Daily Archives: September 7, 2011

Cameron Bedell, Foxes Have Foxholes, and Natalie Royal at 12th & Porter in Nashville, TN [SHOW/NEW MUSIC]

Nashville is home to a lot of colleges and universities.  One of the staple schools in Nashville is Belmont University, a private school with a well-known music business program in the heart of Music City.  Belmont also has some very talented artists at its core.  Earlier this week, with the help of music business student Allen Smith, 12th & Porter presented a concert showcasing some of Belmont’s best up-and-coming artists.

First up to start the evening off right was Natalie Royal, a soulful folk rock artist from Charlotte, NC.  Natalie has passionate music, and a voice with both presence and dynamics.  She was joined by two backup singers and a violin player.  Like many of her contemporaries, Natalie writes from experiences and thoughts that come through life events.  This is a great new female folk artist with a lot of potential in the near future.

Next up was one of my favorite new local bands Foxes Have Foxholes.  This was my first time seeing them perform full band and I was super impressed with their musicianship and confidence on stage.  They had a tight band, great sounds, and most importantly, good songs.  At the core, Foxes Have Foxholes is Kyle Sapp (vocals, guitar) and Ryan McAdoo (keys, vocals).  In less then a year, Kyle and Ryan started the band and recorded a great EP available for FREE on Noisetrade.com.  Check out this official music video of a song called “Whistle Blower” from their EP.

That’s some good stuff right there.  I, for one, am excited to see where Foxes Have Foxholes take their music this year.  Check them out and download their EP for FREE!

(photo courtesy of Travis M. Ball at TMB.Productions)

Last but definitely not least was Cameron Bedell, a fresh pop-soul artist from Wichita, KS.  Cameron was joined on stage by his band called The Skunks, a ten-piece band with drums, bass, keys, lead electric guitar, rhythm guitar, trumpet, sax, trombone, and BGVs.  Wow!  It’s even better live than it sounds in words because every musician in Cameron’s band was excellent.  Cameron’s music is exciting to watch and thrilling to listen to.  His influences consist of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer.  He has been writing and recording music since he was 12 years old, and released his first EP when he was 18.  He says that the reason why he continues to pursue music is, “Music is the best way to bring people together, and with my music I intend on bringing joy and hope to everybody willing to listen.”  Check out one of his most popular tunes called “Flower Song.”

While “Flower Song” is a laid back song, Cameron has others that will really get you out of your seat.  Just remember that if you plan to see Cameron Bedell live, you better bring your dancing shoes, cause he’s gonna get you movin’!  Make sure you check out these artists and give them your support if you like their music.  Stay tuned for more new music and shows from Music City.

By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

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Nero Live at Identity Music Festival in San Diego, CA [PHOTOS]

Nero Live at Identity Music Festival in San Diego, CA

Nero-“Promises”

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Photography By: Shane Suski |Ambassador of Photography | San Diego, CA| @shanewithmwl | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC

Strange Birds “Breadcrumbs EP” [NEW MUSIC]

There is a young band out of Southern California called Young the Giant.  I have written about them here before and when they come out with new music I’ll write about them again.  They are awesome.  They are currently on tour with Incubus (I won’t judge if you don’t) and recently destroyed at this years VMAs.  They have a little bit of cred and bands that have a little bit of cred and are also good (there’s a difference) I tend to listen to a little more closely.

I was stalking Young The Giant’s Facebook page today and they told me to check out Strange Birds new EP called “Breadcrumbs EP”.  I did.  It’s 5 bucks on band camp.  A quick download and it quickly became my only enjoyment in an afternoon of awkwardly worded e-mails and technical jargon that I’ll never learn the full meaning of.  Fun eh?  Now do what I did and stream it above as you sift through my rambles about this awesome band… Shall we?

I hope your streaming the EP already.  If you’re not, get your shit together and hit play because here we go.  For starters it’s heavy and for second starters it sounds a little bit like Young The Giant themselves.  I think the vocals are similar.  I had no clue who these dudes were so I dug deeper.  The only thing I found was that they too are from Irvine and they also rock just as hard as Young The Giant.  Having played many shows together they seem to just share a mutual support for each other.  I thought for sure the lead singers would be brothers or something, but I’m glad I was wrong and as I duh deeper into this EP the less and less the two acts sounded alike.

