Tag Archives: R&B

R.I.P. Allen Toussaint

10 Nov

Quite the band being assembled upstairs. Today we say goodbye to one of the uber talented musicians of our lifetime and one of New Orleans’ finest, Allen Toussaint. More words HERE via the New York Times. Rest in peace Mr. Toussaint.

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Now Playing: Shura – “Just Once”

11 Dec

Been listening to this song on repeat all week. If you are not familiar with Shura, you need to be. The British R&B musician is about to hit it big in 2015.

New Music: Clement Marfo & The Frontline

13 Jan

TGIF and this Friday we head across the pond for some righteous new music courtesy of Clement Marfo & The Frontline.  The seven member posse led by Marfo is a mixed bag of fun incorporating everything from hip-hop, rock, funk, pop, R&B, soul, ska and more.  Think energy and excitement when listening to this London group and look out for big things in 2012.

Below is the video for the current single “Overtime” but click HERE to listen to “Shock & Awe” my favorite so far.

Now Playing: Alabama Shakes

16 Nov

The train is coming and you better hop on board before you miss this group, the Alabama Shakes.   Currently their four-song EP is available and it’s one you should definitely add to your collection.  If you like multiple genres rolled into one (R&B, Soul, Rock, etc.), you’ll be a fan of this rising band.  Plus I can’t get enough of Brittany Howard’s voice; she has soul running through her and an old school feel reminiscent of some female vocalists from the 60s.  The only sad thing is I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to see them live.  Here’s hoping for a trip out west, Las Vegas would be nice!

On a random note, it may be just me but the opening chords on “Hold On” have me thinking it’s a take on CCR’s “Down on the Corner.” I could be way off but that’s what I hear.

Revisited: Bonnaroo 2011

13 Jun

10th anniversary of Bonnaroo is in the books and I’m ready to get tickets for next year. Being a Bonnaroo rookie, it was all about taking in as much of the experience as possible. After an afternoon waiting for everyone to fly in, rent the truck and an off the reservation experience at Walmart, we were on the road.  Some 60 miles and one wrong turn later, we arrived.  After finding the RV and unpacking enough food and booze to feed the entire stage crew for the festival, it was time to get the party started.  Meandering through the festival grounds at night it was hard to capture just how big the Bonnaroo fields are and how over 100,000 people flow in and out.  The first time you see it during the day, your jaw drops at the sight of an entire city being created in virtually the middle of nowhere.  If that’s what it takes for people to get along, be polite and just have a good time, I can live with that.

I also learned that no matter what bands you plan to see, you can go ahead and throw that plan out, it just isn’t going to happen and that’s a good thing.  Getting a chance to pop in and out of shows, listening to some new bands (and some old), wandering around the festival grounds and just kind of going with the flow seemed to be just fine.  Photos will be coming soon (I promise) but here are some of my highlights from Bonnaroo X.

My First Show: The Walkmen

My Final Show: Apache Relay

Best What Stage Show: The Black Keys

Best Which Stage Show(s):
G.Love/Warren Haynes

Best Tent Show: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses

Best Overall Show: Walk The Moon

Biggest Surprise: Childish Gambino

Best Legend Show: three way tie – Robert Plant, Dr. John, Gregg Allman

Random Moment Of Awesomeness: blue blinkers dropping from the sky for Arcade Fire’s set

Overall Stage With The Best Performances: On Tap Stage – shows included Band of Heathens, Apache Relay, Chancellor Warhol, Mat McHugh, Pimps of Joytime, JEFF The Brotherhood, Bobby Long and more

Most Entertaining Show: Lil Wayne for the fact that at least 40,000 festival goers/hippies knew all the lyrics to his songs – you had to be there to understand where I’m coming from

Most Disappointing Moment: Terrible sound quality for the Buffalo Springfield show made it almost impossible to listen to (this saddened me more than anyone will ever know)

Next Big Thing:  Walk The Moon and Apache Relay

Top Party: the overflowing sea of madness for Girl Talk at 2:30am

Oddest Show That Was A Blast: Primus

Funky Good Time Show: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Band I Was Sad To Miss: GIVERS

Angriest Performer: Eminem

Best Intro: Lewis Black for Warren Haynes

What Would Have Been Great: a late night set from a headlining DJ

Top Roo’er: Guy trying to make the “World’s Biggest Glow Stick” (if you saw/met him, you know what I’m talking about)

Top Sports Bar Moment: Game 6 of the NBA finals was like the March Madness scene in Vegas (video coming soon).

Best Festival Eats: Bear Creek Farms’ hand cut French fries and Gravy

Best Broo’ers Festival Beer: Ashville Brewing Company’s Ninja Porter

Best Place To Cool Off: the cinema (if no line to wait)

Biggest Waste of Time: anything that involved a line

Shocker Of The Festival: no rain

Worst Part: Dust everywhere and if you didn’t have a bandana, you were SOL

Clutch Move: renting a pickup truck

Tip For Next Year: less junk food and more healthy food, bring laxatives and don’t go off the reservation

More Tips: flip flops are your enemy, dust sucks, that fountain water is filthier than Vegas’ Rehab, expect rain, drink water and more water

Now Playing: Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar” David Dann Remix

21 May

I love the original but this remix is pretty good too.

