Posts Tagged ‘singer-songwriter’

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Everyone loves a great performance by his or her favorite artists; no really, it is true! Hundreds of thousands rush to Ozzfest, Warped Tour, and the like to see their bands tear it up each year, and each year the talent is up to par, or least they are supposed to be. Standing in a sea of people all day waiting for the headliner can become quite a chore when you have to endure horrible support bands…and if the headliners let you down, you would be ready to flip a table. Not all musicians have the stage chops to carry a crowd through a set. However, their god awful on stage performance should not leave you to with the thought that they are god awful musicians overall…wait, let me finish Kanye.

Events like American R&B diva Beyonce’s lip-syncing the American National Anthem and last month’s air guitar scandal at Super Bowl XLVIII leave many with a salty taste in their mouths concerning musical performances. Cynics across the interweb’s social sphere drew the conclusion that the days of live pop performances are over. Fans found themselves doubting the ability of their favorite artists, and others merely chalked it up to the decline of talent in the modern day music industry. Oh ye of little faith. Fret not; you can still enjoy great performances while cherishing the talent behind what you see.

Rock out...hard!

Rock out…hard!

A typical musical act’s purpose is to present a combination of musicianship and showmanship that is as infectious, magnetic, and powerful as possible. In a controlled environment like the studio, focusing such raw unrestricted energy can prove to be a challenge. Modern day tricks like ‘elastic audio’ can fix stray grooves, and auto-tune rules the modern day recording vocalist music, but nothing beats a solid take or two. Reduced labor, computer processing, and the amount of coffee needed for endless nights of editing are benefits of having “one take Jakes” in the studio. Nevertheless, a hybrid will get the job done, and earn a healthier living than the other two one trick ponies.

Read more at: Underground Press

Free music, can’t get enough of the stuff? Well you’re in luck my friends, because below you’ll find links to some really awesome sounding music, courtesy of Last.fm. Just click the pictures below for a free download of a random track from the artist’s album. Enjoy!

Dear Euphoria's 'Heal My VIolence' was released January 1st, 2009 via Given Productions. Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Dear Euphoria’s ‘Heal My VIolence’ was released January 1st, 2009 via Given Productions.
Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Hungry Lucy's 'Pulse of the Earth' was self-released 2010 Genre: Trip Hop

Hungry Lucy’s ‘Pulse of the Earth’ was self-released 2010
Genre: Trip Hop

Earlyrise's 'What If' was self-released August 16, 2011. Genre: Rock

Earlyrise’s ‘What If’ was self-released August 16, 2011.
Genre: Rock

Hannah Fury's 'The Thing That Feels' was released in 2000 via MellowTraumantic Recordings. Genre: Dark Cabaret

Hannah Fury’s ‘The Thing That Feels’ was released in 2000 via MellowTraumantic Recordings.
Genre: Dark Cabaret

Free music, can’t get enough of the stuff? Well you’re in luck my friends, because below you’ll find links to some really awesome sounding music, courtesy of Last.fm. Just click the pictures below for a free download of a random track from the artist’s album. Enjoy!

Jolly's 'The Audio Guide To Happiness Pt1' was released on February  28th, 2011 via EMI Germany. Genre: Alternative Rock/Metal

Jolly’s ‘The Audio Guide To Happiness Pt1’ was released on February 28th, 2011 via EMI Germany.
Genre: Alternative Rock/Metal

Abigail WIlliams's 'In The Absence Of Light' was released September 28th, 2010 via Caroline Distribution. Genre: Black Metal

Abigail WIlliams’s ‘In The Absence Of Light’ was released September 28th, 2010 via Caroline Distribution.
Genre: Black Metal

The Bloody Irish Boys' 'Drunk Rock' was self-released in 2005. Genre: Folk Rock/ Punk Rock

The Bloody Irish Boys’ ‘Drunk Rock’ was self-released in 2005.
Genre: Folk Rock/ Punk Rock

The Antlers's 'Uprooted' was self-released in 2006. Genre: Indie

The Antlers’s ‘Uprooted’ was self-released in 2006.
Genre: Indie

Free music, can’t get enough of the stuff? Well you’re in luck my friends, because below you’ll find links to some really awesome sounding music, courtesy of Last.fm. Just click the pictures below for a free download of a random track from the artist’s album. Enjoy!

Meshuggah's Koloss was released March 27th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records Genre: Technical Death Metal

Meshuggah’s Koloss was released March 27th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records
Genre: Technical Death Metal


Textures's 'Silhouetts' was released October 31st, 2010 via Listenable Records Genre: Metalcore/Math Metal

Textures’s ‘Silhouetts’ was released October 31st, 2010 via Listenable Records
Genre: Metalcore/Math Metal


Alai Oli's 'Satta Massagana' was self-released December 1st, 2011  Genre: Reggae/Rock

Alai Oli’s ‘Satta Massagana’ was self-released December 1st, 2011
Genre: Reggae/Rock


Kraft Klub's 'Mit K' was released January 20th, 2012. Genre: Indie Rock/Alternative Rock

Kraft Klub’s ‘Mit K’ was released January 20th, 2012.
Genre: Indie Rock/Alternative Rock



Lauren Zettler's 'On Your Back Porch' was self-released Janurary 1st, 2009. Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Lauren Zettler’s ‘On Your Back Porch’ was self-released Janurary 1st, 2009.
Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Kimbra released her debut album 'Vows' On August 29th, 2011.

Kimbra released her debut album ‘Vows’ On August 29th, 2011.

I’m a sucker for great female vocalists. Combine that with my love for reverb drenched vocals and a seductive piano progression and I’m practically left with no choice but to eargasm. This tiny snippet of a song features vocals from the lovely Kimbra Johnson (known simply as Kimbra), a 23 year old native of New Zealand. The song is actually attached to an As Tall As Lions track called Lost My Mind from their album You Can’t Take It With You appearing about 4 and a half minutes into the track. You’d never know a non-American vocalist was on this track, as Kimbra sings effortlessly sans accent. Her indie pop niche shines through albeit subtly but enough to give the tune a down to earth quality while still managing to maintain the modern sonic polish As Tall As Lions presents on the rest of the album.

Kimbra’s voice makes this song worth skipping the entirety of the host track…no seriously. At the time this was released she was 19 and yet there is a maturity to her vocal lines that is remarkable. Emoting is not something you can really teach young vocalists but Kimbra nailed it as her simi-rasp just drips of the emotion needed to complete the listening experience. Her performance almost outshines the host track that precedes it, and there are many times I find myself skipping through the first 4 mins just to hear it. As Tall As Lions didn’t make a mistake attaching that snippet, and I thank them for it.