Emalia – Own Your Own

Emalia is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Sydney, Australia. “On Your Own” is the new single off of her upcoming EP releasing in Summer 2017. The song, co-written by Emalia and Australian songwriter/producer Adam Reily, tells the story of a cheating partner and explains the emotional journey and thought processes a person might go through after experiencing such a betrayal.

Emalia takes the listener right into the center of the narrative through her powerful, emotionally raw lyrics and soulful sound. Although there is an undeniable aspect of vulnerability and helplessness in her words, Emalia encourages her audience to stay strong in hard times such as these, with themes of empowerment and self-love prevalent in the lyrics as she sings, “Showed no respect for the love I gave/Go, you’re on your own.”

The track features strong 90’s and 2000’s throwbacks, nodding to the likes of Destiny’s Child and Aaliyah, which ties in nicely with Emalia’s own original modern-pop spin.

We really dig this heartbreak anthem from Emalia, so check out “On Your Own” on YouTube.

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Eddy Yang releases new Pop track, “Split The Night”

“Well you don’t see that everyday,” something we say when we are just in awe of something really unordinary that you witness. Well, check this out! We have here an emerging Asian American Indie Rock artist that is based out of the Los Angeles area. We had very high and probably unrealistic expectations because we expected him to take it to the next level the way Jeremy Lin did with basketball, but instead we were sorely let down. His new track, “Split The Night” was a great idea but the execution was poor.
 
We were excited when we thought we listened to some sweet guitar riffs that is played over electronic beats. We were even more excited when we learned that many of his influences were: The Velvet Underground, Bruce Springsteen, even modern artists like Kanye West, Beaches and Chvrches. As we can see with this mix of influences, Eddy Yang stick the confines of rock but he also embraces the production styles of pop music. All of this sounds good on paper, but unfortunately, we agreed that this just did not sound good, period. We don’t like to kick people while they’re down so we will only point out two faults that were our main concerns for Eddy.
 
For one, we were not impressed with the vocals at all. We can already feel that his vocal range is limited, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many vocalists made a great living sticking to their niche, but Eddy’s vocals is nothing that is distinct but rather bland and monotonous. Don’t get us wrong, this is something that can be practiced but as we all know, a unique talented voice cannot be taught. Our other main concern was with the production, which can be fixed immediately with a bit of a deeper investment. It just doesn’t sound professionally mixed or even in tune. We might be being a bit harsh on Eddy Yang, but listen to “Split The Night” and let us know how you feel about this track.

George Michael Tribute – One More Try (by JR Richards)

This video is dedicated to my amazing boyfriend M. It’s our third month together and he means the world to me. I’m so in love it hurts sometimes. I know how lucky I am to have M in my life and in my heart. I would be lost without him.

J.R. Richards’ music has helped me through many melancholic evenings. His voice has wiped away my tears and I hope you enjoy this cover.

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Lyrics:
I’ve had enough of danger
And people on the streets
I’m looking out for angels
Just trying to find some peace
Now I think it’s time
That you let me know
So if you love me
Say you love me
But if you don’t just let me go
‘Cause teacher
There are things that I don’t want to learn
And the last one I had
Made me cry
So I don’t want to learn to
Hold you, touch you
Think that you’re mine
Because it ain’t no joy
For an uptown boy
Whose teacher has told him goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
When you were just a stranger
And I was at your feet
I didn’t feel the danger
Now I feel the heat
That look in your eyes
Telling me no
So you think that you love me
Know that you need me
I wrote the song, I know it’s wrong
Just let me go
And teacher
There are things
That I don’t want to learn

Weslynn – Black (Official Music Video)

Phoenix, AZ indie/pop/rock band Weslynn has released their new video “Black” from their 2016 EP Black + Champagne. It’s the second single – you can check out the video of the first single “Strange Feelings” and my exclusive premiere of the track.

“Black” is a slick and sexy track with the hook “I love it when you wear black.” Is it about the woman who gave them strange feelings? Or perhaps they have just met an alluring femme fatale. I really like the video – you never see her so she could be anyone you imagine.

Founded in fall of 2013, three Arizona State University schoolmates and long time friends (Jared Geyer, Greg Olin, and Kevin Holmes) started to play music under the band name Weslynn. They started gaining a fan base in their hometown of Phoenix, AZ by playing coffee shops, cover gigs, and releasing original home recordings online. The following year they released professionally produced 5 track EP titled Dark Days.

In a statement to Cronkite News at ASU they said, “Everything we have been through has brought us closer together. We have individually had so many personal trials, that when we start playing music, it all fades away. The world is constantly changing and throwing tragedy into our lives, but Weslynn has given us the opportunity to rally around each other and made us even closer friends. This music is a direct response to those hard times of love and loss.”

Weslynn draws their inspiration from bands such as Augustana, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer and Queen. With smooth vocals, haunting harmonies, and grooving guitar vibes, their mature sound and style reaches people of all ages.

