Taylor Swift is expected to sell more than 1 million copies of her new album ‘Red’ in its first week. Swift has managed to stay on the top of charts but it comes with a price. Her music is still crafted for the 12-14 year old female even though Swift is now 22. At her age age many have graduated college and are entering the work force if they are fortunate to find jobs. Regardless, Swift has to figure out her own personal narrative if she wants wants to be known as a story teller since her new album crosses over to the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry, an album that is crafted for the top 40 audience. Although Swift’s new radio singles certainly rival Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” her reputation as a poet could be at stake.
News Update: Kings favorite The Wrecking just self released a sophomore album that landed on the New & Noteworthy section of the Christian/Gospel homepage on iTunes as wells as top 5 on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian Album chart. They just had music featured in the popular show DeGrassi and are currently touring the West Coast. The band recently opened for Switchfoot and will perform at The Viper Room on October 23rd. The Wrecking is a pop/rock band that hails from Portland Maine with musical references as diverse as Radiohead, Jimmy Eat World, The Daylights and OneRepublic. Check out the song View From The Top.
Buzz Track: Come With Me Now
KONGOS is a rock band of four brothers – Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos. Sons of British singer-songwriter John Kongos, they grew up in London and South Africa, and are now based in Phoenix, AZ. If you’re a fan of The Killers check out KONGOS. Upcoming shows can be viewed here. You can check them out at The Living Room in NYC on October 20th.
Buzz Track: Mountains
Local songwriter Kris Orlowski & composer Andrew Joslyn, well-known and loved in the Seattle community, have paired up to create a 5-song record “Pieces We Are” with a folk-rock band and 17-piece orchestra. This album includes select tracks with a full choir including: Allen Stone, Daniel Blue (from Motopony), Dan Koch (from Sherwood), Kevin Long, Mychal Cohen & Melodie Knight (from Campfire Ok), Matt & Mike Gervais, Noah Gunderson, and orchestral members of the Seattle Rock Orchestra.
The EP is available October 16th. The band has been getting love. The CD Release show at the Triple Door SOLD OUT and the band quickly added a second show. With early radio rotation at 5 well known college stations, the big news for for the band is that they are getting spins on Seattle’s KEXP.
Buzz Track: Crescent Saints
Benji is the frontman for Built To Be Broken and is currently on The Voice. His Bob Dylan cover of “Knockin On Heavens Door” peaked at #5 on the iTunes Rock Chart. Aside from The Voice, his band is doing quite well having met with labels in Nashville. The band consists of all Indians and musically they compare to John Mayer and Coldplay. You can view the video from The Voice here.