ON HEAVY ROTATION: PLUMB – ‘DON’T DESERVE YOU’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

You’re the first face that I see
And the last thing I think about
You’re the reason that I’m alive
You’re what I can’t live without
You’re what I can’t live without

You never give up
When I’m falling apart
Your arms are always open wide
And you’re quick to forgive
When I make a mistake
You love me in the blink of an eye

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

You’re the light inside my eyes
You give me a reason to keep trying
You give me more than I could dream
And you bring me to my knees
You bring me to my knees

Your heart is gold and how am I the one
That you’ve chosen to love
I still can’t believe that you’re right next to me
After all that I’ve done

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you

I don’t deserve a chance like this
I don’t deserve a love that gives me everything
You’re everything I want

I don’t deserve your love
But you give it to me anyway
Can’t get enough
You’re everything I need
And when I walk away
You take off running and come right after me
It’s what you do
And I don’t deserve you
And I don’t deserve you

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NEW ADDICTION: TOVE LO #TRUTHSERUM

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo is a grenade waiting to explode.

Nearly a year after dropping the addictive Habits, Tove Lo is poised for a U.S. breakthrough following the recent release of her debut EP Truth Serum. The title couldn’t be more fitting as the EP explores the explicit aftermath of a breakup. What’s great about Tove Lo, besides her obvious taste in creating stellar pop music, is her ability to be completely raw and honest with lyrics that sting.

Truth Serum is straight-up pop gold.

Tove Lo is set to take the EP center stage, making her New York concert debut on April 24th at Neon Gold’s Popshop showcase, held at The Westway, a former strip club.

Be on the lookout for more Tove Lo later this year as she preps the release of her full-length debut for Island Def Jam.

Tove Lo overload below!



NEW KYLIE IS MANDATORY #KISSMEONCE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Kylie Minogue is a goddess. This is not up for debate. Not only does she look better than most of her younger contemporaries, she has consistently delivered quality dance-pop since the late 80s. And on top of that, her taste level is unbeatable, delivering visual goods without pretense.

If you’re looking for a great new pop record, Kylie’s new album (Kiss Me Once) is mandatory.

Check out the video treatment for the lead single, Into The Blue, below.

THE AMAZING – ‘THE STRANGEST THING’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

You know a band doesn’t give a shit about hype when their name is pretty effin’ hard to Google. Enter The Amazing, a Swedish music-making machine that proudly lets the music speak for itself. How refreshing.

They’re an act of mystery and allure, crafting songs that sting and rip heartstrings, especially the one below – the hauntingly bittersweet The Strangest Thing — which recently gained exposure from appearing in an episode of Bates Motel.

Listen to the stunning track below.

DRUNKSOULS

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Reggae is mesmerizing. It emanates such druggy soul, such palpable wisdom. One has to dance or do nothing at all. One has to bob, weave, or sit cross-legged, overcome by the rolling, primal rhythms.

Meld that power with digestible pop rock and fist-pumping funk, and you’ve got Drunksouls (not to mention a wicked party playlist).

Drunksouls have been toiling in France’s music scene since 2002, and all their sowing has begun to seed. The music video for Human Race (below!) has hit over two million views. Turns out setting French accents to reggae is like sneaking spinach into your fruit smoothie: undeniably nutritious, unexpectedly delicious. And they do the same with socially-conscious lyrics and rockin’ hooks, not to mention revolutionary punk spirit. This music is a glimpse of enlightened summertime, a leisure that inspires, surges, and motivates. Whether you need to mellow out some harsher vibes or rev up for a workout (or rally), reach out to Drunksouls for your fix. The best place to start would be Just Before Chaos, a compilation cd of their most energetic, entrancing works.

Bolstered by burgeoning interest across the Atlantic, they’re looking to book an American tour.

Wanna come?

RICHARD TYLER EPPERSON

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Richard Tyler Epperson. Remember that name. Even if it slips from your brain, his music will stay. Hourglass (the 2014 release I got to take a chunk out of) is an execution of acoustic and electric compromise. His emotions sprawl anywhere from summer solace to mid-winter meditations.

The press is comparing him to John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, and other cuddly cuties splattered across the indie-pop skyline. Pssh- he has more soul than all three combined! Not only is his sound sweet- it’s deep.

Despite his earthy, humble musk, I can smell radio-ready suds. It’s only a matter of time before legitimacy sneaks past the eye of popularity…right?

Let him tuck ghosts in your temporal lobe.
 

FIRE AND THE ROMANCE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Fire and the Romance are so potent, you only need to put one earphone in.

Blending indie rumble with alternative pop, this freshly-birthed group is set to become. I was excited when I heard their music, which rarely happens. They shyly flirt with the space between experimentation and real risk.

The more I listen to indie rock the more I’m reminded sound is always evolving- often under your radar. Seems it’s only a matter of tuning in to the right place at the right time.

If that’s true, Fire and the Romance boast the utmost timeliness.

GALANTIS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Galantis gives good electro-pop. Composed of Christian Karlsson (of Miike Snow) + Linus Eklow (aka Style Of Eye), the duo blend indie pop aesthetics with subtle dance beats.

Their instantly buzzed-about sound doesn’t come as a surprise though, since Karlsson is not only a part of indie band Miike Snow but also one half of production duo Bloodshy & Avant, who have helped morph new sounds for pop heavyweights Madonna and Britney Spears. Eklow also co- wrote and produced Icona Pop’s international No. 1 smash I Love It ft. Charli XCX.

