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Music Spotlight: States

I am so excited to announce to all of you that States’ debut album, “Room to Run,” has finally been released today! I’ve been following the band from the very beginning and was thrilled to hear when this band would be starting up. Mindy White is known for her vocals in Lydia back in the day while Stephen and Bryan Laurenson are former band members of Copeland. The trio have been hard at work on this project first releasing their “Line ‘Em Up” EP about a year ago. Yesterday, AOL unveiled the new album for a special preview of all the songs and I must’ve run through the entire thing at least five times. It is incredible to see the final product of this album and I  urge all of you to give it a listen here. It is also available on both iTunes and Spotify. I don’t even need to bother listing off all of the tracks that I love because they are all my favorites. Trust. The band is in New York this week performing at the CMJ Music Festival and Marathon

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Music Spotlight: Taylor Bolibol

I rarely talk about the things that I am directly involved in on this blog, but I thought that I would make an exception for a project that has become pretty important to me. For the last four months, I have been working with a local and talented musician named Taylor Bolibol. I am used to working more closely with venues, but this time, I wanted to take the opportunity to work with an artist. Not only has it been an eye-opening experience for me as I learn how difficult it is from a different perspective, but it has been the most rewarding project I have ever done. It is extremely cool to see Taylor grow and develop as an artist and with every gig and opportunity, we become more and more excited for her future. I was planning on holding off this actual intro post until her album came out, but I thought I would give you a little bit of a sample beforehand and make another announcement when the album is released, which we hope will be soon!

Last night Taylor played a show over in West Seattle and we recorded several of our performances, but we thought her cover of “Moves Like Jagger” was fun so here it is!

To listen to Taylor’s original songs, visit her Facebook page here. If you like what you hear, go ahead and “like it!” Thank you in advance for all of your support!

[photo cred: Andrew Uvari]

 

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Music Spotlight // Song of the Day: Demi Lovato

I was introduced to Demi Lovato as both an actress and a singer at the same time when I came across the Disney short series, As the Bell Rings,  a few years back. One of her first albums “Here We Go Again” was the soundtrack to my summer just two years ago and even though I was older than the Disney stars then, I was still a fan of hers. If you think about it, it’s no different than girls I know who are Beliebers.

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Music Spotlight: Clara C

Good morning readers! It looks like today is going to be somewhat of a music-themed day – not that I have any problem with that at all. My brother’s gonna be upsest with me once he sees this post because apparently he’s been telling me about Clara C for months now (so he claims) and now I’m jumping on the bandwagon a little too late. Whatever bro – these things take time alright? I can’t explain why I have to discover new music on my own, but I just do.

First off, can we talk about how sweet this stop-motion video is?! How cute! Secondly, I heard about Clara C earlier in the week when I was hunting down new music at thesixtyone, which is a type of music streaming site similar to my favorite We Are Hunted. I heard one song – Groovesharked the rest of the album and now it is all I listen to. Hopefully you’ll all love it as much as I do. If you have the time, you should also check out her AMAZING covers on her YouTube channel here!

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Music Spotlight: Oh Land

I caved in. I watched Teen Wolf last night on MTV and while I was watching, they just happened to feature one of my new favorite bands, Oh Land. While we’re on the honesty trail though, I guess I should admit that I’ve actually been watching Teen Wolf for a few weeks now…yeah. Anyways, Oh Land’s Nanna Øland Fabricius has a voice that grabs ahold of your attention and lures you in until you’ve gone through the whole album. We’ve all listened to CD’s in the past that we have decided in the end are made up of similar songs, but Oh Land’s self-titled album is nowhere near that. The first song that I listened to off the album initially after getting it was “Lean” and that song is entirely opposite of my favorite “White Nights,” and electronic tune “Voodoo.” Fabricius has the ability to produce songs that are eerie, sassy, and whimsical. That doesn’t mean that she is inconsistent, it simply means that the girl has range. I made Oh Land’sSon of a Gun” the Song of the Day back in late Dec of 2010 and nearly seven months later, Fabricius is still dominating. She’s not going anywhere anytime soon so you might as well jump on the bandwagon now.

