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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals is the smoking hot Vermont band led by musical wunderkind and band namesake Grace Potter.  She is a multi instrumentalist/vocalist with some serious skills.  She plays both electric and acoustic guitar, Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes piano, and Wurlitzer electrical piano.  Did I also mention that she sings?  Her expressive, genre changing voice is the hook that drags you into the music.

The band was loosely formed in 2002 when Potter was spotted by, soon to be band mate, Matthew Burr as she was singing folk songs in a student hot spot on the St. Lawrence University campus.  In 2005 the band received two nominations at the Boston Music Awards and independently released “Nothing But the Water”.  The band eventually signed with Hollywood Records and the album was rereleased in 2006 and received two more nominations from the Boston Music Awards.

Their second album “This Is Somewhere” was released in 2007 and they toured with Gov’t Mule.  The same year they made TV appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  In addition to those appearances, their song “Apologies” made the rounds on several shows such as:

  • All My Children
  • One Tree Hill
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • ER
     

2008 found them touring with The Black Crowes and Dave Matthews and they played a full set at the Mile High Music Festival.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Discography:

  • Nothing But the Water
  • Live Oh Five
  • This Is Somewhere
  • Live In Skowhegan
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Live at the Fillmore

The 2010 release of their self titled album finds Grace and Co. melding the myriad parts of their band; the raw live vibe, the sultry, bluesy vocal prowess of Grace, the deft musical abilities of the band, and the classic rock sound.  While they have spent many years wowing the crowds on the live circuit and have toured with some of the jammiest of bands, this album and the TV spots are the bridge to a broader audience. 

Check out Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at www.gracepotter.com

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You should be listening to The National

The National is the indie band of brothers (seriously, it is two sets of brothers and a lead singer) strengthened by the unique baritone of lead singer Matt Berninger.  Formed in Ohio in 1999 and currently based in Brooklyn, The National released their self titled debut in 2001. 

Their sophomore release, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers, was well received and paired them with producer Peter Katis who would remain at the helm for their next two critically acclaimed albums Alligator and Boxer.

The National Discography:

  • The National (2001)
  • Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003)
  • The Cherry Tree EP (2004)
  • Alligator (2005)
  • Boxer (2007)
  • The Virginia EP (2008)
  • High Violet (2010

Upon forming, most members kept their days jobs and performed locally on the weekends.  As their fan base grew, they began to tour regularly and eventually hit the U.S. festival circuit with sets at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, and All Points West.  They were also able to add a little European flavor to their festival resume with sets at Glastonbury, Haldern, and Lowlands.

Top 5 The National Songs:

  1. Fake Empire (Boxer)
  2. Anyone’s Ghost (High Violet)
  3. All the Wine (Alligator)
  4. Mistaken for Strangers (Boxer)
  5. Bloodbuzz Ohio (High Violet)

For those of you who take occasion to watch some television, you might have caught The National on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, or perhaps The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  If you are more of a series kind of TV watcher, you might have heard the band on shows such as:

  • Chuck
  • Gossip Girls
  • One Tree Hill
  • Southland
  • Defying Gravity

Their sound is dark and a bit despondent due in large part to the brooding vocal inflections of Berninger.  While dark, their music is also reassuringly real.  Their lyrics deal with banality of daily living.  They are writing and singing about the things we are living. 

Check out The National at www.americanmary.com

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You should be listening to The Black Keys!

The Black Keys are the amazing bluesy, rocking dynamic duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney.  They formed in 2001 in Akron, Ohio and have been compared to another bluesy power duo known by the name The White Stripes.

Their debut album, The Big Come Up, was released on 2002 and followed up with Thickfreakness in 2003.  2004 saw the release of Rubber Factory.

Much like other artist of today, The Black Keys music has gained commercial recognition from T.V. shows, commercial advertising, and the silver screen. 

 T.V. Shows:

  • The O.C.
  • Big Love
  • Rescue Me
  • Dexter
  • Sons of Anarchy
  • One Tree Hill
  • Gossip Girl
  • Entourage
  • Friday Night Lights

 Advertisements:

  • Sony Ericsson
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • American Express

Movies:

  • Cloverfield
  • School of Rock
  • Zombie Land
  • Black Snake Moan
  • RocknRolla

Their fourth album, Magic Potion, was released in 2006 along with the EP Chulahoma.  In 2007 they released the Danger Mouse produced Attack & Release.  This was the first album that they released that was produced in an actual studio.

