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Vid Pick: Rugged N Raw - Every 5 Minutes
Friday, October 09, 2015

Rugged N Raw has always been a special artist in NYC's hip-hop scene, as he's equal parts, skillful, charismatic, and hilarious. His latest single, an ode to checking out women titled "Every 5 Minutes," combines all three of those qualities.

The first verse contains one of my favorite lines, as it's something many of us have experienced; "Fell in love four times on the subway," he raps, "twice more on my lunch break."

"Every 5 Minutes" is off of Rugged N Raw's upcoming album, Anomaly Book 2, and if the single is any indication, it's going to be a heck of a project.


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The Good, The Not-So-Bad, & The Ugly Ways to Send Music to a Blogger
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Back in the day, there was one way to get your music to a journalist: the good ol' US Postal Service. I fondly remember opening up my mailbox and it looking like Christmas with all the packages in there. I don't get quite the same feeling when I open up my email inbox and see more messages than any one person could possibly get to in a day.

From an artist's standpoint, it has become extremely difficult to stand out in a sea of emails, all of which ask the same thing: Please listen to my music. What you might not realize is you may have predetermined the answer to that question based on the way in which you sent the music.

So before you click "send" on that next email, here's a quick list to help you determine if you're doing things in a good, a not-so-bad, or a straight-up ugly way.

Read the full column at SonicBids.com.


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NYC Scene Report - BS, Ryan-O’Neil, & more
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

This week’s NYC Scene Report features a summer finale from hip-hop artist BS, a very cool cover from singer-songwriter Ryan-O’Neil, some new trap-pop from duo baeb rxxth, and a creepy video with an oddly relaxing soundtrack from singer-songwriter duo The Autumn Stone.

* The fall is about to be in full swing, but there's at least one person who is holding on to summer as long as he can, and that's Brooklyn emcee, BS.

Fans hadn’t heard from BS in a while, but he finally dropped a new single, “#summajawn,” the other week, and it's meant to encompass the feeling of the season that just passed.

"It's been a hot second," BS said in a statement, "I hope you've kept cool, and maximized your time in that fleeting summer sun. Summer gets the people hot. I love my hoodie, but I'm not ready to let it drop below 80. Please enjoy my latest offering, '#summerjawn.' Listen, download (it's free), like, and share. Tell a friend to tell a friend. There's more on deck."

Enjoy the last bit of summer, brought to you by BS.

* Another artist who had been missing in action is Brooklyn singer-songwriter Ryan-O'Neil. In a recent email he explained his absence, noting it was not an enjoyable one.

"I spent my last days of summer in the hospital," he explained. "It seemed on one of my upstate excursions I was bitten by a tick. The little bugger left me with Lyme Disease. I'm almost back to 100%, but those two weeks in the hospital, and my fatigue leading up to my hospitalization, has led me to fall behind with music."

That said, O’Neil’s now out of the hospital, and he's celebrating this with the release of a major-to-minor cover of the Disney Jungle Book classic "Bare Necessities." Changing the song's key from major to minor makes it an entirely new piece, but it’s still just as joyous as the original. Check it out.

* I've featured NYC duo baeb rxxth here before, and I'm featuring them again because, to put it succinctly, they make really dope music. The teaming of trap-pop producers Devon Craig Johnson, and Nasimiyu Murumba, has proven to be a dream partnership, and their latest single, "STRP," is another winner.

As Nasimiyu sings "take it off, your apathy, your suit of armor / strip it down til there's nothing left but the snare drum sound / to the bone, to the pit, to the shaking skeleton / I wanna see who lies beneath your fashion sense," it becomes clear this isn't just about nudity, it’s about revealing one's true self.

"STRP" will be on baeb rxxth's debut EP, OMW, which will be released on November 13th, but you can listen to the single, and download it for free, right here.

