Rising Pop-Punk band Haley Bowery and The Manimals announced they will release their debut LP Born Strange on June 19th, 2012. Born Strange is a high-energy anthemic 10-track album, which is produced/engineered by Andrew Krivonos, who has worked with JoJo Pellegrino, Kaci Battaglia, and Wu Tang. The songs were recorded at The Brewery Recording Studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Earlier this year, the album received pledges – effectively donations- from more than 45 backers via a Kickstarter campaign to allow the band to promote and distribute the debut album. Read more
Florence & The Machine, the British band who have been receiving constant hype all over the blogosphere over the past few years, recently did a session for MTV unplugged. An honor that has seen big names such as Nirvana & Bob Dylan before. Read more
Yep, this time last year no one knew who she was. Now she's a megastar with a primetime performance spot on major shows such as SNL & American Idol. There is hope for all of us.
After all the hate she got on her SNL performance, the reception for this one seems rather positive.
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Rita Ora has just revealed her debut U.K single, "R.I.P feat. Tinie Tempah", and after one listen I can already predict it's going to be a smash.
For those of you unfamiliar with Rita Ora, she is most well know for the collaboration she has done with DJ Fresh "Hot Right Now" which was recently a worldwide smash!
She's got a lot of hype behind her, even Jay-Z is a fan! (he signed her)
Here's the track -
What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments!
Another in the "I can't find any decent worthwhile news, so let's introduce you to a new music act" series. Today, I introduce you to Selah Sue.
Selah Sue is a Belgian Singer-Songwriter who manages to mix a multitude of styles from rock to reggae to make an interesting & contemporary sound. Last year she was lucky enough to score a spot at the London iTunes festival to which she was given much attention.
Her lead single "Raggamuffin" is more heavily on the Reggae sound than any of her other tracks, but still intriguing. Check out the video here -
She released her debut self-titled album last year. Check her out on iTunes, & if you like her, buy the album!
Here's something a little different for you FN readers. For those of you unfamiliar with Dappy, he is the frontman of rather popular UK hip-hop trio N-Dubz. He's recently started a solo career, and this second solo single features the one and only Brian May of Queen fame.
The song itself is a pretty safe pop/rap mixture, with a hefty guitar solo from the legend May towards the end.
The EP was released on British iTunes the Monday just gone, and should be heading worldwide fairly soon!
Here's the video -
What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments!
Bright Light Bright Light is the stage alias of Rod Thomas, a Welsh songwriter, producer, remixer and multi-instrumentalist. His project Bright Light Bright Light, is electro-pop, very much veering into early 90's territory. Rod has cited artists such as Ace Of Base as influences, and they are clearly on show here.
He's gone slightly under the radar over here in the UK. Following a support slot on Ellie Goulding's UK tour in 2010, Rod headed to America. He has since released his Blueprints 1 EP & a single titled "Disco Moment".
If you're a fan of anything 90's, pop or just plain brilliant I suggest you check him out.
His recently released Blueprints 1 EP has only been released in the U.S as of now. If you are lucky enough to be in an area with access to the EP, I highly suggest you buy it. Each song is a stripped down version of one of his upcoming album tracks, and each of the tracks on the EP features guest vocals from artists such as the breathtaking Sunday Girl & the rather popular Sound Of Arrows.
Here's the video to his latest single "Disco Moment" -
His blog - http://brightlightx2.blogspot.com/
His Twitter - @brightlightx2
Check him out, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Today, Lana Del Rey is going to be very anxious. Her "debut" album drops today, and music critics everywhere are going absolutely crazy. Although, this isn't actually Lana's first album release, she released two albums in 2010, one titled "Nevada", released under the name of "Lana Del Rey" although it was quickly shelved and withdrawn to lack of attention. She also released an album without a stage persona, she released an album under the stage name of "Lizzy Grant", however, that also received little attention; so why are critics everywhere waiting with massive anticipation for this album?
I'm going to say a lot of it has to do with "Video Games", the track that was released in 2011's second quarter and is now fast on track to becoming one of the most watched video's on YouTube. This "buzz track" shall we say, propelled Lana to "Who's That Girl?" status. 9 or so months down the line, she's just performed on Saturday Night Live, and has the most Pre-Ordered album of the year so far.
The Saturday Night Live performance didn't necessarily help win over any of her critics, she wasn't neccesarily on key throughout the 2 songs, and she looked incredibly uncomfortable on stage. But, then you have to remember, she is the first artist to go on SNL without even a debut album in about 15 years. Lana's career has propelled rapidly and I feel, that as the public, we may have rushed her along a little too quick.
The album is currently experiencing a "Marmite" effect, where some critics love it & some hate it. Stereogum, one of the first people to reccomend her when Video Games was released have even called the album "really bad".
Let's just hope the criticism stays on the music and nothing else, alright people?
Here's her "debut" single "Video Games" -
What do you guys think? Have any of you got the album? What's your opinion?
Let us know in the comments!