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Top 10 Albums Of 2013 (So Far)

Posted by lonnie On July - 19 - 2013 0 Comment
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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 ]

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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 ]

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The Singer Behind Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”

Posted by lonnie On July - 8 - 2013 0 Comment
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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 ]

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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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Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen, a new up-and-coming singing talent, has just released her new music video for “Let’s Go.” The music video has received over 75,000 views on YouTube in its first weekend. The single was originally released exclusively ArtistDirect June 13. Allen, a 23-year-old native New Yorker, creates infectious and insightful hits and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Charged FM, Joonbug and NKD Magazine, Ashley has also been lighting up the stage at legendary NYC venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric, BB Kings, and Highline Ballroom. Brightest Young Things said about her music, “Her ultra-catchy sound’s got a broad appeal without being even remotely watered down, which  [ Read More ]

Lorde Releases Music Video For “Tennis Court”

Posted by lonnie On June - 26 - 2013 0 Comment
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16 year-old New Zealander, Lorde, re-instills the artistic value back into music with the latest music video for her new single, “Tennis Court”. Since the sadly gone days of 90s grunge, singers and their images have lost touch with one another. It’s a safe bet to say Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain wouldn’t have a Twitter or an Instagram nowadays because if he did his persona would be completely contradictory with his iconic music. Yes, Lorde, aka Ella Yelich O’Connor, does use social media, but it’s the 21st Century and that is difficult to evade. So, the youngster chooses to uphold her quirky music by releasing a one-of-a-kind music video for “Tennis  [ Read More ]

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Skillet Drop New Album

Posted by lonnie On June - 25 - 2013 0 Comment
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Tuesdays no longer have to consist of those tiresome hours just shy of “hump day”. That would be the glass half empty and here on Shockya, we prefer it half full. Let’s transform the mood on this work day by forever referring to it as “album release day”. Now, you have the perfect excuse to step away from your mundane daily duties and spend time filling up those playlists with the new music that dropped today, which includes the latest release from the two-time Grammy nominated and platinum selling rock outfit, Skillet. The quartet (John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger, Seth Morrison) released their 8th studio album, “Rise”, on June  [ Read More ]

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Artist Of The Week: Lorde

Posted by lonnie On June - 18 - 2013 0 Comment
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While I am forever indebted to Spotify for expanding my music palette, I have just as much adoration for SiriusXM Alt Nation for keeping my playlists current. I hear a new song on Alt Nation and immediately search the artist on Spotify. This pattern allowed me to stumble upon Shockya’s next “Artist Of The Week”, singer and songwriter, Lorde and her infectious single, “Royals”. The New Zealander, whose actual name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, had me positively dumbfounded with a single play of “Royals”. Her ability to craft a song that can achieve commercial success while also exuding her “own” distinct sound is both daring and often unattainable for a “newbie”  [ Read More ]

The Pretty Reckless Announce New Music

Posted by lonnie On June - 4 - 2013 0 Comment
Taylor Momsen Of The Pretty Reckless

Since their formation, The Pretty Reckless has continuously been on my radar. As a proud fan of “Gossip Girl”, I took note of frontwoman, Taylor Momsen, the moment I heard the outfit’s debut single, “Make Me Wanna Die” on the late CW television show. Reviving grunge with her unpolished vocals, Momsen is fully shed of her Jenny Humphrey image. Yes, there are some who say her Courtney Love style is a bit premature for a 19 year old, but Momsen “owns” her dominatrix look and manages to exude an admired confidence through all that leather. Rounded out by Ben Phillips (guitar), Jamie Perkins (drums) and Mark Damon (bass), The Pretty  [ Read More ]

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Artist Of The Week: NGHBRS

Posted by lonnie On June - 4 - 2013 0 Comment
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Since giving birth to Bravo’s horrifying television show, “Princesses: Long Island”, the island in the northeast is in dire need of redemption. As a native “Long Islander” and a female, I would prefer to not be associated with brainless brats with credit cards and instead have my stomping ground be known as the hometown of the Long Island rock outfit, NGBHRS. Consisting of Jordan Schneider (drummer), Ian Kenny (vocalist/keyboardist), Tommy Fleischmann (guitarist) ad Eric Vivelo (bassist), the quartet will be dropping their debut full-length album, “Twenty One Rooms”, on July 16th. Just last week, NYLON Guys premiered the album’s lead single, “Hold Up Girl”. The track, which will be a  [ Read More ]

Snoop Lion On “One Life To Live” #SnoopOLTL

Posted by lonnie On June - 3 - 2013 0 Comment
Snoop Lion

As an unstoppable veteran in the music industry, Snoop Lion continuously embarks on new career adventures and manages to consistently bring his eclectic persona to each project. His career has spanned over decades largely because he created a “brand” for himself, which is “highlighted” with green. You can decode that on your own, Shockya readers. Snoop Dogg is expanding his entertainment palette even further by appearing as himself on the iconic soap opera, “One Life To Live”, which due to its cancellation is now available online. The rapper made his second guest appearance on Prospect Park’s “One Life To Live”. You can check out a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary  [ Read More ]

Artist Of The Week: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

Posted by lonnie On May - 29 - 2013 0 Comment
Lady Lamb

Typically, I find myself gravitating towards “newer” groups with one-word band names or simple album titles. Who wants to be that girl who can barely remember or pronounce the artist’s name? Sometimes when the music is that good, you must forgo the titling and spread the word either way. A case in point can be made with singer and songwriter, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, also known as Aly Spaltro. Nowadays, you can insert “indie” in front of any genre just to make it sound less mainstream and more eclectic. With this tendency, indie folk music has paved its way up the charts, but with each climb, its storytelling power takes  [ Read More ]

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Down With Webster

A memorable band name can go a long way in the music industry. Nowadays a catchy title can be just as essential as having a distinct sound. If it weren’t for the inclusion of the ultimate bad girl in the title, The Wanted’s new song, “Walks Like Rihanna”, might as well be tossed into the bin of lackluster boy band pop songs. So, what happens if a band has a solid name and an original sound? Well, that magical combination equates to an enduring career. Canadian outfit, Down With Webster, can attest to that theory. Certified platinum in Canada, Down With Webster has been nominated for Juno Awards, MuchMusic Video  [ Read More ]

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