Acting Natural Bare All at Rockwood Music Hall Show, July 25, 2018

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New York by way of Tampa, Florida darlings Acting Natural are bringing their rock n’ roll goodness to the stage on July 25 (next Wednesday if you have to think too hard). The group who have been garnered attention from the likes of iHeartMedia and iHeartRadio, found themselves on the Jingle Ball tour, launching them into the spotlight. After notable sets at the Hammerstein Ballroom and The Cutting Room, Acting Natural are ready for Rockwood Music Hall. Where will we see the band by the end of the year? More shows we hope! Head out to the show and grab the details below. The group take the stage at midnight for 45 minutes to knock your socks off.

 

Show Details:
Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 1
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 12:00AM
196 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
Ages 21+
Listen to the band and find them on socials, below:
Music: Sound Cloud & Spotify
Social: InstagramFacebook,  Twitter

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Luke James Shaffer Unveils New Record Today!

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Today, singer-songwriter Luke James Shaffer has dropped his new Volume One EP. His single “Last First Kiss” had us lovestruck in a heartbeat, and this collection of tracks is no different.

His website is hilarious and his social media is really great too (check out his GIFS on his Instagram) this from the site….

 

Luke exudes gentlemanly charm and earthy sophistication. His congenial easy-spirited musicality traverses alternative Americana, folk-pop, country, soul, gospel, and the intimate singer-songwriter genre. His warm and soulful singing have garnered him comparisons to Adam Levine, The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Zac Brown, and Mumford & Sons. We agree but we would also throw in some Ed Sheeran for good measure.

 

But back to this marvelous EP…. it leads with a track called “Siren.” Luke James has been known for feel-good music, and this track exemplifies that. That and his love for his wife, which make him all the more appealing. The acoustic strumming and soft piano in the background are the perfect attributes to Shaffer’s captivating vocals. The song is soft and sweet, something you would listen to on a long summer drive with the windows rolled down.

 

Our favorite off the EP is “How Sweet The Sound.” The track is very soft and pretty, and makes the listener want to close their eyes to take it all in. Shaffer’s voice is accompanied by a soft guitar for the majority of the song, and it ends with immense power.

We couldn’t be more impressed with this EP if we tried. Luke James has proven himself to be an exceptional artist with endless talent. We’re so happy for him and can’t wait to tall as many people as we can to get this EP as soon as you can and then put it on repeat.

 

Connect with Luke James Shaffer here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lukejameshaffer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lukejamesshaffer

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lukejamesshaffer/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lukejamesshaffer

Video Voyeur: 3Qs with Sarah Sharp

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Sarah Sharp is an Austin Texas legend and an artist who continues to come into her own as an artist with each EP she is releasing (she is on #2 of 4 this year). A recent feature in

Texas Lifestyle magazine proclaimed:

“If there is a torch-bearer of this hidden kingdom of jazz, it would be Sarah Sharp…She frequented the confluences of culture that are SXSW and the Austin Film Festival, getting her vocals into other creative endeavors while building a life and a reputation alongside the band mates and the loved ones she called her own. Her reign has been on a slow and steady climb, and it wasn’t until a sequence of life-altering events visited her that anyone expected anything but a jazz dynasty.”

This video “Pieces” is from her first EP Wake, and we caught up with Sarah recently to dig into her new video below.

Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically?

“Pieces” is inspired by the Jungian theory of the shadow self, the darker aspects of the unconscious that can become powerful, positive tools if we integrate them on the surface.

 

What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
In Mythology, the ocean/water symbolize the unconscious, both individual and collective. The pieces (body parts) that emerge above the surface are “islands of consciousness” a.k.a. the ego. The colors in this video tie in with the energetic systems of the body, the chakras… It’s also represented in the album artwork for this EP, which was created by Cody Blazek.

 

What was the process of making this video?

I’m not a very visual person. I relied completely on Jazz Mills from Top Girl Productions to produce this video. Jazz pulled in the Lenz Twinz, Sloan and Felix Lenz to shoot and edit it. They are quite a team. I had complete trust in them. “Sure, I’ll be nude in my bathtub with black trash bags, glitter confetti, Crayola bath color tablets, a gallon of milk and a bunch of flowers. You name it!” I love their work and trust their vision. We’re just a bunch of indie creatives helping each other and having naked bath time fun


SUMI Heats Up the Summer with Spacey Love

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SUMI is quickly heating up Summer with her new single “Spacey Love,” which we have fallen head over heels for. The Japan-native, now based in New York City, brings an intense and notable sound as she entices with Pop hooks and dreamy beats. The instrumentation floats like heaven, as Sumi’s vocals are prominent and catchy throughout. Her haunting vocals makes us fall more in love with  the enchanting Popstress, who will have us dancing until the break of dawn. Check out Sumi’s “Spacey Love,” below and get ready to fall in love with your new favorite artist.

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Kamilah Heats Things Up with New Single

On My Mind_SingleArtFinal.jpgBorn and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Kamilah is just getting started as she releases only her second single ever, “ On My Mind.” While this is only her 2nd release Kamilah is holding nothing back! Growing up in the Bahamas, Kamilah constantly listened to some of the greatest artist of our time with her parents. She explains that music has always been a constant in her life as it has kept her grounded and has simply always been there as tool to help her navigate the world.

Kamilah’s first release was a gorgeous and powerful ballad called “So Long” that features luscious and haunting harmonies coupled her outstanding vocal and songwriting ability, comparable to RnB and neo-soul greats such as India Arie, or Laurynn Hill.  Now, with the infectious groove of “On My Mind” Kamilah is all but bursting out on to the scene with this soulful summer track. “On My Mind” creates a such a smooth world of sound with a general vibe that you can’t help but smile move to. Kamilah demonstrates such spectacular control and over her voice delivering a sweet and present sound that is simply entrancing.

Currently living in New York, Kamilah has worked tirelessly to manage the many hats that she must wear to handle her full time job at a graphic design firm as well as manage her budding career in music. She is set to release an album later in July and with such consistently strong releases in all aspects from her vocal and songwriting ability, production, and even cover art, Kamilah will soon take the word by storm.

Listen to “On My Mind”:

https://soundcloud.com/iamkamilah/on-my-mind/s-VWn9m

Follow Kamilah here:

Website: www.iamkamilah.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iam_kamilah/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iam_kamilah

 

Carolee Rainey Unveils “Mystic Rose”

 

Screenshot 2018-04-13 at 1.03.59 PMModern Mystery favorite Carolee Rose is back with “Mystic Rose .”After a friend took her to a Rickie Lee Jones concert, Rainey found herself transformed by the performance, and immediately began writing her own songs. “It was the next stop on the train for me” she says. Tight backing musicians create magnetic listenable support to Rainey, including Doug Yowell, Richard Hammond, Thad DeBrock, Everett Bradley and Clifford Carter on acoustic piano and keys.  The EP was produced by Grammy and Emmy award winning producer Robert L. Smith at Defy Recordings and  Avatar Studios.  She asks that listeners tune in to her songs because “they’ve got life, wisdom and lightness even if they can get lonely and dark.”

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