“Holyfield” – Post Malone

Post Malone

The success of the “rapper/singer”, most commonly popularized by Drake, has spawned a million different copycats over the recent years, but rarely has it spawned a success.

Until well, maybe now. Post Malone, real name Austin Post, out of Dallas, TX is becoming an overnight, underground success in the Hip-Hop community.

His newest single, “White Iverson”, has blown up since releasing towards the beginning of 2015. The song in which the singer compares himself to former NBA MVP Allen Iverson, saying he needs the “Money, like the ring I never won” is reminiscent of early Drake, with brooding synths and classic Southern hip-hop bass and hi-hats.

His newest song, “Holyfield”, is also as catchy as ever. With solid production and a new take on the average “love song”, Post Malone looks like a new force to be reckoned with.

Produced by FKi, Rex Kudo, Charlie Handsome & Lifted.

Summer/Fall Concert Primer

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New York is the best city in the world when it comes to music. Lucky for you, we’re going to tell you about five shows to fit into your schedules. You’ll thank us later.

 

Melody’s Echo Chamber – Tuesday, 8/25 – Music Hall of Williamsburg

If Melody’s Echo Chamber’s psychedelic tracks remind you of Tame Impala’s infectious sound, there’s a good reason why. Melody Prochet, lead of MEC became so intrigued by Tame Impala that she connected with Kevin Parker, the lead singer. Soon enough, the two were in the front man’s home studio in Perth, Australia recording an album. Fortunately, we don’t need to travel across the world to check out these tunes, just a trip across the Williamsburg Bridge.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Wednesday, 9/16 – Brooklyn Bowl

St. Paul and the Broken Bones is one of the most underrated live acts on tour at the moment. There, we said it. They absolutely deliver as a premier live band by honing their soulfulness for all of us to enjoy. Also, catching a show at the Brooklyn Bowl is a quintessential New York music experience.

Ben Howard – Monday, 9/28 – Radio City Music Hall

Ben Howard’s 2011 Every Kingdom and 2014 I Forget Where We Were gained mass acclaim throughout Europe. For good reason. These albums will make you wonder what took so long to get a hold of his music. His sound and image (the rustic foreigner musing about love and the general qualities of life) prove to be a winning combination. It’s just a matter of time before he sweeps the country by force.

Tame Impala – Tuesday, 10/6 – Radio City Music Hall

Tame Impala is the best rock band in the world. The Australian band, led by the aforementioned Kevin Parker, released the fan-favorite Lonerism in 2012. After much anticipation, Tame Impala released Currents earlier this summer. The album is full of hits and Parker puts on an absolute show. This is a concert you’ll regret missing.

Leon Bridges – Wednesday 10/21 – Webster Hall

Don’t worry, you didn’t wake up fifty years late and just discover Leon Bridges. The twenty-six-year-old, Fort Wayne, TX born, Soul-singer is a trip back to the days of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. Bridges’ debut album Coming Home released earlier this summer and has been making appearances on the majority of playlists I’ve seen recently.

Throwback of the Week – Beatles Reimagined

Here’s a throwback for all those Beatles fans out there. A few years back, in 2013, an album was released by Community Music’s label honoring the Beatles’ 50th anniversary called Beatles Reimagined. The album features 10 songs from the band’s 1963-1964 days, which were performed by various artists were gathered to add their own perspective and creativity to these legendary Beatles songs.

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Artists consisting of The Well Pennies, Mobley, Badwolf, and a few others covered Songs like “Please, Please Me,” “From Me To You, “and” She Loves You.” But, the one I’d like to share with you is “I Saw Her Standing There” performed by Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros.

The quirky folk band transformed the iconic song into an early 1900’s ragtime-like tune that makes you tap your feet and snap your fingers. Have a listen and enjoy this throwback with me!

Lianne La Havas – Blood

Want to hear some amazingly soulful vocals? Lianne La Havas is the woman for you. The British artist released her second studio album Blood on July 31st. This album is a strong follow up to her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough?, which was released in 2012.Unknown-3

The multi-instrumentally skilled La Havas mixes together many sounds and genres. Strong soulful singing, a touch of a jazzy horn section, and some R&B pop bass makes this album so unique and special.

Have a listen to a song from Blood titled “Green and Gold.” The song features mellow guitar picking, which accompanies a thumping rhythm of bass and drums as La Havas graces us with her smooth yet powerful vocals and lyrics.

The not yet 26 year old has such promise for a bright future and I’m excited to see what Blood leads to next.