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New band of the Weekend: Strange Names (No 52)

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TheGuardian.com just named Strange Names as the new band of the week. The band is a trio of musicians and singers from Minneapolis who have been described as performing polished pop with a little bit of dark undertow. They are kind of similar to the B52s and the Talking Heads. The trio is made up of Liam Benzvi on vocals, Francis Jimenez on guitar and backup vocals and Fletcher Aleckson on drums. Like many great artists, they claim their music comes from a place of great pain. That is why they tend to touch upon dark lyrical subjects. Even the band members themselves claim their music is not too easy to enjoy. Between their dark infectious tunes and experimental tendencies, it has been rather difficult for them to gain a widely accepting audience. However, their music is catching on after the release of their EP and a single with the recording company “White Iris Records.”

Strange Names still thrives to be a major label in the music scene. One great thing about their music is that it can spread to almost any genre or era. They’ve used the pop culture perkiness of Only Boy and Supernatural Silence and the 60s pop surf harmonies of Overused Phrase. Some claim the music actually feels sunny and happy, and takes them out of a dark place. It makes them feel like everything is going to be okay. Basically, it all depends on the person. Their songs are not necessarily all dark and depressing, but it may take a little bit for some people to get used to. It really depends on how much you can relate to the pain that the singers are expressing in their lyrics. Some people may be able to relate to their pain more than others.
Overall, Strange Names produces songs that are danceable and contain the sound of pop rock to them. Many people from the older generation have listened to their songs and have liked what they heard. The same goes for the younger generation as well. This is why Strange Names will likely succeed in this business. They seemed to have captured the interest of all kinds of music lovers. Their only setback seems to be capturing enough interest in order to make a better name for themselves and become more successful. But with many critics and magazines giving them free publicity about the quality of their music, it looks like Strange Names might be the next big band that people talk about.

A Rare Glimpse Into the Life of a Hit Artist

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Alanis Morissette is a woman of many talents. She is a writer and musician who got to go on an international tour for her record when she was just 22-years-old. This gave her a lot of responsibilities such as being a spokesperson, activist, leader, boss, celebrity and work addict. In almost an instant, she went from being an unknown who would watch people from park benches to being the one that people on park benches watched. This kind of instant fame was very shocking to her because she wasn’t used to people paying attention to her so much. It even got to the point where she stayed in her hotel rooms as often as she could in order to avoid being approached by people in the hallways. Sometimes when she would order food from room service, six people would come to her door delivering her food and would take her pictures at the same time. This caused her to develop an interest in cycling outside with a helmet on, so people could not see her face. And even if they could see her face, she would be going so fast that they wouldn’t be able to approach her in time for an autograph or picture.
When Alanis went to buy her first house at 22-years-old, she didn’t know what to fill it with because she had no money prior to purchasing the house. It was such a new experience for her and so she needed her manager to help her pick out the dining room set and couches that were needed for the home. Eventually, Alanis came to realize that she could heal her insecurities and fears by helping her fans through her music. She never noticed it before, but the experiences she shares in her lyrics have actually helped people feel better about their lives. This made her realize that her songs weren’t just about entertaining people. They were also about encouraging and sympathizing with people as well. Now Alanis felt better about what she was doing, but she still had more healing to do. Then she realized that she needed more intimate relationships with people in order to ensure her healing. This meant she had to stop hiding in her hotel room and get out more in order to make new friendships. Not only did this work out for her, but now she is a wife and mother as a result and couldn’t be happier.

Raleigh Ritchie: ‘I don’t want to be on posters. I just want to be good’

