Em’s Top Ads/Albums:
1. Artist: Valley Maker
Album: When I Was A Child
Description: This Seattle-based band comprised of Austin Crane and a grouping of other musicians is currently one of my favorites in the folk/alternative scene right now. This is the kind of somber, genuinely touching music that could send chills up your spine. Austin’s rich vocals, perfectly harmonized with a stunning female vocal, and paired with a really solid acoustic backing makes for a really unique and refreshing take on acoustic folk music. Perfect for a rainy day, no? My favorite tracks on the album right now are “Take My People Dancing” and “Only Friend”. Hauntingly beautiful and a very smooth, easy listen.
For fans of: The Head and the Heart, Iron & Wine, The Lumineers, Kodaline
2. Artist: Motion City Soundtrack
Album: Panic Stations
Description: These Warped Tour veterans from Minneapolis, Minnesota are the perfect addition to a rock radio show, and their new album is nothing short of a jam session! The songs on “Panic Stations” are just dripping with pop-punk excellence, and definitely showcase some cool vocals and instrumentals. Not only have these dudes toured with bands like The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, and Panic at the Disco, but they’ve also been produced by Mark Hoppus, giving them huge punk credibility. “TKO” and “Heavy Boots” will have you head-banging, rocking out, and dancing around in no time.
For fans of: Jimmy Eat World, The Get Up Kids, Fall Out Boy, The Starting Line
3. Artist: Stereophonics
Album: Keep the Village Alive
Description: Could NOT be happier that this Welsh indie rock band is making its way to the States. Jams like “Sing Little Sister” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” are some of the best ones, and truly show off their cool alternative sound. Their new album definitely makes me want to go see a show of theirs next time they come around locally.
For fans of: The Kooks, The White Stripes, The Temper Trap
Artist: Method Man
Album: The Meth Lab
Description: The Meth Lab provides a classic east coast hip-hop vibe while showcasing Method Man’s adaptability and progression in the music industry. Wu-Tang’s Grammy winning rapper returns with some hard-hitting, villainous verses over bass-heavy, laid back beats. The Meth Lab features household names such as Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Redman, as well as plenty of new talent. The two hit singles off of the album “Straight Gutta” and “Purple Tape” are definitely worth a spin or two. Any hip-hop shows that enjoy classic east coast sound will love this ADD.
Sounds Like: Wu-Tang, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah
Album: Can’t Fly Without Gravity
Description: Can’t Fly Without Gravity is the latest album by Toronto hip-hop artist k-os. K-os brings together conscious verses, smooth hooks, clever sampling, and a variety of beats and melodies that make the album both interesting and coherent. K-os seamlessly combines genres and styles to create a project that is not only enjoyable to hip-hop fans, but music lovers of all genres. Songs like “Turn Me Loose” display his alternative styled songwriting, while “Crucify” and “Hustle & Flow” exhibit his rapping ability. Any hip-hop/alternative should consider spinning this ADD.
Sounds Like: Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Raury
Description: LDTE is the second project from Sydney based alternative hip-hop artist Tuka. Tuka creates lyric-driven tracks with unique and non-traditional beats and melodies, often with deeper meanings and personal reflections. LDTE features strong emotion, melody, and songwriting, and incorporates influences from alternative and singer songwriter genres. Give the title track “LDTE” a spin and see if it’s up your alley. There are some great tracks for alternative hip-hop shows.
Sounds Like: Logic, k-os, Macklemore
Feel me – Izzat
This delightful house jam sounds like a combination of Deadmau5’s ‘Some Chords’ and Basshunter’s ‘All I Ever Wanted’, but with a little less hardstyle, less chords and a pinch of trance mixed in. If you like airy vocals and covers of The Cure’s ‘Love Song’ this is definitely the track for you. Whether you are pre-gaming for a big night out on the town, running on the tread mill or studying in the library, this relaxed house track fits any occasion. Don’t sleep on the opportunity to be the person ahead of the pop music curve and check out Izzat’s Feel Me.
Die Inside Your Dance (ft.Savoir Adore) – The Golden Pony
These guys are surely going to be the next Chainsmokers. Their funky deep house tracks are exactly what has become popular in the pop music as of late (think Calvin Harris ‘how deep is your love’ for reference) and they are sure to blow up in the next few months. The board and I were lucky enough to catch an intimate show by these guys when we were at CMJ, and they were successful in converting band purists into EDM believers. If Pat Ford and Brian Rupprecht can have a fun time listening to The Golden Pony, I can’t see any reason why you wouldn’t enjoy these guys. This is their first original mix and it does not disappoint by any means. If you have a chance to check out their remixes on Soundcloud, all of them are available for free download. At the very least, peep this track and let the disco vibes warm your soul.
Broken Wings – Conchita Leeflang
Not for the faint of heart. Conchita hits you with a hard tech house drop, the likes of which I have not heard in quite some time. The classic house break-down and the airy big room vocals contrast the gritty bass perfectly and the classic house builds remind me of the early work of my man Tiesto. With Drops for days this heavy distorted tech bass progression will surely start a pants party. If you don’t listen, I guess you are going to miss… The panty raid.
Artist: Kurt Vile
Ablum: b’lieve i’m goin down…
Kurt Vile’s most recent album has been met with critical success, as he continues to build him into one of the most notable musicians in rock world. This album seems to be more subdued than some of his previous one’s, but is still clearly based in rock. He makes use of the banjo on a fair amount of his tracks, such as “I’m an Outlaw”, giving the album a little bit of a folk and even country feel. The album also has some
solid rock tracks like the album’s lead single “Pretty Pimpin” and “Dust Bunnies”. These elements add up to give the album a classic singer-song writer feel, but with a bit of an edge. The album is probably best suited for alternative and rock shows, but could also probably fit a country or alternative show.
Comparable Artists: The War on Drugs, Wilco, Neil Young, Pavement
Favorite Tracks: Pretty Pimpin, I’m an Outlaw, Lost My Head There
Artist: The Libertines
Album: Anthems for Doomed Youth
It’s over ten years since the last Libertines albums, and their chaotic break-up, but the bands is back together and doing well. The album is very reminiscent of their early work, which incorporates elements of brit-pop into classic English punk rock, with tracks like “Fame and Fortune” and “Gunga Din”. At the same time the band has incorporated tracks with a more toned down, grown up mood with songs like “You’re My Waterloo”. The album, much like their previous two, is a great punk rock album that ties in some pop sensibilities. The album would be good for any type of rock show, especially punk or alternative ones.
Comparable Artists: The Strokes, The Clash, Oasis, Artic Monkeys
Favorite Tracks: Fame and Fortune, The Heart of the Matter, Glasgow Coma Scale Blues