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Country songwriter Heidi Howe has toured nationally, placed first in the WAMZ battle of the bands, played huge concert halls and pitched songs in Nashville, but now she’s about to release her new album ‘Be Good’, which is due in February 2014.
The list of names that Howe has opened for reads like a who’s who of alternative country music. She’s opened for the likes of Todd Snider, Jason Ringenberg, Paul Thorn, Stacey Earle, The Be Good Tanyas, Rosie Flores, Jerry Douglas, Billy Joe Shaver, Holly Williams, Kim Richey, Tim Krekel, The Wood Brothers, and Tommy Womack, to name a few.
The lead single from ‘Be Good’ is called ‘Kind of Crazy’. It’s a slow, melodic country number which can be listened to below:
Heidi Howe’s alternative country sound began by singing songs with her dad and perhaps a little surprisingly by taking part in her mum’s church choir. Having burst on to the music scene back in 1998 with her live performance of Bob Dylan’s ‘Buckets of Rain’, she immediately began gaining attention for having such a big voice wrapped up in an awfully small package.
Follow Heidi on her website, Twitter and Facebook pages.
After releasing her debut album ‘Nature of My Wrongs’ in 1999 Howe has toured nationally and released music up until 2007. Returning after a 6 year hiatus Howe will not disappoint fans of country with her powerful and melodic sound.
Formed in 2011 out of relationships built through years of involvement in the blossoming New Orelans music scene, The Plum Magnetic have emerged. Trent and Oliver met while playing in a local group called Eve’s Lucky Planet and over years of jams they developed a unique African, Reggae style that forms as a backbone of The Plum Magnetic’s style. Finally the band needed a bassist and Jon Solomon was a natural fit – with his musical sensitivity he helped to round the sound.
The aim of The Plum Magnetic is to blend elements of music from all over the world into a synergistic whole and through this genre-melding approach to both represent and promote a harmonious unity-through-diversity. The depth of emotion, melody, and structure of Indian Classical music; the ecstatic pulse and rich, repetitious, patterns of Africa; the manifold great American forms, including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk/Bluegrass, Fusion, and beyond; all of these are deftly interwoven to produce a sound that is broad in scope, rich with intent, and full of surprises.
Quick ska like instrumentals mixed with smooth silky vocals form The Plum Magnetic. With quite a modern East-London sound, which is very popular right now, they’ve definitely tapped in to a market that can be exploited.
The Delicious is a really nice instrumental track, but their best track from the EP is arguably ‘Sweet Confusion’. Ska, soul, reggae mixed with rock and pop, the track has a bit of a Talking Heads feel about it. Whether they’re your cup of tea or not, one thing’s for sure, the band offer a very diverse sound and are definitely one to watch in the up-coming New Orleans scene.
Introducing the soulful and blues-inspired New York artist Kevin Jenkins.
Having opened for the likes of Michael Jackson, The Police and BB King, Kevin has decided to trade his bass in for a microphone. ‘Step Inside’ is his first solo release; dipping his toes in to the beautifully muddy waters.
Overseen by the well-known New York soul artist Tomas Doncker and his label’True Groove’, jenkins, who’s career spans a mammoth 38 years must be delighted to be fronting ‘Step Inside’.
You can listen to the full album below::
Whether Kevin will be playing his music for tens of thousands of screaming fans as he has experienced before, or in a small jazz venue, one thing is for sure – everybody who listens will go home happy. His beautiful harmonys are something to behold and how it has took him this long to release a solo album is beyond me.
Stoney, born and raised in Sheffield, decided to relocate to Texas following a performance at the SXSW festival – stating a need for “sunshine and change”. He set up home and studio with a small community of quirky poet and painter friends in a creaky old house in Austin to work on new material.
Cut to the present day and Stoney is ready to release “More Than Animals”, a full-length album every bit as fearlessly eclectic as his previous work, albeit more sophisticated and with an altogether darker tone.
For those with knowledge of the UK underground music scene, The name Mark Stoney may already be a familiar one, for the distinctive songwriting talent of the critically acclaimed and somewhat enigmatic multi-instrumentalist has been held in high regard among many in the know on both sides of the Atlantic for some time now, and his long awaited return with new album “More Than Animals” demonstrates Stoney’s natural British pop sensibilities refined with profoundly intimate lyrics and soaring melodic arrangements that burst with passion, personality, and depth.
The lead music video for single ‘We Belonged’ is available to watch below. It is directed by Jeremy Ward and James Parker, who did an amazing job reflecting the music in a visually breathtaking piece:
Stoney won’t be small for very long. His move to the states is a brave one he will be breaking through any day. So tell your friends that you heard this magnificent musician first on The Music Mag.
Like what you hear? You can listen to even more of Check out Stoney’s work on Soundcloud.
U☥☯PIΔN$ (The Utopians) are a collective of four music lovers born and raised on Maui, Hawaii, who grew up together and combined their dreams later in life to form “the baddest megazord ever to exist”. When asked about their style they said “we are all star seeds, light workers if you will, making the world a better place one now at a time.”
