Nashville came to NYC this week at the Brooklyn Bowl's "School Night," where southern songstress Daniella Mason serenaded New Yorkers with her first-ever Brooklyn show! Mason recently opened for Demi Lovato after her song, “All I Want” was tweeted by the pop star, taking it viral. Since then, Mason has been working on new material for her upcoming EP, and as luck would have it, she brought it to Brooklyn! Decked in a short gold-sequined dress with some plain white sneakers for a touch of Brooklyn chic, Mason's set kicked off with "Technicolor," a loungey, easygoing tune about a love so great that it fills all voids. "Your touch is like a stroke of genius...like B.I.G. to his flow, flow..." Daniella crooned, attracting the growing crowd’s attention with her silky-smooth vocals. When previously asked about "Technicolor," Mason explained that it was written with her husband Chris, about her husband Chris (who also plays guitar in her band). It was all very sweet, as the two often stole reassuring glances from one another. Mason's newest single, "Shade Of You," which is currently climbing the iTunes Alternative charts, was next. The crowd perked up at the dreamy track, clearly impressed as her voice soared over the band’s explosive instrumental chorus, "So I'll dive in, cause that's just what I do and turn right into just another shade of you..." Scattered murmurs of "damn!" and "oh wow...she's really good!" came from a thoroughly impressed audience. Mason & Co. manifestly felt the positive energy - they beamed perceptibly. The eery, stark track, "The Water" followed, along with the insistent, no-nonsense "It's Not Up To You," where Mason demands to be in control of her own life. "All I Want" heard shouts of encouragement throughout the crowd, as she wailed, "All I want is you tonight, all I want is you tonight..." before berating her synths into providing the perfect quixotic effect for the haunting tune. The enthusiastic applause that followed prodded a megawatt smile from the singer. Mason was seemingly ever-so-slightly ambivalent about playing a NYC crowd. "This is our first show in Brooklyn. You guys are pretty rad so far!" she teased. She and her band then rapped up their set with the energetic "Cover The Earth," which also was well received. Mason encouraged the newly smitten crowd to come by and say “Hi” after her set. She then said a quick thank you, and exited the stage...as her fans excitedly lined up to meet her. Well done Daniella Mason...New York loves you!
If you’ve recently wished for a new hard rock album in the spirit of Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, or Ozzy Osbourne, then your wish has come true. Straight out of Jersey comes AUG with their new, full-length CD, titled Be Careful What You Wish For, now available.
The hardcore style band has brought to the table something rock fans will surely appreciate. If you haven’t heard of the hardstyle band, let us assure you, they are not new to the scene; as matter of fact, they already have several accolades to their name. Such accomplishments include landing the spot as the host band for VH1's That Metal Show Christmas party for 3 years, reaching #2 on Reverbnation's Hot 500 Rock charts, and receiving praise from as VH1 Classic's TMS Host, Eddie Tuck for their first single "20 Years In Hell."
Tamar Haviv is captivating listeners everywhere with the latest songs off her upcoming debut album, You and Me Without Pajamas. Not even yet released, her songs have already been hailed as a "terrific debut" by the prestigious Sir Paul McCartney.
Though Tamar claims she has been making music for as long as she can remember, it was only after becoming a finalist at Lilith Fair that she decided she wanted to take her songwriting more seriously. When talking about the experience of writing her very first album she speaks about how important it was to her to "express [her] purist desires...keeping things so simple and direct"
It's no small feat to have your latest track deemed "hottest record in the world" by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Zane Lowe. Joining the ranks of artists like Porter Robinson, Lana del Rey, Nero, Coldplay and so many more, The Kooks' new single will be the second off their new album Listen to be awarded the prestigious title. 'Forgive and Forget' is an incredibly catchy, up-beat disco record. After the premiere, frontman Luke Pritchard talked a little bit about the musical diversity that The Kooks are bringing to the table with their new album, saying, "We're just trying to fuse really different styles."
The song just premiered, so head over to the BBC website to stream it now.
Listen will be out September 2nd, and you preorder it on iTunes here!
Brooklyn’s own Animal Years is coming home to Brooklyn Bowl at the end of July and it’s a show you don’t want to miss. Influenced by the early Kings of Leon and Young the Giant, the band is making its own name. Led by front man, Mike Mcfadden, the recently released their album, Sun Will Rise which is filled with feel-good melodies, ringing guitars and impassioned vocals .You can see them live at the Brooklyn Bowl with tickets starting at $15 which you can now purchase here.
Sometimes, all it takes is the tiniest bit of recognition from someone with a little clout, to elevate a virtual unknown to a place where they can shine. Daniella Mason's recognition came in the form of a chance tweet from Demi Lovato, who tweeted out Mason’s 2013 tune, "All I Want." Over 15,000 retweets later, Daniella was opening for Lovato, and aglow in the spotlight. She has now shared the stage with acts like The Civil Wars, Jars of Clay, Joe Jonas, Elenowen, and Clark Richard; and her next release was suddenly eagerly awaited! Needless to say, the release went well. Nashville’s new rising star’s erthereal "Shade of You" was recently premiered by SpinMedia's Idolator blog, averaging at over 100 new plays an hour. The track is the perfect combination of her crystal clear vocals, a sublime mixture of Ellie Goulding and Melanie C, the electro-acoustic stylings of her band and the rhythmic percussion that appears to tweak natural brain waves of errant listeners to the proverbial ‘chill vibe.’ We had the chance to catch up with Daniella, who took a break from her hectic schedule to speak with us about her new single, her decision to stay independent, and the tweet that changed her life... Thanks so much for speaking with us! For those of our readers who might not know, could you tell us a bit about yourself and your band?
