Tag Archive: folk

Mumford & Sons look a little different today.  They’re still scraggly, bearded white guys in boots and vests, but watch the group’s new video for “Hopeless Wanderer” and you’ll notice something’s a bit off.

That’s because the band members themselves are not actually present.  Instead, they’re played by actors Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms, Jason Bateman and Will Forte, all of whom don’t look too out of place in Mumford-gear and singing folk songs (unlike, say, Zach Galifanakis in his Kanye video).

Three Of Swords, by Mimi, an eclectic Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, begins with a song called “Goodbye Heartbeat.”  The track contains soft-spoken, airy vocals with varying rhythms and melodies over a frantically pulsating bass line.  An acoustic guitar plucks along steadily.  The song has a dreamy, ethereal quality that’s consistent throughout it’s nearly 4-minute run-time.

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That pleasant tone is maintained throughout the rest of the album, although the ways in which Mimi delivers her songs greatly vary in style and arrangement.  The second track on the album, for instance, is rife with Latin flair— propelled by a cornet part played by Patric McGroarty and spot-on use of Spanish-language vocals.  The song is entitled “Porque Te Vas,” and it’s a cover of José Luis Perales’ 1972 song of the same name (originally performed by Jeanette).

Be Brave Bold Robot’s album Under A Thin Veil Of Madness begins with a track dedicated to the narrator (presumably lead vocalist Dean Haakenson)’s mother.  The song, aptly titled “Mamasong,” includes lines that demonstrate appreciation for parents like “I do everything I do, cuz I watched you do it first / and growing up is never easy, but it could’ve been far worse.

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While the song is a charming and lovely tribute to the way Haakenson’s mother raised him, listeners of Be Brave Robot should thank the lady, too.  After all she’s the woman responsible for birthing an immensely talented and delightfully strange folk singer from Sacramento, CA.

by Tyler Hayes

As a broad comparison, if you’ve enjoyed Zooey Deschanel’s She & Him musical project, Jenny Mayhem has something suited for you. Perfectly quint at first introduction, Jenny Mayhem’s voice dances around the melody on her new single, “Shifter.”

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The song is a mid tempo gem that’s littered with lyrical hints that she’s a big fan of the TV show, Fringe. That, or at least it sparked a thought that resulted in “Shifter” which is a reference to a shape changing person. Regardless of your television habits, the new song is incredibly charming from start to finish, completely unassuming the entire time.

written by Scott Feldman, Artist Relations Manager, Earbits.com

From the Beach Boys to the Allman Brothers and the Jackson 5 to the Black Crowes, brothers have been bickering and making phenomenal music since the dawn of rock. More recently bands like Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and the National have found success because of and despite the unique relationship between brothers. Hoping to follow in this tradition are Dublin brothers, Dermot & Neil Walsh. The Walsh brothers are the sole members of the rock band, The Parlez, and they seem to be poised to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors.

This is part of our ongoing series discussing ways of getting on the radio.  To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on the radio, check out our list of related articles.  To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.

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Joe Hehir

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This is part of our ongoing series discussing getting on the radio.  To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried to get on the radio, check out our list of related articles.  To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.

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Deborah Crooks

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This is part of our ongoing series about getting your music played on the radio.  To read stories about the successes and failures of great bands that have tried getting music on the radio, check out our list of related articles.  To get radio airplay, click here to submit your music to Earbits Radio.

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Ukulele Jim

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Really Unofficial Guide to SXSW

Earbits is very happy to announce our streaming music ‘Really Unofficial Guide to SXSW’!

We are sure that you’re familiar with South By Southwest – one of the most infamous music conferences in the world, held annually in Austin, Texas. With live music all day, every day in dozens of venues throughout the city, SXSW is a dream destination for any music fan. But it can also turn into a line-standing, door-begging disaster quite quickly if you don’t plan ahead.

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The cover for Kev Rowe’s 2010 album ‘Hi Love’ features a picture of the singer/songwriter relaxing alone with nothing but his thoughts on a sunny beach, and that’s exactly how the music makes you feel.  Rowe’s positive, mellow tracks evoke the laid-back simplicity of Rowe’s native South Carolina, but his lyricism is still filled with very human doubts and uncertainties.