Posts Tagged ‘Pop Rock’

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!

KEVIN RUDOLF DROPS HOPEFUL SINGLE ‘DON’T GIVE UP’

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

In 2008, Kevin Rudolf burst onto the scene with Let It Rock, the anthemic smash which featured Lil Wayne. Now, the Cash Money Records rocker has released a single that showcases his poppier side. On the just-released Don’t Give Up, the singer-songwriter keeps it positive and chill, delivering a tune with a sturdy message.

According to Rolling Stone, Rudolf’s recent move from Los Angeles to New York City helped to inspire the shift: “When I started writing this album, I had just moved back to New York City, where I grew up. I just got out of L.A. and when I got to the city I was feeling really positive and hopeful, and that’s the place where ‘Don’t Give Up’ came from,” he explained. “And plus, since the world is ending in 2012, I thought I’d leave on a high note.”

The uplifting single drops on iTunes on April 17th.

JAMIE SCOTT OF GRAFFITI6. HELLO.

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Lord have mercy! He is SO cute. I mean, just adorable, right? And a good musician to boot. It’s Monday, people. I think I’m allowed to have a post that’s written on a 5th grade reading level. Sue me!

Now, where’s my Red Bull?

[Related Post: Oh La La: Jamie Scott of Graffiti6]

ALBUM REVIEW: ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS – ‘KIDS IN THE STREET’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

The All-American Rejects were fashioned when vocalist/bassist Tyson Ritter and guitarist, co-songwriter Nick Wheeler, were youngsters in 1999. Thirteen years strong, they are back with their fourth studio release, Kids in the Street. To be honest, I had heard no buzz of a single or album until I found it on the front page of i-Tunes, but to my surprise, this stuff isn’t bad; in fact, it’s really good.

I am not sure what they have been up too since When the World Comes Down four long years ago. Well, to be honest again, when I hear this band’s name, a few specific things come to mind: freshman year of high school, summers at The Warped Tour, and watching music videos all day on VH1. I mean, hell; these guys were the kings of the charts, and anyone with a radio was forced to listen to their tunes whether we wanted to or not. After about five listens through on this new release, I think I have figured it out; they’ve are maturing, right in front of our ears. In the words of Blink 182, “Well I guess this is growing up…”

The All-American Rejects dispose of a lot of their childlike potency and boldness for a fresh maturity and sound; out with the old, in with the new. In fact, many may assume the title Kids in the Street to mean that the band would be acting like adolescents. I mean, if the shoe fits, right? Well, it couldn’t be more of the opposite here; nothing kid-like at all actually. Every musician is an artist, only problem is, how to remain an artist once growing up. Whether they have been influenced more by actually growing up, you know the aging process of life, or maybe they’re just drained of struggling with all those indecisive girls who won’t return their tweets? Who knows if we will ever figure that one out, but if you are yearning for the days of Swing, Swing and Move Along, re-think this one. If you want some more of the same, you may be disappointed. They aren’t that band playing The Warped Tour early in the afternoon, enduring the blistering heat to gain new fans. After all, our checkered vans can only withhold so many concerts.

This time around, the boys teamed up with mastermind Greg Wells (the man behind little acts named Adele, Katy Perry, and One Republic), making the production crisp and clearer than ever before. It permits Tyson and the band to expand their sound to unparalleled terrains, considering the fact that Wells is one of the most underrated producers in the business in my opinion. Completely dissimilar from their old school Rejects’ work, the completion is an imaginative chef-d’oeuvre, established and groundbreakingly filled with elements of conventional rock sounds. Yes, they still have their pop-rock sound, but there is so much more substance here. A strong story is being told, lyrically and emotionally. This album will catch fans, ancient and new, by surprise.

To quickly break it down before you purchase, the opening of the album is exceptionally strong, especially the first three tracks. Now, if you actually listened that far without skipping through, you’d expect to be leading up to a real pop-rock-n-roll monster, but don’t be fooled, some drowsiness does set in. It’s almost as if this album is demanding your ear’s attention, not wanting you to expect what is coming next. Some moments are dramatic, like the remorseful track Bleed Into Your Mind, the muted closing song I For You and Heartbeat Slowing Down, a poignant adios. You then can find the fun, outgoing parts of the album, with Beekeeper’s Daughter, Fast & Slow and Affection, three of my preferred tracks on the record. They make me want to take my hair down, and whip it back and forth.

They are taking this record out on the road this spring, and I am hoping to catch it live. In fact, they will be playing some festivals, and opening some shows for Blink 182 as well.

In conclusion, the more I write about and listen to this record, I have come to the realization that The All-American Rejects may not be the most amazing band on the planet, but they are for sure a clever band. They are staying up-to-date in a dying scene, while understanding how to write and produce a record that is still alluring to their direct demographic without sacrificing panache or intellect; job well done. Powerful, passionate, and spirited. Need I say more?

JOHN MAYER RELEASES ‘SHADOW DAYS’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

John Mayer has recently been teasing the crap out of his new music with snippets and cover art. But today’s the day he’s officially back on the scene after an oh-so-long hiatus, finally releasing in full, his new single Shadow Days, off of his forthcoming album, Born and Raised. This is such easy-living music, and it will put you at peace no matter where you are.

