Tag Archive: rock

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.”

Listen to “Shifter” on Earbits Radio

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.

In the digital age, one-man bands abound.  Talented artists have the ability to record music from the comfort of their bedrooms, with their laptops as drummers and their keyboards as back-up support.  That’s how Mike Lande started Happy Lives, a Brooklyn-based rock band that infuses their music with electronic, sample-based elements.

Listen to Happy Lives on Earbits Radio

What limits most bands of this nature is the inability to transform the bedroom recordings into captivating live performances.  Happy Lives does not have this problem.  They’re able to seamlessly perform their songs using samples, midi loops and other strangely complex elements of electronica.  And, as the group says in their Earbits Artist Bio, “Live remixes may occur.”

Slightly Stoopid is a name we’ve all known for quite awhile: 17 years to be precise. For nearly 2 decades they have been carrying the torch, lit by their predecessors and mentors, Sublime, lighting the way for all of us weed-smoking, beer-drinking, SoCal-loving, beach-going, jam band-craving, reggae-seeking, rock-starving listeners. On their most recent studio effort, Top of The World, they deliver the genre-bending goodness we’ve come to expect from them, with a small dose of political consciousness. The 21-track album on their own label, Stoopid Records, features a handful of celebrity contributors and collaborators, which highlight the amount of respect this band has garnered from their peers of reggae, rock, & hip hop.

AG has built a career on taking risks. And, she’s at it again!

On October 9th, the anniversary of John Lennon’s birth, AG will release “The Beatles” – her cutting edge EP, featuring six Beatles songs redone with her own personal touch. And, this week, we are lucky enough to have a fantastic track from it, exclusively on Earbits!

Listen to “From Me To You” on Earbits Radio!

by Rebecca Wilcox

Portland, Oregon, may call itself weird, but it is also laid-back and enjoys a large underground rock music scene. Even before Seattle became the grunge-rock capital of the world in the early 1990s–which brought upper-crust music industry executives to the Pacific Northwest–Portland’s music scene was bubbling with talent. Today, local clubs offer an eclectic mix of rock and roll, from indie to alternative.

Very little about the Boulder, CO band, Ivory Drive is ordinary. In fact they’re a band whose sound lives in opposition: They’re Rock & Roll, but not simplistic; they’re pop, but not redundant; they’re academic, but accessible; they’re progressive, but listenable; they’re vaudevillian, yet modern! All of these contradictions create a hugely complimentary and delicious stew of sound on their latest record, Anthem of the Land!

** Click to listen to Ivory Drive on Earbits! **

I love my job. Not many people can say that. Why do I love it, you ask? I do nothing but listen to Earbits all day, which provides me some serious time to peruse the up and coming music that we are constantly adding. From Metal to Jazz, and everything in between, I am ever-impressed by the catalog that our music department is building. Frankly, it’s getting ridiculous.

What does this mean to you?

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.

“There are two kinds of people in this world:
those who love Diego’s Umbrella and those who soon will.”

Some of the best musical discoveries are made by accident. You show up early to a show, mainly just to get a good spot for the headlining act. You don’t expect much from the opener, hoping they keep it short and sweet. Some are better than others, but occasionally you run into a gem that has somehow eluded you along your musical travels…

And in the case of Diego’s Umbrella, that gem was one humongous gypsy-rocking diamond.

written by: Omar Sanchez (Plankerton90) is a college student in Chicago who writes about pop culture and music.

It’s interesting how honesty shows up so clearly in all artistic endeavors, not just music. Different critics tend to use different words to describe the same thing as well. Some people that comment on a piece’s honesty will usually call it creative, or brave. When a piece lacks honesty, it will usually be called uninspired. They basically all want to say the same thing. They all want to say that motivation is important. In few pieces is that as evident as in Weezer’s Pinkerton.