Daily Archives: April 29, 2011

Portugal. The Man – “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)” [MUSIC]

Taking Back Sunday just released a new single today, and even though they’re no longer an indie band I was gonna make an exception, ’cause hey, they’re effin’ Taking Back Sunday with the original line-up and some of us greet that kind of news with excitement most people reserve for the return of major deities.

Buuut they don’t need the press and the song isn’t really that good (*cough* go here anyway *cough*).

On the other hand, Portugal. The Man also dropped a new track today and it’s awesome, so that’s what we’re going with.

These guys never disappoint – from their roots as a more experimental, heavier avant funk/jam band, to their more straight-ahead 60s and 70s rock releases like the almost unbearably good The Satanic Satanist – they’ve dropped album after album of solid material.  Clearly influenced by the Beatles here (I know, I know, who isn’t?), it’s safe to say their streak will be continuing.  Listen to those strings!

Also, to anyone who checks this out on a regular basis, apologies for the lack of posts.  Stay tuned, I’ve got something fun and a little different cooking that I’m gonna start next week.

Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles |@Chris_Cullari | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

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Taxi Violence – “Devil ‘n Pistol” [MUSIC]

Since getting together after a jam session at a military base in June 2004, Taxi Violence have gone on to stake their rightful claim as one of South Africa’s most prized independent rock acts, rocking crowds, winning awards and gathering a legion of ardent followers wherever their music is heard.  Their newest album launch will be at the Planetarium in Cape Town on May 11th, hope to see you there!

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

MNDR – “Fade to Black” [LIVE]

Comprised of Amanda Warner and Peter Wade, MNDR (pronounced “man-dar”) is an electro-pop duo formed in 2009. The two hooked up after Warner moved to New York City from Oakland, CA. “Fade to Black” has a bouncy, up-beat sound with an electronic feel. MNDR is currently recording an LP which should be available later this year. You can find more information on the duo as well as tour dates at their homepage.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Black Kettle – “Paint the Town” [VIDEO]

Yes, I’ve posted about these two before, but the response was so good the first time (and I had so much fun making these videos) that I wanted to highlight the second single off their new EP.

The version below is a stripped down performance featuring just the girls, keys, guitar and a drum machine.  The full track (and EP) are available on iTunes right here.

Fun fact: I spent three years at film school shooting on various rooftops in Boston, and this was the first time I ever got kicked off anything.  I guess Keeley and Kailynn just rawk too damn hard.

Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles |@Chris_Cullari | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

The Get Up Kids – Shatter Your Lungs [VIDEO]

The Get Up Kids rose to popularity in the mid-1990’s punk scene opening for bands such as Weezer and Green Day before headlining their own shows. After a three-year hiatus beginning in ’05, The Get Up Kids reunited in 2008 and recorded Simple Science the subsequent year. “Shatter Your Lungs” is a single of their latest project, There Are Rules, that was released earlier this year. Check it out.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com