The album drops in full on May 22nd. Check it out!

Are you excited for John’s comeback?

IT’S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH AGAIN

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Time to punch a dude in the ballsack!

After all these years, I still LOVE this damn song. It gets me.

Where the hell is Meredith Brooks these days, anyways? For real, someone else do the research for once. I’m cranky and on my period!!!

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE COVER DRAKE

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

If you follow this blog, you will see Florence + the Machine (and Drake) on a consistent basis. They’re just that damn good. Once again, they’ve gone and outdone themselves. At BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge, the band broke out with a cover of Take Care by Drake featuring Rihanna. I was a fan of this track before, but now, it’s an absolute love affair.

Check it out for yourself.

COLDPLAY’S ‘PARADISE’ STICKS OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Coldplay has freshly released Mylo Xyloto, fully compacted with assorted reviews and spiraling vocals and lyrics, solidifying why they were, are, and always will be one of the biggest bands on the planet. I totally dug the single Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, and enjoy the album as a whole. But one track sticks out like a sore thumb – Paradise. It balances the perfect style of vintage Coldplay and the new electric style Coldplay. And if you aren’t sold on the song right away, just watch the video below. It features lead singer Chris Martin dressed as an elephant on a journey to find other members of Coldplay, also dressed as elephants. Yes, I comprehend it’s a bizarre concept, but somehow it works.

This track pulses with a tantalizing force. Fan or not, no one can deny that Coldplay always experiments into new realms of music, complete with color and diversity. It is buoyant and beautiful, yet still finds a way to match itself with the deep, slow, and evocative jams. From their own lyrics, ‘In the night, the stormy night, she’ll close her eyes. In the night, the stormy night, away she’d fly.’

Go on, and let the music consume you, for this could be Paradise.

MAT KEARNEY WHIPS IT OUT MID-AIR

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Guitar, people! Guitar.

Last week, passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight were given an extra scrumptious treat (damn them!) when singer/songwriter/uber-cutie, Mat Kearney, busted out an impromptu performance mid-air. Apparently this has been on Mat’s bucket list for quite some time.

Says Mat: “I’ve always actually wanted to pick up my guitar in the middle of a flight and just walk down the aisle and play songs, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually gotten the chance to do it.”

Here’s the proof!

DON’T ASK

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

To celebrate the death of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, I thought I would post one of the songs that became a backdrop to my life when I was struggling with the idea of stepping out of the closet. It’s a beautiful song by Kendall Payne entitled Closer To Myself.

Surprisingly enuff (or not if you follow this blog on the regular), Kendall Payne is a Contemporary Christian artist. My jagged faith is important to me and this song not only represents a freedom but also a cage; I felt completely caged with everyone else’s idea of who I should be at the time (including the conservative church’s idea).

The line that particularly pierced was — “I’ve been everybody else, now I want to be something closer to myself.”

I’ve never been in military uniform (well, not my own at least — oh snap!) but I can only imagine that this is how each LGBT soldier feels when they serve our country with their lips sealed.

This is getting preachy McPreacherson so I’m gonna shove a cork in it before I go all Southern Baptist psychopath, so that’s pretty much it, kids. Be yourself. Love yourself. And do NOT, for any reason whatsoever, buy a pink Hummer.

And if this is too serious for ya, you can A. suck it and B. go watch hot soldiers dancing to Britney Spears by following the link below.

Thanks.

[Related Post: US Soldiers Grab Crotchsicles While Dancing To Britney]


[Vid Above]: A brave soldier coming out to his father, the day DADT died.

OH LA LA: JAMIE SCOTT OF GRAFFITI6

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com


First off, apologies to my baby daddy Drake for what I’m about to say. I think I may have a new crush! And he’s white! Guess the world is going to end in 2012 after all. I’m kidding. I love white dudes! As long as they are cool, personable, genuine, funny, and not into like Michelle Bachmann and stuff. Ya know, the usual ‘Is he worth it?’ routine.

His name is Jamie Scott and if you’re from London or a music trendsetter than you may have already called dibs, but I just stumbled across this video and instantly felt static cling. Beyond the surface remains a talent that stings just the same.

The style + art direction hits the bull’s eye.

Watch Jamie Scott in action below to see what I mean.

Graffiti6′s EP Free will drop on October 4th, so watch out!

MAT KEARNEY GOODNESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Fact: Mat Kearney is uber-cute.

Fact: Mat Kearney is no longer for the taking. But you can still stalk him through the release of his music like a normal person slash groupie! (Not that I know or anything.)

Fact: Mat Kearney’s music is brilliant. Poetic verse thrown over a pop hop beat, his sound is as fresh as it is sensitive and heartfelt.

Listen to the new release + Mat with poet Anis Mojgani below.

Dreams are stronger than thighs / And questions are the only answers we need to know that we are alive as I am when I have the mind of a child, asking why is 2 + 3 always equal to 5 ? / Where do people go to when they die? / What made the beauty of the moon? / And the beauty of the sea? / Did that beauty make you? / Did that beauty make me? / Will that make me something? / Will I be something? / Am I something?”

