Posts tagged ‘Pop’

Jacob Jeffries is Selling His Soul

By | February, 14, 2014

Jacob Jeffries is a young Singer/Songwriter hailing from Florida who has some notable accolades to his name already. Besides being signed to Warner/Chappell for a publishing deal, he has also won the Florida Grammy Showcase for Best New Artist, and has opened for Allen Stone, Eric Hutchinson, Sister Hazel, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, and Dashboard Confessional. Following in the rich tradition of storytellers who have a knack for spinning their tales in the catchiest way possible, Jacob Jeffries is on the path to building a dedicated fan base founded on substance rather than hype.

Check out the video for “Highest Bidder” below, and see what Jacob is selling his soul for. Once you know, make sure you come see him perform live tomorrow night at The Connecticut Yankee, with support from local San Francisco bands, The Whiteboards and Hidden in the Sun. For more details and half price tickets click here.

Clementine and the Galaxy Review

By | October, 18, 2013

Author : Mary Tsoules

TurnStyle continues to bring us the best new underground acts for their third show of the Back to School Special series. The kickoff party was pretty dope. If you missed it, catch up with my review here.

Friday night (9/20/13) was one of those perfect nights to go out. You know, absolutely clear, just the right temperature, etc. It seemed like everyone was totally feeling a break after the long week and the streets of the Lower East Side were packed. So the crowds didn’t surprise me when I walked into Pianos.

I made it just in time for the start of Indie electronic duo KNTRLR. The pair performed an eclectic range of tunes for us. The majority of the tracks held true to their Indie/Alt rock style, which is always pretty rad to see live, especially with the musical talent of these guys. However, they added an electronic element to the performance as well. Mixing beats along with a live band makes things all the more interesting to the ear. In the background played a sort of promo video that seemed to be made especially for this occasion, which was cool.

The headliner for the evening was next: Clementine and the Galaxy. Another eclectic duo making savory sweet tunes. This pair’s focus is on electro-pop and they sure do it well. Before even seeing them live, they had me replaying their entire debut EP, Clementine and the Galaxy over and over again.

The pair file themselves under what they call “art pop”, a genre totally new to me. Apparently the likes of Kate Bush and Björk are classified under the same genre (no it’s not just the title of Lady Gaga’s new album…). Art Pop is defined as “a genre that blends the melodies of Pop music with unconventional or experimental elements.”

Julie Hardy (Clementine) and Mike MacAllister (the Galaxy) are the two masterminds behind this contagious Pop music. The two met while doing a commercial project in which Hardy was hired to sing and MacAllister was the recording engineer. These two are the kind of collaboration that take music very seriously. They both have unique talents to offer in the music world and their endless accomplishments listed in their bio show it. Impressive as they may be, they are both extremely down to earth, and humble, as can be seen in their TurnStyle interview that was conducted just before the show.

Electro-pop (or Art Pop) can sometimes be a hard genre to pull off live (in my opinion). When every sound isn’t organically created, (i.e. the use of synthesizers, loopers, and samplers) it can be hard to keep the audience focused. But with compelling dance music and honest talent like Hardy and MacAllister, you’ve got one hell of an entertaining show. Clementine dressed the part, in a futuristic get-up and black mask. They played all the songs on their EP, which was fun to hear live after just hearing the recorded versions. But the best part was when they broke out some of their new songs. One of my favorites was “Lazer Gunz”; definitely going to be a winner in my book. Their energy was so great for the entire show, at one point asking, “Are you guys gonna dance?!”, and we certainly did. How can you not?

So far, TurnStyle’s insider genius proves to be accurate. So stop missing out on all these fabulous up-and-comers in the industry! The final show in TurnStyle’s Back to School Special series is happening tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th at Tammany Hall, and is a part of the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon. Buy tickets here! This means there’s no excuse to not tweet about the wonderful Body Language first. The show also features notable support from TECLA and Psychobuildings.

You know the drill: keep checking back for more concert reviews from the Series and in the mean time, check out my Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages to hear some more cool new music.