* The Autumn Stone is the two piece indie singer-songwriter husband and wife duo of James Cassidy (vocals, guitar, drums, bass), and Syd Lane (vocals, organs, pianos, keys). The twosome have a dreamy vibe, and, in the case of the video for their latest single, "Vampires," some really messed up nightmares.

"Vampires" is off of The Autumn Stone's recently released album, Beautiful Freaks, and the video for it features what seems to be an isolated cottage, but you quickly find out you are not alone, as masked musicians emerge from the trees, and play instruments. While all of this is going on the music is so soothing you remain very cool about the entire experience. It's a really wild juxtaposition. Check it out.

For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.


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Pop Shots - Real & Spectacular
Monday, October 05, 2015

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Demi Lovato’s assertion regarding Iggy Azalea’s ass, to Taylor Swift correcting a few stories tabloids have been spreading about her, to one very lucky Katy Perry fan getting a handful while on stage, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* Demi Lovato revealed in an interview that recent collaborator Iggy Azalea's butt is 100% real, saying, "Yeah, she's real... her butt's real... it's all good." While that’s all fine and dandy, I’m far more interested in finding out where I can apply for the job of Butt Authenticator. It sounds like the kind of gig I'd be good at.

* Ed Sheeran has written for One Direction in the past, but the singer told MTV that he will not be contributing to the boy band's upcoming effort, saying, “They’ve gotten to a point where they know how to write songs.” This will leave more time for Sheeran to hook up with women like Nicole Scherzinger, and be the poster boy for outkicking your coverage.

* Taylor Swift did yet another Taylor Swift thing this past week, donating $50k to a GoFundMe fundraiser for the cancer stricken 13 month old nephew of one of her dancers, Kim “Toshi” Davidson. Does anyone else imagine a magical white light surrounds Taylor Swift everywhere she goes? Thinking more about that, it’s probably a pain in the ass to try to sleep while surrounded by all that light. I can relate. I have a flood light outside my bedroom window, and lemme tell ya, it's no picnic. (See, Taylor Swift, we have something in common!)

* In more Taylor Swift news, our future benevolent ruler took to Twitter to dispel a few rumors that had been swirling around her, tweeting, "What the press says I'm doing: Buying a Bev Hills mansion, getting married in an English castle. What I'm doing: Playing a show in St. Louis." As a member of the press, I can assure you that after she sent that tweet she then flew to her show on her magical unicorn that farts rainbows. (I'm waiting for the denial tweet, Taylor Swift. I'm waiting for the denial tweet)

* The ladies of Fifth Harmony decided to get political in the November issue of Latina magazine, discussing their thoughts on Donald Trump's presidential run. Here's hoping this leads to a domino effect among girl groups, and we’ll finally learn the Spice Girls' thoughts on offshore drilling.

* Christina Aguilera added Ecuador to the list of countries she's visited on relief trips (a list that also includes Haiti, Rwanda, and Guatemala). Xtina was in the country, which is where her father is from, to support hungry children. I think we all know at least one, or should I say two, ways she could feed them

* Maple Leif Garrett, aka Justin Bieber, had a strange interview in Complex magazine this past week, the highlight of which came during a conversation on Christianity, when Bieber said, "...you don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco." In a related story, I'm looking for someone who can embroider "If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco" onto a throw pillow.

* In the most surprising news of the week, ABC Family has given a series commitment to a sitcom based on the life of Nicki Minaj, and her family's immigration from Trinidad. I guess now that "A" has been revealed on Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family has decided to bring a whole other kind of "A" to the table.

* During Katy Perry's performance at Rock in Rio, a female fan ended up living out one of my wildest dreams. The fan, who was equal parts excited and inebriated, was called on stage by Perry, and for a little over three minutes kissed, hugged, and groped the superstar. Quick question, if I can find a way to purchase ALL the tickets to one of Perry's shows, will it mean I'll have a 100% chance of making this happen for myself? Just curious. {calls banks to ask about loan rates}

* Last, but not least, Halsey has finally released a video for "New Americana." The clip is insane, and the song is fantastic. Check it out.

