Sometimes life just happens. The history books of popular music are filled with ribald tales of twenty-something’s who formed bands, left smoking craters of motels in their wake, and rocketed to some sort of, usually fleeting, success. There are other stories.
Popular music history seldom mentions the artists who, for one reason or another, answer the call of real life and leave dreams of a musical career behind. For every young, strutting rock star, you’ll find hundreds of men and women with greater or equal talent who stepped away. Then, there are stories about some who have re-entered the fray with spectacular results and The Grey Agents are one. Read more
Encountering Cooper Phillip’s beautifully simple “Silence” video, raw talent immediately hit my ears and made it clear the sky’s the limit for this Russian rising star. Listening to her impressive pipes, her voice, which won singing competitions at 11 years old, easily elevates her above the rest of aspiring sirens. Not only gifted vocally, she learned classical piano and harp, being raised in a family of accomplished classical musicians. Making the courageous decision to follow her dreams thousands of miles away from her homeland, she made her way to NY and LA, with not much else besides perseverance and a will to succeed.
Wrapping up my last 2014 list, I decided to do something different and switch it up. Instead of rushing out with my selections, I gave myself a test- Let two weeks go by into 2015 and if I found myself still rocking to something, being eager to revisit and put a song on “Repeat”, it made #CarlitasCuts.
Here are my favs who passed with flying colors below:
Gary Clark Jr- “Numb” (Live)- ‘Gary Clark Jr. Live’
Kaytranada featuring Shay Lia- “Leave Me Alone”
Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.
Bringing hot producers Salaam Remi, Key Wane, Da Internz and DJ Dahi among others this time around, Jazmine Sullivan returns this week with a snapshot into what society covets on ‘Reality Show’. Stream it below before its release on RCA Records tomorrow:
New Found Glory arrived in Milan in December and we met Cyrus and Jordan before the concert (an amazing show: the audience was completely crazy and lots of fans directly on stage!) to talk with them about their new album “Resurrection”, about their tour and their music in general.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard your songs?
Jordan: I’d probably say, like a lot of energy, lyricly we write about the human experience so, whatever you’re going through, we go through the same things and we write about it!
Cyrus: It’s very fun; I think if you can watch us at a concert, you’ll know that everybody loves our music and you have a lot of fun when you’re at the shows… Yeah, it’s good!
Stromae, from Brussels, has conquered not only Italy with his music, but in my country 2014 has definitely been his year. After his participation at Sanremo’s Festival, more or less everyone knows who he is, even if not everybody loves him like lots of Italian fans do.
In July he came to Milan to play live at Alcatraz and the people who went to that concert told everyone that it has been a blast. The show was sold out, like the two shows he had in Roma and Milan in December. I believed the friend who went to that concert, but after having seen his concert in Milan on the 15th of December I can understand it better. Read more
With an industry turned upside down, searching for the next destination of music popularity, it’s important to hold on to where we have been.
This month we praise… Miles Davis
Trumpeter, jazz and rock innovator Miles recorded some amazing music in the 1950s. A master stroke was “So What. ” It was part of the soundtrack from the movie, Pleasantville. The movie showed how it was time for new values. Read more
Finally 2 Cellos came to Italy: during their international tour they came to my country and it has been amazing.They played five gigs and almost every gig was sold out : in Padova, Rome, Bologna, Milan and Udine, with more than 11 000 people deciding to attend this unique live experience.It’s normal to think that people will dance, sing and scream during a rock concert, but what do you think the audience would do during a 2 Cellos concert?
I didn’t know it either, but then I found myself singing and screaming during their show like I am used to do during other “normal” concerts. It was pretty amazing to see how heterogeneous the audience was: parents and kids; young people going crazy for their idols; older people trying to guess all the songs they were playing and lots of metal lovers (they were wearing metal bands’ t-shirts!) who really enjoyed the show. Read more
Reflecting back on a musically action packed 2014, few Latin music releases stood out more than the Miami based band PALO! ‘Live’ album. Always a fan of live albums for the direct experience, the stage is where a band has nothing to hide behind and where a hot band should come alive. PALO!, a group formed in 2003 comprised of Leslie Cartaya, Steve Roitstein, Ed Calle, Raymer Olalde and Philbert Armenteros, flourishes here with each member adding something different to create a robust flavorful Afro-Cuban sound, enlivening the Miami music scene. It’s obvious the music community agreed because the group achieved a rare feat, snagging 2014 Latin Grammy and 2015 Grammy nods for “Best Tropical Album”.