Carsie Blanton‘s sexy, enigmatic vocals are ideally suited to the American popular songbook, a.k.a. pop music written for adults in the age before youth so thoroughly dominated popular culture. She treats each note like another flirtatious look towards the object of her affection as the lazy notes flutter down gently and easy. Like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Fred Astaire, she pays careful attention to the dramatic phrasing of each word. Impressive and leaves the listener wanting for much more.
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Steve Goldberg (a.k.a. Resistor) grew up middle class in suburban New Jersey searching for meaning through art. After working with bands and slogging through clubs, Goldberg had a year where he had little money, but still possessed the urge to make music. So, with Resistor, Goldberg worked with a synth and his voice at home, updating classic new wave sounds for the new millennium. Goldberg titled his new album First World Problems in recognition that his concerns and those of many young Americans are very much those of a wealthy, first world society.
In the aftermath of a vehicular misadventure that nearly proved catastrophic or deadly, Detroit’s the HandGrenades have unveiled a new music video heralding their forthcoming EP.
“Wrapped in Plastic” has a serpentine, ethereal groove, the type that lends itself to a midnight drive down a moonlit highway. It’s something of a departure for the band, augmenting their Beatles-meets-garage rock template. The dreamlike quality of it is captured in the stark, black and white video, images overlapping with each other in kaleidoscope fashion.
Maryam Qudus grew up in a Muslim household, the daughter of Afghani ex-patriots, with early musical gifts that led her onto the Berklee College of Music in 2011. She has been making music constantly since that time, writing all of her material and mastering many instruments, while perfecting her enigmatic voice.
Here we have Kaiser Chiefs taking an acoustic turn through Education, Education, Education & War‘s “Bows & Arrows”. If it’s possible, this take is a bit of a mellower affair than the very electric album version. The At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt podcast includes live performance clips, as well as engaging interview portions where the artists discuss the creation of their music.