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 20 Days – Artist of the Day: G. Love & Special Sauce

20 May

There is nothing like seeing G. Love & Special Sauce perform live.  Having seen more than a dozen shows and while I have found the more intimate settings always the better performances, the grand stage at Bonnaroo is going to be rocking in a few short weeks and a set I am not going to miss.  Ready to get down with some blues music and hip-hop from the Philly born and breed artist, the only two disappointing things will be the set length and still coping with Jimi Jazz no longer in the band (I know it has been a couple years but still).  Fresh off the recent release of the latest LP, Fixin To Die (sick album produced by The Avett Brothers) and with a career that has spanned nearly two decades and provided countless memories through music, let the sun shine because this is going to be a bright spot on the festival.

The Band:  Sunday 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM – Which Stage

Solo: Sunday 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM – Sonic Stage

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 22 Days – Artist of the Day: Amos Lee

18 May

I still can’t believe I haven’t had the chance to see Amos Lee perform live, that is until a little more than three weeks from now.  The Philly singer-songwriter brings it all to the table, a little folk, soul, country and R&B to project a magical sound that is soothing and relaxing.   Currently supporting the release of his fourth album, Mission Bell, released earlier this year, Amos Lee continues to get better and better.

Two shows at Bonnaroo

SATURDAY 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – SONIC STAGE

SUNDAY 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM – WHICH STAGE

Revisited: Coachella 2011 via @IMWITHTHEDEEJAY

22 Apr

It’s a great day as a good friend of mine and fellow music lover, Angela (@IMWITHTHEDEEJAY), becomes the first guest blogger on Do You Hear The Music and shares her first Coachella experience in words and video.  Angela has one of the coolest blogs I’ve come across and always has fun, interesting and inspiring posts as well as the latest and greatest from DJ Vice.  Check out the below and then visit her blog and follow her on Twitter.

Coachella 2011.

I’m no stranger to packed crowds, pounding beats and rhythmic drum patterns and quite candidly house music, nightlife and large crowds make me feel at home; so much so it’s why I started my blog, rightfully titled: IMWITHTHEDEEJAY.  No further explanation needed.

Going to Coachella for the first time alongside DJ VICE proved to me that this festival truly has something for everyone. I was quite surprised just how many DJ sets were scheduled during the weekend line-up and thus spent a lot of time checking them out.

What impressed me the most about Coachella was the variety of music ranging from indie, house and dub step to R&B and hip-hop.  I learned about some new artists, such as Leftfield, while also appreciating artists I was already familiar with even more after hearing their songs live combined with their stage presence (Chromeo, The Strokes, Cut Copy).

Here is a short video I put together to share some of the highlights on my experience and exactly why I plan to go back every year.  Enjoy.

My Best and Worst of Coachella 2011

best surprise moment : Usher & Paul McCartney on stage during AfroJack’s house set

worst moment : the moment I felt the urge to pee & knew I was going to hold it ALL night! Yuck on portable bathrooms.

best performance to dance to : Cut Copy & Chromeo

best performance to jump for : AfroJack

best performance overall : Kanye West

best songs: “Original” Leftfield, “Needy Girl” Chromeo, Swedish House Mafia “Save the World”

most overused house song : “Awooga” Calvin Harris

most disappointing performance : Tinie Tempah

best fashion piece I saw : crochet white fringe vest with white glowsticks tied to each piece.

worst fashion: going barefoot

best overall: the great choice in music – you can’t even manage to hear everyone you would like to because there are so many stages & performances.

worst overall: DUST = allergies, scratchy eyes, watery nose and a layer of film all over you.

Don’t bring next year: Any “professional” DSLR camera – they won’t let you in with it.

Pack next year : bandana & anything glow in the dark!

Breaking News: MTV’s inaugural O Music Awards bound for Las Vegas

20 Apr

(via the AP and Business Week)

MTV’s inaugural O Music Awards bound for Las Vegas

NEW YORK

MTV is taking its inaugural O Music Awards to Las Vegas.

The network announced Tuesday that its planned show honoring digital music and fandom will take place at a “mystery location” in Las Vegas on April 28. The hourlong live show will stream online and on mobile.

The show includes categories like “must-follow artist on Twitter” and “best fan cover.” Fan voting will decide the awards. MTV says 1.9 million votes have been cast.

At the Vegas event, rapper Chidera “Chiddy” Anamege of the hip-hop group Chiddy Bang will try to enter the Guinness World Records for longest freestyle rap.

Other scheduled performers will include Lupe Fiasco, Lil B, Matt & Kim and Mumford & Sons.