying too hard to be different or distinguish yourself. I will always stay true to myself in the moment. I change everyday and I grow, and my songs reflect. Something that distinguishes me is that I will never feel the need to fit a musical box, per se, I don’t care to be labeled as Pop or Alternative or Singer-Songwriter. I love writing the songs that feel right to me in the moment. Also, I’m still in school!

We understand that you are attending college at Stanford University and are currently a sophomore; that is awesome! How do you juggle the demands of higher education at such a prestigious university with being a celebrity?

I’m still learning how to balance the two! I’ve had to make sacrifices in both facets of my life, but it has been worth it. I’m very lucky to have a very supportive family and team around me helping me do what I love.

So your album Space Case is due to release in Spring, please share with us some of your feelings and thoughts that go through your mind when a project of such a large magnitude is finally complete?

I’m not going to lie, I am so excited and restless for the album to be released. This will be the first body of new work I’ve released with songs I have written since starting college, so it’s big for me! I cannot wait for people to hear it!

Thanks for taking some time out of your busy schedule to chat it up with G&S Taylor, please let us know how can fans keep up to date with what is happening in the world of Taylor Grey music?

Of course, thank you so much! I’m always on my Instagram and twitter which are both @iamtaylorgrey and there’s my website which is taylorgreymusic.com.

Check out our Music Review on Taylor Grey “Never Woulda Letcha”

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Hailing from Northern California, Taylor Grey is a 19-year old student in her sophomore year at Stanford University. Taylor discovered music at a young age having studied both musical theater and opera. Taylor penned her first song at the young age of 12 and later became a self-taught musician playing the piano and the guitar. The breadth of Taylor’s repertoire extends across various genres and influences in the realms of Classic Rock, Jazz, and 90’s Hip-Hop. Through her journey as a musician, Taylor has uncovered her own distinct sound and style.

No stranger to the studio, Taylor’s debut release was a two-part EP entitled “Mind of Mine I & and II” in 2016. She worked with producers Benjamin Taylor and Bryan Morton on the project and later garnered the attention of Jacob Whitesides after performing on his summer tour “Lovesick”.

Now, Taylor Grey is poised to make 2017 her breakout year. Having teamed up with award winning producer Josh Abraham and collaborating with a host of well-known writers and producers such as Nico Stadi, David Kuncio, Jordan Ware and Isaac Hasson for her first studio album, Taylor is most definitely winning.  Look for Taylor Grey’s highly-anticipated album release Space Case, due out in Spring 2017.

Shop for Taylor Grey’s latest single “Never Woulda Letcha” at your favorite digital music stores.

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Humphrey-McKeown Passing Shadows an Epic Adventure in Music and Voice A Spirited Fusion of Past and Present

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Humphrey McKeown

“Passing Shadows”, the latest release by Humphrey-McKeown instantly captures listeners with epic instrumentation and uplifting vocals. The song offers a spirited performance combining various elements of rock, pop, and folk while encompassing the gorgeous layers of the all-American ethos.

While listening to Humphrey-McKeown, fans will be whisked away into an ethereal dimension which is illuminated by the theatrical nature of the score. At moments,  “Passing Shadows” makes you feel as if you are in a 70s rock opera. Other times, the song transports you to contemporary times with an distinct alternative feel. Unmistakable however, are the country and folk-infused elements that take listeners to the core of the American soul or even the Midwest plains with a slightly gritty feel.

“Passing Shadows” is an easy listen with a nice danceable feel. The song truly has a distinct sound that is unconventional yet engaging.  Humphrey-McKeown has developed a beautifully entertaining production that not only has mass appeal but inspires an appreciation for gifted multi-instrumentalists creating a picturesque layering of stunning images through sound and voice.

Heather Humphrey and Tom McKeown are each one-half of Humphrey-McKeown, a songwriting and performance collaboration that started in 2006. The songwriting duo, after agreeing to partner took to the road and started writing for music publishers all over including places like LA, Chicago, and Nashville. The team is known for their diverse writing style, organic melodies, and drive to create new sounds that have never been heard of in the past.

Humphrey-McKeown has written over 100 different songs for other artists however, they have since shifted the focus from writing for others to defining their own unique musical presence. The duo’s first open mic in 2010 led to the release of four studio albums in a 3-year spans. Through a painstaking audition process, the duo was able to find several other great musicians to complete their band.

The band now consists of Heather Humphrey (lead and background vocals, piano, flute, and percussion), Tom McKeown (lead and background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, piano, synths, bass, drums, and percussion) Jim Livas (drums and percussion) and Tony Meadors (Upright bass, 4&5 string electric bass, and background vocals). Humphrey-McKeown’s sound has been described as contemporary Folk-Rock Americana while their styles encompass a variety of genres such as rock, pop, country, folk, and progressive. The secret sauce to their unique sound is “a hint of Brill Building songwriting” (hm-music.com). The band’s upcoming release is called ‘Tapestry of Shadows’ which is due out on May 20th, 2017. Visit www.hm-music.com to learn more about the band and their music.

