Archive for the ‘MUSIC VIDEOS’ Category

Artist Of The Week: Deer Tick

Posted by lonnie On September - 25 - 2013 0 Comment
Deer Tick

With fall officially kicking off this week, you, Shockya readers, no longer have to justify your choice of listening to dismal playlists in the blissful summer days. It is finally acceptable to crank up those moodier tracks. So, you can retire your pop tunes or at least save them for an exceptionally happy day because rock music is at the forefront of this season and leading the way is the folk rock band, Deer Tick. Fronted by singer/song-writer and guitarist, John McCauley, Deer Tick dropped their fifth studio album, “Negativity”, this past Tuesday, September 24th, via Partisan Records. As an avid fan of all things “McCauley”, which include his other  [ Read More ]

Artist Of The Week: MS MR

Posted by lonnie On September - 11 - 2013 0 Comment

Nowadays, it is almost second nature to drown out vocals with a flood of instrumental sounds. As if auto-tune wasn’t helpful enough, these artists rely all too often on beats to fill the emotional void in their vocals. According to radio charts, this tactic can be deemed as successful, but when a talent dares to perform a track live, falling flat on stage commonly occurs (cough, cough Miley Cyrus). So, let’s introduce you, Shockya readers, to the New York based duo, MS MR, a group who fearlessly expresses a “pop” sound that rests heavily on raw vocals. Comprised of Lizzy Plapinger, the “MS” (vocalist), and Max Hershenow, the “MR” (producer),  [ Read More ]

Coldplay Atlas Hunger Games Catching Fire Lyric Video

I’m sure fans of “The Hunger Games” feel honored that Coldplay’s first song created specifically for a film soundtrack would be for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” I myself have been really interested in hearing what the song would be. Now, we can all listen together now that the official lyric video for the song, “Atlas” has been released. If you’re a fan of Coldplay, then you already know they are great if you need a big, epic, awesome sound. There are only a few bands out there with a cinematic sound, and Coldplay happens to be one of them. Personally, I think “Atlas” is a song that has turned  [ Read More ]

Artist Of The Week: Pickwick

Posted by lonnie On September - 3 - 2013 0 Comment

Pop music has become all too commonplace these days. Yes, I do occasionally enjoy belting out to Katy Perry’s “Roar” or Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” or Lady Gaga’s “Applause”, but as the seasons change, my playlists must follow suit. Shockya readers, it’s time to say so long to the carefree summer days and usher in the distressed fall days with more thought provoking and less auto-tuned music. Note that this pop music “jab” is mostly directed at the now infamous Cyrus, who was far from serious with her performance of “We Can’t Stop” at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. So, let’s ditch the “twerk” and welcome the tunes from  [ Read More ]

Artist Of The Week: Justin Timberlake and ‘N SYNC

Posted by lonnie On August - 26 - 2013 0 Comment
Justin Timberlake

While I am all about giving Shockya’s “Artist Of The Week” to fresh-faced singers, every now and then a seasoned talent deserves to dethrone the youngins and retake the title. So, my apologies to the next Ray-Ban, Converse and flannel clad outfit because Justin Timberlake and his ‘N SYNC pals triumphed to the top this week with their performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. As a teenager during the ‘N SYNC pop reign, I will always have a “soft” spot for this quintet, no matter how much they have tipped the scale since the 90s. Determined to be “different” from the other Juicy Couture donning teens, I sided  [ Read More ]

Artist Of The Week: Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga

Posted by lonnie On August - 13 - 2013 0 Comment

Pop sensations, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, will unexpectedly be going head to head in the coming weeks on the Billboard charts. Perry’s new single, “Roar”, hit the digital market on August 12th. Due to the release of uncut versions of Gaga’s “Applause”, she dropped her single on August 13th, instead of its original date, August 19th. While I am sure Gaga and crew are disappointed with the track’s leak, the early arrival placed against Perry’s tune showcases two entirely different directions for the pop genre and will undeniably benefit the category as a whole on the charts. What’s wrong with a little team success over solo triumph, especially when  [ Read More ]


Artist Of The Week: CHVRCHES

Posted by lonnie On August - 6 - 2013 0 Comment

Electro-pop music has finally been justified with the Scottish outfit, CHVRCHES. The group, which consists of Lauren Mayberry (lead vocals), Iain Cook (multi-instrumentalist, vocals) and Martin Doherty (synthesizers, vocals), doesn’t abuse their instrumental privileges by flooding tunes with clumps and clumps of beats. Instead, the trio has the ideal mix of catchy melodies, memorable lyrics and vocal intonation. CHVRCHES will be a breakout band of 2013 and their experimental sound will keep them afloat in this industry for many years to come. Let’s address one obvious outlier, the “V”. CHVRCHES is pronounced as “churches”, but to avoid the Google search clutter, the outfit opted for a letter replacement. Smart and  [ Read More ]


Happy Wednesday, Shockya readers! Placing “happy” adjacent to a workday might read like an oxymoron, but any form of encouragement midweek helps. Thanks to the Nashville quartet, Machines Are People Too, you can now replace “Happy Wednesday” with something a bit more personal like, “Do What You Love”, which is the lead single off of their sophomore EP, “Nickels & Dimes”. Rounded out by the songs, “Get Up”, “Wait”, “I’m Alright”, “Can’t Keep Running” and “Our Time”, the EP dropped July 23rd and is available for purchase on iTunes. Baeble Music recently premiered the music video for the first single, “Do what You Love”. The track, which is already infused  [ Read More ]