Favorite songs:

  • Lean
  • Son of a Gun
  • White Nights
  • Human
  • Voodoo
  • Break the Chain
  • Perfection
  • Rainbow
  • We Turn It Up
  • Wolf And I

Oh yeah the whole album is great.

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I have talented friends

Yow Yow! has been such a wonderful outlet for me throughout my college career. It has allowed me to share bits of the world with the friends in my life and it has connected me to some amazing people that are doing pretty incredible stuff in their own lives. For a little over two and a half years, I have shared with you my own experiences attending college and living in the city, but these days, I want to spend less time talking about me and more time telling you about all of the wonderful people in my life.

Back in January, I discovered that my friend Philina had been recording some of her original songs in her YouTube videos. When I first met her four years ago, she was a fashionista, a comedian, and an artist who would later on become one of the sources of my inspiration. I mean, what couldn’t this girl do, right? Little did I know, she was bursting with a voice that could melt hearts (and faces? no not faces.) Philina just recorded a new video today and I cannot stop replaying the video. Play the video – show your friends and give her some love everyone!!

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Music Spotlight: Lemolo

This music spotlight is actually a little overdue because I have been listening to Lemolo on repeat for the past month or so! If you’ve got a great memory, then you might remember that I featured these lovely ladies back in February as the Song of the Day. Since then, Lemolo has been making headlines left and right and earning spots on this year’s Bumbershoot and Doe Bay Fest lineup! While I won’t be able to see them perform at Doe Bay, I am very much looking forward to their set at Bumbershoot near the end of the summer! I was also surprised to learn that Miss Melodie Knight of Campfire OK is their booking agent as well. That band can do no wrong…therefore…neither can Lemolo! I can’t wait to get their full length. For now, you can listen to their two songs on repeat like I do here.

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Andy Grammer

[Last post, I promise!]

Two years ago, I found myself on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica hoping to catch a performance from a Mr. John West. Instead, I was blown away by street performer Andy Grammer. It was the first time I’d ever heard his music, but he seemed to catch my attention for a whole set so I knew that was pretty special. I’m not sure if it’s the location of the promenade or what, but John and Andy have both done so well having performed there. I am so excited to announce the debut of Andy’s self-titled album today though! His album has been compared to Daniel Powter and is packed with inspiring and uplifting singles. I am thrilled to hear of this news and would like to wish Andy the best of luck (not that he needs it!) and a successful music career.

To stream the whole album for free, click here!

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Memorial Day Weekend Soundtrack

1. The Rocket Summer – Bryce Avary, His Instruments and Your Voices

Get it for free here

2. Cults (self-titled)

Stream it for free here

3. Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys

Stream it for free here

4. Campfire OK – Strange Like We Are

5. The Head and the Heart (self-titled)

6. Foster the People – Torches

Stream it for free here

7. Minus the Bear – Hold Me Down EP

Get it for free here

Happy Sunday studying!

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A Look Back on Seattle U Shows

This past school year, I have had the wonderful privilege of working with some incredible musicians and bands at Seattle University. Within just one school year, they are already making headlines, putting out new albums, headlining tours, and have found themselves on the lineups of music festivals.

I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with these eight very talented musicians and bands:

If there are any musicians and bands that you should be following from Seattle, it is them.

– My dearest friend Liz has relocated to the state of Colorado, but has been keeping busy with a string of shows. Please go out and support her because she is a wonderful and talented little lady. [Source]

Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground will be releasing their album “Introducing” on July 26, 2011 from Suburban Home Records. The band will host CD release shows in both Portland and Seattle, June 11th and 12th respectively. [Source]

– Almost immediately after my show with He Is We ended, the band hit the road to head East to begin their tour with The Rocket Summer. The band will be headlining their first tour beginning mid-June. Did I also mention that they will be performing at Bonnaroo 6/9 – 6/10? [Source]

– Two of my performers Robbie Christmas and Matt Bekker will actually be performing a show together tomorrow at the Crocodile Cafe! The show is 21+. My friend Matt Bekker also recently became a part of the Rocket Music Entertainment Group family, which is home to Elton John, James Blunt, Lily Allen, and Oh Land.

