SxSW 2015: Matthew Mayfield

No doubt Matthew Mayfield is one of my favorite singer-songwriters of all time. I can listen to him play and share funny little antidotes all day long. Yesterday I was able to catch his set at the Chuggin’ Monkey, despite the loud patrons he played an amazing set.

Check out the video of Mayfield performing ‘Wild Eyes’, which is also the title of his new album. And in case you’re wondering its an AMAZING album!

And if you get a chance, please check him out during his Wild Eyes Tour.

SxSW 2015: Until The Ribbon Breaks 

The first show of my SxSw 2015 adventures began with the band Until The Ribbon Breaks. It was a band my co-SxSWconspirator highly recommended and I’m so happy she did. Their music reminds me of Maroon 5, the Songs About Jane era with a mix of 1988 Bobby Brown and Teddy Riley with an updated sound – its a great mix.

Whether you want to or not you will be dancing and wishing the party would not stop. Looking around I knew it was not the free vodka that had the crowd going it was electrifying performance from UTRB.

Check out video of Until The Ribbon Breaks performing their song ‘Perspective’ at the Holy Mountain showcase.

Coachella 2015 Official Line Up

Today the official Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival line up was announced!

The headliners: Drake (4/10 & 4/17), Jack White (4/11 & 4/18) and music legends AC/DC (4/12 & 4/19) alone will definitely bring the kids to the desert. But add Hozier, Alabama Shakes, alt-J, Ryan Adams and David Guetta (and many, many, many more) that’s going to be one HELLUVA party!Coachella2015Sadly, I’m not really into the Coachella scene but IF I did attend it would be for the following bands:

Did your favorite make the list?

Video: Time in a Bottle – Little Red Lung (Jim Croce cover)

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Over the weekend Little Red Lung teased a new video and today my Christmas finally arrived for me! The song performed is a cover of Jim Croce’s Time in a Bottle, which was filmed in L.A.’s Blaster Master Productions studios.

When Zoe of Little Red Lung sings – I listen! Her voice is delicate yet strong, she makes you feel so many emotions.

Her voice is EVERYTHING! 

I simply cannot wait for the new album.

For more Little Red Lung:

Website: http://www.littleredlung.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/littleredlung
Twitter/Instagram: @LittleRedLung

Christmas Playlist 2014

It’s Christmas Time!! 

That means we break out the eggnog and sing some carols while roasting some chestnuts…..right? Christmas music has definitely evolved over the years but the songs that get me in the Christmas spirit is quite different from others. Gotta Press Play Contributor, Sabrina and I picked our favorite Christmas songs we think everyone should add to their Christmas playlist!

Christmas Time (Bryan Adams) by MÉNAGE

Tammy: This is just a hopeful song about the song about the Christmas season and wanting to keep that happy feeling all year-long.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey

Sabrina: I honestly can’t say why I love this song but I really do. It’s classic and just plain ridiculous and it just screams Christmas.

Lonely Christmas – Rebel Coast
Tammy: The title speaks for itself but when it first starts I instantly think of Hawaii and I instantly wish I could spend Christmas in Oahu like Mindy Kaling.

Christmas Lights – Sam Bradley

Sabrina: It’s funny, it’s cute, and it’s Sam Bradley… This girl couldn’t ask for anything more.

You’re Just Like Christmas – The Crookes

Tammy: I love the Crookes!! This song is heartfelt yet really fun – just like the band!

All I Want for Christmas – Bob Schneider

Sabrina: Not only is this song amazing but the chorus cracks me up!

My December – Linkin Park
Tammy: This is one of my favorite Christmas songs because it’s not completely about the actual day but the season. There’s a catch-22 when it comes to Christmas, for many people it’s either the happiest time of the year or the worst. This song ambiguously touches on the loneliness some feel around this time of the year.

Christmas in Hollis – Run-DMC

Sabrina: One of the best rapped Christmas songs ever.