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.


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Vid Pick: PremRock - Rod Stewart (Willie Green Remix)
Friday, October 02, 2015

Even with the plethora of artists I know, and work with, I pride myself on keeping abreast of everyone's goings on, so when I found out about PremRock's new EP the day after its release, I had some proverbial egg on my face. His latest, Who Art in Nada, dropped on September 15th, and while I may have been a day late, I want to make sure nobody misses out on the video for the lead single from the album, "Rod Stewart."

Don't worry, PremRock isn't asking if you think he's sexy, or crooning to Maggie May (are two Rod Stewart references too much for a post about a hip-hop song? Nay, I say. Nay!), he's delivering the kind of deep, vivid, storytelling rhymes he's become known for.

Check out "Rod Stewart," and if you like it, consider picking up Who Art in Nada on bandcamp.


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NYC Scene Report - Operator, CHCKLK, & more
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

This week’s NYC Scene Report features the indie rock of Operator, soul-pop from CHCKLK, a pop-rock tune from The Turnback, and a political hip-hop song from MegaCiph.

* “I, Banana” is not an autobiography written by a piece of fruit. Well, for all I know that could exist, but in this case it’s the very cool lead single from Brooklyn indie rock group Operator, whose debut album, Puzzlephonics, is due out October 9th.

Operator’s sound is tough to pin down, as it incorporates everything from traditional indie rock, to analogue synths, to feedback noise, and their influences range from krautrock, to art pop, to electronic minimalism.

Rather than going straight to Google to look up half of those terms, just click play on “I, Banana,” because no matter how many musical styles have gone into Operator’s sound, theirs is one that is completely their own, and it’s pretty awesome.

* Sometimes you hear a song that’s just so f*cking cool you don’t know whether you want to immediately play it again, or run and tell everyone you know about it. This was the case the first time I heard Long Island native CHCKLK’s “The One.”

According to CHCKLK, the soul-pop song, which features some really dope, spacey, production, is about “attempting to analyze the pitfalls of life, while questioning our motives to break through them and succeed.”

Keeping with the theme of success, CHCKLK is also in the process of creating an artistic community titled Kids of the Forest, which will focus on pushing boundaries, and challenging societal conventions.

Right now you should push play on the video for “The One,” and if you like it, you can download it for free on Soundcloud.

* Great pop-rock bands are becoming hard to find. Sure, there’s the occasional Maroon 5, or 5 Seconds of Summer, or act that doesn’t have the number five in its name, that breaks through, but for the most part, pop music has become dominated by solo acts. With their upcoming sophomore album, Are We There Yet?, NYC power-pop trio The Turnback are looking to turn back the clock to when pop-rock bands ruled the day.

Are We There Yet?, which is due out October 2nd, is a 12 song effort that will reportedly be filled with “contagious hooks, big bright guitars, and giant harmonies.” If the lead single, “Five Days A Week” (holy crap, there’s the number five again!), is any indicator, it’s going to be a very fun ride. Check it out.

* Megaciph has been featured in this column a number of times, and for good reason, he’s a hip-hop artist with political mind, and the skills to voice his views in a powerful, and direct way. His latest single is “AYOTZINAPA,” and the story behind the song is a heartbreaking one, as it stems back to September 26th of last year, when 43 young men in Mexico, who were on their way to a protest, were kidnapped.

This, Megaciph says, wasn’t a singular incident, as he notes such kidnappings are a regular occurrence in Mexico, and he has a theory as to the root of the problem. “The murders, and disappearances, that are endemic in Mexico are a result of America's failed ‘War on Drugs,’” he explains, “and international trade and labor practices such as NAFTA.”

Megaciph adds, “It is time we end the hypocrisy, end the prohibitions, cut off the power of the drug lords, and get these corrupt governments to stop peddling weapons and drugs.”

Check out “AYOTZINAPA.” You’ll be chanting the title by the end of the song, which is available as a free download via Soundcloud.

For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.


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