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Raleigh Ritchie is best known for Game of Thrones and as a rising pop star. You would think that a person in his middle 20s with all of these opportunities would be the happiest person in the world. But Raleigh tends to worry a lot about his career and the way people are going to perceive him. While playing the character of Grey Worm on Game of Thrones, he is also a musician and singer. Music is what helped Raleigh deal with a lot of rough times in his life, like the insecurities of his career. He worries that people will negatively judge him for trying to pursue both an acting and music career. He also worries about getting older and transitioning into adulthood. That is why his singing commonly expresses his fears and insecurities in the lyrics. But even then, he still worries that audiences won’t understand how he truly feels.
A lot of young people can probably relate to Raleigh. As a kid, he was bulled and beat up in grade school like many kids around the world. This caused him to try and remain anonymous from the rest of the kids. That way bullies wouldn’t know he existed and wouldn’t want to target him. He carried on this isolation all throughout the rest of his adolescence years until he finished school. Then he moved to London at the age of 17 to try and pursue his acting career. Raleigh was in a dark place for awhile and it got to the point where his parents were really worried about him. But it was through music that Raleigh was able to pick himself back up. However, he claims that he doesn’t want to only write songs in order to therapeutically deal with his dreadful memories of the past. He wants to write songs in order to entertain people and please his fans.
Now he is 24-years-old and is already planning to purchase a home with his girlfriend. Not only will he have to endure a mortgage, but he and his girlfriend are even talking about having kids as well. If you had asked Raleigh four years ago if he would ever want to purchase a home with a mortgage and have kids of his own, he would have said no way. But now he is in a much better place and it has helped changed his thinking about these kinds of adult responsibilities. But these responsibilities still scare Raleigh because they are all new to him and cause him to worry again. Only time will tell if he is able to move forward in a positive light.

Jam to Alabama Shakes, Passion Pit, Fool’s Gold and More In Our 5 songs to Stream!!

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New songs are coming out all the time. It is so easy for both professional and amateur singers to release their new songs on the internet. Amateurs don’t need to hire an agent or sign a contract with a big time music producer. They can just produce their own songs at home and then upload them to the internet. They can even sell their songs through Amazon or iTunes as well. But with this ability for independent singers to distribute their work, it also means there could be lots of bad songs out there. Music lovers have to rely on reviews and comments in order to determine if a song is worth listening to or not. Well at digitaltrends.com, they have already gone through the hundreds of thousands of songs and picked out the five songs that are the most hyped up on the internet.
“Don’t Wanna Fight” is the newest song from the band Alabama Shakes. This band was formed by two high school friends that wrote and sung their own songs. Now they have grown national acclaim. Wet Leaves by Mac McCaughan is another song to look out for. Mac used to be with the Superchunk indie rock band back in the 1990s, but later separated and went solo. Wet Leaves proves Mac’s ability to sing solo and to do it well. But if you want a song that makes you feel like you’re upside down, listen to “The Graduates” by Speedy Ortiz. It provides a complex series of music and vocal tracks with strong instrumentations added.
Number four of the top five goes to “Where the Sky Hangs” by Passion Pit. This indie band specializes in electronic rock and they have just released their album record “Kindred” this week. This record contains “Where the Sky Hangs,” which listeners have described as being like a fireworks display. In other words, it is energetic and full of life. Then finally, “Another Sun” by Fool’s Gold is a top song on digitaltrends.com. Another Sun is a song from their soon to be released album. It is described as a Congolese and Ethiopian style track that is vibrant and dream-like.
So now you have five songs to listen to that you probably didn’t know about before. These top rated songs got their popularity from the listeners of the world who just love to listen to them. Perhaps you will love them too.

5 Songs You Need to Hear This Weekend!!

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There are new songs being released every week from around the world. It can be hard to monitor and listen to all the great songs being released, so you have to narrow down your choices to 5 particular songs if you are on time constraints. The first song you should pay attention to is “Of Crows and Crowns,” which is sung as a solo by Dustin Kensrue. This is not the first time Kensrue has done a solo record. In 2007 he put out another solo record and in 2013 he did a religious worship album. Kensrue was originally the lead frontman for the music group “Thrice,” but they went hiatus around 2012.
Another song you should look out for is “Let It Happen,” by Tame Impala. This is an unusual single that is not just catchy and radio friendly. It is about 8 minutes long and contains a disco-esque style to the music, which is a change for Tame Impala because there are no guitars. So if you want to see a new version of them, then check out Let It Happen.
Heems, who used to be part of Das Racist, is now going solo. He already released his first solo album “Eat, Pray, Thug.” The hip hop star is tackling some tough topics, especially in his newest solo “Sometimes.” This is a plethora of his samples that focuses mainly on race and identity issues. These topics likely derived from his own mixed background where he felt insecure about his own identity. You will hear plenty of references to old school hip hop and some Gordon Voidwell beats as well.
Waste the Alphabet by Dick Diver is a sweet rock song that is pleasant to the ears. The lyrics are clever to the point where they will remind you of Elvis Costello. Dick Diver is a band based in Melbourne Australia and they are about to release a full length album in the United States. The album is entitled “Melbourne, Florida” gives off a fabulous impression to their new audience and fan base. Waste the Alphabet will surely be on the top of their list.
Tranquility by Matthew E. White was released about one year after the sudden death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The song was written and performed as a tribute to the late actor. Matthew E. White was inspired by Hoffman’s work and the song is more of a mournful song in his honor. You can find this song in his new record called Fresh Blood.

