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by Brice Ezell

27 May 2015


Alabama’s famed Muscle Shoals has long been a goldmine for the recording of great music, particularly in the Americana, blues, and roots genres. For Amy Black, her ties to the town are more personal, as both of her parents were born there. In channeling both her own past with Muscle Shoals and her love for gospel, roots, and R&B, Black took to the town’s FAME Studios to record The Muscle Shoals Sessions, her third solo outing, drawing from legendary sources of inspiration such as Etta James, Mavis Staples, Wilson Pickett, and Aretha Franklin. Another key tribute on the album is a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me”, the fun and goofy video of which you can view below.

In the press release for The Muscle Shoals Sessions, Black says, “Making this music has changed me as an artist. It’s altered my musical course and I’m so glad.” One viewing of “Bring It On Home to Me” and it’s easy to see that she’s right on the money.

by Brice Ezell

27 May 2015


Rachel Lynn, a powerhouse vocalist out of New York City, bolsters her take on pop with her classical training as a singer, something quite uncommon in the modern pop landscape. Such vocal gusto is more than obvious from a single spin of her tune “The Claim”, which finds her in striking form.

by Brice Ezell

26 May 2015


Following their “One Last Tour” in 2013, Swedish House Mafia disbanded. Although that group no doubt gave members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso the profile they have today, the end of the band didn’t mean the end of Axwell and Ingrosso’s contributions to electronic music.

In the player below, you can watch a mini-documentary that frames Axwell and Ingrosso’s musical journey following the dissolution of Swedish House Mafia. Together, the two now perform as a duo with the stylized name Axwell /\ Ingrosso. That mini-doc is featured in addition to three performances: a secret show in New York City and two festival gigs, one at Coachella and the other at Ultra.

by Brice Ezell

26 May 2015


If “visual whiplash” is an actual medical condition, prepare yourself: you’re likely to end up with it after watching the ear- and retina-rattling video for the Brooklyn-based Surrender the Spirit’s new video, “Hard Enough”. The video is the well-executed marriage of thick, layered shoegaze and eye-popping visuals. The band, comprised of Johnny Rauberts and Kristen Sonntag, are a refreshing break from the easy shoegaze trend of aping My Bloody Valentine ad nauseam; as “Hard Enough” makes clear, this duo knows how to bring some real aggression to their textural take on rock.

by Brice Ezell

22 May 2015


Photo: Anton Sucksdorff

LCMDF, formerly known as Le Corps Mince de Françoise, are just the kind of band that suits a Memorial Day playlist. With that weekend now upon us, there’s no time better than now for the duo to drop their latest remix, “Fooled”, remixed by fellow Finns 5/5.

Emma Kemppainen and Mia Kemppaine are the two sisters behind the LCMDF name, and already they’ve started garnering attention, with The Guardian putting them on a recent “Pop Playlist”. When you watch the lyric video for 5/5’s remix of “Fooled”, you’ll see why they’re nabbing the attention that they are now, as well as why they’re ideal aural accompaniment for any upcoming summer holiday festivities.

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