petra, “into the sun”

petra, “into the sun”

For those looking to escape the monotony of the corporate world and lose themselves in a universe of bouncing bubbly beats PETRA’s new single, “Into the Sun” is the perfect track. With honest vocals exclaiming the need to break free of corporate chains and pursue a life of creativity and freedom this song will have you nodding along to the beat in no time. A catchy tune with easily learned lyrics you’ll want to have this song on your playlist for the rest of summer. Plus, as the debut single from the upcoming album, Dancing Without You, listeners are able to get their first taste for what magic PERTA will bring in the future. Available for streaming on July 15, “Into the Sun” reminds us to take the leap of faith into our creative dreams and not let fear hold us back from doing what it is we love the most in the world.

For more on PETRA click here.

santana @ sprint center

santana @ sprint center

The strong scent of incense wafted over the audio gear. We had been standing in the barricades of the photo pit, anxiously awaiting Carlos Santana, for all of three minutes when I realized the footage being played above stage was from Woodstock fifty years ago. This footage was being played to lull us into a gorgeous start of a wonderful and nostalgic evening with the one and only Carlos Santana, who is taking the time on his tour to acknowledge his 20 year old album — the one I know the best — Supernatural.

He played songs like “Put Your Lights On”, “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen”, “Breaking Down The Door”, “Maria Maria”, and he didn’t leave out fan favorites “Oyo como va” and “Smooth”. And that’s exactly how I would describe his energy on the stage. The performers made it feel as though they were jamming together in someone’s basement or — better yet for a crowd this big and this dedicated to the ambiance (HELLOOOOO 420!) — perhaps a backyard on a warm summer’s night.

The evening was absolutely magical, and of course we credit so many generations of love for Santana on this one. Peep some photos below.

 

palehound @ elsewhere’s rooftop

palehound @ elsewhere’s rooftop

Palehound took to the stage last Wednesday night on Elsewhere’s Rooftop in Brooklyn just as the sun was setting. The whole scene was surreal as the stage was decked out in fake flowers and tropical plants juxtaposed with the neighborhood’s industrial setting. And as the sun set and the the night sky grew dark, neon lights kicked on overhead to illuminate what would be an electric set from the Ellen Kempner led band. Her delivery provided as much contrast as the backdrop, singing at times in a soft, almost whisper like voice only to then break into a frenetic guitar solo before returning to the mic like she had just exercised her demons. The band, which includes Jesse Weiss on drums and Larz Brogan on bass, provided a solid framework and helped flesh out the songs from the recently released album, Black Friday.

Palehound returns to NYC in October where they’ll be playing alongside Big Thief. Not to be missed.

Keep up with Palehound here.

model citizen, the next life

model citizen, the next life

Rock collective Model Citizen released their new album The Next Life this morning. The 18-piece band – under their leader Mark Ciani, with help from Josh Logan, Fernando Lodeiro, Alvaro Kapaz, Matt Musty, and Ryan Gleason – packed this release with as much grit and soul as possible, while injecting their own brand of indie-influenced rock into every track. Songs like “Hell Hath No Fury” and “The Next Life” give us pause to truly appreciate the breadth of the album, which was created to perfectly complement an evening breeze. Don’t believe us? We’re premiering it now, so check it for yourself!

Keep up with Model Citizen here!

soft people, “tender”

soft people, “tender”

California based indie-pop duo Soft People give off massive retro vibes in their new single “Tender” being released on July 12. In this track, the traditional husband-husband combination of Caleb Nichols and John Metz is met with the impressive drumming of Pat Spurgeon from Rogue Waves creating a timeless song to be enjoyed by all. With a roller-disco type feel this song will have you nodding your head in appreciation of its upbeat yet twisted melody. The angsty lyrics remnant of 80’s powerhouse bands such as The Smiths and The Cure remind listeners how important it is to stay soft in a world where being tough seems to be the only option. “Tender” influences listeners to believe that it’s better to show love every day than to give in to the hard times we are all living in. With creative masterpieces like “Tender” coming onto the scene, it’s hard to be anything but excited for the future of Soft People.

Keep up with Soft People here.

grand canyon, “yesterday’s news”

grand canyon, “yesterday’s news”

Grand Canyon has just released their newest body of work, an EP titled Yesterday’s News. The five-track collection covers enormous ground with explosive back road Americana, dreamy psychedelic storytelling, hard-hitting social commentary, and the sour wounds of heartache. The band’s spirited, defiant, D-I-Y attitude is captured in the music video for their single “Yesterday’s News”, as lead singer and guitarist Casey Shea struts solo through the bustling streets of London.

Filmed on an iPhone by guitarist-turned-cinematographer Joe Guese, the video is a prime example of an impromptu good time caught on tape: the members had a day off in London between shows and asked themselves if there was any way they could quickly engineer a much-needed video for “Yesterday’s News”. Creative energies aligned, and the grainy video, bubbling over with Shea’s individuality, was finished in the snap of a finger. Said Shea to Billboard, “There’s just a good vibe about the video. It has attitude. I love seeing the double decker buses everywhere. It seems like it was just meant to be.”

We can’t help but agree.

                             P.S.: Fate strikes the video at 1:17, when a truck drives by bearing the slogan, “Carrying you through the 21st century!”, a serendipitous nod to track four on the EP, “21st Century American Man”.


Keep up with Grand Canyon here.