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Who’s Betty Who? September 22, 2013

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The next up and coming pop icon, that’s who!  I have been obsessed with her music for a couple of months now.  She reminds me of early Madonna or an 80’s pop diva, mixed with Katy Perry and a touch of Robyn.  Born in Australia, Betty Who (Jessica Newham) moved to the States to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, followed by Berklee College of Music in Boston where she met producer Peter Thomas.  She now lives in New York City.  You might have already heard one of her songs without even know it.  Have you seen the video of the marriage proposal with the flash mob?  The song they were dancing to was “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who.  If you haven’t yet seen the video, check it out here (if you’re like me, grab a tissue).  

Since the video posted on 09/11/2013, the video has 10,066,035 and keeps on growing!  On 09/13/213 she performed a sold-out headlining show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn with JOYWAVE.  Obviously this was going to grab the attention of some major’s, but RCA made the deal.  Read all the details on Billboard.com here.  Her EP The Movement is still available as a free download on SoundCloud here.  My favorite track fluctuates, but right now it’s “High Society.”  Check out a live performance of the song at NYC’s Pianos last month.  

 

NGHBRS Premiere First Ever Instagram Music Video September 20, 2013

Long Island Rock outfit, NGHBRS, have released the first-ever Instagram Music Video for their single, “Hold Up Girl,” on The Wall Street Journal, who called it “the cleverest DIY video since OK Go,” Check it out here: on.wsj.com/169yeaW. In less than 24 hours, the video has acquired thousands of views and wide praise from the music and tech industry-buzzing about the video’s unique concept, perfect execution and the standout track itself, which NYLON Guys calls, “the perfect backyard BBQ tune and full on festival jam.” Instagram has already championed the band’s creative use of the app, tweeting out the video over 26 million followers, fueling a stream of supporting tweets fromThird Eye Blind keyboardist Alex Kopp, Green Bay Packers player Greg Van Roten and Bonnaroo Music Festival‘s official account. Check out the video and be sure to catch NGHBRS on tour this fall with Young Statues.
NGHBRS frontman, Ian Kenny had the idea of using Instagram’s new video function for a music video, but credits the band’s drummer, Jordan Schnieder for pushing the band to follow through as the foursome shot hundreds of individual videos for each scene they cut into the Instagram app.  “It was really challenging to pull off on our own,” says Schneider, who also edited the video. “It was like we were solving some strange two-month long math equation.” The band had to film each scene, map out how to seamlessly time getting from one video to the next. When asked how the band was able to pull that off, Schneider says, “We dove in head first, drank a lot of coffee and refused to sleep. It was totally worth it.”
Hold Up Girl” is the single off NGHBRS released debut LP, Twenty One Rooms, which was released onJuly 16th via Paper + Plastick Records.  Twenty One Rooms is the follow-up studio release to the band’s successful 2010 EP, Hellomind, which earned them high praise, including a write-up in The New York Times and spots on “Top 100 Bands To Watch Out For in 2013” lists from Alternative Press and AbsolutePunk.net. Purchase Twenty One Rooms on iTunes here:http://bit.ly/13psIcO
Fusing elements of alternative rock with catchy melodies, impressive musicianship, rhodes keyboards, and 90’s grunge, 
NGHBRS has made it their mission to always separate themselves from the pack. Formed in the summer of 2009, the band revolves around a strong work ethic, an intense practice schedule, and a constant fire under their belt. Drummer Jordan Schneider and guitarist Thomas Fleischmann have been playing in bands together for the previous 8 years, when they began to collaborate with vocalist/keyboard player Ian Kenny. Excited and intrigued about their new-found exploration, they moved into a practice space even before writing their first song. The band acquired bass player Eric Vivelo, and wrote and recorded their debut EP Hellomind, which was independently released in the summer of 2010. The band’s infectious sound and theatrical live show have landed them on national tours and shows at some of New York City’s most renowned venues such as Irving PlazaHighline Ballroom and Gramercy Theatre.
Co-Headlining Tour Dates with Young Statues:
OCTOBER 16 – PROVIDENCE, RI @ McNEIL’S TAVERN
OCTOBER 17 – BROOKLYN, NY @ PAPER BOX (CMJ)
OCTOBER 18 – NEW YORK, NY @ SULLIVAN HALL (CMJ)**
OCTOBER 20 – BAY SHORE, NY @ EVEN FLOW
OCTOBER 21 – STANHOPE, NJ @ STANHOPE HOUSE
** NGHBRS ONLY
 

Music We Can’t Get Enough Of June 9, 2013

John & Brittany is Philadelphia’s latest unique songwriting duo.  Check out their video for hit track “Paper Planes” off their 2013 album Start Sinning.  John & Brittany tell us, ““Paper Planes” is our first music video, and it’s about our inspirations and aspirations. It’s also a pretty accurate portrayal of the dynamic in John & Brittany; we fight a lot but it’s all for the love of rock n’ roll.”

