We’ve come to like LA indie-rock act Corsica Arts Club. Although relatively new to scene, the band has managed to gather up a considerable amount of press in a short period of time. The band cites influences including Bowie, New Order, Talking Heads, and Velvet Underground. Listen to the track California I Follow.
Buzz Track: This is Your Time
Formed in late 2012, White Male Actors, the 3 piece outfit hailing from Strabane in the North West of Ireland quickly made a name for themselves by the quality of the material that they were posting online and then by following up this positive reaction with storming renditions of said material during their debut shows. Sonically, the band is inspired by the likes of R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, Kings Of Leon and U2. Having signed a deal with up and coming Irish independent label ‘Broken MelodyRecords’ in December 2013 the band have recently finished up recording their debut EP and while putting the finishing touches to it they still managed to find time to headline a show at the prestigious Sound City festival in Liverpool, England. The band is currently making plans to work with famed British producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon, Robert Plant) in the coming months on some brand new tracks. Their debut EP ‘Ghosts’ will be released in the autumn of 2014 through Broken Melody Records.
A metal band based in Brooklyn, comprising of 8th graders have signed a two-album recording deal with Sony. The band is called Unlocking the Truth and they rose to fame by performing Time Square and Washington Square Park. Unlocking the Truth is currently touring the country as a part of the Vans Warped Tour and recently took time off from pre-algebra class to open for Gun N Roses in Las Vegas. Having scored the deal as minors the 8th graders’ Sony contract had to be approved and filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Check out the live video here.
Buzz Track: Requeim
Lily & The Parlour Tricks influences range from The Andrews Sisters and The Everly Brothers to Nine Inch Nails and The White Stripes. They have released two singles which were produced by Emery Dobyns (Sia, Patti Smith, Travis, Antony & The Johnsons). This indie act can be found gigging around NYC including Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, Cameo, and The Living Room. Highlights include their song “Belle Gunness” featured in a BMW commercial and they performed the Bonnaroo and Summerfest music festivals, as well as The Heartbreaker Banquet on Willie Nelson’s ranch during SXSW 2014. An artist to watch…
Buzz Track: Don’t Wanna Miss It
Over the past 4 1/2 years The Madison Letter has independently recorded and released two EP’s, in which they’ve toured the US and opened for acts including The Script, Owl City, and Secondhand Serenade. They were featured on MTV as one of the top 4 nominees in the country for MTV’s first ever College Artist Woodie Award and was also a part of Chevy Music Showcase, a TV series highlighting the top bands in four major Midwest cities. For fans of The Script, OneRupublic, Maroon5, and The Goo Goo Dolls.
Buzz Track: England Prevails
Matt Jaffe & The Distractions is an indie rock act based in San Francisco. The group formed after Talking Heads guitarist and keyboardist Jerry Harrison discovered Matt performing solo at an open mic and was compelled to produce the boy’s music. Together, and with contributions from Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty) on drums and Nathan East on bass, they are working on Matt’s first album. The band’s first video features the song ‘Backs of Our Eyelids,’ which was named a winner in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition. Other highlights include winning the Marin County Battle of the bands, ‘Best Music’ at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade, and debut performances in SoCal at the Roxy Theatre and in NYC at the CBGB and CMJ Fests.
Taylor Swift has written an optimistic article on the music industry for the Wall Street Journal. Read the article below via Taylor Swift.
Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years?
Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you’re reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it’s just coming alive.
There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them. In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently. CONTINUE READING