XOXO Frizzy Blonde

Back to School Special Kick Off Review

By | September, 13, 2013

Author : Mary Tsoules

Let’s be real, going back to school after an awesome summer kind of sucks. On the other hand, great new music rules. Last Thursday night(9/5/13) kicked off TurnStyle Music Group’s Back To School Special. The series involves a collection of emerging artists from New York City’s underground music scene.

The Frizzy Blonde was on site to report on the successful series launch.

The night started off with soon-to-be-soul-star, MEKIA. We all watched, wide-eyed, as the multi-talented, four-piece ensemble created an eclectic mix of genres on stage. There’s nothing like being delightfully impressed at a live show. I arrived at the venue not knowing what MEKIA would sound like. Even the band describes itself as an “experience that will always elude description.” And it’s so true. One song had some gospel undertones, one, a bit of country, and another, some tribal drums to really get you baffled. Without any recorded songs yet, tonight was the only time you could experience this “six-layer nacho dip that is piano, violin, drums, bass, guitar, and vocals.” But keep a close eye on these guys. After a quick chat after the show, Mekia herself told me they’ll be solely focusing on recording for the next few months. That means more “nacho dip” for us. HELL YES.

Next up was string composer duo, Charly and Margaux. You might be thinking: what are classical composers doing in a line-up like this and at a venue like DROM? Or at least that’s what I was thinking. Their title sounded more like it belonged in a symphony hall or a ballet. But I was certainly mistaken/delightfully impressed, yet again. For those in the audience who knew nothing about these talented ladies, they were about to experience a real change of perspective. The violinist and violist (respectively) describe themselves as “metro-classical, cinematic chamber rock.” This will either confuse you, or, when you hear them, blow your fucking mind.

The two performed along with three other gifted Berklee College of Music alum: DJ Ginyard (bass), Andy Berman (guitar), and Justin Tyson (percussion). Charly and Margaux are a phenomenon that must be seen live. Their stage presence is remarkable. Everyone could see that the smiles on their faces and the tears in their eyes were absolutely honest. And all because they are just so insanely happy to be doing what they’re doing. The performance itself can only be described in one word: passionate. Check out this picture below capturing Charly’s heart-felt expression as she literally feels the sweet melodies.

After some more emotional pieces, they broke into Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, for which the duo originally composed the string arrangement. They understand that their compositions are defying the status quo, and that their distinct sound may take some time for their audience to truly understand. Charly voices this in an interview back in 2012: “No one knows who we are right now, but we understand that what we want to contribute is going to take a lifetime to get across. We’re starting small and laying huge bricks in our foundation.”

Once the audience recouped from such an intense performance, it was time Frances Rose. Another duo, this time sisters Sarah Frances and Michelle Rose, took to the stage. Both were dressed the part, one in a glitter top and leather shorts, the other in a floral bodysuit and neon cap. They had everyone snapping pictures. They saved the best for last. Their hit electro-pop single, which was included on Kitsuné‘s AMERICA compilation for 2012, “Vampire” was accompanied by a dancer and all three of them broke into a choreographed dance. Being surrounded by music since they were born, these two ladies certainly know how to entertain an audience.

RIP stress, it’s been real. TECLA‘s about to get on stage and we all know what that means. LET GO. Let loose. And let that body move to the groove however it wants to. No one’s watching anyways. From the moment the audience meets her, in her amazing white silk boxing robe, they’re in love. You can catch right on to her quirky, fun personality. Her down-to-earth attitude relaxes the audience and gets everyone moving. How can we not? Her “danceable afro/funk/caribbean/tropical/pop” is insanely addicting. The coolest part? TECLA writes everything herself and it all comes from the heart. She’s inspired by her own life and musical journey. She started as a child pianist, and then soon added singing, rapping, DJing, and producing to the repertoire. After her set, an audience member described her music as “contagious”, and I completely agree. She loosens up her family of fans, new and old, by adding a “you better twerk!” and we eat it right up, busting out into another set of dance moves. After covering Robin S.‘s, “Show Me Love”, she humbly reminds the audience to “say five thank you’s every morning when you wake up.” Hell, a person can’t get more awesome than this.

