Archive for December, 2011

HOW LANA DEL REY STOLE CHRISTMAS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Lesson of the day, cumquats!

Fact: This is how Lana Del Rey got her name.

Lana Turner + Ford Del Rey. Very hipster-y, of course.

That’s it, kids. See, learn something new every damn day if you read BTB!

[Related Post: Brooklyn Is The Bee’s Knees, Obvi]

FREE KDREW!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Today marks BTB’s thousandth (yes, thousandth!) post! So to celebrate, I thought it felt necessary to post something that would mesh with what inspired the site’s creation to begin with, and that is shining the spotlight on quality independent artists.

Also, since it’s a mini celebration, it kinda helps when there’s free music involved…

Sexy Jersey pop prodigy, KDrew, has dropped his Free Volume 2 EP for FREE mp3 download. The second of seven consecutive self-produced EP’s, Free Volumes 1-7 presents KDrew’s swagger as singer/songwriter, producer, and performer.

He will be releasing five more EP’s on the first of each month through May 1st of 2012.

His music is like Pringles… once you pop! Lame description but whatevs.

Freakin’ love some KDrew!

Oh yeah, check out my exclusive interview with the dude himself, HERE.

KDrew Free EP Vol. 1&2 by KDrewMusic

‘BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF’ – A.L.

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Welcome back, kiddo.

“It really is a dream job, and it’s really cool. I do stop and keep it all in perspective. This is pop music, and it’s not f*cking brain surgery. I mean, some of it’s serious…but some of it’s just really fun dance music. And I’m wearing eight pounds of makeup because I f*cking want to. Why not?”

–Adam Lambert

SUMMER CAMP – ‘WELCOME TO CONDALE’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’ve been scoping out some fresh talent these days and pleasingly landed on a British dynamic duo (Jeremy and Elizabeth) called Summer Camp. Their album Welcome to Condale was released in November and has received great reviews as one of the best albums of the year in many musical publications. It’s got that glow sound of the ’80s, all while keeping it current and fresh at the same time.

Check out one of the many attractive tracks off of this release, called Down. The video is just as cool as the jam!

FINDING CHRISTMAS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Last night on the subway, I sat across from an elderly homeless woman who spoke only Spanish. She had on flip flops with old socks, a thin dirty dress and several t-shirts with holes. Her legs were something awful because of the cold and living conditions she’s had to endure. Every other stop she would raise her head from slumber to ask for pesos. It actually made me tear up. I guess because seeing this really put Christmas into perspective. Everyone around her was so busy with their shopping bags and iPods and comfortable lives.

This is just a note to remind you that the magic of Christmas has nothing to do with wrapping paper or bows. And the next time you complain when you get a pack of socks for Christmas, remember that some would consider that gold.

(BTW, beware… cuteness coma ahead!)

[Related Post: It’s Time We Shift Our Focus]

FREDDY MARX STREET MAKES SPLASH WITH STUNNING MUSIC VIDEO DEBUT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

[Photo Cred: Marina Nikitina]

This summer, on my daily commute around the city that never sleeps, I stumbled upon a diamond in the rough. Turns out, the diamond was/still is the best artist I’ve seen perform acoustically in the underground world of New York City. To read more on this day of discovery click the related post link below, which features the awesomeness of Freddy Marx Street.

Now, the Ukrainian-born singer/songwriter has independently released his debut music video and, as expected, it’s breathtaking.

When I asked Max (a name he prefers to be called) to give his perspective on the clip, this is how he responded:

“Well, the song is about life. And how it always changes after everything… It’s good because that means you are on the way. Some words in the song are dedicated to my sister’s little daughter. I was writing that song when she was borning (but I knew nothing about that). By the way, in the video, that baby is not my sister’s. So the video shows that you can choose to live in your own little cold world with its thick walls or to leave it for real life with more “air” and colors. But you need to let someone help you. And sometimes THAT is one of the greatest challenges of your life. You think that you know everything, you are so aware…”

The stunning video was filmed at Grebnevs’ estate in Russia and by the walls of the Penal Colony-43 in the Ukraine. The clip was directed by Marina Nikitina, who also took the artist photo above.

I cannot wait to see what blossoms from this talented soul in the future.

Please watch + pass along! Support quality indie artists like Max!

[Related Post: Exclusive Interview: Freddy Marx Street]

WHENEVER I’M FEELIN’ LIKE A DIVA…

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


I throw on my cowboy hat, lace bodysuit, and kick it Shania Twain style. (That’s a joke, people. I don’t own a cowboy hat.)

Speaking of, I’m gonna need a new Shania album STAT!

Someone get on that.

