The Killers

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The band that keeps their audience interested. I cannot recommend this band to enough people! They are definitely one of my favorites. Lead singer, Brandon Flowers, sings with such emotion and rawness that one could relate their sound to the Arctic Monkeys, however, the presence of new, interesting background noises gives them their unique sound. Dave Keuning is on guitar, Mark Stoermer on bass and Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. on percussion. All 4 members of the band bring such interesting aspects to each piece of music. I feel like I pick up a new favorite part of each song every time I listen.

My personal favorite album of the Killer’s second album Sam’s Town; Brandon Flowers called this album “one of the best albums of the past twenty years” (Wikipedia). The album won countless awards across the globe, and “When You Were Young” was nominated for two Grammys. My personal recommendations on this album are “Sam’s Town”, “For Reasons Unknown”, “Bones”, and “When We Were Young”.

The band, from Las Vegas, is said to have begun recording their fifth album in late 2015. Hopefully we will get our hands on some more of their delicious music! Can’t wait!

Fall Out Boy

b185_fall-out-boy-band-music-950x712 Hey guys!! I’m so sorry I’ve been away for the past few weeks, I had tons of school work and the winter holidays create such a busy time for every body in general. This week I’m bringing to you the band behind what I think is the best album of the year. I liked them back in the old days before they went on hiatus in 2009 but now- WOOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!! They’re GREAT! Everybody, I hope you already know them but if not; meet Fall Out Boy. I was so lucky as to get their newest CD “Save Rock and Roll” from my boyfriend this Christmas (that guy is QUITE the gift giver!!) which features great songs such as “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark“, “The Phoenix“, and my personal favorite “Just One Yesterday“. If you’re looking for a great album to get you up and moving this is definitely one to consider.  One thing they are doing with their latest album that I find quite interesting is they’re creating a story with their songs with music videos. My friend Lexi showed them to me and they certainly are something interesting to watch! There’s signs of cannibalism, human torture, and plenty of music that will most certainly get your heart racing! All of these videos are on YouTube and you can easily access the ones that have came out to this day on my Music page.  So now I’ll stop fangirling over the band and tell you all the interesting info about them. Fall Out Boy consists of four band members; Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman, and Andy Hurley. The band started out in Illinois in 20o1 and was formed for the most part by Wentz and Trohman. In 2005 the band became quite popular with their album “From Under the Cork Tree” and gained more and more popularity over the years. In 2009 the band hit some troublesome winds with people who attended their concerts during their Believers Never Die Tour booing them and they decided to break. During Fall Out Boy’s hiatus each of the band members experienced all sorts of events which lead them to trying to individually create new kinds of music and experiment with music in ways they had never thought of before.  After being separated for about 3 years the band members started to miss each other, as we all would have, and began to become in touch once again. They created a few songs here and there and eventually began creating their “Save Rock and Roll” album. Fall Out Boy certainly has been through a lot of criticism and hatred these past 5 years and now they’re back and ready to fight again. Be sure to check out their music and definitely listen to their newest album!

Sources:

 

Melissa, Fossum. “I Saw Fall Out Boy Live Right Before They Got Huge.” Up on the Sun. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Dec. 2013. <http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/uponsun/2013/06/fall-out-boy-marquee-theatre-comeback.php>.

 

“Fall Out Boy | Band.” Fall Out Boy. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Dec. 2013. <http://falloutboy.com/band>.

 

 

Walk The Moon

Walk-The-MoonNo they’re not Astronauts, they’re Walk The Moon– which ten times better, trust me on this!  From Cincinnati, Ohio Walk The Moon has made it a long way in only 5 short years. Their band, which was originally created by main signer Nicolas Petricca, started the band in 2008 but shortly after made some big changes in the band’s line up. Finally in 2010 the current members (Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman) found Petricca and they have stuck together ever since. Naming the band after “Walking on the Moon” by the Police, the band created their first album i want! i want! and have been improving ever since. Walk The Moon‘s first hit song, “Anna Sun”, has been featured in an American Eagle Outfitters commercial and was named one of the “30 Summer Songs Every Man Should Listen to” by Esquire Magazine. Playing at Music Midtown in Atlanta and going on tour with Grouplove (which I have featured in a past post), Walk The Moon is gaining popularity every day with their amazing, peppy songs that always seem to brighten my day. Be sure to check out my music page if you’d like to hear more from them! Happy Holidays!!!

Sources:

“Song of the Week: Walk The Moon – Anna Sun | MusicUnderFire.” MusicUnderFire. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Dec. 2013. <http://musicunderfire.com/2012/10/song-of-the-week-walk-the-moon-anna-sun.html&gt;.

“Walk the Moon.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Mar. 2013. Web. 6 Dec. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk_the_Moon&gt;.

