The Story So Far: Heavy Gloom

I spent the majority of yesterday afternoon looking for new pop-punk and post-hardcore bands that I haven’t heard before. There was quite a lot of bands that I couldn’t listen to for long due to their adolescent lyrics that no longer suit me.

I finally came across The Story So Far and I have to say that I am impressed with their music. It reminds me of Fall Out Boy’s early work and The Starting Line. One of their most recent songs is “Heavy Gloom” which features a fierce and catchy chorus. Check it out above.

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Coyote & Crow: Me & My Uncle cover

I first came across this band by complete chance while browsing Youtube and since then I have been following all that they have been doing. Coyote and Crow are a married couple who specialize in roots rock and folk. In this video the band covers the Grateful Dead’s “Me & My Uncle”. Check it out.

The Hives: 1000 Answers

During the early 2000s when garage rock and post-punk revival became very popular The Hives were one of the bands that burst onto the scene with their energetic mix of these two genres. Their loud sound and fast guitars made the band an act to see live.

One of their best songs is “1000 Answers” from their record ‘Lex Hives”. The punk rock sound and catchy lyrics sung by lead vocalist¬†Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist is quite exhilarating. Check it out above.

Willis Earl Beal: Too Dry to Cry

Willis Earl Beal is one of those soul singers that can leave you completely devastated by how powerful their music is. Beal lets it all on the line with his song “Too Dry to Cry”. The songs features a slow blues riff, a marching drumbeat and atmospheric sounds throughout; Beal’s voice soars over it all. Check it out above.

Junior Kimbrough: Meet Me In the City

I first heard about blues legend Junior Kimbrough from listening to The Black Keys. Their cover songs of Junior’s material was really good but after listening to Junior’s “Meet Me in the City”, I have to say that Junior is absolutely amazing. His vocals are soul wrenching and forlorn as he sings about his woman who is thinking about leaving him. Check it out above.

Blu & Exile: Maybe one day

I recently discovered Blu & Exile and I am completely hooked on their laidback sound. Blu is a phenomenal rapper and has developed quite a following since the album “Below the Heavens”. He has released countless mixtapes and albums since then that shows that Blu is not going to be stopping anytime soon.

“Maybe one day” comes forth from the second collaboration “Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them” between Blu and Exile and features a soulful sound with its piano notes and smooth beats. Blu flawlessly delivers on the track. Check it out above.

Power Season 1

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When I first heard about “Power” and that 50 Cent was producing it I was skeptical. I thought that it would be completely ridiculous and cheesy and utter garbage. However, after finishing Season 1 I have to bite my words. The show has really caught my attention and now I am hooked; waiting week to week for each episode.

The show is about James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) a nightclub owner, husband/father of three, and a powerful drug dealer. He juggles his two lives continuously with the dream of being more than just a drug dealer and eventually focusing on his nightclub exclusively. James is surrounded by Tommy Eagan (Joseph Sikora) his hot headed partner who he has known for 25 years. Tasha (Naturi Naughton) his wife tries to keep James focused on the drug dealing business as she feels he is sidetracked by the club.

One night James runs into Angela Valdez (Lela Loren) a high school sweetheart who got away and became a government lawyer. Seeing Angela again causes James to start questioning his life and what he actually wants for himself. In the meanwhile he has to deal with people trying to kill him and make his business even harder both at the nightclub and the streets.

Omari Hardwick delivers a great performance as Ghost. He tries to show just how difficult it is to go legit when everyone wants him to stay focused on drug dealing. Ghost is conflicted on everything in his life and tries to appear as if he can handle it all but becomes overwhelmed by all the pressure. The show does a great job of showing how ruthless Ghost can be when feeling threatened.

The show presents New York as this gritty dog eat dog world where everything is up for grabs and nothing is sacred. The drug dealers who operate in this world are constantly on guard and find it hard to trust one another.

Overall “Power” is a must-watch for its depiction of street life with an edge of sophistication. It also showcases different ethnic groups including Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Haitians and African Americans. I highly recommend checking out “Power”.

Alice in Chains: Would?

Alice in Chains help to foster a new movement in grunge music. Their dark lyrics and heavy songs helped the band to develop a style and tone that has continued to last till this day. With the passing of Layne Staley the band refocused its vocal duties to include William Duvall. The band is currently working on their sixth studio album to be released this year.

“Would?” comes from the band’s popular album “Dirt”. The song features Staley’s incredible vocals that howl over the loud guitars. Check it out above.

The Weeknd: Often

The Weeknd has been having a very remarkable year especially after providing the hit song for the film “50 Shades of Grey”. He has been on a roll with constant hits on mainstream radio including “The Hills” and “Often”.

“Often” is true to the Weeknd’s music style and lyricism; eroticism and drug filled sexual encounters. The song is very catchy with its repeated wordplay. Check it out above.

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