Champagne Champagne will be releasing a new album this summer and will be performing at the 2011 Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot Music Festival, and Doe Bay Fest!

– I am so excited to be working with Campfire OK for my last show of the year. This year, the band was voted by City Arts Magazine as one of the best new bands of 2011 and this summer, you will be able to catch the rustic-sounding band at both Capitol Hill Block Party, Bumbershoot and Doe Bay Fest! I would say that this band is going to be in a completely different place in the next year, but I know that things for them are moving fast and that the change will most likely occur within the next few months. Their CD “Strange Like We Are”  is definitely one of my favorites from the year. Expect to see them on the bill for various music festivals next year because that’s probably where they will be.

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Bryce Avary, His Instruments And Your Voices

It’s not “Study Music Sunday” yet, but let’s be real – I know I won’t be studying this Sunday. Since it is a long weekend, I thought I would give you all a little treat sure to last you the four days. Earlier this week, one of my favorite singers – Bryce Avary of The Rocket Summer released a new CD called His Instruments And Your Voices. The CD is a compilation of songs that Avary recorded while he was on the “His Instruments And Your Voice” tour this past fall and includes his fans’ favorite songs and them singing along with him.

I actually attended one of his shows in Seattle back in November after waiting five years to see him and it is probably included on my list of top five favorite concerts ever. You can read all about my fan girl night here.

Since this is gift from Avary to all of his fans, the CD is completely free! So kick off your wonderful Memorial Day weekend by downloading the CD here.

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Song of the Day

The Head and the Heart – Lost in My Mind

Two music tip posts in one day? Must be your lucky Sunday! I’ve actually been meaning to write this post for sometime now because I absolutely love this local band – The Head and the Heart. The name has been thrown around a lot within the past year and I just recently had the time to listen through their whole album. It also helped that I was reminded of them when I caught the band on Jimmy Fallon the other night. I cannot wait to see this band around Seattle this summer. Here’s hoping for a spot on the lineup of Capitol Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot!

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Sunday Study Music

I don’t know about you guys, but I cannot study or do homework without listening to music at all. My level of productivity decreases and television is no substitute. Even though Foster the People’s new album “Torches” will be released tomorrow, I had a feeling that all of you might need something for a little study sesh today so click here to stream the entire album fo’ free before it comes out tomorrow! Not only is this perfect for my Sunday, but it is about to define my Summer 2011. Enjoy!

Favorite Tracks:

  • Helena Beat
  • Pumped Up Kicks
  • Call It What You Want
  • Houdini
  • Life On the Nickel
  • Warrant
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It’s a Death Cab Post

Just because I wake up before nine in the morning doesn’t mean that I am able to fully comprehend any type of news or announcement until at least ten. It had to have been around 8:00 AM that morning when I received the news from my best friend that she had managed to snag a ticket to the secret Death Cab For Cutie show for the following Wednesday evening. Surprised to find that I wasn’t informed of this earlier, I googled the poo out of this news only to find out that at that second (well within minutes) the tickets had just gone on sale. I found myself on Ticketmaster debating with my best friend whether or not I would go for the next five minutes. As I tried to piece out my schedule, I came to the conclusion that I just couldn’t sacrifice an evening for this. Within that hour, tickets had sold out.

So I either made a really bad decision or… but there was no good alternative for me. I most likely had missed out on a fantastic show – the first show in Seattle from Death Cab in two years, the most anticipated show in the entire city, a secret show that I have always wanted to be a part of.

