Archive for September, 2012


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Words cannot describe how much I am infatuated with my New Jersey boys, The Gaslight Anthem. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a little Eddie Vedder? When the two join forces, all hell breaks loose.

At least that’s what happened recently, when Eddie joined Gaslight onstage to sing State of Love and Trust with Brian Fallon (frontman) at The Deluna Festival. Having interviewed Brian myself, he emphasized how much he adores Pearl Jam, and you can see the excitement in his face upon this taking place. I can only image what a dream come true this must have been for the boys. I’m thinking a duet album for 2013? Just sayin’!

Indulge and enjoy.

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By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Here’s my wisdom to impart for the day: Hot Water Music is boiling over with talent.

We all know how picky I can be about punk (and all its sub-genres). I gotta have it tight as cuffs or bloody as open heart surgery. Hot Water Music has got all that covered and they don’t put on airs about it. Their rhythm section is sublime, their guitars fully impacted.

And they prove that when it comes to vocalists, two is better than one. Having two “lead” singers adds a new dynamic and maturity to the music, one that’s clearly evident when you tune in.

Their latest release of awesome (unleashed earlier this year) drips of fresh venom whilst owning the dusty grunge of post-punk revival. Exister features thirteen tracks, all of which I’ve had on repeat. It’s usually easy for me to snatch and grab a song to label my fave, but I’m having trouble doing so. Each song stands fine on its own, but it’s the culmination of their joint power that really bubbles my sores.

HWM has had their ups and downs. There’s been almost break-ups and all out disbanding, and just before this album they had an eight year hiatus on the music front. If I may say so, I don’t give a bleep. Through all of that, their quality has persevered. This latest heart-punch proves it.

Punk may be dead, but guys like these sure keep the corpse kickin’.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I recently got to meet a band called Young Guns. Having heard them play acoustically not only blew my mind, but made me appreciate them on a whole new level. A few hours later, I got to see the group rock out live at a nightclub, and not only was it a seemingly completely different band, but an entirely different mind-blowing experience as well.

I am so happy that a co-worker introduced me to this band, for they are the next big thing in active rock.

Hailing from the UK, this gorgeous five-piece have the look, the stage presence, and the talent to take over the world. With their mix of weighty riffs, beguiling guitar hooks and sensitive lyrics, they will grab the attention of any genre lover. Their new record, Bones (released earlier this year via Wind-Up Records), is begging for you to spin it. The title track is super catchy and anthem-worthy.

If you are picky and looking for a copy of their resume, Young Guns has toured with some popular bands: Taking Back Sunday, The Used, All Time Low, Lostprophets and The Blackout.

You can currently catch these guys in the U.S. on the road with Seether and Sick Puppies.

Be sure to check tour dates for a location near you.

Official video for Bones below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

After some pushbacks and a legal scuffle with producer Avicii, Leona Lewis has secured an October 12th release date for her third studio album, Glassheart. And if the title track is any indication of the album’s direction, the release will showcase Leona trying on a different musical skin.

Produced by our boy, Ryan Tedder, Glassheart features Leona departing her usual production roots for a dance track laced with dubstep elements and nostalgic house beats. The track centers around a heart that’s easily broken, a theme that’s sewn throughout Leona’s stunning body of work.

Listen to the smoky title track, Glassheart, below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Words cannot describe the way this song makes me feel. Broken open and elegantly vulnerable, this may be the most beautiful dosage of Pink yet.

PERSONAL MOMENT: I realize this may sound dramatic, but it’s true… The first time I heard this song, I was walking through Grand Central. Although surrounded by people, I felt completely alone at the time. Then this song started and it somehow changed all that. It hit me so hard, tears streamed down my face.

Listen to the masterpiece that is Pink’s The Great Escape below.

Pink’s just-released album, The Truth About Love, is out now.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Sometimes ya just feel like a butt. Know what I mean? A ciggy! Yup. That’s pretty much the shallow explanation of the new video for Put Me Out by The Used.

The track, which is actually a metaphor for a love gone sour, is featured on the band’s latest album, Vulnerable.

Describing the video, frontman Bert McCracken told Fuse: “When I am at a rock show, I am able to simply be myself. Plus, sometimes we all feel like a cigarette.”

The amped-up tune has McCracken scrockin’ (screamin’ + rockin’ = a new word I just invented; get into it!): “I gave you everything, you threw it away/ Put me out like a cigarette, out like a cigarette.”

The band is currently headlining its own U.S. gigs with Twin Atlantic and Stars in Stereo.

Recent interview + the just-released video for Put Me Out below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Ok, you guys. Confession time. I’ve been on the Hanson bandwagon since their MMMBop days and I’ve never quite fallen off. If that somehow makes me not as cool now, I really don’t give a rat’s ass. These guys are incredibly talented, writing and constructing pitch perfect pop songs with more hooks than a Bass Pro store. (See what I did there?)

And personally, I can’t get enough!

The boys recently paid a visit to Australian drive radio show Fifi and Jules, where they tackled Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, reminding the world of their awesomeness.

Check out the acoustic makeover of the song below.

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By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Australian-based band, Atlas Genius, is leisurely but confidently taking the States by storm. Their single Trojans is developing substantial airplay, and will without a doubt be played in every Abercrombie & Fitch dressing room across the map. Trust me, this is not a bad thing.

