1403 explores emotions and sounds outside his professional purview. The results are singular, but also invite a wide swath of artful comparisons, including Coldplay, Radiohead, Adele, and Paolo Nutini. “Tonight,” is a romantic slice of singer-songwriter intimacy showcasing 1403’s dreamy vocals. The song’s emotionality is raw but the source of turmoil artfully veiled, is it expressing desperate love or despondency over death? The album’s darkly gorgeous video favors the former interpretation with an elegant and amorous night-themed narrative. Check out the video for “Tonight,” below!
1403 “Tonight” via YouTube:
MJ Ultra has recently released his new single, “Paradise.” Currently residing in California, MJ Ultra’s fresh sound is unstoppable. His soulful and storytelling lyrics blend with Pop-tendencies, that puts his music above the rest. MJ Ultra has written and performed with some of the industry’s largest names including Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ruben Studdard, El DeBarge, Chali 2na, and Eddie Griffin. Recently he had headlined the Boogaloo Music Festival in California and was featured on DJ Hapa’s “Feel Good Sound” on Dash Radio. Let MJ Ultra take you to “Paradise” today….
Shawnee Kilgore has a crowdfunding story that most artists can only dream of...
Back in 2014, Shawnee launched her Kickstarter campaign. In her video (a tribute to Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues), she held up a card that said “I’m learning to ask for help.” This honest phrase struck a chord for a music fan scrolling through Kickstarter projects on his rare off time — A music fan who just happened to be one of Hollywood’s most prominent directors — Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers).
Joss loved Shawnee’s music and voice, and backed her Kickstarter.
After the campaign ended and Kilgore was working on his reward – a personalized song written for him, he emailed to ask if she would be interested in working on a co-write with him. Their single “Big Giant Me” came as the result and they went on to create Back to Eden, their new EP.
It features an all-star crew of supporting musicians, including Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins on fiddle and backing vocals. Whedon wrote a large portion of the lyrics, and Kilgore wrote the majority of the music.
The EP release sold out The Alamo in Shawnee’s hometown Austin where they debuted the video starring two beloved Whedon collaborators, Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins and Ashley Johnson. It was shot by Jay Hunter (“Much Ado About Nothing”) on two Alexa 65’s, a cutting edge large format from Arri that until then had only been used on the highest end of big budgeted feature films, such as “The Revenant” and “Rogue One.”
The “Back To Eden” shoot marked the first independent production to have ever used this camera, (In other words, this is the first time this camera has been used for less than a $100,000,000 production.) and it’s Joss Whedon’s music video debut.
Watch Shawnee Kilgore and Joss Whedon – Back to Eden (Official Music Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5ktlVlcVvc
“A Little Help From Above” is a nice, smooth track from Lisa Marie Ellingsen. The song opens with a soft acoustic guitar. It’s slow, and soothing, and kind of makes you want to start swaying back and forth. Soft vocals match the soft guitar playing. The beat is very calming. It brings out the feeling in the song. The track is about seeking help from God, which is very uplifting. The feeling is enhanced by the deeper harmonies that match Lisa’s voice. The lyrics are intense and beautiful. It evokes a feeling of peace, like she is finally accepting the fact that she needs to ask for help. Towards the end of the track, Lisa’s lyrics fade out. The guitar stays an extra 20 seconds, strumming slowly. The last strum of the chord is slower than the rest, and then it fades out to silence. It is the perfect ending to a smooth track like this one.
Give a listen to Lisa Marie Ellingsen’s “A Little Help From Above,” here:
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Leisure McCorkle, an alternative rock artist from Charlotte, North Carolina who creates music deeply rooted in the nomadic endeavors he undergoes while traveling, has recently released two live jam sessions. Recorded in St Louis at Gaslight Studio, Leisure smoothly, confidently strums a narrow acoustic guitar while poetically singing each note of Transmission in one video and Turn It Up in the next.
Watch Leisure McCorkle on The Gaslight Sessions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=oLLID-TP8dE
Turn it Up – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=so-ney2fkqA
Leisure pours his heart into Transmission, nailing high falsettos that leave an echo in your ear. His husky voice compliments the riffs which are cleverly written into the music of the guitar. His organic voice then fireworks synonymous with the powerchords of the guitar in Turn It Up. He conveys an infectious energy that gently awakens your inner rocker. Leisure’s classic rock, punk grit feel enables us to time travel back to the 90s and experience a familiar and beloved sound but with a new spin.
Moses Guest have been a band for over 25 years and were originally based out in Colorado. Moses Guest toured the Rocky Mountain region extensively but now they call Houston, TX, home.
Their new album also titled Light drops August 4th and currently they are sharing their first single from the release and title track for your listening pleasure.
Frontman Graham Guest states of the new single “I wrote “Light” in Summer/Fall 2015. It came to me right along with “Black Road.” My daughter, Edie (9 years old) helped me with it a lot, telling me to keep certain parts and get rid of others. It’s about the all-too-common (at least for me) experience of being really excited about something or someone, then thinking that thing or person is maybe not cool at all, and finally thinking there just no way to be sure.”
Moses Guest has been creating quite a name for themselves in recent years. They have shared the stage with several high-profile acts including Moe., Steve Miller Band, JGB, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, Jayhawks, Lisa Loeb, Colonel Bruce Hampton & the Fiji Mariners to name a few.
For Light, the studio focus is evident. The record marks the line-up’s twentieth anniversary and is their first album release since 2007’s Best Laid Plans. The super-tight, super-polished performances and arrangements hearken back to Moses Guest’s 2002 self-titled release.
Give a listen to Moses Guest “Light”