Track of the Day! Charlotte OC

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Charlotte OC whose real name is Charlotte Mary O’Connor is a British singer and songwriter. In just a short period of time she has already blossomed with her music and has caught an international fan base. She has also been chosen to appear on the Communion New Faces tour. The British entertainment website, Digital Spy, even described her as the “one to watch.”
Charlotte recently released her newest EP called “Burning,” which you can buy now on online and in music stores worldwide. Her music is a nice blend of sensual pop with Berghain techno. Clash Magazine is premiering a brand new remix of her other work “If My House Was Burning,” which will bring Charlotte onto the dance floor and bringing a whole new beauty to the electronic edges of her music. A musical duo from Hastings named “Folded like Fabric” will be conducting most of the reworking of the song while retaining the same emotional delivery of the singer.
Charlotte has had a bumpy ride towards fame. When she was in her teens she got signed by the popular record label “Columbia,” by was later dropped by them. She eventually picked herself back up with her debut EP that was released by Stranger Records called “Colour My Heart.” In 2014, she had the opportunity to play on stage at the T in the Park festival for “BBC Introducing,” which represents new musical talent across the United Kingdom who is often independent or self signed. This performance led to her next EP release “Strange,” which was backed by the American music company “Harvest Records” and the British company “Polydor.”
Charlotte has a passion for electronic music, which was her main influence before getting into the music business. She particularly loved the electronic music she heard in Berghain, which is a club in Berlin. Her parents also helped influence her by surrounding her with soul music and folk music for a majority of her childhood. Some of her most notable influences are Billie Holiday, Lou Reed, Marvin Gaye, Leonard Cohen, and Alicia Keys.
Charlotte has been actively singing and writing songs in the mainstream market since 2012. In such a short time, she has already signed with three record labels and grown a worldwide audience that loves her music. Her soft voice mixed with electronic tones is surely easy to be taken in by. She may not be at superstar status yet, but if her popularity continues to grow as it is then she may very well be soon.

Hotel Ceiling by Rixton

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A haunting song with an equally haunting music video. It begins with finding love then losing it. It deals with the emotions felt after losing a loved one; the confusion, guilt, anger, and much more. In the song he describes the love as dead while the music video has a man missing while his love tries to deal with it remembering their past love and struggles. The video has a surprising ending that you will have to see yourself. The quality of this song and its video are undeniable and the rest of the album promises to be the same.

The Book of Love by Gavin James

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People say you can’t describe love but this song comes pretty close. The vocals are soulful and James displays amazing range. It is slow and meaningful conveying endless emotion. He sings all about what love means and what the person he loves means to him. His sound is equally if not more amazing live and the entire live album is stunning. It’s the type of song that makes your heart swell and brings tears to your eyes but at the same time you can’t help but smile. The video tells the story of a little boy discovering what love is and trying to understand it.

B-B King dies at 89

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B-B King dies at 89, read more below.

King took the Beale Street Blues Boy, or BB for short, as a disc jockey for radio station WDIA-AM Memphis.

King was born on September 16, 1925, on a cotton plantation between Indianola and what is now Itta Bena, Mississippi. He sang with church choirs as a child and learned basic guitar chords from his uncle, a preacher. In his youth, he played on street corners for dimes, saying he earned more in one night singing on the corner than he did in one week working in the cotton field.

Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and economical, expressive style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.

Even with a long list of honors to his name– a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, a Presidential Medal of Freedom– he maintained a relentless touring schedule well into his 80s.