So there you have it, the first show of TurnStyle Music Group’s Back To School Special. I would say it was a complete success, and I’m positive all of its attendees would agree. Does this sound like a fucking good time to you? Well, it was. So don’t miss the next one! Clementine and the Galaxy play at Pianos on Friday, September 20th. Read up on the event and get tickets here.

Stay tuned for more Back To School Special concert reviews! In the mean time, check out my Blog, Twitter and Facebook pages to hear some more cool new music.

XOXO Frizzy Blonde

Tame Impala – Lonerism

By | November, 1, 2012

Author : Paul LaScolea

There is a moment on Tame Impala’s sophomore album, Lonerism, when I realized that I was listening to one of the best psychedelic rock albums of the year. When the fourth track, “Mind Mischief”, transitions from a catchy guitar groove to full-on harmonic bliss at the two-minute mark, I also realized that this one of 2012’s best albums of any genre. Lonerism is stuffed to the brim with transcendent moments such as this; crammed with imaginative details exploding off of warmly fuzzed-out guitars, bouncing bass lines, and heavily reverberating vocals. An important difference between this effort and Tame Impala’s debut, Innerspeaker, is the dominance of synthesizer and keyboards throughout. While Innerspeaker used keyboards to accent and surround many of the songs in a haze, Lonerism is happy to utilize them side by side with the guitars, in many cases completely taking the lead as the driving force.

It’s easy to peg a band many classify as “psychedelic rock” as entrenched in the past. This is simply not the case with Tame Impala. The songs here are based off of elements I could identify as “psych” or “prog”, but at no point could I picture this music coming from decades prior. Something about this band is completely modern and fresh sounding. Much could be said about this album’s lyrical content being laser-focused on themes of loneliness, isolation, and general outsider tendencies. The vocals, while quite catchy, also seem to have a lazily bittersweet current coursing through them. However, the music is so inviting and huge that it is nearly impossible to come away without a smile after finishing the record’s 52 minutes. Lonerism is one of the year’s most essential pop albums, and one that sounds destined for classic status.

Listen to stand out tracks “Apocalypse Dreams” and “Elephant” below.

Watch this amazing cover of “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” by the PS22 Chorus from NYC. This displays the pop brilliance of these songs.

Penguin Prison End of Summer 2012 Mix

By | September, 7, 2012

Hey guys, here is the latest mix from Penguin Prison to help you forget that summer has come and gone. Give it a listen and make sure to head down to Ella Lounge next Wednesday, September 12th to catch a very intimate DJ set from Penguin Prison. Advance tickets have already SOLD OUT, but there will be a limited number of tickets available at the door the night of the show.

Nocturne

By | September, 5, 2012

Wild Nothing is the dream pop project conceived by Jack Tatum in his college dorm room about 3 years ago. What began as a solo project, and remains in terms of songwriting and recording, has been fleshed out with a full live band. They have just released their second full length album, Nocturne, slightly over a week ago through the indie label Captured Tracks.

The style that Tatum has perfected over the last few years draws from the C86 mixtape style that NME created as a way to classify a group of UK bands in 1986 and in turn promote the readership of their magazine through the “discovery of a new genre”. The genre stemmed from the post-punk and new wave of the late 70s/early 80s and is obviously indebted to shoegaze which puts the former genres through walls of reverb and other effects, with heavy padding from cheap synthesizers. Tatum and the band have mastered the pop side of this genre, wearing their influences, like their hearts, on their sleeves. The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Echo and the Bunnymen and Cocteau Twins would be great starting points to see where this style came from.

I am off to see the band tonight at the Great American Music Hall here in San Francisco. If you’re interested in seeing them live, take a look at their tour dates here, where you can also sample some of their older material.

Stream the entire new album, Nocturne, below. Stand out tracks include, “Shadow”, “Nocturne”, “Paradise” and “The Blue Dress”.