Dissolve Me by Alt-J

I’ll go ahead and include another track by Alt-J – “Dissolve Me”. Vocals are less extreme on this track. If you don’t like either one of these songs, no need to check out the album! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab0Cw38AbWo

Breezeblocks by Alt-J

English alternative band Alt-J all met at Leeds University. They spent two years rehearsing before signing a record deal in 2011. They released their debut album “An Awesome Wave” in September last year. These guys are unique, especially the vocals. At times, vocalist Joe Newman almost sounds like a parody. But he keeps it interesting. […]

Unspoken by Kylesa

Savannah’s Kylesa just released their 6th full length album “Ultraviolet”. I’ve written about this band before. They’re kind of metal, with elements of psychedelic stoner, hardcore and sludge. Keeps things interesting. Also notable is one of their vocalists/guitarists is female (unusual in this genre) and they have two drummers. I don’t know if “Ultraviolet” is […]

Criminal by Nicholas David & Melanie Martinez

For the last clip, I have a duet with Nicholas and Melanie covering “Criminal” by Fiona Apple. I already loved that song, and it great seeing Nicholas and Melanie sing it together. Can’t wait to see what these two end up recording in the future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuJVwYJ0nXM

Toxic by Nicholas David & Melanie Martinez

Melanie did her take on “Toxic” by Britney Spears and far exceeds Britney’s original version. Notice Christina Aguilera was the only one who didn’t turn around. She had it in for Melanie throughout the entire season of the show for some reason. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4CI6HUx7Qc

Lean On Me by Nicholas David & Melanie Martinez

If you don’t watch “The Voice”, Nicholas and Melanie were contestants this past season. I don’t watch “Idol” or any of the other vocal competitions, but I have watched “The Voice” all three of its seasons. I think the vocalists are much better than what is showcased on “Idol”. Nicholas David and Melanie Martinez were […]

Face to Face by Dead Sara

“Face to Face” – Ok, I had to include a down-tempo song just so you could see a different side of the band. At a minimum, go about 2:45 into the song where Armstrong begins building a vocal climax that peaks at about the 3:30 mark that is one of the most impressive, impassioned vocal […]

Test On My Patience by Dead Sara

“Test On My Patience” is similar to “Weatherman” with a really catchy riff and a big, explosive sound. Armstrong has some really cool vocal parts on this track, with some fast-paced vocals and then some higher parts as well. Armstrong and Medley really make a great team together, the interplay between Medley’s guitar riffs and […]

My Time On Stage At The Grammy’s

I was born and raised in California’s Silicon Valley, just a decade ahead and a few miles south of where Apple would eventually take shape and introduce the iPod and iTunes to the world. I played in bands throughout Jr High and High School, and when I left for Los Angeles to attend the now […]