McCarleyâ€™s favorite artists include Fiona Apple, Patty Griffin and Greg Laswell. â€œI just love how true and raw their lyrics are,â€ she explains.
Listening to records by these musicians is more than enjoyable for McCarleyâ€”itâ€™s inspiring. â€œI get one line into one of their songs and I have to stop and write my own,â€ she says. McCarley singles out her favoritesâ€™ unique phrasing, the way theyâ€™ve taught her to concentrate not only on her words but on her delivery. â€œTheir lyrics are that much more powerful because of the way they sing them.â€
We believe Erin McCarley and her first single ‘Pony‘ that comes off her debut album “Love, Save The Empty” could follow in the same path as Sara Bareilles and Colbie Caillat, becoming a cross over smash.
Genre Hoppinâ€™: Set to release his major label debut â€œTroubadourâ€ on February 24th, Somalian born rapper Kâ€™naan has an all star cast helping on the album with appearances from Mos Def, Damian Marley, Maroon 5, and on his latest single â€œIf Rap Gets Jealousâ€, which features Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Kâ€™naan has stated that his â€œmain objective is good art,â€ and if his single w/ Hammett is any indication of his upcoming album, America and the rest of the world may have a rap artist with some real messages dethrone Kanye and Lilâ€™ Wayne as the voice of this generation.
Unsigned New York rockers Vaeda have been hard at work on new tracks. Progressing from the work on their 2006 album, â€œState of Natureâ€, this trio has coined their own excellent power ballad with â€œBreatheâ€ and a strong rocker with â€œVulturesâ€. Look for an EP or album to come out from these guys in the coming months.
Soulful singer/songwriter Jared Lee has just signed a publishing deal with Chrysalis Music Group (Outkast, Gnarls Barkley, Kylie Minogue) and is busy making some new music at the moment. Check out â€œHold You Downâ€ which would feel at home on any Top 40 station.
Aussies: An Australian band worth a listen is Birds of Tokyo which features singer of successful Australian hard rock band Karnivool.
19 Year old singer, and Australian Idol runner-up Jessica Mauboy is topping the Australian iTunes charts with her single, â€œBurnâ€ which has the dance/pop feel of many of the top digital sellers here in the states.
Green River Ordinance â€“ â€œCome Onâ€ – A Capitol signing that soccer moms and Matchbox Twenty fans could fall for.
Tom Gabel â€“ â€œRandom Heartsâ€ – Against Me! front man with a knack for infectious hooks.
The Veer Union â€“ â€œOver Meâ€ -Â Universal has another rock band with more power balladsâ€¦Oh, and theyâ€™re Canadian.
Hockey â€“ â€œToo Fakeâ€ – just signed to Capitol.
Dead Confederate â€“ â€œThe Ratâ€
Soundcheck is written by Dallas Osborn who currently attends San Francisco State University and works on the Live 105 (KITS) Action Team.
Check out this video from the band Pistol Youth. They took some cues from Weezer of course and The debut EPÂ “Smiling can backfire” was recorded largely over the internet from various locations.
The Record Life is 21 year old Jakob Johnson. He recently completed his debut album, “Into The Sea Of Something Big”. The album was produced by The Pharmacy and Lee Miles and mixed by Brad Gilderman. The band plays Jan 30th at the Troubadour with Thriving Ivory and Barcelona.