Archive for April, 2012

THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN? BEYONCE, OBVIOUSLY.

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.”

-BK

Beautiful bonus track (one of my all-time favorites) + a behind-the-scenes look at Beyonce’s World’s Most Beautiful cover shoot following.

GYM CLASS HEROES FEAT. PS22 CHORUS

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

As an avid fan of The Gym Class Heroes, and our beloved PS22 chorus, this one’s for the books. The kids in PS22 were recently invited to help perform The Fighter on stage with GCH, and they absolutely killed it. It all went down at their show at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY.

So good to see such amazing talents collide. I have had this on repeat all day; truly amazing! Watch it, and listen for the great message in this track.

Job well done, guys!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW W/ ROOMRUNNER

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: First and foremost, where does the name Roomrunner come from?

DENNY BOWEN of ROOMRUNNER: The name Roomrunner comes from the wasei Japanese word used for “treadmill.” It’s also a song by the Japanese band, P-MODEL, who are one of my favorites. I tend to find nearly all band names, including our own, extremely distasteful and generally bad.

MC: How long have you guys been a band? Give our readers a brief backstory.

RR: Since about 2 years ago? But some of the songs we play were written 3 years ago, and some early forms existed around then. We didn’t play in front of people until early last year. Then my old band, Double Dagger was breaking up, so I ended up being able to put a lot more time into this band. Worked on the record over the summer of last year and played out a shit-ton since. We’ve had a few changes since we’ve started out, but we’re good now.

MC: I love Baltimore; there are so many cool music venues to visit. What is the scene like out there in your opinion?

RR: Awesome, we enjoy it here, too.

A lot has been said about the wide range of flourishing creativity of the scene here so I won’t be too redundant. But in my opinion, it does seem that people here just are well tuned in to underground, DIY shit. People seem to know who’s on tour, who’s got a record out, who’s working on a record, etc. That kind of awareness is really awesome.

MC: For those people who are not familiar with Roomrunner, how would you describe your music?

RR: Definitely not barbecue sauce.

MC: Who writes most of the songs?

RR: I do. Usually while eating meals.

MC: I can’t help but say that your sound reminds me of some of the work on Foo Fighter’s ‘Wasting Light’ – that garage-recording sound. It’s super dope!

RR: Thanks! Funny, I was listening to that record after it came out, which was the same time as when me and Dan were working on recording the EP. We recorded it in Dan’s studio in a warehouse space in Baltimore. I was still living in the other side of the same warehouse at the time, so I’d come over a few times a week. We’d hang out and work on shit. At first, it was supposed to only be drum tracks for a demo, but then we ended up doing the whole thing. It was really laid back; we just fell into the final product quickly with Dan’s expertise, and went with it. However, I enjoy the fact that the “garage studio” the Foo Fighters recorded in will be exponentially superior to any studio I have or ever will record in during my lifetime.

MC: What is the coolest venue you have ever played?

RR: In Roomrunner? We played a house out in Harford County, MD as the first date on our tour earlier this year. It unfortunately ending up being the last one ever at this house, but it was ass wild. It was a perfect way to start a tour, everyone was super into it. I’ve played some wild places in other bands, but I don’t feel that information is relevant here. Basically, I’m saying we need to play more interesting places.

MC: Who are some of your biggest influences musically?

RR: Longmont Potion Castle, U.S. Maple, Nirvana, Drive Like Jehu, Karp, Polvo, Cherubs, Chavez… ask me on a different day and everything will be different, but those are pretty direct. Except Longmont, that’s ultimately a lifestyle influence.

MC: What’s the ultimate goal for Roomrunner? To dominate each city at a time, or straight aiming for global domination?

RR: Yes, yes, and beyond. Picking up where NASA left off. Lunar touring, Kepler-22b, attaching a U-Haul trailer to a comet, we’re open to all these things.

CAMP X

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Camp X is mighty mainstream, surely radio-bound. They rake in emotions by the pound, unafraid to express.

I can imagine a woman blasting their songs while she drives into the horizon, ready to change her name and start a new life. Their music gives you little glimpses into other people’s lives. They’d make a great addition to any soundtrack, any heart-felt trailer, any evening of self-reflection.

At this point, they’re working to gather a fanbase and get the grapevine brewing. They are geared towards the future, all too eager to see success on the horizon. I’m doing my part to help them get there.

If you like Kings of Leon, U2, or any other band born on the stage, you’ll like Camp X.

Coming soon to a rock station near you.

NEW MAT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


If you don’t know who Mat Kearney is, then clearly you aren’t a reader of this blog. If that’s the case, let’s label that a big fat fail! I’ve been pushing this kid since the beginning of time. He’s bloody amazing! So much heart and soul and just plain awesome all around.

Read THIS to get caught up to speed, to show that fail who’s boss!

Just-released new video (uhhmazing) + recent interview following.

LP COVERS BEYONCE LIKE A CHAMP!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Not everyone can cover Beyonce like a champ! But then again, not everyone is up-and-coming singer-songwriter LP. Like numerous other artists in the business (Bruno Mars, anyone?), L.A.-based LP got her start writing songs for some pretty big names. Most recently, she helped to co-write Rihanna’s feel-good single Cheers (Drink to That).

If the vocals of Linda Perry and Stevie Nicks had a lovechild, the offspring would be LP. Yes, that’s an uberphat (I think I just made up a word) compliment!

LP’s debut five-song CD + DVD package, titled Into The Wild (Live At EastWest Studios), is set to drop on April 24th. You can also catch her television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 25th.

Prepare for takeoff!