OTEP

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Otep is a trip on the road of nu metal. Their album covers look like freakazoid acid trips, and their videos cause you to question everything. Sometimes, they’re too hard to touch, too chilling to listen to without the lights on. Sometimes, they’re the perfect soundtrack for a revolution.

Named for their lead singer, Otep Shamaya, this band lives, breathes and dies in their leader. This lady has more arsenic in her vodka and more ammo under her belt than any macho metal man. She is pure ferocity.

Unlike some in her genre, Otep is just as outspoken off-stage as she is on. She’s openly gay, an animal rights activist, and a proud spokesperson for the misfit.

Earlier this year, Otep released a new album, Atavist. It’s a push and a shove into the darkness, with some striking battle ballads, pain purges, and a cover of The Doors of all things. Classic rock turned black metal is strangely scrumptious.

If you need to let some rage out, this is the band for you. Grab an album, slap on your headphones, and ready yourself for a snapped neck and percolating soul.
 

GYM CLASS HEROES FEAT. NEON HITCH – ‘ASS BACK HOME’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Get yo ass back home!

After hit single Stereo Hearts featuring Adam Levine, Gym Class Heroes have continued the winning collaboration streak with Neon Hitch in Ass Back Home, the second single off the boys’ latest album, The Papercut Chronicles II. The song/video speaks on that bitch we like to call “long-distance relationship”. Yeah, you know the one!

In his own words: “‘Ass Back Home’ is all about trying to keep a relationship going while we’re all out on the road all the time. The song was actually inspired by Matt’s [Gym Class Heroes’ drummer] relationship with his girlfriend and realizing why he is so zen on the road.”

This track’s golden. Watch the just-released video below.

GASLIGHT ANTHEM FEAT. SPRINGSTEEN

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


BTB favorites, The Gaslight Anthem, are currently working on new album. But in the meantime they have recently released an iTunes session with great covers, alternative sessions, and some new material that you will probably want to check out.

On that note, this past weekend I saw the New Jersey success story live. I have seen the guys a few times, and they’re never dull, always rocking out so hard — but this show was something special. Compacted with a two-and-a-half-hour set of various tunes from The ‘59 Sound and American Slang, not only did they bring it, but they brought a legendary guest as well. After wishing the crowd a happy holiday, lead singer Brian Fallon brought out every Jersey girl’s hero, Bruce Springsteen. The crowd went bananas, and the two forces sang the hit single American Slang. Now, if that isn’t a Christmas gift, I don’t know what is.

Do yourself (and your loved ones) a favor and pick up the new Gaslight iTunes session now.

BABY DRAKE!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Just cuz.

PICK THE WEEDS & KEEP THE FLOWERS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Get ready for chills down the spine.

Can’t wait to see Kelly kick it live in January, here in the Big Apple!

In the meantime…

BROOKLYN IS THE BEE’S KNEES, OBVI

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


OK, guys. So y’all know how much I like this cholita, right? Well, yeah. I pretty much think she’s the bee’s knees! But up until recently I had not seen interviews with this Brooklyn bombshell, the fly glamour girl who stole our hearts with the nostalgic Video Games.

That’s starting to change now that the buzz surrounding Lana Del Rey is building into a full-fledged swarm.

Fresh off the press is the release date of her debut album Born To Die, which is set to drop on January 31, 2012 via Interscope Records. Video Games (Lana’s first single) hit the #1 position on iTunes in 9 countries, including the UK, Australia, Holland and France.

Says Lana: “The songs I’ve written are an homage to true love and a tribute to living life on the wild side.”

A new music video for the title-track, Born To Die, is being shot and will be released in the near future, concept conceived by Lana herself and directed by Woodkid.

Interview + audio below.

Oh! And for all those people bashing this girl, check yourself before you wreck yourself! God, I’m so full of wizdum it’s not even funny.

[Related Post: Meet Lana Del Rey]

PARAMOURNING

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Paramore’s new single In the Mourning is definitely picking up right where the band left off. They really know how to make hits and gets one’s energy flowing. I found this stripped down, acoustic version of the tune done by Miss Hayley Williams, and had to share it.

Feel free to eat this up!

COURAGE MY LOVE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Cutest new group on the block? Courage My Love.

They hail from Ontario, three cool kids with a mighty dream. Thus far, said dream is becoming their reality.

No, they don’t satisfy my headbanging qualifications. But with that incendiary salt and undeniable pep, who needs it? They’re making some competition for Paramore, Hey Monday, and all those neo-pop-punk bands with righteous leading ladies. They don’t sever my nerves, but they do enough to slice the skin and make me see stars.

The attitude of the vid takes me back to the days of Avril Lavigne when she was singing about skater boys. I’m hoping young girls can take a look at this band and be inspired to kick ass.

A final note: it’s rare to see a female drummer. And I love it.
 

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