Although this track was released in the spring, it sometimes takes a while for bands to pick up speed. This is one of those songs that I had heard time and time again before finally grabbing my attention and forcing me do some research. The four-piece fit right in with bands such as Young the Giant and Grouplove in that uplifting indie category. Their debut EP, Through the Glass, is available for purchase now. The disc is compacted with dance imbued drums and addictive vocal melodies.

Although there may not be anything astoundingly inventive here, it still has that catchy factor that is undeniable. I am confident that these Aussies can find their footpath into a bit more pioneering empire than the visibly genre-influenced one their debut resides with.


By: Natalie Yarden
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

There’s a new thing that I like to do, where I make myself discover new music every few weeks. It’s a great way to listen to music you would have probably never known existed. I do this with the help of Rolling Stone and NME. My theory is that the best musicians are the undiscovered ones.

This week I discovered Patterson Hood.

I usually don’t listen to country music, but when it’s this amazing I just can’t help myself! It’s not your typical country music; it has more of an edge to it. Nevertheless, I love it!

Hailing from Alabama, Patterson began writing songs in the 3rd grade, later playing guitar in a local band by the age of 14. He was formerly in the band Drive-By Truckers, before pursuing a career as a solo artist.

His lyrics and melody are what makes his songs utterly unique. His songs have a country base with a pinch of indie and good old fashioned rock. His lyrics are sometimes hard to digest, talking about his past and small stories about people in the South.

He has released three solo albums:
Killers and Stars (2004)
Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) (2009)
-And most recently; Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (2012)

My favorite song of his is Back of a Bible, which appears on his sophomore release. This song literally gave me the shivers when I first heard it.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The Rocket Summer has just released the music video for new single 200,000 and it’s pretty rad. The clip, directed by Marshall Burnette, features Bryce Avary trekking through some sticky situations: smoking cars, desolate woods, and gangsta kiddies! All for the sake of delivering a song to his soulmate (played by his real-life wife, Tara Avary). Too sweet!

[Sidenote: Loving the subtle explosion at the end of the vid. Nice touch!]

The song is taken from TRS’ latest effort, Life Will Write The Words, which dropped earlier this year via Bryce’s label, Aviate Records.

This album, like all of Bryce’s previous work, is heartfelt and piercing.

The new clip + watch former So You Think You Can Dance winner Benji Schwimmer move to one of my favorite tracks from the album, the goosebump-worthy Scrapbook below.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I will always have a soft spot for front-women, but there is something about Taylor Momsen in The Pretty Reckless that stands out from the rest. If only the media would focus more on her pipes rather than her outfits, there would be less denying of this girl’s ‘it’ factor.

I am so thrilled she has successfully made the transition from actress to singer, because the stage is where she belongs, with microphone in hand.

Their new track Hit Me Like A Man has powerhouse potential. Although it has been out for a few months, lately I have seen more and more radio stations add it to their rotation. In this live performance, her raspy, dominating vocals and stage presence will suck you in like a vacuum.

Check it out.


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I recently unintentionally found a nifty new psychedelic rock group that goes by the name of Django Django. Too be honest, I was looking up something totally different on YouTube when their track Storm popped up. Immediately, I stopped in my tracks.

These dudes hail from London, and are gradually but surely making an impression in the States. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Vinny Neff, drummer Dave Maclean, Jimmy Dixon on bass, and Tommy Grace on keyboards. Their self-titled debut album, released back in January, features 13 eccentric tracks that are incomparable. Their crew vocals are sharp and catchy, and I notice a somewhat 80s feel on this release as well.

I don’t know too much about them yet — so stay tuned — but be sure to get the act on your radar.

Check out their music video for Storm below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Looky who I met tonight! Paloma Faith! On her first-ever US Tour!

In the age of tweets and texts, it’s rare that an artist can take the stage and f*cking own that sh*t in a way that paralyzes technology. Well tonight, Paloma Faith did just that. Within seconds of stepping foot onto stage, in the intimate setting of Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, the pint-sized soulstress had the entire audience under her wicked spell, her heavily sequined gold dress shimmering like spilled glitter.

Her first US Tour, and she did the damn thing effortlessly. With nothing on stage but bare basics and a personality as electric as Times Square, Paloma Faith took New York City by storm.

You MUST see this woman live. End of story.

*If allowed, I’ll upload videos from the show.

Stay tuned for updates.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking… You’re thinking this is sexual. And well, you’re right. Kinda/sorta, but not really.

Rihanna and Chris Martin recently performed at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony, and maybe it was the sweat, the song, or both, but an obvious spark sparked towards the end of the performance when Rihanna’s claws touched Martin’s wet British mug.

The videos displaying this obvious musical crushbomb can be seen below.

Definitely a grade above London’s big circuit party last month!


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’m sorry, what was that? You say violinists can’t rock? Lindsey Stirling is about to knock your stereotypical boots off.

This gal is a concert-worthy violinist, a self-taught dancer, a geek-loving cosplayer, and Adorable with a capital A. Seriously. She is a pound of unique, a handful of gorgeous and a spoonful of freshly churned pixie dust.

Lindsey has been beating against the strings since she was six years old, and her talent/passion has only gained strength with the years. Not only is her skill gawk-worthy, but her showmanship is fantastic. Just watch her videos! The vibrancy she emits is freaking addictive!

The credit can’t just go to her alone. She has garnered a highly impressive production team. Devin Graham shows to be a mighty impressive cinematographer, and everyone else lends their magic to create a veritable visual wonderland.

Fyi, this talented little lady is going on tour, and is counting down the mere days until her album is released! This news warms my heart to tropical levels. When real artists get real recognition, everyone wins.