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Arrow in the Sky – Winter’s Requiem [MUSIC]

Arrow in the Sky consists of a deuce of multi-instrumentalists,

Conor McCauley and Brian Murphy. They hail from Ireland’s belly

button where they have been honing their craft for a number of

years in one ensemble or another. Driven together by a mixture

of circumstances, of which there is no need to go into here,

they have created two fine and upstanding mini-albums

Do what thou wilt Cover Art

Do What Thou Wilt (2009) and

Winter's Requiem Cover Art

 

 

 

Winter’s Requiem (2011)

They are currently hard at work on their debut full length

recording, which is sure to be epic!

The sound live can be likened to other harmony laden,

song driven artists such as CSN and Simon & Garfunkel or

more contemporary artists such as My Morning Jacket,

Fleet Foxes and Bowerbirds. With an arsenal of traditional

instruments doing very untraditional things, strange and

boundless vocals, Arrow in the Sky have created a world

and sonic imagery all of their own. Weaving an aural tapestry

of folk, blues, alt-rock into their own unique blend of

Irish-Americana.

“’Winter’s Requiem’ proves to me that they are one of Ireland’s best bands in the Folk-rock genre.” Peter Nagle – 2uibestow.blogspot.com

“With these gorgeous folk melodies on their second EP, Arrow in the Sky mark themselves out as a force to be reckoned with” Ronan Hunt-Murphy – swearimnotpaul.com

 

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By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

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Striking Matches (Common Thread) at CMA Fest 2011 in Nashville, TN [MUSIC]

I’ve never really been too interested in popular country music, so I was very hesitant about exploring CMA Fest on Broadway in Nashville last month.  However, the Best Buy stage outside the Hard Rock Café was the start to a good time in the country music realm.  This is because I got to hear Striking Matches (pka Common Thread) take the stage with for an acoustic set in the heat of a summer afternoon, and was thoroughly entertained.  Striking Matches is a country duo from Nashville, TN that combines their talent on guitar with outstanding harmonies and great songs that everyone can enjoy.  Their sound  and performance at CMA Fest 2011 was awesome!  The acoustic guitars sounded so fresh, the punch of the Cajon sounded like a studio kick, and the harmonies were nothing but dialed in.  It was somewhere around 95 degrees and the music coming from the stage took my mind off the heat.  The group on stage consisted of duet vocals with acoustic guitars, a bass player, and a cajon player.  They were tight, and they could play.  Check out this song by Striking Matches called “Not the One.”

Striking Matches is made up singers/songwriters/guitarists Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis.  From Philadelphia, PA, Sarah has played guitar since she was ten and found herself playing alongside legends such as John Wetton, Mike Keneally, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, The Players, and Jon Anderson by the time she finished high school.  From N. Georgia, Justin Davis has had a guitar in his hands for as long as he can remember.  These two talented musicians met years ago when they were both students at Belmont University.  While taking a guitar class together, they found out that their styles blended especially well.  Not only that, but when they each pulled out their electric guitars, the duo discovered that they had the same exact Telecaster guitars with matching colors and all!  It’s no doubt that Striking Matches was an exciting match from the start.  Both of them had been playing guitar for most of their lives, and they each thrived on blues music. Check out this song called “Take Me For A Fool:”

They decided to join forces, collaborate, and begin creating music together as a duo in Nashville.  They soon received management from music executive John Grady at Crush Management’s Nashville office, publishing deals with Universal Music, and a growing fan base.  With combined skills in guitar, vocals, and songwriting, the two create a vibe that is unmatched in country music.  With “lyrics that speak to all,” Common Thread is definitely a band that plenty can relate to.  Their show at CMA Fest 2011 was excellent and I can’t wait to see this duo again, especially since they plan to incorporate their Fender Telies into the act.  Striking Matches has great potential in music and has already started off with some great shows, co-writes, and new album plans in 2011.  Don’t miss their next show August 10 at the Listening Room in Nashville, TN!

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

FRESH2DEATH – “I Am F2D” [MUSIC]

Found these guys (Greg Fisk and Ben Samples) while I was clicking through some electronic music videos on youtube. Got a sick live video for ya along with a full stream of The California Grassroots Mixtape 01 by this dope hiphop/electronic/dub duo out of Denver.

NERO – Me And You [VIDEO]

Bumpin’ club track combining hiphop, house, and dubstep for a sensational sound is NERO out of London, U.K. This new track just released for sale on iTunes last week so please check it out. To view more music by NERO click the image above.

ATMOSPHERE – The Waitress [MUSIC]

Lyrical genius on this track by ATMOSPHERE. This week in 2005 the released an album entitled “Headshots Se7en”. Check it out more here and enjoy this killer flow.

Blue Sky Black Death – Secrets [MUSIC]

Sit back and enjoy this track by Blue Sky Black Death off their album, “Slow Burning Light”. This is definitely a good one to play when you’re about to go to sleep. Please click the image above to hear more of their music.

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