‘Lucky’ in the Subway

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Man! 2.4 million ‘reactions’ later — these guys know how to pick a person up! Loving this brass and drum ensemble. I’m smiling and chuckling in my heart from start to finish as their music echoes down corridors of the subway. I see more and more footage of these gents popping up, and they are everywhere. It’s a thing of beauty see someone willing to make a stage anyway for the sake of what they love. It shows in their energy as they each share the spotlight and then in unison. They seem to have all the right …Take a Peek!

‘I’m Like a Star That Hasn’t Paid My Own Light Bill’ – Tank

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Just because I couldn’t get enough of Tarriona Ball (‘Tank’, artist of Tank and the Bangas) the first time around, I could barely fit in my seat to contain myself when I stumbled across this video. (Thank you, again, Stylelikeu.com ! There was a part 2?)

She’s bone-chillingly vulnerable. In heart-churning pros, she undresses her soul like the garments she discarded to the floor. Her face twist with the pain of each unveiling.  There’s no hiding as her poetry is carried on the acoustics. We’re beyond wall-papered rooms and …See More…

It’s Do or Die – Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball

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I watched with tears and rented heart as ‘Tank’ shed her clothes article by article.  She is more than style. More than her big hair.  More than her layers of scarves. More than multi-colored stripped socks stretched to her knees.  Than her large vintage glasses her smiling ears showed through. So, piece by piece, they fell to the ground. She dangles her feet high above them from atop a tall wooden stool playfully blushing amidst her fallen garbs. Every layer seemed to …Read On…

They’re Not Just Another Sister Band (Joseph, the Band)

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Joseph – a sister trio—has a bit of an old school Mumford and Sons feel as they strip it down to bare bones with just an acoustic and their voices. Meegan ClosnerAllison ClosnerNatalie Closner hail from Portland, Oregon with their pop-folk sound.

There’s something rich here in their declarative “White Flag”, which kicks off the set.  There is no surrender.  There is no retreat. When the voices and circumstances around you roar for you to turn on your heels and go back, we say… They’re Not Just Another Sister Band (Joseph, the Band)

Suzanne Santo “Regrets” – Absolutely None.

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Suzanne Santo “Regrets” … absolutely none. 

Honesty, candor, vulnerability, realness aren’t always in the top 5 attributes for songs written for the masses.  So, when someone like Adele breaks through with this standard of genuineness, everyone gathers around this fire with sympathetic harmony no longer feeling so misunderstood. Dig further into less heralded forms of songwriting, and you will find these attributes as the norm and not an aberration.

Whether you want to label her as Americana, Alt/Country or Indie rock, Suzanne Santo (usually one half of duo Honey Honey) embodies this unabashed spirit of … See More!

Cold War Kids Show Us ‘Love is Mystical’

 

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Right away, I pull something out of this song. It continues that way to the finish. It’s electric from the start.  It feels like a Monday morning alarm.  There’s an internal ‘Yes!’ that sounds off — An alert to love.

Love has an inexplicable power to set us free. I know it can seem scary — like a longly caged bird who struggles deeply to step out of an open door.  But, we have been generations enslaved by suspicion and fear long enough.  The gate must swing open.  We must take that chance. Take off!

Love seems risky, …Let’s Continue

Come As You Are – The New Respects

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This Tennessee-groomed quartet, The New Respects, have a refreshingly personal take on Rock and Roll with hints of pop and soul.

Come As You Are has a defined anthemic groove, and the reminder it carries is stunning:
 
“You don’t have to be lonely…
Come as you are…
 
You don’t have to do this thing alone…” 

…Let’s Continue!

Jake Isaac and JP Cooper ‘Carry You Home’

 

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This collaborative song, entitled “Carry You Home” from EP War Child, is a stripped-down, heart-felt soul session rendered by Jake Isaac and JP Cooper.  These two singer songs writers deliver a sincere acoustic guitar performance.

Oh troubled hard oh weary soul
How did you get here, get so far from home
Under the stars we used to play
But now you hold back the tears only wishing …Continue