Throughout his career, King evolved with the times to incorporate contemporary trends and influences without straying from his Delta blues roots. Whether he was sharing the stage with U2 on “When Loves Comes to Town”– a scene memorialized in the 1988 concert film “Rattle and Hum”– or playing in the East Room of the White House with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and others, King’s single-string guitar notes trilled with an unmistakable vibrato from his hollow-bodied Gibson affectionately known as Lucille.
Slowing down
King finally started showing signs of his age last year after decades of living with Type II diabetes.

King’s enduring legacy came from his refusal to slow down even after cementing his status as an American music icon.

His ascent continued in 1949 with his first recordings, “Miss Martha King/Take a Swing with Me” and “How Do You Feel When Your Baby Packs Up and Goes/I’ve Got the Blues.” His first hit record “Three O’Clock Blues” was released in 1951 and stayed on the top of the charts for four months.

Musicians mourn the loss of B.B. King

Beale Street Blues Boy
He enlisted in the Army during World War II but was released because he drove a tractor, an essential homefront occupation.

As “King’s Spot” grew in popularity on WDIA, King shortened “Beale Street Blues Boy” to “Blues Boy King” and eventually B.B. King.

His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration.

His life was the subject of the documentary “B.B. King: The Life of Riley” and the inspiration for the the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, which opened in Mississippi in 2008.

A shaky show in St. Louis prompted his reps to issue an apology for “a performance that did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence.” He fell ill in October after a show at Chicago’s House of Blues due to dehydration and exhaustion, prompting a rare cancellation of the remainder of his tour.

In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, Tennessee, home to a thriving music scene that supported aspiring black performers. He stayed with his cousin Bukka White, one of the most celebrated blues performers of his time, who schooled King further in the art of the blues.

King of the blues
B.B. King, the Beale Street Blues Boy
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The Mississippi native’s reign as “king of the blues” lasted more than six decades and straddled two centuries, influencing a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.

He was 89.

He was hospitalized for dehydration in April in Las Vegas, a long way from his modest roots as the son of a sharecropper.

He got his first big break in 1948 by performing on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio program out of West Memphis, leading to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis and a 10-minute spot on WDIA.

Beloved Lucille

It was during this era that King first named his beloved guitar Lucille. In the mid-1950s, King was performing at a dance in Twist, Arkansas, when a few fans became unruly and started a fire. King ran out, forgetting his guitar, and risked his life to go back and get it.

He later found out that two men fighting over a woman named Lucille knocked over a kerosene heater that started the fire. He named the guitar Lucille, “to remind myself never to do anything that foolish.”.

King used various models of Gibson guitars over the years and named them each Lucille. In the 1980s, Gibson officially dropped the model number ES-355 on the guitar King used, and it became a custom-made signature model named Lucille, manufactured exclusively for the “King of the Blues.”.

30 Grammy nominations.
In the ’50s and ’60s, King was a peripatetic figure, idolized by musicians and R&B fans, known for putting on some of the best live shows around. By the late ’50s, he was traveling in a chauffeur-driven Cadillac accompanied by a custom Greyhound bus, called Big Red, which housed his band.

He received a standing ovation. He returned to the Fillmore several more times.

In 1967, his changing fan base was enough to get him booked in San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.

In 1970, he won his first Grammy for his trademark song, “The Thrill is Gone.” That same year, he debuted an all-blues show at Carnegie Hall and appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”.

Even after his bluesier R&B became less commercial– he observed that “they (once) called guys like me rhythm and blues, so somewhere along the line, I guess I lost my rhythm”– he still maintained a following, this time among white musicians.

Over the years, he racked up 30 Grammy nominations and 15 wins, including two in 2000: one along with Eric Clapton for Best Traditional Blues Album for “Riding with the King” and another with Dr. John for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t (My Baby).”.

Eric Clapton was a fan. Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac modeled his sound on King’s. John Lennon said he “wanted to play guitar like B.B. King.”.

“We used to play the Fillmore all the time, but it was then about 90 % black,” he told PBS. “But this time … it was long-haired white people, men and women, sitting body to body going up to the door. I told my road manager, ‘I think they booked us in the wrong place.’ “.

His last was in February 2009 for Best Traditional Blues Album for “One Kind Favor” (2008).