The Black Keys Discography:

  • The Big Come Up
  • Thickfreakness
  • The Moan (EP)
  • Rubber factory
  • Magic Potion
  • Chulahoma (EP)
  • Attack & Release
  • Brothers (Set to release May 2010)

The boys have toured with bands such as Pearl Jam, Beck, and Radiohead.  In addition to both critical and commercial success, they have quite a few fans that are in the business.  Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Josh Homme (Them Crooked Vultures & Queens of the Stone Age), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) have all gone on record extolling the greatness of The Black Keys.

Top 5 The Black Keys Songs:

  1. Oceans& Streams (Attack & Release)
  2. Set You Free (Thickfreakness)
  3. Girl Is On My Mind (Rubber Factory)
  4. I Got Mine (Attack & Release)
  5. Strange Times (Attack & Release)

Musically, there is a raw, emotional connectivity that is heavily influenced by the blues.  The amazing thing about the group is how much sound they can produce between the two of them. 

Check out The Black Keys at www.theblackkeys.com.

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You should be listening to Joshua Radin!

Joshua Radin is the wispy, hushed vocals singer/songwriter who got his start in the business by playing an early composition for his buddy Zach Braff (yes, that Zach Braff, he of Scrubs and Garden State fame).  Braff, clearly liked the song, and featured it on the soundtrack to his hit T.V. show Scrubs. 

This fortuitous event led to a recording contract for Radin and his music found its way on to other shows like Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Brothers and Sisters, as well as movie soundtracks for The Nanny Diaries and The Last Kiss.  His debut album We Were Here was released in 2006.

Joshua Radin Discography:

  • We Were Here
  • Simpler Times

In 2008 Radin released his sophomore effort Simpler Times.  As with his debut, many of the tracks from Simpler Times made their way on to T.V shows such as House M.D., Bones, and 90210.  Prior to its release, Radin’s label asked him to add a more “radio friendly “song to the album.  Not wanting to capitulate to the man, Radin returned all of the label’s money and released Simpler Times on the aptly titled independent label Mom & Pop Music without changing anything on the album. 

Top 5 Joshua Radin Songs:

  1. Today (We Were Here)
  2. One Of These Days (Simpler Times)
  3. Sun Drenched World (We Were Here)
  4. Winter (We Were Here)
  5. I’d Rather Be With You (Simpler Times)

Radin has a sleepy quality that leaves you imagining him waking up and serenading his sleeping companion.  His delivery is restrained and subtle but alluring and delicate as he draws you into each song.  His lyrics are clever and straight forward and typically accompanied by a sparse, acoustic guitar.

Check out Joshua Radin at www.joshuaradin.com

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Note: This is the song that Joshua performed at Ellen DeGeneres Wedding

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Another Note: Cover of Ben Harper’s Waiting On An Angel

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You should be listening to Band of Horses!

Band of Horses is the indie rock band that was birthed in the fertile musical breeding ground of Seattle, Washington in 2004 and signed to the indigenous Sub Pop Records.  Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke formed the band after the demise of their former band Carissa’s Wierd and the band came to the attention of Sub Pop after opening for Iron & Wine during some Seattle area shows. 

Brooke left the band shortly after the release of their debut album Everything All the Time and began his own band, Grand Archives, which is also signed to Sub Pop.  Currently, Band of Horses, calls South Carolina home and recorded their second album Cease To Begin in the neighboring state of North Carolina. 

Band of Horses Discography:

  • Band of Horses (EP)
  • Everything All the Time
  • Cease To Begin

Band of Horses music has been used in a variety of T.V. shows such as:

  • CSI
  • Chuck
  •  Criminal Minds
  • 90210
  • One Tree Hill
  • Psyche
     

Musically, they have a sound that is comparable to My Morning Jacket and Fleet Foxes.  This is due, in part, to the use of reverb in their songs and to the hirsute fondness of the lead singers. 

Top 5 Band of Horses Songs:

  1. The Funeral (Everything All the Time)
  2. Marry Song (Cease to Begin)
  3. Is There a Ghost (Cease to Begin)
  4. No One’s Gonna Love You (Cease to Begin)
  5. Window Blues (Cease to Begin)

Their new album Infinite Sadness is due to release in May 2010.

Check out Band of Horses at www.bandofhorses.com

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You should be listening to Counting Crows!

I’ve always liked the Counting Crows and fondly recall the release of their debut album “August and Everything After”.  This was due, in large part, to the timing of the release which was late in my college career and I associate the album with the freedom and liberating experiences as a student of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  To be fair, I was pretty liberated before this time but at this point, I was in my own apartment and had cultivated a wide circle of friends to share the experience with.  And yet, I digress.