Their self-titled EP will be released via Big Beat/Atlantic on April 1st.

Listen to the just-released Help below.

IDA MARIA SAUCINESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Point blank — Ida Maria should be on your radar.

The Norwegian punkster, who just revealed her brand new EP, Accidental Happiness [LAVA/Republic Records], is one catchy-ass songwriter. (Yes, I said it! Catchy-ass.)

The EP showcases her awesome songwriting, from the swaggering swing of Boogie With The Devil’s Soul, to the prickly, punk-y pop declaration I’m Bad News. Simultaneously, the title track exudes entrancing emotion wrapped up in another unshakable refrain. In late 2012, the artist overcame an overwhelming alcohol addiction, and the music reflects her journey with its striking clarity and realization of true creative fulfillment. Ida Maria has officially returned.

She has released two successful full-length efforts (Fortress Round My Heart and Katla), which spawned global hits like I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked and Bad Karma. Her music had been placed everywhere from Royal Pains to Gossip Girl.

Listen to the saucy, just-released bonus track (Sick Of You) below.

KANDACE SPRINGS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Q: What happens when you mix blues with a fresh old-school hip hop beat?
A: Capitol/Bluenote Records’ newest major label darling, Kandace Springs.

Currently hard at work on her newest album, Kandace has enlisted a team of experts: Pop+Oak (credits include: Alicia Keys/Rihanna), Matt Hales of Lianne De Havas fame, and Dre Harris.

Also with hands on the project, Evan Rogers & Carl Sturken, who gave Rihanna a shot at stardom years ago.

Her debut single Love Got In The Way is a pop-friendly introduction to the up & comer, meshing Kandace’s own style with the influence of Erykah Badu and Norah Jones. The track comes complete with a new official video that’s cool without pretense.

Check it!

PHANTOGRAM CREEPS INTO YOUR PSYCHE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

They describe their sound as “street beat, psych pop”, and upon first listen, it’s easy to understand why. Phantogram is electronic rock that haunts and creeps into your psyche. Comprised of singer Sarah Barthel + producer Josh Carter, this is one duo worthy of space in your ears.

Their new album Voices is super fresh and comes SPIN-approved, who placed the disc on their 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014 list.

Personally, I’m obsessed. Specifically with single Nothing But Trouble. It’s such a dramatic song – I love it!

Dark/raw/synth-pop at its finest.

Listen to the sexy track below!

NEW MONGRELS

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


This is too cool for metaphors.

The New Mongrels are an Americana folk band with an acoustic, indie lull. Sounds pretty standard, right? Wrong. These guys date back to 1861! (No, they’re not time travellers.)

Haynes Brookes has set it upon himself to carry the musical tradition first tailored by his great-grandfather Henry. This Civil War veteran founded the “Smythe County Mongrels Society”, a band unified by a love of music, Psalms, and hard cider. When Haynes discovered his rockin’ roots, he fostered his own reincarnation of the group. So the New Mongrels were born.

Raised Incorruptible, released in the earliest days of 2014, is the band’s first album since 1998. With such a gap between installments, one is never sure what may be gained or lost. As far as I can see, The New Mongrels have retained their charms. They’re relaxed, salty-sweet, a glass of lemonade (or cider?) left on a porch.

A project like this proves creation can inspire, no matter the time of its conception. Music is burned into our genetics, our instincts, our evolution. Even if the archives burn and the tracks are deleted, the spirit perseveres.

Creativity is far from a modern concoction. It’s part of the human condition.

#LOVEJO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


We’ve never been shy when it comes to proclaiming our love for pop/r&b songstress JoJo. Now free from her former deal with Blackground Records, the 23-year-old is giving us a box of chocolates in the form of a free EP called #LoveJo.

In lieu of Valentine’s Day, the 4-track compilation tackles the theme of love in true JoJo fashion – melding sleek hip hop soul with sultry modern pop.

Aside from the intro + an unexpected gospel tune entitled Glory, JoJo covers two classic songs – Take Me Home by Phil Collins and Caught Up in the Rapture by Anita Baker.

All in all, as usual, JoJo delivers the vocal chills with ease.

Listen to JoJo’s modern take on Phil Collins below.

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POPPING COLLARS WITH KATE MILLER #BUZZWORTHY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Move over Lorde!

19-year-old singer/songwriter Kate Miller is a hidden gem waiting to burst. Like cotton candy, the broodingly infectious Collar Up was instantly satisfying when I discovered it a few hours ago.

I’ve literally played this song on a loop ever since.

Listen to the kick ass Collar Up by Kate Miller below.

MOXI PREMIERES ‘IN MY DREAMS’ VIDEO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Nearly a year ago, we placed an #ArtistToWatch spotlight on LA based creation Moxi and the wondrously hypnotic Terrible Disguise. Now, Moxi has released a new music video for track In My Dreams which is just an endearing and genuine.

Comprised of singer-songwriter Anna Nelson, multi-instrumentalist Andy Toy, Bobby Hartry and Blaine Stark on guitars, and Paul Doyle on drums, Moxi’s bare approach to capturing a sound is delicate and ethereal.

Moxi’s EP In My Dreams was released February 12th, 2013 via CatBeach Music and is available now.

Watch the video for In My Dreams below.