On their latest album The Gates Canadian band Young Empires do not hide the fact whatsoever that they’re out to capitalize on the popularity of Imagine Dragons. The tom-tom-heavy percussion, the bombastic tenor singing, the stadium-friendly hooks are all there, as you can hear on the new single “Uncover My Eyes”. You have to give these guys credit too, because as derivative as it is, it’s exceptionally well done, and has mainstream pop rock hit written all over it.
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Italian singer-songwriter Lili N has a fascinating back story. From the age of five she was a voice-over actress, serving as the Italian voice of such movie characters as Cindy Lou Who, Lilo, and Chronicles of Narnia‘s Lucy. After working extensively in the movie industry—she and her mother were Danny Devito’s dubbing coaches for The Lorax—she has since enrolled in the Beklee College of Music and is now set to release her steamy new R&B single “One”. Color us impressed.
How New England singer-songwriter Julie Rhodes was discovered is a great story. Artist Jonah Tolchin heard her singing along to one of his songs during his performance, they talked after the show, and soon after he was co-producing her debut album at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Not only that, but Bound to Meet the Devil, which comes out on 26 February, features guest appearances by Spooner Oldham, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, and Greg Leisz. For all the talent helping out on the record, this thing is all about Rhodes, who makes her presence know immediately on the opening cut “In Your Garden”, which can be heard below.