I’ve just started getting into Freak Owls, but can’t seem to get enough of “Optimistic Automatic.”  I woke up the other day with the song in my head and made it my Thursday anthem.

Found another song to add to the ever-growing summer soundtrack, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.  For those of you who are Arrested Development fans – check out  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s very own Daniel Zott in Episode 13 of the new season out now on Netflix exclusively. Danny leads George Michael’s band in the episode’s opening scene. Here’s what he had to see about the experience:

When I showed up on set Mitchell Hurwitz looked at me and thought I was the wrong guy. It turned out that my hair had just gotten too huge. After taming my mane I got to meet Michael Cera who was playing the piano in between takes. I’m so grateful that I was able to watch a truly talented actor work out his lines and ad-lib in real time. I’m still not sure I was the guy they wanted, but I made the most of my one line and even ad-libbed a blank stare into MC’s eyes.” – Daniel Zott, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 
 

All I Want by Kodaline January 26, 2013

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Loved this video from Kodaline so much I had to share.  Be forewarned, it’s a tear-jerker.   – TNT

 

Latest Jukebox the Ghost Video January 22, 2013

“Don’t Let Me Fall Behind” is a perky pop ditty by indie rockers Jukebox the Ghost, though the upbeat piano and catchy hook belie more melancholy subject matter.  The video is a wonderful accompaniment, exploring the yearning for a former love.  One of the best visual flourishes dappled throughout is a film projecting onto falling sheets of paper, creating the image of pieces of memories cascading to the floor.   – Daniel Edward

 

Music and Video Fail: “Hell Yeah” Midnight Red August 30, 2012

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Review by Hoverbee

This is what’s wrong with music and the youth in general, although I’m sure lots of soccer moms may get down to this as well.  Each member of the group is a representation of a different scene or genre to ensure maximum dispersal through various demographics.  Don’t even get me started on the weird guy with the pointy hair.  Vanilla Ice called…he wants his hairstyle back.  The music itself is a simple rehash of what can only be described as the pop music of today’s cheap moves.  We’ve all heard this song before.  I normally do research on bands for video reviews, but for this I felt no bother.  I don’t care where they’re from and am sad they ever decided to leave that place to spread this god-awful brand of musical heresy.  Hey all of you who have no need for real substance or culture, this song/video will make you feel good about that lost weekend you can’t quite remember and glorify your need for never-ending drinking and shag fests.

 

“Ballad of an Onion Sprout” Video from The Burning of Rome August 28, 2012

Review by Hoverbee

The video for “Ballad of an Onion Sprout,” the first single off the album With Us by the Oceanside, California-based band The Burning of Rome, begins with a psychedelic trip through a 50’s era comic book outer space with an astronaut arriving on the moon in a jar of Vegemite.  The spaceman then floats to a large jar of Marmite all the while lyrics marquee from a vintage dinosaur’s mouth, fly at you and hop across the screen.  The video then completely changes direction blending awesome live shots of the band during shows with press shots and eventually ends with individual portraits of each band member.  The sudden about-face of the video fits perfectly with the eclectic nature of the song and the band.  They previously released a different video for this song and I find it pales in comparison.  This video better embodies the spirit of the band and with the addition of the lyrics, the full lyrical genius of the song can be recognized.  The Burning of Rome manages to incorporate many different genres of music into one song.  I have to say I love this track, but must admit the hook kind of reminds me of the hook from the song “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears.  I must also say that this queer fact does not ruin the song for me in the least.  It’s not an awful imitation, exact replica or a rip-off, but a glorious reworking of an awesome chord progression and it’s not the only thing that makes the song great (striking use of bells, well put lyrics, fantastic harmonizing and vocals.)  Check out more of The Burning of Rome at http://theburningofrome.com/!

 

 
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