Dum Dum Girls Jail La La
Raheem DeVaughn The Love & War Masterpeace
Freeway and Jake One The Stimulus Package
Field Music Field Music (Measure)
The Game The R.E.D. Album
Adam Green Minor Love
Jessica Harp A Woman Needs
Juliana Hatfield Peace and Love
James Otto James Otto
Ike Reilly Hard Luck Stories
Robert Pollard We All Got Out of the Army
Story Of The Year Constant
Tindersticks Falling Down a Mountain
Wu-Tang Return of the & Friends
For those of you who haven't heard of The Flutterbies (a spoonerism pronounced Flut-ter-bye's), you've been missing out. The Flutterbies core group is as followed, Maureen Davis -- Lead Vocals & Guitar; Adam Daniel -- Vocals & Guitar;. Bart Ryan -- Lead & Lap Steel guitar; Steve "eye candy" Whalen -- Bass; Christopher Allis - Drums. The band is Maureen Davis & Adam Daniel, and the other band members flutter in and out of their music life -- playing either unplugged or full band every month. With songs chalked full of lyrics intended to massage heartache and sooth bellowing emotions, the Flutterbies sound can best be described as Bonnie Raitt on a blind date with Beck while being served a shot of Southern Comfort by Janis Joplin in a Louisiana juke joint.
The El Rey, one of Los Angeles' more intimate venues, is the perfect backdrop for St. Vincent's performance. I was lukcy enough to experience this first hand at the concert last week. Though the location is standing room only, the sparkling chandeliers and dim lighting suggest elegance and charm that compliment the singer's dreamy, down-tempo vocals.
St. Vincent, the stage name of talented musician Annie Clark, is diminutive and humble, her only hint of defiance are the wild curls that cascade around her shoulders and bounce rebelliously in her face. The impressive voice that we were introduced to a couple of years ago when touring with Sufjan Stevens proves to be only more melodious in concert. What most were not aware of, however, is how talented and versatile, not only her band, which includes three men who alternate between violin, bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, drums and woodwinds were, but St. Vincent herself, who expertly strums an electric guitar during vocal breaks and instrumental rifts. St. Vincent is not an emotionally devoid guitarist either, she seems to curl into her instrument, falling to her knees a couple of times, as though the emotion in the song were punching her in the abdomen.
Quincy Jones's remake of We Are the World debuted during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver this past weekend. The video that was showed was slightly edited but the longer version is now available on iTunes.
The video, which was directed by Academy award winner Paul Haggis, begins with Jamie Foxx speaking a few words about Haiti and the original We Are the World. Foxx encourages support from everyone, "Do more than just watch, whatever you have, no matter how big or how small, it all counts."
If a revolution was ever to take place in America, I can only hope that Rage Against The Machine will be playing in the background somewhere. Can you think of any other band that has been more connected to protesting or rising up for a cause in the past 15 years than Rage Against The Machine? I can't, so it only makes sense that Rage has done it again.
Tom Morello announced on the band website that if their single "Killing In The Name" is number one on the Christmas Week UK pop charts over the single from Simon Cowell's X-Factor," Rage would play a huge free concert in the UK to celebrate the victory of this historic people's campaign".
Is This It? No pun intended ... well actually it is. But seriously, is this really it? The Strokes are finally recording and intend to have an album out in September. This will be the follow up to their 2006 album First Impressions of Earth which didn't have as much critical success as their sophomore LP Room on Fire.
The past four years have been quite odd for The Strokes; they've been in a sort of limbo with each member releasing numerous solo records and countless rumors that they have broken up. It's been no secret that the band has had some discourse over the past few years but Casablanca says that's all over with now, "It's night and day now. Everyone is working as a group, 'Let's do it! Go team!'. Which is amazing. Which is what I wanted since day one. But that's only happening now. Literally now."
With Rap and R&B monopolizing the music scene, it is no surprise that the ‘‘House" genre has been forced to take a backseat. I met up with L.A.'s well-known local DJ, Rudy Carmona to discuss his fast paced music career, his company and the state of House music today. At the age of 29, DJ Rudy Carmona has accomplished things most local DJ's don't accomplish in the lifespan of their career. From making appearances in L.A.'s hottest night clubs to becoming the Co-Founder of For Those Who Know Productions. Rudy has also had the privilege of collaborating with influential producers and DJs such as Terrence Parker, Patrick Wilson and Jojoflores to name a few.
Claudine DeSola from CARAVAN AND THINK PR is playing a special "Inspiration Played" set, produced by Micprobes, that will feature music that inspired the Fall 2010 collections of top designers by Claudine DeSola. After 10 years of booking the hottest DJs for the hundreds of parties and events she has planned, Claudine DeSola's passion for music has manifested in an extraordinary way. During her 30 minute set you will hear the strains that fueled the creativity of over twenty designers as they fashioned their Fall 2010 collections. Have a look at the unique list of songs at www.caravangirl.com. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheezing their way through New York City's top venues, Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler have proven that vodka and cigarettes aren't as sinful as we thought. A slow night at Marquee in winter 2007 brought the dynamic duo together, and ever since they've been rocking parties, blackening lungs, and "bringing a rage room dance energy" to NYC's hottest venues. Now if only they could land that Phillip Morris sponsorship...
Going into a set, do you mix according to the crowd, or do you have pre-mixed sets that you play?
Born and raised in Jersey, Steve Powers knew at a young age that he wanted to pursue the entertainment and music culture that the Big Apple had to offer. In college, Steve's aspirations became a reality, as he quickly became the go-to emcee for spring break Acapulco. Today, Steve is one of the most sought after DJ's in the country, performing at the hottest nightclubs in NYC and all over the nation. His music defies the boundaries of any genre or style, which is perhaps why superstars such as Rihanna, Derek Jeter and Leonardo DiCaprio have enjoyed his performances. We were lucky enough to sit down with the man whose incredible energy is able to get anyone on the dance floor.