Archive for June, 2012

MATT & KIM TAKE IT TO THE COURT

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Brooklyn indie pop duo Matt & Kim are back with the first single from their upcoming Lightning EP, entitled Let’s Go. This track has an extremely catchy yet somewhat familiar Matt & Kim flare. It’s a glammed up, beat-heavy, keyboard-infused, resilient arrangement containing a sinfully catchy “oooh” chorus that is guaranteed to be “that song” embedded in your brain.

The associated video stars Pat the Roc, the self-proclaimed world’s greatest ball handler, showing off his skills while Matt and Kim lounge on the bleachers. This song is perfect for your summer playlist, and they prove time and time again that they are some of the happiest musicians on the planet.

Expect their new album to be released in late fall.

HIP HIP HOORAY – NEW PASSION PIT!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Can I just say that I LOVE this f*cking video?! It might just be my favorite video so far this year.

In Passion Pit’s new video for Take a Walk, the always sly indie pop/rockers take to the skies. The vid opens with frontman Michael Angelakos slumbering in the middle of the street with a blue ball in hand. After his dog wakes his cute sleeping face, Michael then throws the ball and things get real, real quick, y’all!

Using this new cool helicam technology (whatever the hell that is), the video tracks the ball bouncing all over the damn place! AKA it’s genius.

Take a Walk is taken from Passion Pit’s sophomore effort, Gossamer, set to drop July 24th.

Cannot wait!

Again, LOVE.

SUPPORT TAMAR KAPRELIAN, DAMMIT!

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ummm. This girl is so underrated it’s not even funny!

The lovely Tamar Kaprelian has just released a brand new five-song EP entitled California (available now on iTunes). To promote the project, Tamar is planning a few upcoming performances at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC (July 2nd) and Room 5 in LA (July 31st).

The album is Tamar’s first new material since her 2010 debut Sinner Or A Saint (via Interscope Records).

Said Tamar regarding the EP: “At the time I wrote it, I was listening to a lot of Tom Petty and The Wallflowers, so I feel like this EP was really influenced by those records. It’s about trying to lure someone to move somewhere for you because you’re in love with them, and what better place to live than a place that’s always beautiful, always sunny, and always puts you in a great mood.”

With nothing but a piano…

Gorgeous!

OLLY, OLLY, OLLY, CAN’T YOU SEE?

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

For all you blokes that don’t live in the UK, Olly Murs has been blowing up overseas ever since he finished as a runner-up on the British version of X Factor awhile back.

Now, the Essex singer/songwriter is preparing for an American takeover with the upcoming release of his US debut album, In Case You Didn’t Know (set to drop September 25th). The disc will feature the track you’re about to hear — the super fun, crack-laced Heart Skips A Beat, featuring our boys from Chiddy Bang.

He’s rather adorable, I gotta say… And the track is undeniably catchy.

Here’s to finding your spot in America, Olly.

Cheers!

DEAR YOU

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Dear You is more than a personal letterhead. They’re a straight-edge rock band from Texas, tweeting their hearts out and impaling themselves on their instruments.

What I like most about them is how legit they are. Not only in their performance, but in their lyrical content. They don’t put on airs or inflate their egos, but allow themselves to be accessible, relatable. Whether they’re making killer covers (check out their rendition of Raise Your Glass to see what I mean) or spouting off original compositions, they’re emotionally charged but still tons of fun.

When you watch their videos, you can see that they love what they do. There are no vibes of tension, competition or foolish pride. They are down to earth and full of nothing but awesome.

I must admit I’m acutely attuned to their break-up anthem The Way That You Left Me. They play it safe but do it well.

MGK

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly has dropped the music video to his new single Invincible, featuring Ester Dean. The infectious/inspiring track is the lead single from MGK’s debut album Lace Up, set to drop later this summer via Bad Boy/Interscope Records.

Skills + Substance.

I’m loving this kid!

LTFU, y’all!

PERRY FARRELL DISSES RECORD LABELS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Word!

Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell recently fired off at record labels in an interview with Fuse TV at the Beale Street Music Festival.

Said Perry: “I blame the record companies, because I feel that most of the record companies are really lame, and they’ve done their best to destroy really good music. I don’t say that begrudgingly because I’m in a good place. I’ll be fine, but the young musicians are the ones that aren’t getting signed because they’re not pop idiots, and that’s the sad part about it. They’re trying to find a pop sensation to appeal to tweens, whoever is gonna buy the record. Who buys records anymore? Tweens, because they don’t know any better, they don’t know how to steal a record yet.”

He continued: “If you go to a festival, those people [alternative rock bands] are filling the bill. So it’s really the record companies that are a bunch of losers and don’t know what they’re talking about.”

Watch the interview below.

CHERYL LOVES BEYONCE + MEN W/ INK

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

i-D online recently spoke to pop singer Cheryl Cole and confirmed her love for two things: Beyonce and men with tattoos.

Said the beautiful Miss Cole: “I love Beyonce. I just think she’s such a beautiful person inside and out. Aside from what she does on stage — which is just incredible — I like her as a woman. She’s empowering.”

The UK pop starlet also spoke on how she’s attracted to men with ink: “It’s like body art, and I think it’s reflective of somebody’s personality. I don’t know what it is. I’m always attracted to people with body art.”

Um, hello! We’re practically the same person!

Saucy new track Make You Go, available on A Million Lights – Super Deluxe Edition, out today in the UK! + the above-mentioned interview following.