August and Everything After” was released late in 1993 and the band toured relentlessly in 1993 and 1994.  They toured with The Cranberries, Bob Dylan, Cracker, Los, Lobos, Midnight Oil, and The Rolling Stones to name a few.  The surprise success of their first single, “Mr. Jones”, an ironic tail of struggling musicians who dream of becoming a star, propelled them to stardom and made their debut the fastest selling album since Nirvana’s “Nevermind”. 

The sudden and staggering success took a toll on the band and caused lead singer Adam Duritz to have a nervous breakdown.  It also halted their touring as they only played two gigs in 1995.  This allowed Duritz to write their sophomore album “Recovering the Satellites” which was released in October of 1996.  The sound was a little heavier and lyrically dealt with the trappings of stardom and the ability or lack thereof, to acclimate.  Their touring resumed and they released “Across a Wire: Live in New York” which was a double live album that captured their acoustic VH1 Storyteller concert on one disc and disc two was a bit of a an electric set recorded for MTV’s Live from the 10 Spot.

Over the course of years, the band has had a variety of  musicians that have come and gone.  While their sound has stayed relatively close to its origin, in large part, due to the emotional connectivity of Duritz’s passionate vocals, there has been some variation of songs that have been done both electrically and acoustically.

Counting Crows Discography:

  • August and Everything After
  • Recovering the Satellites
  • Across a Wire: Live in New York
  • This Desert Life
  • Hard Candy
  • New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall
  • Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings

Top 5 Counting Crows’ Songs

  1. Anna Begins (August and Everything After)
  2. Colorblind (This Dessert Life)
  3. Miller’s Angels (Recovering the Satellites)
  4. Holiday In Spain (Hard Candy)
  5. Omaha (August and Everything After)

Personally, I’ve always been drawn to the emotionally tortured vocals of Adam Duritz.  Lyrically I find him to be beautifully expressive while, on their latest album in particular, at times a bit self absorbed.  Lately, I’m more inclined to listen to their live music as it seems riskier in the respect that they alter the arrangements and can do multiple interpretations of a song in either acoustic or electrical instrumentation.

Their music has appeared in several movies, which include: Clueless, Rounders, Cruel Intentions, Mr. Deeds, Two Weeks Notice, and most notably, Shrek 2.  As well as television shows such as Dawson’s Creek, Scrubs, Party of Five, Felicity, E.R., One Tree Hill, and Brothers and Sisters.

I’m a fan and I know that nostalgia plays a factor in that but I also think that musically, they have found a way to stay somewhat relevant.  I don’t think there music necessarily paved the way for bands or pioneered a sound, but I also think that they don’t suck. 

Check out the Counting Crows at www.countingcrows.com.

Counting Crows music is available at iTunes, record stores, and www.countingcrows.com.

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You should be listening to William Fitzsimmons!

William Fitzsimmons seemed destined to be a musician from his early days.  He was born to two blind parents who were musically inclined and had an array of instruments in the house.  One of which, was a pipe organ that his father built into the house with his own hands.  He was taught piano and trombone in elementary school and taught himself the guitar in Jr. High.

 While it is obvious he became a musician (check out his cool, long musician beard), it was not always a clear path for William. He pursued his education in the field of mental health and became a practicing therapist.  While in graduate school, he purchased some recording equipment and tinkered around a bit.

 He self-produced and released his debut album “Until When We are Ghost” in 2005.  Shortly after the release, his songs started showing up in television shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” “One Tree Hill”, and “Army Wives”.  In 2006 he engineered and produced his second album “Goodnight”.  His first official studio album “The Sparrow and the Crow” was released in 2008.

 His lyrics are often dark and autobiographical and sung/whispered with a quiet yet emotional power.  On occasion, he has a tendency to mix electronica with folk style music which does not sound as weird as you might expect. 

 William Fitzsimmons Discography

  • Until When We Are Ghosts
  • Goodnight
  • The Sparrow and the Crow
  • Live from the Downtown Studios

 Top 5 William Fitzsimmons Songs according to Butler (Albums listed to right of song):

  1.  Passion Play (Until When We are Ghosts)
  2. Even Now (The Sparrow and the Crow)
  3. Forsake All Others  (Until When We are Ghosts)
  4. Afterall (Goodnight)
  5. Maybe Be Alright (The Sparrow and the Crow)

 Give William Fitzsimmons a chance and let me know what you think.  http://www.last.fm/music/William+Fitzsimmons/+videos/+1-8SVH3UxFcCc

 William Fitzsimmons music is available on iTunes, some record stores and www.williamfitzsimmons.com.

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