And the answer comes: already am, always was, and I still have time to be.

— Anis Mojgani

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CAROLINA LIAR

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

ROB BRAYL: Let’s start off this interview randomly, shall we? What are you doing this exact moment?

CAROLINA LIAR FRONTMAN CHAD WOLF: I’m in my kitchen packing for a move, combined with some extra lunges so I can get an extra work out, while eating what shouldn’t be packed up… It’s a good day!

ROB: The new record, ‘Wild Blessed Freedom’ — in three words is about?

CHAD: A new approach.

ROB: As any other CL fan, I was moved by your breakout single ‘Show Me What I’m Looking For’ — do you feel the new album is full of similar emotionally charged content?

CHAD: Thank you! I don’t think it would be honest if it didn’t have that emotion. One thing I’m so grateful for is that ‘Show Me’ is and was as honest as it could be. When we play it live it comes from something deep inside.

ROB: I know that you’ve worked with Max Martin and other pop industry giants for your new and previous albums, and I wanted to get an opinion on something I recently read, an article in which Linda Perry called Katy Perry’s music “popcorn”, basically insinuating it wasn’t as authentic as say the new Adele. Any thoughts on this?

CHAD: Personally, I love popcorn. Some of the greatest moments of my life were shared with a big fat greasy box of popcorn. Those kind of comments seem silly to me. There are people who experience Katy Perry on the same emotional level that someone will experience Adele and both are great and very real. It all comes from where you are in your life — being “cool” can really skew perspective.

ROB: Is it true that you grew up in a Pentecostal household? (I have a similar background, also growing up Pentecostal in the South. Southern pride, what what!)

CHAD: Oh yes, I did! At one point I was looking into becoming a preacher but my mom told me I needed to work in music, that was my first love and always will be. But I’ve seen the Holy Ghost in action twice in my life and whatever that was, once you feel something like that you will always be Pentecostal no matter how far you get away from the church… right?

ROB: Which track do you feel is the standout on the new record? Care to provide the backstory to said track?

CHAD: ‘Beautiful People’ has got some special mojo. There is something so real in that song that I can’t quite put it into words. It was an idea that my friend Alex Kronlund had, and it got its start when me, my girlfriend at the time and Tobias Karlsson moved out of his house, and we all stopped talking to each other because of some drama that has long since been worked out. But he focused all of that energy into that song when we started working on this record. He played me what he started and I really came out of my skin. That song is a real gift.

ROB: I always ask this and it never gets old: What’s your current guilty pleasure? (Music and non-related musical items welcome.)

CHAD: Cooking and eating. I honestly cannot get enough of all this amazing food that is available right now. I mean we got some Sprinkles Cupcakes the other day, thinking that all the hype was just BS, but no no no. That is not the case. Those things are crazy.

ROB: Most played song on your iPod at the moment?

CHAD: Kvelertak ‘Utrydd dei Svake’ — it’s a great black metal band.

ROB: Do you guys plan to tour the US with this album? Specifically NYC? Pretty please.

CHAD: We are planning everything right now. We hope we will have the details on where and what we are up to before weeks end! We will come to NYC, there’s no way we couldn’t.

ROB: And finally, can you get me an job/internship with Max Martin or Diane Warren. I have no shame! Also, can you explain what it was/has been like working with these pop powerhouses.

CHAD: I’ll see what I can do — I’ll put in a five star reference at the least. Those guys have taught me that no matter how big and great you are, you are only as good as the moment that you are in and you have got to work every time you get a chance and have complete reckless abandon when it comes to your art! Let me get back to you on the jobs! Thanks for reaching out to us.

Carolina Liar’s new album, Wild Blessed Freedom drops September 27th.

Watch the video for Drown, the first single off the new record below.

DELIVERING FLORENCE + THE MACHINE NEWNESS – ‘WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME’

By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

It’s new. It’s breathtaking. It’s super ferocious and it’s what real music should sound like. It’s self-explanatory. It’s Florence and the Machine with What the Water Gave Me. It’s a hit.

HANSON REALNESS

By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

“I have a hard time with musicians who act like pr*cks because it just makes me mad. If you’re actually making a living doing it [making music], pinch yourself every day, because it goes if you don’t love it and people will eventually get p*ssed off. I’m going to call somebody out on it – the Kings of Leon are running some risks. They’re irritating people and you can’t do that too much. Eventually the bad boy image affects fans’ willingness to show up. Their fans will get bummed out. Everybody has their demons, everyone has their challenges. I’m a bit of a hothead in certain circumstances, but you’ve got to temper it because your fans are there and they’ve paid good money to see a show, and you gotta bring it.”

–Isaac Hanson via WENN

Meow!

FYI: Anyone who says Hanson doesn’t create pitch perfect pop songs either doesn’t know pop music or is simply a hater! Proudly MMMBoppin’ fo’ life!

Don’t be a poser, you know I’m right.

Cue flashback in 3, 2, 1…