Tag Archives: NC

American Aquarium – I Hope He Breaks Your Heart [LIVE]

Hailing from Raleigh, NC, American Aquarium’s southern musical perspective is a blend of honest songwriting, an unwavering work ethic, and a genuine love of rock & roll. Whether you call it alt-country, Americana, or roots rock, one thing is for certain: Their music is a fresh voice that borrows from many forms of the American songbook.

25-year old songwriter and band leader, BJ Barham, brings songs to the five other band mates who breathe life into a performance that is equal parts Springsteen-esque rock bravado, old-school country lyrical heartbreak, and indie-rock introspection. From the college coeds to tattooed bikers and hipsters, the band has demonstrated their ability to cross boundaries.

With 5 years, 5 albums, and over 700 shows under their belts, American Aquarium is the continuance of the road warrior meets studio craftsman ethic that has long been a part of the rock & roll and country music cultures. They are a band and crew that spend their lives between a van with no air-conditioning and stages all across the country. Their collaboration forms a wholly new and polished version of what Americana might start to look like in the years to come (exert from facebook)

Bonus: You can here their single “Hurricane” off their album, Small Town Hymns, here: American Aquarium – Hurricane.

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

Beta Radio – Seven Sisters [MUSIC]

Seven Sisters Cover Art

Hailing from Wilmington, NC

Ben Mabry:
Vocals, Guitar, Glockenspiel
Brent Holloman:
Guitar, Banjo, BG Vocals, Glockenspiel, Piano

Beta Radio strike a chord similar in tone to The Avett Brothers using the same tool set in their own unique way. Stand out track Darden Road has a great cyclical banjo running through the song giving it it’s pace and momentum and when the band kicks in at 1.55 you can feel the impact of the subtle drums lifting the song higher again and using the brass to get effect to introduce the remaining instruments. Homespun harmonies add great color to the guys tracks and impressively not one track one this album is a dud.

Tracks are available at there Bandcamp here – http://betaradio.bandcamp.com/

and your can check out more content and gig info at their main site here – http://betaradio.squarespace.com/

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



Inflowential – “Sheriff” [VIDEO]

Often compared to the Roots, Inflowential brings a fresh new sound to hip-hop.  Hailing from Greensboro, NC, Inflow’s jazzy, soul sounds resonates from two MCs, a guitarist, bassists, DJ, and a master beat-boxer. This following is a fresh take on Bob Marley’s hit, inspired by recent alleged police brutality in our major cities.

By: Kyle C. Stilley | Online Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC