Archive for May, 2012

will.i.am FEATURING OUR GIRL EVA

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

will.i.am is out with the music video for his new single This Is Love, marking his solo debut as a director. The club-ready track, co-produced by will.i.am, Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, features BTB favorite Eva Simons in all her punky pop-hop (I think I just created a genre here) glory.

Said will.i.am: “I’m so proud of my journey and the experiences made possible by you guys. I don’t like to use the word fans. I like to use the word fams, short for family. This is love. Thank you.”

Winner of 7 freakin’ Grammy Awards, will.i.am is known not only for his work with the very popular slash overplayed The Black Eyed Peas, but also for his work with several industry heavyweights, including Michael, Britney, and Rihanna (just to name a few). Hello.

But yup, the dude obviously has a formula that sticks.

Watch the just-released video for This Is Love below.

[Related Post: Loving Eva Simons]

GYM CLASS HEROES LANDS PERFECT 10

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I gotta say, I can’t get enuff of this Gym Class Heroes/Ryan Tedder concoction. It simply works. And in the just-released new video for The Fighter, the pairing take the killer track to a visual level that’s both moving and aesthetically pleasing.

The video documents a behind-the-scenes journey of a 19-year-old gymnast — Bronx native, John Orozco — as he trains for the upcoming Olympic Games. The clip composes a story that meshes well with the authentic spirit of the song.

See the video below + a superior acoustic set of the song following.

This track is untouchable — slick song with a message that hits.

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CYGNETS

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Free shows. Free downloads. Honest to goodness goodness.

You know a band has real passion for music when they’re willing to give it away for free. And that’s what the Cygnets are all about- plugging it in and shelling it out, with no thought towards personal gain. They’ve been streaming their latest album and collecting baskets full of new fans. Did I mention they’re giving away their album free at their shows, too?

I can never express how sincerely I love bands like this. In this industry, you have too many people willing to forsake their pride and/or ideals for a royalty cheque. I’m sure the Cygnets could sell out and be quite comfortable because of that. But they refuse to succumb to that glittering toxicity, and that makes me wanna give them a big, squishy hug.

In the latest album Dark Days (yep, the one that’s literally priceless) they experiment with synth and retro rock influences without going over the top. Their music is fluid- it could fit any time, any place. It fills your brain with cloudy skies and imprints of dreams you thought you left behind. You won’t necessarily mosh, but sway. Who knows, they may inspire you to scribble poetry on the bottom of your napkin before the night is out.

I applaud them for going ahead and producing this album themselves. This clearly allowed them to explore and expand without being held back. It certainly reeks of a dark sexiness, and I’m certainly not complaining.

In particular, I find myself haunted by Bleak Decades. This song screams in whispers, reminding me of The Cure, or better songs from Tears For Fears. The overall affect of their New Wave influence is delicious.

Another local band (local for me, anyway) with yummy indie ideals. I am pleased.

J. PINDER FRESHNESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

It’s not uncommon to walk down the streets of New York and see young hip hop artists trying to push their records onto tourists. You turn on any radio station and hip hop elements are there. TV, magazines, fashion; hip hop has certainly fused itself into the broader culture. But yet, most artists within this genre are nowhere as fresh as newcomer J. Pinder.

Hailing from Seattle, the 23-year-old is prepping the drop of his debut album, Careless. I have a feeling that it won’t be long after before he explodes. His music is undeniable and also seasoned, having appeared on records with some of Seattle’s finest, including: Jake One, Vitamin D, and Kuddie Fresh. He’s also prepping an East Coast tour with Talib Kweli.

This kid has major talent + soul.

I’m loving it!

Careless drops May 29th via Fin Records.

fun.

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

One of my favorite groups out right now, fun., recently took the time to show some love to Carly Rae Jepsen as they covered her radio smash Call Me Maybe. The band performed a live, acoustic cover of the tune on Dutch radio’s 3FM, and in my opinion, it doubles the wow factor of the original.

Check it out.

KATY PERRY IS SUCH A TWINK!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


And even so, I love me some Katy!

“I thought it was important for me to show everything in between. Sometimes, people think we’re perfect, but we know we’re not perfect at all. When you start breaking down the idea, to achieve your dream, [you think you] have to be perfect or flawless or live in a fantasy world. I put everything into the film in the most tasteful way. It’s about how I got there, and the ride along the way, which can be bumpy, but is mostly extremely fun.”

-Miss Thang
On her upcoming docufilmthingy [via Ellen]

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NEW ROCKET SUMMER!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

If there’s one album I absolutely cannot wait to hear this summer, it would be The Rocket Summer’s Life Will Write the Words. Bryce Avary is, without of a doubt, one of my favorite artists of well, all time. I cannot get enough of his music. It simply leaves a mark and breaks through.

Check out the premiere of the new music video for Revival, a feel-good track that sits well in any car- windows down, breeze blowing.

The new album drops June 5 via Aviate Records.

Stoked!

SUMMER BLUES

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

RIP, Disco Queen. Your music put a fire in our groins and a smile in our hearts.

GLAMBERT SPARKLES WITHOUT GLITTER

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


On the just-released and long-awaited sophomore offering Trespassing, Adam Lambert flips the switch on all the colorful labels we’ve come to stamp across his forehead. Well, somewhat. The first half of this album is certainly a gay club glitterstorm, and although I understand how this is appealing to some, the dark side (the latter portion of the release) really commands the spotlight while snipping heartstrings.