JAPANDROIDS

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

As much as I hate to say these words, real talent goes undiscovered all the time; I see it firsthand. Some fortunate talent earn a solid, cult fan base, and maybe get some sort of deal or noteworthy tour, and only a small portion shape an actual full-time career out of their music. This statement brings one band in particular to mind, Japandroids- a two-piece electric guitarist/drummer template from Vancouver. They released some EP’s before their first full length in 2009 entitled Post-Nothing. I read in several interviews with the band that it has been quite the struggle with playing shows and trying to gain that full-time status. Long story short, take some time to check out some REAL musicians.

Japandroids need to be a band on your radar. Their new record Celebration Rock is one that I cannot get off of my rotation. Their boundless energy and catchy sound is so unavoidably contagious. This 8 song record stays strong throughout 35 minutes. I am not here to break this effort down track by track, because it does not need to be done. If you listen to it closely, openly, and hard enough, you will be pleasingly worn-out by its end.

Celebration Rock is one of those infrequent releases that will not NEED an additional listen to expose its exquisiteness, because everything that they loaded onto this disc – ingeniously and personally – is raw and real, with nothing to hide. There are no fine print details, and no dotted lines you need to sign. There are no coatings or sub-layers. It’s exactly what it says it is: a celebration of festivities engaged; genuinely good music.

One guitar, one set of drums, and two vocalizers. They call it garage rock. But they won’t care what you call it, as long as it’s not minimal. Japandroids are maximal to the utmost extent, believe that. Give this release and this duo a chance, and don’t ever look back.

AMY

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

After a brief hiatus, Scottish singer/songwriter Amy Macdonald has released her third studio album entitled Life In A Beautiful Light.

Says Amy: “It was lovely to have a year off. There was no pressure. Whenever an idea popped in to my head, I would get out my guitar and press play on my Mac Book. I wrote ‘A Curious Thing’ while touring the ‘This Is The Life’. There was no time off because my debut started selling across Europe – first the Netherlands, then Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain. It was incredible, but I felt under pressure to rush out a second album. This time, it was a much more natural process.”

Watch the music video for lead single Slow It Down below.

Love her friggin’ voice!

DANIEL BEDINGFIELD’S NO LONGER MIA – HE’S BACK AND SHOWING SOME BUTT

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


Time to see where the sun doesn’t shine in the Land O’ Bedingfield! (Why am I seeing a tub of butter right now?)

Daniel Bedingfield has been in hiding for the past eight years. Yup! Eight. Can you believe that?!

Anywho, the UK pop singer/songwriter has returned with a brand new EP (fresh off an independent label) and a music video that’s, well, a tad risque. Rocks Off is a track that at first listen certainly doesn’t fit into Bedingfield’s collection. It’s rough, grainy, and a bit frazzled, as if it had been out the night before binging on vodka and Red Bull. It’s a bit bizarre, but I appreciate the swing at something new.

The track is taken from the just-released EP, titled Stop The Traffik – Secret Fear, which you can download for free below by entering an email address. Simple/free/holla!

And for Daniel’s derriere, check out the Rocks Off video below.

Saucy!

BUT FIRST, ALL JOKES ASIDE, LISTEN TO DON’T WRITE ME OFF (TRACK #5 ON THE NEW EP). IT’S THE DANIEL I KNOW AND LOVE. HONEST. RAW. AND EMOTIONALLY NAKED.

THIS SH*T IS HILARIOUS…

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

And really exudes the gayness level equal to that of One Direction.

Love it!

(I’m not hating on One Direction. I admit to devouring their sugar.)

ONE WAY STATE

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

So many local goodies; writing this is one lucky girl.

When it comes to cities, Edmonton isn’t much to talk about (in my humble opinion). Despite that, we’ve managed to rile up a rocking music scene, especially for those bands still sending vibrations through the underground.

As for One Way State, I’d say there is a mellow way to their magic. I recently had the pleasure of biting into their new EP The Right Time. I find myself impressed by their energy and charmed by their obvious dedication. We all know I prefer sets that leave blisters on the ears, and for some of my punky cravings they do deliver. (Refer to songs like The Chase and you’ll see what I’m talking about.) But more than anything they’re a band of emotionally driven rock. Their songs cut with precision and the melodies are made with sincerity. There isn’t a lot of grit here, but there is a lot of heart.

These boys have been touring like mad, yet have no indications of burning out. This is a good sign, especially for a band in the budding stages of their career. If they are given the chance, they will surely collect a loyal fan base.

GASLIGHT ANTHEM RELEASE ’45’ VIDEO

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

My New Jersey heroes recently filmed the music video for 45 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and I was lucky enough to be in attendance! The Gaslight Anthem is one of the best rock bands around these days, and I cannot wait for this new record. If you have not done so already, check out the new single, and live vicariously through me!

NEW HEDLEY – ‘KISS YOU INSIDE OUT’

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Hedley gushed out a new single in May, and I’ve only just managed to get my grubby little fingers on it. (So I’ve been busy, sue me.)

The piece in question is Kiss You Inside Out. Usually I don’t get all over sex ballads unless they’re raw, visceral, etc. This one leans on the more romantic side of carnal appetites, but it still sends my heart thumping. Jacob really tones his vocals down for this song; he abandons some of his pop punk influence for a more subtle, crooning vibe. It’s less punch, more pillow talk, and I’m cool with that.

Let’s listen like lovers.

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