Archive for October, 2013


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

JT gets the rough treatment in new TKO clip.

Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, who has previously shot for Wild Nothing and Pusha T, the seven-minute clip depicts Timberlake in a scary sitch — tied to the back of Riley Keough’s pickup while she goes for a late night spin down a dirt road.

And although it may look like Keough (The Runaways, Magic Mike) and Timberlake make up during a steamy + seductive straddling sesh, the moment doesn’t quite last.

The song comes from Timberlake’s latest album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, and was co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and J-Roc.

Watch the sleek video treatment for TKO below.

#RandomFact: Riley Keough is Elvis Presley’s granddaughter.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Canadian popster Fefe Dobson recently premiered her new music video for Legacy and I’m loving it!

Directed by Aaron A. and filmed on set in a Toronto hospital, the clip depicts Fefe as a defiant patient while transforming into four of pop culture’s most iconic artists; all having left a significant legacy in music history.

Legacy is the first single off Dobson’s forthcoming 3rd studio album, Firebird, due out in Spring 2014 on 21 Music.

Check it!

[Related Post: On Repeat: Fefe Dobson – ‘Legacy’]


By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

If you’re a fan of rock music, or just good ass music in general, you need to get on board with J. Roddy Walston & The Business. Their new album, Essential Tremors, sits comfortably among the best of 2013.

MARIA CIEZAK: First of all, I want to tell you that Essential Tremors is one of the best records I have ever heard. So this first statement is a simple congratulations.

J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS: I thank you kindly. Very nice of you to think and say that.

MC: I read that you guys were able to use your own stuff this time around on recording in Georgia, as opposed to at Sound City on the last record. In your opinions, did that make a huge difference?

JRW: In some ways it did. We still used a lot of Mark’s gear on this record. It was just nice to have the option to use our gear. Sometimes just knowing you can do something is as comforting as doing it. Billy played his own guitars for 99.9 percent of stuff and that was definitely more comfortable for him.

When you tour as much as we do, your gear is beyond familiar and other stuff can just throw you off in a serious way.

MC: What usually comes first with you guys — the music or the lyrics? Or does it vary?

JRW: Yeah, it varies. Sometimes it’s just a riff you stumble on, other times it’s a whole melody with lyrics that you came up with in your head while driving on a vacation. I don’t really understand song writing as a method. I just have an instinct that says it’s done, it’s good. Of course, there are the other guys in the band who also need to think that and have their own instincts. So the songs get beaten up pretty good.

MC: I’d have to say my favorite tracks on the record are Take It As it Comes and Same Days. But of course, I want to talk about the success of Heavy Bells. Did you guys always know this would be a single?

JRW: I always loved that song. The very end vocals were an improv thing I did late one night. I called Billy immediately and said I think this is the biggest payoff in a song we have ever written. But that recording is actually the demo, the studio version didn’t come out right.

That song wasn’t going to be on the record. I was freaking out. I called our manager and he sent the demo around again with the idea of just remixing it and everyone said that feels right.

MC: I have to talk about the video. It’s hilarious, and I feel like it describes you guys in a nutshell. Who thought of the concept? And can I play you all in wiffle ball?

JRW: Anytime you wanna feel the heat, you are welcome to challenge us to a game if wiffle ball. You should know that we are better at that game than music.

The video I had a loose concept for and then the director Matt Wignall and I brainstormed on it a bunch. Then the band had some input. It was a group effort for sure.

MC: One of the many reasons I respect you guys so much is that you are true, raw rock. I find more and more nowadays that bands are afraid to rock. So many bands sound alike — would you agree with that?

JRW: Yeah, rock and roll is hard to come by. It’s really hard to be a rock and roll band and still be artistic, creative and sincere. I think there are bands that want to go loud and fast, but they stumble on things like being ironic or complete rip offs or just the fact that what they are doing is cheesy. The path that we have chosen is not wide, easy, or clear.

MC: You guys are also about to embark on a tour, I believe tomorrow, October 23rd. I will be in attendance at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City. This will be my first experience of Live Business. I have heard such rave reviews. Anything fans, like myself, can expect on this tour?

JRW: We actually have been touring since September 5th and it seems like no matter how long it’s been we are getting no closer to the end. [Laughs] I don’t know what to tell you to expect. I never know what to expect. I think that is the best part of live music. We rarely have a set list. We have zero production, so there are no rules. We don’t have to hit the lighting marks or be a slave to elaborate backing tracks etc. I know we put it all out there every night. The biggest variable is the audience… If they give us something serious back, it’s like powder keg ready to explode.

MC: After a sixth release, what would you say has changed the most in the music business since you guys first started out making music?

JRW: The Internet and people having become lazy because it’s so easy to find music. People don’t have to search and scramble for anything. That’s probably why it’s less valuable.

MC: For anyone who isn’t yet convinced to purchase your new record, can you sell them for us?

JRW: I honestly have no idea how to supply you with that answer. If I knew I guess I would be shouting from the rooftops and be a rich man.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

This track is sick!

Altrego is London-based artist Jasper Erkens (21, singer, songwriter, producer) and close collaborator Andre Fisher (19, drums & beats) who joins Jasper on stage and for additional recordings in the studio.

Love Is Flawless is part of a forthcoming EP release that will be out before the end of 2013 but gets an early release as a single on 10/31.

The track was produced by Jasper himself and mixed by Valgeir Sigurdsson who has worked with the likes of Feist, Bjork and Sigur Ros.

Video introduction below + Love Is Flawless following.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

17-year-old pop crooner Liam Horne is creating waves with his single The Truth Is. The young Scottish singer/songwriter has a seasoned sound for his age, one that most likely is the result of his difficult past.