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Vegas-Based Rap Duo Jun & Carter Release “No One Like Us” Sin City We Are Listening

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Jun and Carter

Jun and Carter

Vegas-based rap and producer duo Jun & Carter might be only 16 and 17 years old but they are ahead of their time and taking their music as serious as any rap veteran. Casting Sin City in a different light, Jun & Carter recently released their celebratory track “No One Like Us”. The track release comes right on the heels of the duo’s birthdays which are in May (the 1st and 16th respectively). Despite the number of aspiring rappers dropping music on any given day, there is little deviation that can be found in the production styles, lyrical content, and overall delivery of hip-hop music in general. While this may simply be a byproduct of the mainstream popularization of the genre, there are always some artists out in the music space looking to differentiate themselves from all of the rest. Sometimes they are well-received and often, if they stray too far from the familiar sounds that are hot at the moment, they are not. We suspect that Jun & Carter will not fall into this trap. Today, teen artists have access to all types of technology and they are empowered to create music that rival industry veterans and thanks to how music marketing and the industry overall has evolved, they are doing it on their own terms.

Although since its inception, many people believed that hip-hop would eventually die, the upcoming crop of aspiring artists have proven that hip-hop culture and rap itself will continue to live on. Artists like Jun & Carter have proven that hip-hop continues to touch a number of people of all ages, genders, backgrounds, ethnicities, and places around the world. If you don’t believe us, you can check out their latest track “No One Like Us” which has garnered over 3.2M hits on the popular music player Soundcloud.

“No One Like Us” is not unlike any other rap track out there. It consists of the basic conventions needed to develop a decent head-nodding mix. The track will give listeners a lazy hip hop beat with dark bass, eerie melodies, gritty bars, chant-easy hook and boasting metaphors which illustrate how much Better Jun & Carter are compared to the next contender, your basic battle-style rap. The point of difference here will be found in the perspective that the boys deliver which happens to be from that of the 702. Since typically we are exposed to rap artists from places like New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and places like Philly, it’s not too often that we can get a good glimpse into the sounds that are coming out of Vegas in the mainstream. The boys do deliver a slight underground feel, however the track is produced to a high level of quality in terms of sound and beyond their ability to spit some witty bars, the duo actually adds in some pretty solid harmonies on the vocal side. Check out Jun & Carter perform “No One Like Us”, which is now streaming on Soundcloud.

Listen to Jun & Carter “No One Like Us”, Now Streaming on Soundcloud

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Plastic Barricades How Goldfish Grow An Energized Alternative Rock Hit with an Insightful Message

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How Goldfish Grow

Plastic Barricades recently released the 6th single from their LP ‘Mechanics of Life’, “How Goldfish Grow”. If you happen to enjoy sweet alternative rock tunes and insightful songwriting content, then “How Goldfish Grow” will quickly become one of the favorite tracks on your music playlist. Plastic Barricades deliver a bright and energetic style that is refreshing considering sleepy tracks that we have grown accustomed to.

If “How Goldfish Grow” is any indication of the unconventional methods by which the band chooses to connect with audiences, music fans are sure to discover an uncharted realm where luscious melodies and captivating harmonies breathe beauty into life. “How Goldfish Grow” is a deep and meaningful track that is fused with incredibly robust instrumentals and a rich vocal performance.

An upbeat score which is layered with deep-soulful guitars and sometimes fiery guitars, funky rhythms, and edgy-percussion will captivate listeners as soothing vocals tell a detailed story about “How Goldfish Grow”, an ingenious metaphor for life as it has never been expressed before.

 

Check Out the Animated Video for “How Goldfish Grow”, Now Streaming on YouTube

 

If you enjoy the sounds of bands like Two Door Cinema Club, Arctic Monkeys and the Neighbourhood, you will love the sounds of Plastic Barricades.

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North-West London band Plastic Barricades are known for their unique style and experimental approach to music. The band’s sound has been described as “romantic, honest, gloomy curious, melodic, and melancholic” (plasticbarricades.co.uk). Having a range of influences that include other bands such as Nirvana, The Shins, Biffy Clyro, Coldplay, Muse, and Radiohead as well as many others, Plastic Barricades have been known to grapple with modern life in an inquisitive manner, tackling questions that most people are often too uncomfortable to address.

The band has received numerous accolades over the last two years and was nominated in 2014 as “Oxjam Band of the Year” along with “MTV Brand New 2014”. Plastic Barricades also were voted #1 out of 222 bands that performed at the Hard Rock Cafe London Global Battle of the Bands. In 2016, the band was nominated as “Best New Artist 2015” and took home 2nd place in Sziget Festival band competition the same year. Last year, the band won the Enfield Battle of the Bands 2016 along with Songwall’s “Songs in the Sky”.

Plastic Barricades consists of Dan Kert (guitar, keys, vocals), Daniele Borgato (bass), and Frazer Webster (drums). Jonas Svendsen played lead guitars and “How Goldfish Grow”.  The song is the 6th single from the Plastic Barricades LP “Mechanics of Life”. Learn more about the band by visiting their official website www.plasticbarricades.co.uk.

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