Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a sucker for alt-country based music. Upon first listen of Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders’ latest release, The Last of the Originals, I was immediately a fan. Hailing from Australia, Billy Roberts and co. are far more than just another band.
Their sensational brand of country mixed with indie folk shed light on influences such as Neil Young, Wilco, Johnny Cash and even the Black Keys. The first piece on the record, “Mrs. Jones,” hits you with a breath of fresh air. Swirling guitars and a whirlwind of melody are striking as they are accompanied by bright keys and on-point harmonies. This is a theme that carries throughout the record. Tracks such as “Never Know,” offer a softer side of the record, while personal favorite, “No More Mr Nice Guy” provides an in-your-face punch. Roberts’ vocals are gritty yet smooth, and perfectly fit the sound of the songs. “I Was Young,” reminds one a bit of early Ryan Adams’ Whiskeytown in vocals and musicianship. The accompanying violin is a beautiful touch. “Not That Special,” is a touching and intricate piece that is one of the highlights of the record. Roberts’ voice is definitely made for this music and is something that I have been enjoying more and more with every listen.
Purchase Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders’ l The Last of the Originals: http://billyrobertsandtheroughriders.bandcamp.com/
Ooggz is an up and coming rapper who hails from the Bronx, NY. For those who like the musical stylings of Childish Gambino and LL Cool J, Ooggz is about to become one of your favorites.
His knack for writing catchy hooks and smooth lyrics are prominent in his new album, Welcome to Neptune, out now. The EP is 5-heavy-hitting and in-your-face tracks laced with heavy beats and sonic production that will linger in your ears. Tracks like “Get Em,” which is the album’s opener will draw you in from the start. The vocal work on the songs are stellar as well, providing a sound that is extremely accessible to an array of listeners. “Come on Down,” and “Classy,” bring the album down in notch in town, while still upkeeping the flow of the record. “Doing Right,” and “Ain’t What U Want” shows Ooggz versatile side, making him a new artist to watch out for. To boot he has also recently released a video for “Come on Down,” which is a nice addition to his new material. Welcome to Neptune will definitely be on heavy rotation in my speakers.
Watch Ooggz “Come on Down,” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxZEIuDcYLY
Roxanna is an adult contemporary pop artist who has just release her debut album Exotica. Even though her album title and onstage image positions her in the role of femme fatale, each track on the LP exposes a vulnerable and strong woman singing of love, hardship, and reality through vocals soft as satin and smooth as silk.
It was while serving as a nurse that singer/songwriter Roxanna witnessed firsthand the healing power of music. Roxanna sang each night to a young man battling cancer while enduring a regimen of caustic treatment. When he was at last released from the hospital, the man’s father—with tears in his eyes—said to her, “My son is better because of the way you sang to him.”
Listen to Roxanna’s “Unforgotten” here: https://soundcloud.com/roxannasmusic/03-roxanna-unforgotten-eqd
Meet the breathtaking musician, Charlotte Eriksson who sings under the moniker of The Glass Child. Her newest album release I Must Be Gone And Live, Or Stay And Die is due on October 21st, and she has just dropped her single for “Who Am I” from the record.
Eriksson, a former homeless teen, has started her own record label Broken Glass Records, released 5 EPs, re-leased her critically acclaimed debut full-length ‘I’d Like To Remain A Mystery’ in February 2013, had her single ”I Will Lead You Home” reaching #2 on theSwedish iTunes-chart, was names Breakthrough Indie Artist Of The Year by Lemonade Magazine, and been played on major radio such as BBC6 (UK), Sveriges Radio (Sweden) and 3FM (Netherlands). With nothing but hard work and determination she has built an incredibly dedicated community now with over 29,000 followers on Twitter, and to let her fans in on her journey even more she published her first book “Empty Roads and Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps” in April 2013, telling the true and raw story about a girl who had a dream and went for it with all her heart. The book was beautifully received and sold out after 3 days of pre-order.
Charlotte Eriksson has a tremendous deal to vocalize, but couchsurfing at eighteen in London will result in that. Writing and performing music under the moniker The Glass Child, she has cultivated an alluring goth pop sound with a self-conscious and astute lyric style. Her world-weariness seen through rose tinted lenses makes her the pop counterpart to folk femmes like Marissa Nadler and Wye Oak.
The Glass Child’s 2013 single “I Will Lead You Home” peaked at #2 on the Swedish iTunes Chart and she has aired on major radio stations throughout Europe such as BBC6 (UK), Sveriges Radio (Sweden) and 3FM (Netherlands). The Glass Child is thrilled to release her LP I Must Be Gone And Live, Or Stay And Die in the U.S. on October 21st ,and so are her fans who have made this album possible. Her Pledge Music Campaign for the funding of the album reached 100% within four hours!
The Glass Child – Who Am I
New York based THE CABANA KIDS have just launched their second single, “Oh Lorelei,” via My Old Kentucky Blog. The Brooklyn sextet has just released their highly anticipated debut EP, The Birds & The Bees on October 7, via Small Plates Records.
Playing much-talked about shows at venues such as Cake Shop, Pianos’ and Brooklyn Bowl, The Cabana Kids rapidly started to become a fan favorite. With the recent success of their debut single, “Just Let Me Know,” their sunny male-female harmonies has a deep retro feel that you won’t be able to shake. The perfectly blended vocals of founding member Joseph Lee and singer Alena Spanger are laced with infectious and reverb filled guitars, rolling drums and dreamy lyrics.
Songwriter and frontman Joseph Lee says of “Oh Lorelei”: ““Oh Lorelei” is about a girl who has broken hearts. Her name also refers to a cliff/rock of the same name that sits on the Rhine River. According to folklore there was a maiden who sang in the night calling sailors to crash upon her rocky shores. In terms of love, sometimes we know things will end bad, but we’re powerless against the force of attraction.”
Listen: The Cabana Kids “Oh Lorelei”
EndAnd, the Brooklyn group currently making a stir, have just released their latest record, Fun Times with Shitty People. dips into the Punk realm and then some. Their latest 6-song EP proves to be a showstopper right from the start with the riotous “Art #1.” The tracks are laced with the heavy punk sensibility that seems to be prominently missing from Brooklyn at times these days. Swirling guitars show off in tracks such as “Choked on Beer,” and “Much and More About Everything,” lead up to even more amazing pieces as the record progresses. Picking up the rowdyness even more is “I Don’t Party” (a personal favorite), “I Used to Eat Shit But Now I Pick It Up, and “Fuck You Congresswoman Bullshit and Your Shit Staff” which closes out the record nicely.
For those who dig the heavier side, be sure to give EndAnd a listen.
Listen to the full EP here: https://soundcloud.com/endand/sets/fun-times-with-shitty-people-ep/s-Oqzmw
Watch their video for “Choked On Beer” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Bby7hRT6U