Not to be mistaken with the rock band from Leicester of the same name, U☥☯PIΔN$ write lyrics that they feel resonate with their listeners. Their first exclusive E.P, POULTRY POETRY BY PAULTREE is out now. PAULTREE consists of P.AU.L. and Jatree, both founding members of U☥☯PIΔN$. All beats are produced by in-house producer L.O.G and you can watch the video below of one of the singles ‘Chris Tolls’:
The E.P includes tracks ‘The Beins’, ‘Mytopia’ and ‘P.A.U.L and the tree’. The tracks are well produced and fans of rap will really enjoy their sound. Be sure to follow The Utopians on their Twitter, Facebook and Soundcloud pages.
Vonairs bring to you their unique spin on the house genre. Not only do Vonairs give you house, they install certain elements of other sub genres and implement them for your auditory amusement. A bit of dirty grime here, mixed with a bit of progressive electro there.
Vonairs are Petter Andersson (DJ PSON) and Elias Dahlgren (Dahlgren). They’re a newly formed Swedish duo include two men in their twenties.
Vonairs first met at music school EMP in Solna, north of Stockholm. Straight away they began producing music together when several people around them, as well as other musicians, noticed that they complimented each other perfectly.
Based in a studio in central Stockholm they now produce lots of innovative house music (most of which is within the genres big room, and progressive house). They’r still new and one to watch out for as they continue to mesh their styles in search of innovation. You can listen to more of Vonairs impressive take on house on their soundcloud and Reverbnation pages.
Be sure to follow the Swedish duo, who at this moment in time have some really catchy hooks and have created some great progressive house.
Musicians or singers, both individuals have a similar job which is to make a song or a music piece to entertain the crowd. If you are one of them, this is the best article for you to read. It is because this article will help you learn several ideas and techniques on how to get your music heard. Introducing a new song to the public might be one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in the life of every person. This is very true to those individuals who are new in the music industry and to those singers who are not yet old in this kind of profession.
Executing excellent strategies to get your music heard is one of the best actions to do in order to gain popularity in the music industry and to make your next music pieces more interesting for the music enthusiasts. Here are the best steps on how to get your music heard. First step is to have a good music to share. What are the best techniques to make a very good example of music to share in the public? It’s not just about a very meaningful piece or a well selected set of romantic words for a song. A very beautiful voice and lovely tune will never be appreciated by other people if the music combination is not a good one.
The secret in making a good music is to learn from mistakes and experiences. Listen to some important feedback that your audiences are always saying to you. Accept both positive and negative comments for your music so that you will be able to determine the main factors that you have to improve in all of your compositions or pieces. By doing this strategies, you will be able to produce good examples of music to share with the other people. Second step on how to get your music heard in the public is to master your piece.
Professional singers and musicians are very excellent and full of amazing skills in singing and playing instruments. But all of their talents and achievements were not a result of an instant miracle or blessing. All of the famous musicians in the whole world took a lot of practice and training sessions to improve themselves and to become a fantastic provider of beautiful, amazing and top selling music pieces. Therefore, you as an amateur singer or newbie in the music industry must do more practice and mastery of all your pieces to make all your music pieces worthy to share with other people who love music.
And lastly, the third step in making your music popular is to keep a good relationship with the other talented musicians. Successful musicians and singers do not just rely on their own skills. Most of them have successfully gained popularity in the public because of their great experiences and the influences of their mentors in the past. That’s what you are going to do also in order to get your music heard in the public. Try to establish a strong relationship with a very talented musician and learn more about the industry faster and easier.
Monks of Mellonwah are back with their new single ‘Afraid to Die’.
The Music Mag reviewed Monks of Mellonwah single ‘Neurogenesis’ back in 2012 giving them a “massive thumbs up” and absolutely loving their sound.
Well they’re back and better than ever. Since their last feature on the site they’ve been signed by A&R Worldwide, who also have acts including Muse and Coldplay on their label. To add to their acclaims the rockers won ‘Best International Rock Band’ at the LA Music Awards and AIM Music Awards in 2012
Listen to ‘Afraid to Die’:
Their music mixes a lot of influences in a very interesting way. The best way to describe their sound is as a lovechild of Incubus, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Muse, which is definitely not a bad thing.
The new single is catchy, with gorgeous vocals and shows how much the band has polished their sound in the past year. Monks of Mellonwah are now ready. Ready for festivals worlwide, ready for the chart, ready for domination.
Rihanna poses in some very sexy pictures in a photoshoot with Terry Richardson. The pictures involved Rihanna flashing her bum, swearing to the camera and just generally looking gorgeous. Here are the pictures from the shoot.
Credit to Terry Richardson for the images.
London based musical duo Adam & Kid combine an old school hip-hop and R&B sound with a funky soul and chart topping pop sound. Their aim is simple and effective: to positively influence people’s lives through compelling lyrics delivered passionately.
The duo try to spread the message of hope, forgiveness and grace through the message of Jesus Christ. However the lyrics aren’t what you’d expect, obviously with a religious undertone they’re not offensive, yet they’re not preachy. A&K aren’t afraid to rap about what’s important to them, which in ‘I’m Free’ includes everything from oppression and depression to stress and STD’s!
Watch ‘I’m Free’ below:
Adam is the singer/songwriter, whilst Kid brings the rap to the table. The two blend together like peanut butter and jelly – creating something unique in the process.