I can’t exactly describe what my relationship to Death Cab is like or explain to anyone why I like them so much. I have not been a fan of them since the beginning. I don’t even own their first album. Just because I haven’t been there from the start doesn’t mean that I have to like them any less. I discovered the band through the boyishly handsome Seth Cohen after he announced that they were his favorite band on the OC and when they later appeared on an episode to perform “A Movie Script Ending.” I didn’t attend their first show nor did I see the photos from it. They did, however, play their very first show at the venue that I used to work at – the venue that I considered a home. They built themselves up from a little known band to a band that can sell out a show in less than an hour. It’s been a long time coming for them, but they make me so proud to say that I am from Seattle. Over the years, they have been THE band for me and I’m not exactly sure what that means, but they are more than just the soundtrack to my homework and study seshes. Their performance three years ago moved me  to tears with my best friend and it’s not just because we were forced to crowd surf  from the first row at Bumbershoot right before the performance started. It’s an indescribable feeling and emotion and one that I cannot describe in words that are more honest and true than Stranger writer Megan Seling. So with that, I’m going to direct you to her review, which embodies everything that I am feeling.

Not gonna lie…I’m totally listening to all of the Death Cab For Cutie songs in setlist order straight from Wednesday night. [Source]

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I Scratch Your Back, You Scratch Mine?

Hi readers!

I’ve got one special request for all of you today and throughout this weekend. I don’t usually ask for too much, but I am looking for an influx of new music. I want to know what YOU are listening to and I want to hear what up and coming bands and musicians you think I should be listening to. The last time I requested this, you all were kind of shy on your responses, so I’m going to help you along by sharing with you what music I am currently listening to. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to help me out.

Thanks!

Eliza Doolittle

I first heard of Eliza Doolittle a few weeks ago after watching her perform on Jay Leno. Her sound is reminiscent of a decade that reminds me of the 80’s, but I could totally be wrong. The girl is cheeky and sassy and her personality is clearly represented in her music. Almost immediately after I watched her perform, I downloaded her self-titled album.

Sounds like? Lily Allen

Favorite Tracks:

  • Pack Up
  • Roller Blades
  • Missing
  • Skinny Genes
  • So High
  • Back to Front

Foster the People

Okay, so I finally discovered Foster the People last night on The Vampire Diaries, but this was not my first time listening to them. This morning, I not only heard them on the radio, but found out that the band will actually be playing at Sasquatch next month as well.  You kind of know that something is up with a band when you are hearing about them a number of times within 24 hours from various outlets. Currently, they have only three songs on their EP, but that’s basically all you need to know about the band.

Sounds like? Empire of the Sun, MGMT?

Favorite Tracks:

  • Houdini
  • Helena Beat
  • Pumped Up Kicks

White China Gold

Thomas Hunter is truly a man of many talents. He is the guitarist of Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground and Wild Orchid Children and now he is debuting his first solo project White China Gold. I’m convinced that there is no one in the Seattle area right now that is as versatile as he is. His new album is absolutely beautiful and manages to capture the city’s essence perfectly in this new jazzy and serene sound. I cannot wait to see this man live on a stage someday soon because he is easily one of the best guitarists in Seattle.

Sounds like? Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground and Thomas Hunter

Favorite Tracks?

  • One-Footed Bastard
  • Window Mouth
  • White China March
  • Strange Sad Magic

Lenka

I have said everything I could ever say about Lenka and still after nearly three weeks of having her latest album entitled “Two” I have been unable to stop listening to it. Usually, it is at this point that I’ve exhausted the entire thing, but not this one.

Sounds like? Feist, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson

Favorite Tracks?

  • Sad Song
  • Roll With the Punches
  • Heart Skips a Beat
  • The End of the World
  • Everything’s OK
  • Shock Me Into Love
  • You Will Be Mine
  • Here to Stay

The Dodos

Listening to the Dodos’ new album “No Color” can seriously make my day so much brighter. It is an incredible album to listen to from my study playlist, but also one that I can enjoy just about anytime anywhere. The band has been around for awhile so they are nothing new, but this album kind of is – therefore it is very relevant to this post. It’s as if every album they put out keeps getting exponentially better.

Sounds like? Fleet Foxes and The Shins

Favorite tracks?

  • Don’t Try and Hide It
  • Sleep
  • Black Night
  • Companions
  • Don’t Stop
  • Going Under
  • Good
  • Hunting Season
  • When Will You Go?

Oh look, that’s the whole album track listing right there, what do you know? :)

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