Posts Tagged ‘folk’

I’m going to start with a story.  In addition to not being a big partier, I was very sick this week, and a good night’s rest was necessary. I was woken up after a very short hour of sleep by dubstep pounding through my floor.  What the fuck.

They didn’t quiet down. I turned on Last Call with Carson Daily (unaware of it’s existence previous to this encounter) while I waited for 4am to bring silence. The show turned out to be pretty good, and I was really happy to be exposed to Joshua James for the first time.

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James is often compared to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joe Purdy, Bright Eyes or Ray LaMontagne. I love all of those men, and I recommend giving Joshua a listen. “Queen of the City” is my favorite song so far, and is very catchy. I love folk music and James fits right into my realm.

On January 8, 2013, this was posted to James’s website, “Joshua’s video for “Queen of the City” was chosen to compete with 4 other videos for an installment of MTV-U’s “The Freshmen” on the network over the Holidays.  From what MTV said, the “Queen of the City” dominated the competition with over 30,000 votes.  Not too shabby.

Take a listen and check this artist out.

-Brooke Leone

Hey Jerks! This week’s Artist You Should Know features David Wax Museum, a multivariate group known for combining the sounds of Americana-bluegrass with Mexican folk. The group consists of two members: David Wax and Suz Slezak, graduates of Harvard University and Wellesley respectively. The two met in the Boston area prior to graduation, and have initiated grassroots tours and album releases in the time since.

On their latest album, ‘Knock Knock Get Up’, David elaborates: “It started with a dance rhythm…and the idea of knocking on someone’s door and someone answering back”.

This is an interesting band not only to listen to but to see live. They channel positive energy and like to experiment with different instruments. Watch them play a dance-worthy cumbia en route to Martha’s Vineyard here. At some shows, the group adds a Quijada (the dried out lower jawbone of a horse or donkey) to their percussion arsenal. Definitely worth checking out!

David Wax Museum- Will You Be Sleeping?

-Mikala Stubley

Adele, Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, and now Ellie Goulding.  Combine Elton John covers with Bassnectar remixes, and you’re bound to get people talking.

Ellie Goulding, a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Hereford, England is the newest face to the British music scene.  Goulding took Europe by storm with her debut album “Lights,” and it proved to become the largest and quickest selling debut album of 2010 in Britain.

Ellie is now slowly but surely making a name for herself in the United States.  And the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Pairing her folk roots with modern day techno and dubstup influences, Goulding has connected two of the most contrasting genres in the industry today.

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