Artist Of The Week: Fifth Harmony

Posted by lonnie On July - 24 - 2013 0 Comment

Before reading about the “Artist Of The Week”, you, Shockya readers, deserve to be warned. This week’s selection is filed under my guilty pleasures aka a band associated with the pop genre. Admitting to liking this category could lead to social music suicide, but who doesn’t enjoy belting away to an empowering and corny tune every now and then? So, turn your indie rock frowns upside down and listen to the latest single, “Miss Movin’ On”, from X Factor alum, Fifth Harmony. As an avid fan of “The X Factor,” I firmly believe the reality competition churns out artists that harbor the utmost quality in the music industry, the entertainment  [ Read More ]


Top 10 Albums Of 2013 (So Far)

Posted by lonnie On July - 19 - 2013 0 Comment

Eclecticism seeps throughout my list of “Top 10 Albums Of 2013”. So far, this year has seen established artists drop new albums, which broadens their “own” music palette, but also expands the stifling ways of their overall genres and “newer” talents, who shock listeners with their bold debuts. 2013 has been far from a letdown musically, which only made compiling this list more difficult. Check out my “Top Ten” below. 1. Daughter “If You Leave” Daughter (also known as Elena Tonra) takes the NO.1 spot with her debut album, “If You Leave”, which dropped March 18th via 4AD. Yes, collectively the album is instrumentally, vocally and lyrically somber, but through  [ Read More ]

Artist Of The Week: Gus + Scout

Posted by lonnie On July - 17 - 2013 0 Comment
Gus + Scout

In retrospect, this band should have been Shockya’s “Artist Of The Week” months ago because I have been continuously playing their infectious self-titled EP since Rolling Stone featured the outfit during this year’s SXSW. I am not sure why I withheld this duo from you, Shockya readers, but better late than never. Say hello to Gus + Scout. Let’s get one thing straight before continuing: Both Gus Wenner and Scout Willis come from “famous families”, but their talent is irrefutable no matter how much more viable their connections are to the music industry. Scout Willis (daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) and Gus Wenner (son of “Rolling Stone founder,  [ Read More ]


Artist Of The Week: The Mowgli’s

Posted by lonnie On July - 9 - 2013 0 Comment
The Mowgli's

Typically gravitating towards the “harder” or “darker” side of the rock genre, I often find my music misplaced in the carefree summer days. So, lately I have become more sympathetic to breezier melodies, which has opened me up to a side of the rock spectrum that I have longed for and thoughtlessly neglected. It’s time to turn a new leaf and thanks to the California outfit, The Mowgli’s, I have zero reservations about this undertaking. The eight-piece multi-instrumentalist band recently released their sophomore album, “Waiting For The Dawn”, on June 18th via The Island Def Jam Music Group. Following the group’s 2012 debut, “Sound The Drum”, and 2013 EP, “Love’s  [ Read More ]

Lido Beach Release “So Glad” Music Video

Posted by lonnie On July - 9 - 2013 0 Comment
Lido Beach

LA rock group, Lido Beach, recently premiered their music video for the song, “So Glad”, on PureVolume. Directed by Brian Weber, the music video features performance footage of the band, along with a heartbroken cross-dressing lead singer, Scott Waldman. If you are facing some summer break-up blues then this video will restore your happiness with the best solution, laughter. Lido Beach covers the awkward situations with an ex, the pointless arguments and lastly, the aftermath of a split. “So Glad” is off of the band’s new EP, “Social Climbing”, which is now available on iTunes. Comprised of Waldman (vocals, guitar), Gaku Murata (lead guitar), Brandon Sanborn (bass) and Abe Gearig  [ Read More ]


The Singer Behind Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”

Posted by lonnie On July - 8 - 2013 0 Comment

I never thought I would see the day when I could enjoyably listen to a song from Avicii. First and foremost, I am a music fan because of a tune’s lyrics. The concept of liking a track for its beat arrangement has never “clicked” for me. So, continuously choosing to listen to Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” is enough of a rarity to make me thoroughly investigate the track’s vocalist, who should at least deserve a “featuring” in the song’s titling. Let me introduce you, Shockya readers, to singer/songwriter, Aloe Blacc. Born in Orange County, California, Blacc began his career in the mid 90s as a rapper in the hip-hop duo,  [ Read More ]


Artist Of The Week: Noah And The Whale

Posted by lonnie On July - 3 - 2013 0 Comment
Noah And The Whale

I may be hopping on this “band”wagon a bit late, but Noah And The Whale undeniably deserve the title as Shockya’s Artist Of The Week with their latest album, “Heart Of Nowhere”, which dropped on May 6th via Mercury Records. Following the release of “Last Night on Earth”, “The First Days of Spring” and “Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down”, the 10 track album is lyrically mesmerizing and relatable, which easily allowed me to forgive them for their awful 2011 single, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” No band should be wasting precious verses with spelling words or counting numbers for that matter. Currently consisting of Charlie Fink (vocals, guitar), Tom Hobden (violin, keys), Matt  [ Read More ]

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