While watching the Home Run Derby last night, I found myself watching the derby on mute because I don’t need to hear Chris Berman’s obnoxious shtick that he hasn’t changed in years. So I put on my Spotify (which I highly recommend if you’re a music lover) and found myself listening to a little bit of everything. I’ve decided that I would broaden my horizon when it comes to music and hopefully you readers by giving a new artist each month that interests me. While these artist’s might not be new to the music world, they are definitely new to me.
So let’s begin with my first artist of the month. July’s artist of the month is The Neighbourhood. If you are an alternative rock fan, then you have most likely heard their song “Sweater Weather” on the radio and thought the song was extremely catchy but didn’t know who it was by. “Sweater Weather” is their first single from their 2013 album I Love You. This band is extremely different than most of the bands that are currently ruling the radio. They have this trippy kind of sound to them.
Rolling Stone magazine described them as “moody” and I completely agree with that assessment, each song can change your mood. Balancing the upbeat to the slower paced songs, you don’t know exactly how you are going to feel. If you’re interested in this band, definitely check out their website or buy their album on iTunes. They are a change of pace from much that is out there. If you really like them, then check out their tour dates. I’m seeing them in September when they’re opening up for another great band, Imagine Dragons.
If you haven’t listened to The Neighbourhood before, I’d compare them to bands like Vampire Weekend, Dispatch, Grouplove, and Phoenix.
Check out the video for “Sweater Weather” below, because it will truly make your ears ring:
If you have any other sweet tunes that I should check out, leave a comment and I will definitely check them out. I am always looking for new music to listen to. Also, let me know what you thought of The Neighbourhood or any of the other bands that I mentioned.
Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ In A Major Key Sounds Pretty Crazy
Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” perfectly captured the teenage angst of the early ’90s, a dark and moody grunge track track that helped propel the band from cult fandom to mainstream success.
The song was originally written in minor key (which is sad, bleak and eerie by definition), but a group called Sleep Good decided to take their signature hit and pitch-shift it to a major key, completely changing the tone of the song and turning it into a happy-go-lucky pop punk hit that’s surprisingly catchy.
While I know I should hate it on principal alone, I can’t stop listening to Nirvirna – Teen Sprite for whatever reason. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of Everclear, Weezer, and other bands from the 90’s..
Give it a listen and let us know what you think of it.
Dustin Hensley May Be A Country Boy, But His Music Is Anything But!
Looking for some new tunes to jam out to? Then you’ve got to check out Dustin Hensley‘s latest EP, Ships. For those of you unfamiliar with Hensley, he’s a “good ole southern boy” from Tennessee who is putting out music like nothing you’ve ever heard before. His music is full of pure country story telling, but mixed in with great dance and pop sensibilities, creating a genre all his own.
“At the end of the day, I’m a lot of different things and a lot of different sounds,” said Hensley. “And I’ve decided to throw all of them—pop, R&B, country, classic rock, southern gospel—into my music. Call it whatever you want. If you think it’s pop, great. If you think it’s country, awesome. No matter what, it’s me telling stories. My life and my truth.”
While I’m not really a fan of country music, there’s just something about Hensley’s music that has me rocking out to it. I’ve been listing to Ships ever since it dropped last week, and I can’t get enough of it!
You can listen to all five tracks in their entirety at www.dustinhensleymusic.com, so give them a listen and let us know what you think!
Britney Spears Is Back With A Seriously Sexy New Music Video
Britney Spears just unveiled a seriously sexy music video for her new single Make Me, which features Britney and some friends holding auditions to find Brit’s on-screen love interest for the “Make Me” video, and ordering a number of men to strip down for an impromptu, naughty casting session.
But don’t worry, the focus goes back to Britney when the chorus hits, where we see her dancing in a white-lit hallway in lacy black underwear, looking absolutely incredible.. Seriously, this 30-something mother of two looks every bit as hot as she did back in her Hit Me Baby One More Time days..
“Make me oooh” indeed!
The video is hot as hell, but apparently there was an even racier version (shot by Dave LaChapelle) that got scrapped for being “too hot for TV”.. If you’re curious what the original video looked like, there’s a low-res version floating around the web.