Hope you enjoyed our list and hope some of these classic Christmas gems makes it onto your playlist.

I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons

IDIBETMYLIFEI know Imagine Dragons have not been considered Indie since mid-2012 but who cares – I love them and I’m a fan!! I was really excited to see the new video for their song ‘I Bet My Life‘ from their new record set to be released in 2015. The song always leaves me feeling….. melancholy feeling about certain life decisions and simply makes you think about how you didn’t stick to the life plan.

The video is a little more morbid….but still makes you think.

Here’s frontman Dan Reynolds thoughts on the new video:

“As the first video on our new album, it was especially important that we capture the emotion of the song,” said Dan Reynolds.  “Although it was written about my sometimes strained relationship with my parents, our director Jodeb had a powerful vision for how the feeling of the story could be portrayed.  We were also lucky to have such amazing talent to work with in our lead actor Dane DeHaan.”

I admit the visuals were great and I my chest hurt from all the emotions I was feeling as I watched this video. Yep, I’m all up in my feels about this song.

In case I didn’t mention it before I *heart* Imagine Dragons.

Music Monday: Dark Waves – “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love” (Official Video)

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My heart has a new musical love – Dark Waves.

Dark Waves has been on my radar for a few months and finally last week they released a new video for the song ‘I Don’t Wanna Be In Love’. This song is just so intense you can feel the pain of someone who was hurt and simply dealing with the aftermath of a broke relationship and the associated pain.

I think the beautiful haunting hypnotic melody, with its honest lyrics makes this one of the most painfully beautiful songs I’ve heard in a long time.

Be sure to check Dark Waves out on Twitter and Instagram, you won’t be disappointed!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/darkwaves

Instagram:https://instagram.com/dark_waves

#TBT – Matt Corby – Souls A’Fire (Secret Garden Party 2013)

MattCorbyNYC2012I have way too many videos I rarely share….honestly, I take the video with the sole purpose of blogging but lets face it I get lazy. Here’s one of the rare videos I did post from one of Corby’s last Secret Garden parties in California in 2013. And in the spirit of Throw Back Thursday or #TBT I decided to revisit one of my favorite moments in the show.

As Matt is playing Souls A’Fire a nearby train goes by and Matt briefly stops singing to comment on the train but goes right back into singing.

Matt has been on hiatus for a while and hopes he makes his way back to Los Angeles because I miss his beautiful voice.

 

 

Video: Kathryn Dean – I’ll Show You Crazy

When I hear Kathryn Dean sing I’m instantly reminded of Carrie Underwood and Joss Stone, a perfect mix of the beautiful tough girl with soulful sass to match. In September she debuted her self-titled EP, Kathryn Dean, on iTunes and was able to snag famed music director, Paul Boyd to direct her new single ‘I’ll Show You Crazy’. 

At only 18 years old, this talented singer-songwriter music has been heard on NBC’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Special as well as CBS’s daytime soap opera ‘Young and the Restless’. Not to mention she has been up for various songwriting awards and her talents has created a buzz through out the industry.

If you want to keep up with Kathryn Dean be sure to check out her out on Facebook and Twitter.

Video: Elderbrook – Could (Official Video)

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Last month musician Alexander Kotz aka Elderbrook released his new single Could’ from his highly anticipated EP ‘Simmer Down’. When the song first started I thought it was going to be your typical electronic pop song but I was completely wrong. There is something about the beat that will make you want to sway and the stripped down vocals will make you want to sing along.

Whenever I listen to Could I think of a nice glass of red wine. Not some el-cheapo wine, I’m talking that good Olivia Pope worthy wine. To me wine is the adulthood of alcohol, so Could is my adulthood song. Remember you don’t have to run to the nearest club to enjoy this song, just open that bottle of wine and dance in your living room.

And did I mention this twenty year old musician is self taught? I’m so impress but this little tidbit of information. As someone who has taken many guitar lesson and still cannot play a song this is an impressive feat.