Maroon 5

Maroon-5-at-the-Red-Bull-Sound-SpaceMaroon 5 the masterminds behind music that will blow you away whether watching their music video or just listening to one of their intricate songs. With Adam Levine as lead singer, James Valentine as lead guitar, Matt Flynn on drums, Jesse Carmichael on Keyboard, and Mickey Madden on bass guitar there’s nothing you could want more. Ever since middle school Levine and Carmichael have been playing together, with Carmichael originally on guitar. In 1985 the group started with the exception of one member, they were first called “Kara’s Flowers” but changed their name to Maroon 5 in 2002 with the addition of Valentine. Valentine having gone to school with John Mayor, got the band in as an opening act on Mayor’s tour in 2003 and they began their hunt for fame. Kicking off with their first album Songs about Jane Maroon 5 quickly spread in popularity unlike their earlier band from their high school years. Following up with It won’t Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over, and Overexposed the band has been in 8 tours, received three Grammy’s, two American Music Awards, and three Billboard Music Awards. They continue to blow me away with their absolutely amazing music which you should totally check out on my Music page.

 

Sources:

“Red Bull Sound Space at AMP Radio- Maroon 5.” Red Bull Sound Space at AMP Radio- Maroon 5. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. <http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Event/Red-Bull-Sound-Space-at-AMP-Radio-Maroon-5-021243273527345&gt;.

“Maroon 5 | Bio.” Maroon 5 | Bio. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. <http://www.maroon5.com/bio/&gt;.

“Maroon 5.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Nov. 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maroon_5&gt;.

Ballyhoo!

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My oh my, I have been waiting so long to show you this band- it’s my favorite EVER! BALLYHOO!!!!!!! Founded in July 1995,  their group is made up of Howi Spangler on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Scott Vandrey on Keyboards, Programming, and Vocal Harmonies, Donald Spangler on Drums, and  J.R. Gregory – Bass. Go Pro Mountain Games calls them, “A rock band with punk energy and pop reggae grooves” which is a perfect definition of what they do. Ballyhoo! produced their first album by themselves but later found themselves producing with LAW Records and continued to use that with their most recent album Pineapple GrenadeSpreading in popularity from their home in Maryland, Ballyhoo! has participated in Vans’ Warped Tour 2012, played 166 shows in 2012, and sold over 200,000 digital tracks. Regardless of what type of music you like, you should definitely listen to Ballyhoo! From reggae beats to great lyrics that gets you going, they have so many points of interest. Be sure to listen to some of their song on my Music page and tell me how you like them!

“Ballyhoo!.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 28 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballyhoo!&gt;.

“Ballyhoo! Free Concert.” at the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. <http://www.mountaingames.com/event-detail/BallyHoo!-Free-Concert-Thursday.aspx&gt;.

The Royalty

891412740-1They’ve got attitude, they’ve got style, they’re the Royalty. No I didn’t spell that wrong either; trust me- this band is wayyyy better than the song Royals by Lorde. With Nicole Boudreau on vocals,  Jesus Apodaca on guitar, Mike Hernandez  on bass, Daniel Marin Jr on keyboard, and Joel Quintana on Drums they’re unstoppable. Boudreau’s voice is just so…. classy! and fabulous and smooth and amazing! I’m totally jealous- as you can probably tell. Since 2005, the Royalty has been gaining followers and gaining confidence as they try new styles of music and continue with their amazing new albums which they just so happen to “press by hand” as their Bibliography says. Man, they are just so amazing. Just listen one time for a whole song and you’ll be in love. I stumbled upon them by the Band of the Day app last year and am so happy to have found them. With music for every moment, you’ll never be lost listening to their soothing yet sassy sounds. What first caught my ear when I was listening to them was the way they made me start taping my foot- you know your in love when you start dancing 😉 Don’t forget to breathe, smile, and listen to those musics whenever possible!!

Sources:

“The Royalty- Lovers.” Groove Loves Melody. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2013. <http://www.groovelovesmelody.com/2012/07/09/the-royalty-lovers/>.

“The Royalty.” – Victory Records. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Nov. 2013. <https://www.victoryrecords.com/theroyalty>.

Mumford & Sons

mumford-sons-4e1192eca8916They seem so new but their chords are so warm and familiar- it’s a revolution of soft acoustics and smooth whispers come back into fashion as Mumford & Sons take the world by storm. As Ben Lovett puts it, “We want to do something unashamed” (Mumford & Sons). You can clearly see that by listening to them; they give you something to listen for not look at (although they are VERY attractive in their adorable late 19th century outfits). Their music seems almost a mix of folk and alternative, it’s almost as if they are their own genre of music. Ever since their first album (released July 7, 2008 which took only 3 months to produce) the band has been touring and becoming one of the greatest bands to reach the ears of almost every American. Earning 11 various awards for their amazing albums (Mumford & Sons, Love Your Ground, The Cave, Little Lion Man, Sign No More, I Will Wait, and Babel). Mumford & Sons is made up of 4 main members- Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane. It’s rare that you find a band who’s name actually features one of their members’ name these days. But to get to the point- their music is AMAZING!! So listen up and be sure to check out my Music page and hear some of their award-winning hits!

Sources: “Mumford and Sons launch festival beer.” The Drinks Business RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. <http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2013/07/mumford-and-sons-launch-festival-beer/>.

Mumford & Sons. “Mumford & Sons.” – Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2013. <http://www.mumfordandsons.com/biography/>.