Kristy Chmura’s “Nothing’s Right” builds off of the female singer-songwriter style of performers like Carole King and Carly Simon. The tempestuous instrumentation presenting during Nothing’s Right provides an additional twist to an already impressive style. Brooding emotions, a dark/light chiaroscuro, and utterly talented arrangement make this into an impressive work. There are numerous layers to Nothing’s Right that will have fans continue to play the effort. Kristy Chmura creates something unique while building the song out of earlier musical traditions; we’re excited to hear more from this performer in the months and years to come.
Kristy Chmura “Nothing’s Right” / http://www.kristychmura.com/
Anana Kaye’s “American Smile” open slowly with little more than Anana’s vocals and a soft guitar line. The drums follow up shortly after, and as the single continues to play, Kaye is able to gradually shift to a richer, modern interpretation of Americana/folk styles. Hints of Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper can be heard here. Fans will need to play American Smile multiple times before hearing every twist and turns presented here. For example, the instrumental arrangement is much deeper than a passing listen would indicate. A hard-hitting track, this narrative is something thoughtful and showcases a good step forward for Anana Kaye. Continue reading “Anana Kaye “American Smile””
My Silent Bravery’s “Girl You Think You Know” is a stripped-down track that gives the vocals ample chance to shine. The thoughtful instrumentation that is laced through this single swells into a wholly unique melange of pop, alternative rock, and modern country sounds. Emotion and passion are present in droves here, with the resulting effort building upon the style of acts like the Goo Goo Dolls and The Wallflowers. A magnificent production makes for a dynamic track that is cohesive, a song that will stick with listeners long after the final note ceases to play. Continue reading “My Silent Bravery “Girl You Think You Know””
The Dead Daisies are back with a new single, “She Always Gets Her Way (All The Same)”. The track deftly blends 1980s hair metal with a current hard rock approach. Fans of Motley Crue and Ratt will find something they can appreciate, while the sizzling guitar work is top-notch. A slightly gritty set of vocals imbues the single with a weathered sound; this is an effort that will tattoo its melodies deep into listeners’ ears. The splashy drums, dirty guitars, and authentic vocals of The Dead Daisies ensure that this is another hit for them. Continue reading “The Dead Daisies “She Always Gets Her Way (All The Same)””
TLUXX have just released a pair of singles. On “7th Angel”, TLUXX is able to blend together the horns of a Pet Shop Boys with the scintillating, hard-hitting house of an Avicii. Vocals aren’t needed here, as TLUXX are able to take listeners through a wide variety of sounds and styles. A banger from beginning to end, this is infectious while having enough influences present to keep fans focused in until the single’s last note.
“Round And Round” is that type of dance track that feels destined for radio rotation. Alina Renae’s vocals are paired with the booming bass and beats of TLUXX to make for a song that will get everyone up on the dance floor.
TLUXX “7th Angel” and “Round And Round” / http://www.facebook.com/ONETLUXX/
Last Gasp Collective’s “Small Town” is an eclectic track that blends together the R&B of the early 1990s, jazz, and chill electronic music into a laid-back effort. The different vocals heard during Small Town bolster one another; the ability of the male and female efforts here to both add to the harmony as well as the lyrical content is unmatched. Hints of Talib Kweli, Kendrick Lamar, and The Pharcyde can all be discerned here. The vibrant sound of Small Town will undoubtedly draw attention to Last Gasp Collective. We feel that they’ve got a tremendous future ahead of them. Continue reading “Last Gasp Collective “Small Town””
Ryan Brahms “Love Dealer” is a bit of thick, luscious R&B pop music with a hint of EDM. Fans of Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran will find solace in the hooky sound crafted by Brahms during Love Dealer. The production allows the instrumentation and Ryan’s vocals to shine equally brightly. The bit of a slowed-down middle of this single calls back to performers like The Weeknd, Ne*yo and Chris Brown. Love Dealer is a cut that has legs through the rest of the winter; we’ll be dancing around to this for a while at NeuFutur headquarters. Continue reading “Ryan Brahms “Love Dealer””
You know you’ve got a drug problem when Courtney Love – circa the late ‘90s – is taking part in your intervention. Continue reading “Hit So Hard – A Memoir By Patty Schemel”
Over the decades, Sting has evolved from being at the forefront of the punk/New Wave movement as front man for The Police, to being a go-to for adult contemporary radio programmers thanks to his mid-career slide to much softer fare. And yes, the jokes at his pretentiousness and self-indulgence are certainly easy to make, thanks in part to his fondness for the lute. All that aside, it’s hard to argue that Sting can’t still retire the badass rocker persona after watching Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris.
Filmed in 2007, the 20-plus song set finds an energized Sting going back to classics like “Synchronicity II,” “Message In A Bottle” and “Spirits In A Material World” and melding them with his early solo work, and some of his later material. You can see a steady evolution from Police-era “Every Breath You Take” to some of his first solo songs like “Englishman in New York” and even the more complicated and oft polarizing “Dessert Rose.” Continue reading “Sting: Live At The Olympia Paris (DVD)”
Guided By Voices are nothing, if not prolific. Despite breaking up a few times between the late ‘80s and now, they’ve already turned in 25 albums, ranging from great to, well, so-so. With a spotty track record, it’s nice knowing you can easily dip into their catalogue thanks to this fantastic live collection from 2004. Recorded on the set of Austin City Limits as part of the band’s first farewell tour, this 30-song show is a virtual best of for fans of the band. Continue reading “Guided By Voices – Live From Austin, TX (2 CD/DVD combo and Vinyl)”