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Cali De La Rosa releases new music video for “Summer Baby”

Cali De La Rosa has been compared to other acts such as Kylie Minogue, Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars, and a little sprinkle of Daft Punk. “Summer Baby” combines the Pop electronics of today with Nu Disco vibes from the Studio 54 nights of yesteryear’s past. Her smokey and soulful voice mixed with her glamorous visuals of sweet femininity are creating a new wave of unique artistry and club sounds bound to get you groovin’. Her vocals in this track are just electric that blends so well with all the mixing from the instruments; truly feeling that this production was perfectly blended with the vocal talent of Cali De La Rosa. Transport your mind to Studio 54 by listening to “Summer Baby” by Cali De La Rosa.

Emeline releases euphoric music video for “Angel”

 Emeline is a new name that should be familiar in everyone’s tongues by the end of this post and music video. She will be one that will surely challenge the Pop artists of the future to see who will sit atop as soon as Beyonce and Rihanna plan to retire. Of course, no one is stopping Beyonce any time soon because well, she’s Beyonce. Here is a little track that will surely get Emeline to move in the eyes of fame and rise up the ranks of familiarity. “Angel” is a proclamation that she can do anything she sets her mind to; all she needs is an “Angel” to lead her marching on the right path and not scale off one bit. As each and every one of us need a bit of guidance, a guardian angel to help us through the rough patches in our lives.

Let us get back to the video that will do all this for us. The music video for “Angel” is full of vibrant visuals that truly let the life of youths truly shine, literally. It truly describes those nights when you are at a grand party, supposed to be enjoying yourself having the time of your life, but you can’t help but feel isolated at times, as if amongst all these people, there really is no one who truly cares for you. This is why “Angel” can be your very own guardian angel every time you listen to it to remind you that you are never alone because you have Emeline there with you. Watch the video for yourself and let us know how you like it.

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Michael Minelli- W4YL

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Unrequited love – a very relatable issue to virtually anyone. Sometimes you just have to cut the person loose; you can’t be waiting on him/her to reciprocate forever. This is what Michael Minelli covers in his latest single, “W4YL” (an abbreviation of Wait For Your Love). As unpleasant as having the aforementioned problem is, Minelli manages to make a ridiculously groovy track about it. His lyrics are evocative of Michael Jackson’s earlier works and combined with an upbeat guitar riff as well as some synth stabs, the final product is an interesting fusion of early pop sensibilities and a more edgy, modern sound.

Minelli garnered national press when he won a Ryan Seacrest cover contest for his version of John Legend’s “All of Me,” which was even played during an interview with John Legend on CBS’s “Good Morning America”. He has even had an original song featured on ESPN’s First Take for an entire month. The verdict: Minelli is destined for great success with the talent he possesses.

Listen to “W4YL” at https://soundcloud.com/michaelminelli

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Camille Peruto – Crooked Roads

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Who ever in here has ever felt that they need some guidance to follow the right path in their life? The feeling that we are just drifting through our days because we don’t know what we want to do or to even believe. There is just too many roads to take that it’s difficult to choose the best one is. Camille Peruto wants you to be valiant and to just decide on a road, no matter if it may be “Crooked Roads”, the point is you chose it, no one ever really really knows what road is the correct road anyways. Camille tries to paint you a picture where crooked roads do go so that you may be wary of where they may lead but nevertheless, choose one that makes you happy and leaves you satisfied with the results.

Musically, Camille Peruto came out in Season 14 of American Idol and that has warranted her to open for big acts such as the Dave Matthews band and Tim Reynolds, but this New Jersey based pop artist is destined for great success with the talent she possesses. Vocally, she is tremendous in “Crooked Roads” and she has a way of connecting with her audience. It is such a surreal and eerie feeling but we defintely appreciate her for showing us the way. Listen to “Crooked Roads” at SoundCloud.

From the Sea to the Sky is Camille Peruto’s second album, just released last week. Buy her music on iTunes.

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Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy – The Miller Girl

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Yes, “The Miller Girl” is a reference to the beer and the Miller girl is portrayed in the Miller ad. Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy are geniuses for making the Miller girl a girl we want to marry and bring home to meet our parents.

The music video itself follows the Miller Girl and shows who she truly is and why we should care about her. We see her enjoying the life she lives and enjoying nature, especially the beautiful music being provided for her by Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy. Steve Hussey sings beautifully as if singing to the Miller girl herself saying that “I’m gonna marry that girl someday.” The music video is just simple and relaxing, nothing fancy but still enjoyable to watch. Steve Hussey just wants the Miller girl to find someone special, as we all deserve to live happy with the people we love.

“The Miller Girl” provides something we don’t hear anymore, a space for the violin to shine. Throughout the song but also its own solo and believe us when we say, it is perhaps the most beautiful sound we have heard come out of a violin someday. Jake Eddy is himself in bringing down the house with his banjo expertise to provide a melancholy melody to compliment the Miller girl.

Such a great track that I am excited to listen to the rest of the album. Be sure to give Steve Hussey and Jake Eddy a listen and give “The Miller Girl” the love she deserves.

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Trivia Night at Shake Shack in Forest Hills, Queens, NY

I love trivia and Shake Shack in Forest Hills has a trivia game every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

I’m looking for up to 7 teammates. I really want to win. Nice prizes/swag and lots of fun!

Comment or contact me if you want to play and also do an Austin Street crawl.

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