Posts tagged ‘Singer/Songwriter’

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.

Hidden in the Sun through the Fog

By | February, 12, 2014

Hidden in the Sun is a San Francisco band, that mines heartfelt songs, from the rich well of American storytelling and roots music. Lead singer Lizzie Clapper divulges personal experiences in poetic phrases, grounded by the beautiful folk, blues and rock piano stylings of Ciara McAllister. The style is steeped in tradition, which seems to be losing ground in today’s musical landscape, which is heavily over saturated by cut rate DJ’s remixing lowest common denominator pop hits. It is refreshing to see that some acts are holding on to what makes music so special to everyone, the ability for the sound, the voice and lyrics with substance to move the not only the body, but the mind and the soul as well.

This music was the basis for the style and sound that put San Francisco on the map back in the ’60s. Here is some press from music writer, John Wooley, who obviously felt that same energy.

“To my ears, Hidden in the Sun sounds a lot like the San Francisco psychedelia that came along in the late ’60s and really kind of started that whole album-rock/FM radio thing. All four songs from the EP Smoke Signals — and especially the first two — have the kind of vibe that first knocked me out back then, when radio started playing bands like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, and, of course, Big Brother and the Holding Company. In fact, Lizzie’s phrasing and vocal approach reminds me at times of both Janis Joplin and Grace Slick in their primes.”

Watch the band perform “Three Flavors of Five” below, and make sure to come out this Saturday, February 15th to The Connecticut Yankee to see them perform! It is sure to be a bright spot in what’s been a foggy streak over the last week plus. Show up by 10pm to see Jacob Jeffries Band and The Whiteboards. You can purchase half price tickets, for $5, in advance of the show here.

The Villalobos Brothers Make Their TurnStyle Debut at Mercury Lounge!

By | January, 14, 2014

International touring sensations The Villalobos Brothers make their TurnStyle Music debut at Mercury Lounge!

Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awakens the senses as it redefines the notions behind Latin music. The Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today’s leading World Music and Classical Fusion ensembles.

A trio of virtuoso violinists, singer-songwriters, composers, and arrangers, they have performed at the Latin Grammy® Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the New York Mets field at Shea Stadium, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Victory Theatre, and Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana among other historic venues.

They’ve accompanied and collaborated with many artists, including Morley, Paloma San Basilio, Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Eddie Palmieri, Graciela, Dolly Parton, León Gieco, Leni Stern, César Camargo Mariano, Lila Downs, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Pierre Boulez, Alberto Vázquez, Johnny Ventura, Dan Zanes and Rafael Escalona. Their first solo album, “Villa-Lobos”, was released in 2009, followed by their second album, “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability”, in 2012.

The Villalobos Brothers are headlining at The Mercury Lounge on Wed 1/15/14.
(Also on the bill are NYC favorites: The Bliss Jockeys and Victor V. Gurbo & Co.)

Purchase tickets through TurnStyle Music Group.

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

Future Us’ NYC Debut

By | July, 19, 2013

Acoustic/electronic duo, Future Us, will be making their first NYC appearance on July 27th at Ella Lounge in East Village. Presented by TurnStyle Music Group, Future Us will be promoting the release of their first EP, “We Are Future Us.”

Future Us combines the singer/songwriter subtleties of Megan Heavlin Ochoa, and the imaginative, electronic soundscapes of Daniel Durrett. Future Us aims to sculpt a sound that is engaging and downright dirty by combining live instrumentation with looping and hard driving beats. The end result is a pulsing EDM show with a ‘live music’ element that leaves listeners musically and visually satisfied.

For photos and music please visit: http://www.wearefutureus.com
To see live footage of Future Us: http://www.youtube.com/wearefutureus

Future Us will be in New York City July 24-28th, 2013 and is available for interviews and appearances. Please contact for more information.

#ChooseInterestingMusic Concert Series

By | February, 20, 2013

TurnStyle Music Group is proud to announce the launch of an amazing partnership with Grolsch beer for the duration of 2013! As part of the aptly dubbed “#ChooseInteresting Concert Series”, we’ll be highlighting some of our most unique and highly talented acts via exclusive video interviews, hosting several major shows at our regular downtown venues, and offering exclusive discounts on the iconic Dutch lager at every NYC show!

Be on the lookout for a soon-to-launch microsite where you can enter to win a VIP ticket package to see some of your favorite acts — like the just announced Alberta Cross show at DROM on 3/21!

To make sure you’re the first to know about all the latest developments, sign-up for our mailing list, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter today! Until then, continue to #ChooseInteresting by checking out all the great acts we’ve got lined up for you in 2013, and enjoying them with an ice cold swingtop beer.