Horne grew up in the projects in Aberdeen, Scotland, which would explain his depth and overall mature vibe: “I grew up around violence, drugs, alcohol and murder. Coming to Los Angeles was like taking a burden off my shoulders.”

Luckily for Horne, his talent was noticed by Grammy-winning producer Graham Edwards, who also happens to be his uncle.

To give Horne a foot in the door and to work on his songwriting craft, Edwards worked with Horne to co-write tracks for Justin Bieber, Neon Hitch and Pixie Lott.

Really diggin’ this kid!

Check out the official video for The Truth Is below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Rapper Joey Bada$$ has been creating serious buzz about his place in New York rap lore, drawing comparisons to greats like Nas, Biggie, and Big L.

A member of the New York City-based rap crew Pro Era, he’s set to release Summer Knights EP, a 7-song digital release on October 29 via Cinematic Music Group/Pro Era Records/RED Distribution. Summer Knights EP will include two new tracks, My Jeep and a new version of Joey Bada$$’ current single My Yout featuring a collaboration with UK’s Maverick Sabre. The additional songs on the set were handpicked by Joey Bada$$ himself, an ode to his favorite songs from his Summer Knights mixtape released in June.

With his Pro Era crew, comprised of buzzing CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Dessy Hinds, NYCK Caution and producer Chuck Strangers, Joey is leading one of the most compelling cultural movements to come out of NYC today.

Summer Knights EP Tracklisting
1. Hilary $wank
2. My Yout [ft. Maverick Sabre]
3. Sit N’ Prey [ft Dessy Hinds & T’nah Apex]
4. 95 Til Infinity
5. #LongLiveSteelo [Ft. T’nah Apex]
6. My Jeep [ft. Meechie Darko, Issa Gold, Chuck Strangers]
7. My Yout (ft. Collie Buddz)

Check out the official Hilary Swank video below.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Katy Perry recently premiered a track from her highly-anticipated Prism release, via live performance at the iTunes Festival in London, the incredibly beautiful By The Grace of God. Written about Perry’s suicidal lows after her split with Russell Brand, Perry clearly understands the landscape of heartbreak.

This is quite possibly the most honest song of her career.

Opening up to Billboard about the track, Perry stated: “That song is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point. I asked myself, ‘Do I want to endure? Should I continue living?'”

Perry’s new album, Prism, drops on October 22nd.

Listen to the stunning track below.

[Related Post: Katy Perry Returns w/ #ROAR Single]


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Throwback Thursday takes on new meaning as TLC returns with a new song.

Co-written by Ne-Yo, Meant To Be is taken from the group’s forthcoming compilation album 20, set to drop in the States on October 15th. The midtempo R&B track is the only new song on the collection which otherwise features classic TLC jams like Waterfalls, No Scrubs, Unpretty, and Creep (among others).

Meant To Be is the second dosage of new TLC material to surface recently, as the group were also featured earlier this year on J. Cole’s summer single Crooked Smile.

TLC released 3D, their only studio album since the death of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes, in 2002.

Listen to the new track below.

[Related Post: J. Cole Possesses Lyrical Fangs]


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I introduce the Como Brothers Band: New York borne, radio bound, with their first album released October 2nd. The LP Baby Steps is not only carefully crafted, but aptly named. As with any rock act that harnesses blues roots, the Como Brothers emanate a hypnotic blend. Yet under this jazzy smoke you’ll unearth a mass of pop affiliations. These songsters keep their voices corralled and their instruments in check, boding for a soft, sweet ride, even when the speed increases. This makes them a perfect act for cozy Autumn days before the winter hits. Think of them as your first cup of hot chocolate, with a dash of spice thrown in.


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

CVRCHES: worth a listen, on and off the stage.

Formed in Glasgow, this stunning synthpop isn’t the sound you’d expect to find in my speakers. I’ve had such a love-hate relationship with “newer” forms of music, particularly when they’re enhanced or even defined by computerized samples and digital instruments. Yet I’m finding SO MANY acts within those realms who are intelligent, socially-conscious, and truly talented. All the more reason to press play before you judge!

CVRCHES have a lush trance not to be messed with. Lauren, Iain and Martin have teamed up to create three EPs and one full-length album (The Bones of What You Believe, 2013). It’s always so exciting to see new bands at the start. You wonder where their music is going to take them.

Most recently CVRCHES came into the cyber-spotlight when Lauren spoke out against online misogyny in a blog post. A treat for the temporal AND frontal lobes? Yes please!


By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’m sure I won’t be put under fire for speaking the truth, right?

The truth is this: our culture is male-, white-, and heterosexually-dominated. We’ve made huge leaps in the past hundred years, but the unspoken privileges these three groups continue to receive needs to be recognized, especially by those who benefit from them.

If you require evidence for such struggles in equality, you need not look any further than a society’s subcultures.

There’s a lot more I could say, but the video speaks for itself.

[Related Post: The Faggotry of Hip Hop]

Homophobia in Hip-Hop from Byron Hurt on Vimeo.


By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

P!nk and mom, Judy Moore, at the premiere of Thanks For Sharing

Thoroughly enjoyed the acting debut of Alecia Moore (P!nk) in Thanks For Sharing, an honest and heartwarming film centering around the lives of recovering sex addicts.

P!nk’s on-screen character felt endearing and authentic, and her open energy was undeniably present. It was nice to see such a beloved performer through a different set of lens.

The movie’s theme reminded me of a hidden gem — and one of my personal favorite P!nk records — the emotionally gritty Long Way To Happy. The track was never released as a single, but its potent honesty continues to help those in need.

Says P!nk:

“I know a lot of people that have been abused and/or molested and/or fucked over by someone close to them. And I’m no exception. And that’s that song.”

Long Way To Happy below + the trailer for Thanks For Sharing following.