I LOVE Adam’s dark, vulnerable side.

Listen to my favorite track off of Trespassing, the gorgeously brooding Underneath, and you’ll see that this is one artist who doesn’t need glitter to sparkle.

JAY-Z SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Kudos, Mr. Knowles!

“It’s the right thing to do. I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

–Jay-Z on Obama’s support of gay marriage

NELLY FURTADO IS SUCH A SIZE QUEEN

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Can’t say I disagree, I love a big hoop!

Nelly Furtado has dropped the music video to her new summer banger Big Hoops (The Bigger the Better), taken off her fifth studio album The Spirit Indestructible, set to drop on June 19th. Directed by X, the video was shot in downtown LA and features Nelly on giant ass stilts with a performance from World Champion Native American hoop dancers.

Basically, it’s a pretty cool vid.

Check it!

A CLOSER LOOK AT NEVER SHOUT NEVER

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Don’t judge a band by its cover. (No, no, that’s not a bad pun.)

First glance and Never Shout Never seems like saccharine eye candy, nothing more. All I had to do was take a listen, and these harsh first impressions were quickly disbanded.

They’re not just another pretty boy band. Rather, they are what I would call psychedelic rock in contemporary form. A trance rock coating with a soft, chewy synth-pop centre. Because of their affiliated genres, many of their songs are increasingly dream-like. It’s like an e trip without any of the cognitive repercussions! Yay!

Resounding within the trance are lyrics that are finely tuned and poetic in hope. Mr. Ingle is what I would call a haunting front-man with a lot of potential.

Their first collaborations don’t indicate the tight approach found in their third album, which was released last year. Time Travel is their landmark, and a taste of the goodies up ahead. They are clearly maturing as artists and expanding in their skills, which will be a delight for my ears.

I’m getting excited for their latest dive in the scene, set to be released in the fall. Very much like Marianas Trench, I have a feeling these guys are just going to get better and better.

We’ll see, won’t we?

INTERVIEW WITH EARLY MORNING REBEL

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


MARIA CIEZAK: How long have you guys been together, and how did you meet?

NATHAN BLUMENFELD-JAMES of EARLY MORNING REBEL: Dustin and I have been best friends and creative partners since we were 14 years old. We have been writing, recording and producing together ever since. A year ago, we were hitting a wall with some of the projects we were working on, and decided to start fresh. We recruited Josh Mervin to play drums and keyboards, and we’ve been working together for 8 months.

MC: Where did the name Early Morning Rebel come from?

EMR: Dustin and I used to play a game where we would come up with band names for fun. We had compiled over 300. When we decided to start a new band, we started going through the list. Over 200 of them were too ridiculous and perverse. We tried on a few names while we were recording early on, and none of them felt right. I brought Early Morning Rebel up and we all knew it was the one. It fit and made complete sense with the music.

MC: How was the music scene growing up in California? Did you always dream of making it big?

EMR: I have always known that I wanted to be a musician/artist/performer. And of course, success is the dream. More than anything I am grateful I get to do what I love. Growing up in California, the music scene was great. It’s a tough town to break into, because there are so many bands. But the LA music scene history is undeniable, from Laurel Canyon to LA punk bands, to the great hip hop and singer/songwriters.

MC: It’s my understanding you guys got somewhat of a big break from Grey’s Anatomy. I can imagine you guys want to part ways from people mentioning this. [Laughs]

EMR: Not at all. It was an honor to have ‘Life Boat’ on Grey’s. They are known for having great music, and they used it really well. We are looking forward to getting more of our songs on great shows like that.

MC: Do you guys have a favorite venue to play at?

EMR: We have played all LA venues in various bands. One of our favorite smaller venues in LA is The Troubador. It has a great history and good sound.

MC: Your new single ‘Burn Us Down’ is so dope. Where did the concept of this track come from?

EMR: It was one of the first songs we wrote when we started the band. The intention was to write a “Blood Boiler”. We wanted to have that raw energy, but do it in a somewhat anthemic way.

MC: What are the plans for the summer? Touring?

EMR: We are doing a West Coast tour in June, and then doing New York, London, Paris Fashion Weeks… The plan is to come back to the states for tour and do UK as well.

MC: For people who don’t know of you just yet, how would you describe your music?

EMR: A friend of ours described it as INDIE POP NOIR. You could say indie… alternative… pop sensibilities… but most of all, we hope it feels authentic.

OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Yesterday was painfully embarrassing. Today, I have faith. 1st President to ever support gay marriage. Wow. Obama is a certified bad ass! SO PROUD!

Let’s Rosa Parks these bitches!

And one more thing…

EAT IT, NORTH CAROLINA.

ANIMAL KINGDOM

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Free single of the week time on i-Tunes, kids! Get on it; times are tough! This week, Animal Kingdom’s Strange Attractor is the chosen one. This English quartet has something so soothing and calming about their sound that it just leaves you in the mood. Almost “dream pop” if you will.

Their upcoming album, The Looking Away, will be released digitally 05/08.

I’m looking forward to getting to know these guys better. Check them out!

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