LISSY TRULLIE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Artist to watch!

Lissy Trullie (Elizabeth “Lizzy” McChesney) has just released the music video for her new single It’s Only You, Isn’t It. The video for the track, taken from the NYC-based singer’s self-titled debut album, features a cameo from Lissy’s real-life BFF Chloe Sevigny.

Apparently, the two have been besties since meeting nearly a decade ago when both were in a fashion show at American Fine Arts. Trullie also served as a muse for Sevigny’s pre-spring collection for Opening Ceremony last year. This isn’t the first time Sevigny has been spotted in one of Trullie’s videos. In 2009, she played the role of merchandise girl in Trullie’s Boy Boy video.

It’s Only You, Isn’t It is their latest merge sesh.

Oh yeah! It was also directed by Jake Sumner (son of Sting and brother to Coco). No wonder it’s so damn cool.

MAROON 5 DISAPPOINTS W/ ‘PAYPHONE’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I have always been a fan of Maroon 5 and what they stand for, but I must say that I am completely disappointed in their new single. Payphone (featuring a drop by noted rapper Wiz Khalifa) was just released off of their upcoming new album Overexposed, and I have listened to it over and over with the hopes of getting into it, but I just can’t. I remember this band when they didn’t sound like everything else on the radio. Trust me, I understand that bands evolve, but I think this song is going to let down a lot of Maroon 5 fans.

I haven’t heard the whole album yet, so it wouldn’t be fair to say the band has gone in a new direction (although Adam has been quoted as saying this is the group’s poppiest album to date). The last thing I want to do is stir the tuneful pot, but do you agree that the sprightly song could very easily be sung by a Nickelodeon teen act? They get super mushy on this record!

Regardless, I am sure this track will do well in a summer season full of love-yearning girls. I just hope the rest of the album changes my mind.

BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW NELLY FURTADO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Way before Nelly Furtado took her swerve into the mainstream urban arena, I was a big fan. Truth be told, I think her vocals work extremely well in the folksy pop vein of her freshman release. However, she’s proven herself as a contemporary artist, fitting comfortably into the mix on Top 40 radio. Which is right where her new single Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) falls.

Produced by the legendary Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Britney Spears, hello), the sizzling new track is set to be Furtado’s first single off her forthcoming album, The Spirit Indestructible, due out June 19th.

It takes a minute to rub off on ya, but once it pierces the skin, you can’t help but to bounce.

MIND MECHANICS

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Mind Mechanics is shredding up my cochleas. My nerves scream in ecstasy.

Theirs is an edge marinated in metal, soaked in the sweet vibes of rock. All I can do is pump my fist, giddy to have found yet another Canadian group who spices up the scene.

They’ve been working together for over a decade, and this history shows in their songs. Seamlessly they meld, flawlessly resurrecting a power akin to Edguy or Metallica.

I have surrendered to optimism. Everywhere I turn there’s a singer or band I haven’t heard of, lying in wait, ready to curdle my bone marrow. This industry isn’t dying. It’s thriving.

Watch that video. Look how damn involved they all are! So focused, so intent on lassoing the sound and making it work for them.

NEW B.o.B FEATURING TAYLOR SWIFT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Both of Us, the highly-anticipated pairing between B.o.B and Taylor Swift has finally leaked. The track, which will appear on B.o.B’s upcoming Strange Clouds album, features Swift contributing only two lines, which are repeated between each Bobby Ray verse. Still, the song somehow manages to leave a mark, hitting an emotional chord when the two artists collide.

I’m diggin’ it!

JAMES FRANCO SINGING SELENA GOMEZ (ON CAM, IN CORNROWS – WHAT?!)

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Okay. Who put salvia in James Franco’s pot pipe?!

Your WTH moment of the day, kids.

Of course, the real buzzkill is that James Franco and Selena Gomez will co-star in the upcoming film Spring Breakers, so clearly this is a publicity stunt. Kinda takes away from the hilarity of it all, but whatev! It still made me laugh…

And I keep hitting re-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat, lol.

1:38 MARK = TEEHEE

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“My goal when I’m playing shows is just to make people smile.”

–Katy Perry.

AN INTERPRETATION OF DARREN HAYES’ BRILLIANT ‘STUPID MISTAKE’ VIDEO

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Darren Hayes is not a joke. He’s no clown, either. In fact, upon watching his just-released video for new single Stupid Mistake (my immediate favorite track on the new record, behind Cruel Cruel World), it’s apparent that Darren is an alien in the pop world — an artist who stylistically oozes self-awareness in a way only he can.

This video is simply brilliant. Darren continues to manage to do so much more with less (black and white film and a mirror; some makeup) than most big-budgeted artists. Sure, he could parade in some current cookie cutter nonsense, dishing out a video with pyrotechnics, dancers, and several costume changes, but in Darren’s world, this just isn’t necessary. The man is ahead of the game without even trying because his talent is not only genuine, it’s incredibly heartfelt.

In my opinion, it’s obvious that this video is a statement piece about the music industry. In a world where gimmicks and fake fuckery rule the scene, Darren’s brooding eyes reveal that he knows better, is better, and he’s not giving in to the bullshit.

CUPCAKES & COMPASSION

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Bought a cupcake and the guy at the deli gave me another for free. That alone was a sweet gesture, but what made it sweeter was passing the kindness to the homeless man sitting outside. Seeing his face was the highlight of my Easter. I don’t always speak of my good deeds, but sometimes I think it’s necessary. Sometimes people need to share these things to remind us all that compassion still exists in this crazy, messy world.

Happy Easter, everyone… Much love to all of you.

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