There is a sweet gentleness to the Breadcrumbs EP.  This is going to sounds weird but I just spent a bunch of time relaxing by the beach near where these guys are from and you can hear the ocean’s influence and the southern california laid back vibe soaks into these songs.  To me this is the kind of music I can listen to while I boogie board (surf makes a ton more sense and that’s really what I mean, but I’d embarrass myself as a surfer so I’ll just stick with boogie board.  No sense in lying.  I’m no surfer.)  It’s filled with bright guitars, echoy vocals and fun little back beats.  It’s easy to listen to.  Clocking in at just under 22 minutes I was bummed when it was over.  So I turned it on again.

My favorite track is the second.  It’s called “Searchlights”.  I think you’ll see right away why it’s my favorite.  Fast rhythm with twangy effected guitars and minimalist chords just rocks in that beachy laid back it doesn’t really get to loud so I guess it doesn’t really rock sort of way.  The track after that “Move On” has a slight dub feel which is appropriate for Southern California with a hint of that indie rock falsetto that we (I) love so much.  I think I might be addicted to this band.

Good news and, well, good news.  You can download all of Strange Birds music for 7 dollars.  That’s a ridiculous steal.  They have a self titled EP available for 2 bucks and the new Breadcrumbs EP available for 5.  Here is the link to the STRANGE BIRDS EP and here is the link to BREADCRUMBS EP.

For the sake of being corny I was going to spare you from this next shitty attempt at a pun, but I don’t give a crap.  Strange Birds is making waves.  Get it?  They have hooked up with the right people in Young The Giant and I can’t wait to see them play a show together if Young The Giant would only just stop touring with crappy Incubus (sorry dudes, love you but I can’t stand Incubus).

Strange Birds doesn’t have any dates on their facebook calendar, but I’ll keep my eye on them for you and update if they add any.  Who woulda thought that the goods were coming from Irvine… Might be time to move.  Enjoy Strange Birds.  Happy End of Summer suckers who don’t live in LA or SD where it’s always summer.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Introducing… Kendrick Lamar [NEW MUSIC]

In his neighborhood of Compton, Kendrick Lamar is as known as K. Dot . I don’t need to explain how much of a struggle it is growing up in an environment that is built to fight social and individual progress. With such suppression Lamar has harnessed this emotion to be recognized as one of  West Coasts’ top lyrical geniuses. He dedicates much of his success to his upbringing and being surrounded by his father and the rest of his small family that consists of around 13 aunts/uncles, baring at at least 6 kids apiece. Lamar grew up around it all as a youngster; the good, the bad, the drinking, the smoking, the gangs and the violence, all of which seems to be portrayed in his music.

His music has been acknowledged by the best of the west. I saw footage a couple weeks ago of a concert where Snoop Dogg, The Game, Dr. Dre and The Dogg Pound all publicly showed their full support of the young rapper and his style of music. Have a look at the footage below:

Let me throw some examples your way,

The Heart.1

A.D.H.D.

In the song A.D.H.D. Kendrick makes continuous drug references, attributing this to experiences that he has come across along the west coast streets. This song is not about him, but rather the generation that he sees beside him being too often brought down the wrong path of drugs and violence. Lamar speaks openly on not even smoking weed (a very rare thing coming from the coast that brought you such green-leaf endorsing rappers such as snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, game, Cypress Hill, Nipsey Hussel)

Now Kendrick does not look highly on featuring big names in his music, for he doesn’t look for such quick exposure, or fake press. Another +1 in my respect book, ya, I keep tally. What are some artists that Kendrick would love to include on some of his upcoming music you might ask? Well the list includes such names as Erika Badu, Andre 3k, Bilal, and Floetry. When I heard those names come out of this dudes mouth I about dropped my glass. These are all artists that put out music with a message, not just a club hit. You can instantly tell by listening to just a couple of songs of his that he is different. Then you listen to a couple more songs, and realize that Kendrick Lamar is the truth. He is every hip-hop fans great hope, lyrically he can only grow. Having such a rich west coast background look for a couple exclusive Dr. Dre beats to be thrown his way to be used as canvas for Lamar’s lyrical masterpieces.

After reviewing his thoughts on the music industry you can’t help but get excited for lies ahead for Kendrick Lamar.  He seems to fully understand the way the industry works and is taking advantage of the benefits of owning your music.  His music is art and, seeing how great music spreads, I can’t wait to see where he is this time next year.

Lamar’s newest mixtape, Section.80 grabbed much attention and is now on itunes.

Hiiipower

Kian Bardikalaie | San Diego, CA| @KianwithMWL

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