I’m a singer/songwriter living in Nashville, TN, BUT I do pop music, not country. My band is made up of myself, my husband, and my bff/producer. We write, produce, and create everything we release ourselves. Look up “All I Want” or my newest single “Shade of You” to hear my vibe!
How'd you decide you wanted to get into music? Is there one certain moment that comes to mind?
Well, I’ve always wanted to do music. I practically came out of the womb singing and dancing (never dancing well, might I add) but there was a particular moment when I knew that I HAD to do this. I was in Haiti right after the earthquake doing some relief work and I was specifically working with orphans, many of which were also amputee victims. You can imagine the feelings of inadequacy I felt. I wasn’t a doctor, I wasn’t a miracle worker who could make all their problems go away. I was very overwhelmed with questions of what to do, how to help them, and then overwhelming questions of WHAT DO I DO WITH MY LIFE?! (Experiences like that always make me think and question everything.) Well, I then began to sing for them and sing with them and all of a sudden there was no language barrier, there was no miscommunication, there was a transcendent language of music that was doing more than I ever thought I could do. Smiles spread across their faces in the midst of horrible tragedy. I realized in that moment that I might not be able to put them back together physically, but I may be able to heal their hearts a bit. I was watching healing happening before my eyes. Every day that we sang together, they grew brighter. I knew that I had to do music and that I had to put everything I had into it and that I had to bring that transcendent light to as many people as possible.
You're new single, "Shade of You," came out Tuesday. What was the inspiration behind it?
It’s inspired by a very true story that we all know very well. You’re in a relationship and you realize that you have lost yourself. This brings you to the point where you have to have a painfully frank conversation with yourself, “Are they good for you? Is this good?” It may not be bad, but is it good? We’ve all been there and it makes it painfully but beautifully universal. To me, that’s what makes a good song.
How do you think living in Nashville has affected your musical style?
I’ve lived here for seven years and my music has drastically changed during that time. This city is steeped in creativity and collaboration. How could someone not grow in such a fruitful environment? I love looking back over my journey. My sound has transformed over time into exactly what I’ve always wanted to do. It only took me 10 or 12 years as a singer/songwriter to get there! (laughs)
You've recently opened for Demi Lovato. How was that experience and how did that all come about? Well, Demi heard my single, “All I Want” and tweeted about it. That’s when the craziness started. My phone just started blowing up and I was so confused. 19,000 favorites and 15,000 retweets later there was quite the boost in attention which was just incredible. She asked me to come out and join her in Pennsylvania. Our little 3 piece from Nashville was so well received by her fans, I couldn’t even believe it. I felt so loved.
You've been in discussions with a couple labels the past couple of months, but have decided to stay independent. Why?
It was the right decision for me right now. I really believe in the team that I have and I believe in our ability to get some great content out there on our own. It’s definitely difficult, but I love the freedom.
On Wednesday, July 9th, AJA Music + Film Productions will host an intimate show with the world's next great pop diva at New York hostpot, The DL. Jenn Bocian made a name for herself as a fashion model, and she’s incorporated her savvy sex appeal and interest in high fashion into her bourgeoning musical career. But she’s more than just a pretty face: Bocian is a classically trained vocalist and she graduated college with a degree in vocal performance.
In addition to being the debut of Bocian’s new EP, The Lady Jenn Bocian, the night will include a set by local DJ Jenny Costa and a showcase from avant-garde, gender-bending Brooklyn-based fashion brand Tilly & William. You mus RSVP ahead of time afor this closed event which will offer a one-hour open bar from 7:30-8:30pm.
The Dave Matthews Band continues their 2014 Summer Tour with the first of a two night special performance and a split rock acoustic set, arriving at the Firstmerit Bank Pavilion on Friday, 4th of July.
Dave Matthews Band rose to prominence in the 90's with the unique mixture of rock, soul, jam and acoustic music sessions. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore. The band is known for their annual summer long tours in which each performance provides a unique take on their songs.
Let's coin a new genre. It needs to describe the collision of; dreamy, sex-kitten pop (think of Metric's Emily Haines) and hard rock 'n' roll (tantamount to a really gravelly George Thorogood). How about Dream rock? Maybe...Kitten-punk? We're agonizing about this label after recently stumbling upon this incredible band that can transcend many genres, but is actually unique enough to define one of its own.
Looking for some new music dance rock and post-punk fans? There’s a new band on the scene thatdelivers just that and more! The new super duo Hydrothermal Vents are excited to advance release their album July 5th, called Secrets of the Deep! Before joining up as Hydrothermal Vents, they had a great deal of experience as solo artists, includingNorth American tours and collaborations with major artists such as Arcade Fire.
True lovers of music, they were united by a love of the 90's rock icons The Pixies, and their sound includes a mix of dreamy lyrics, inventive vocal interplay, and an experimental spirit. If you’re fans of such music as Buke & Gase, the B52’s, and the Talking Heads then you'll love this, so check the album when it drops on Saturday, July 5th.