Tag Archives: Soul

Leon Bridges’ Coming Home out today!

23 Jun

Music fans, if you buy one album this year make it Leon Bridges‘ Coming Home which is out today! The smooth and sly 25 year old has already been compared to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding with his old-school soul sound and while his studio stuff has all the chops to become album of the year, it’s his live show that will have you weak in the knees. So do two things this new music Tuesday, go buy the album and go find yourself a Leon Bridges concert to attend.

Peace + Love + Music

Check out his performance last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Countdown to Life is Beautiful 2014: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

27 Sep

The home stretch towards the second Life is Beautiful festival in Downtown Las Vegas, October 24-26. In anticipation, at DoYouHearTheMusic.com I’ll be running down an artist or two on the lineup! If you haven’t gotten your tickets, do so at www.lifeisbeautiful.com and if you have, awesome and I can’t wait to see you!

Let me lay it down like this.  If you are coming to Life is Beautiful, this is one of your can’t miss performances of the festival, St. Paul & The Broken Bones.  These guys have absolutely blown up in less than two years and 2015 is primed to be massive for this Birmingham, Alabama outfit.  Not only is their album, Half The City, something you should have on repeat but St. Paul & The Broken Bones have delivered one of the best shows I’ve seen in 2014.   They ooze soul and when you hear Paul Janeway’s voice, you may just have a religious experience.

Countdown to Bonnaroo: 20 Days – Artist of the Day: Charles Bradley

17 May

Yesterday it was about one of the next great soul singers and today it’s about a seasoned vet just being discovered and unleashed to the world, “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Mr. Charles Bradley.  Last year he dropped No Time For Dreaming, an album that drew national acclaim and it was well warranted. Having moonlighted as a James Brown impersonator, Bradley has soul in his veins and has made a name for himself after years of being, well, undiscovered.  Performing under his name and the moniker, “Black Velvet,” Bradley should bring a little funk to the party in Tennessee this summer.  Another artist festival goers should be excited to check out.  Viva Bonnaroo!!

New Music: Alex Clare – “Too Close” aka Microsoft Internet Explorer Song

27 Mar

If you’ve seen the new Microsoft Internet Explorer commercials and wondered what that song is that you find yourself enamored with, it’s “Too Close” by Alex Clare.  Yes, me, a person who is not a fan of dubstep actually enjoys this track.  But really it is the soulful voice of the British singer-songwriter throughout his record, The Lateness Of The Hour, that has me constantly listening to the disc that dabs all over from soul, dubstep, electronic and jazz.  Personally I dig “Hands Are Clever,” “I Love You” and “Whispering” plus he covers Prince’s “When Doves Cry” but what really is a HUGE bonus on the record is it was produced by Diplo and Switch aka Major Lazer.  How wicked awesome is that!

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.

Video: Allen Stone on Conan

27 Oct

Chances are you didn’t catch soul singer Allen Stone on Conan last night.  The good news, you can watch it this morning by clicking HERE.  The incredibly talented 24-year old killed it last night and is a name you need be familiar with.

New Music: Allen Stone

11 Oct

Thanks to a couple of friends I was turned on to Allen Stone, a really great up-and-coming soul singer.  Just last week he released his self-titled record (his second full length disc) and wow, he has a sensational voice.  I’ve had the album on repeat the entire day and I’m still loving what I’m hearing.  Below is a video for “Say So,” which right now is my favorite track on the record.

If you are a fan of Stevie Wonder, James Morrison, Raphael Saadiq, Ryan Shaw, Matt Nathanson, Matt White, Matt Wertz and similar artists, you will definitely dig Allen Stone.

Added bonus, pick it up on iTunes for $5.99 right now.

Now Playing: Alberta Cross – “Old Man Chicago”

5 Jul

I can’t get enough Alberta Cross in my day and this song, “Old Man Chicago” is one of my favorites.

Now Playing: White Denim – “It’s Him”

22 Jun

Lately I’ve really been digging White Denim, the four-piece from Austin, Texas. Love their sound and can’t get enough of the new album D.