Light of the Stereo

Light of the Stereo

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cure for the Mondays: Kip Moore - "I'm To Blame"

Kip Moore - "I'm To Blame"

Maybe it's time to break a rule or two.

Hailing from small town Georgia, Kip Moore has made good on his Nashville Dreams.With the release of his debut album Up All Night in 2012, Moore has continued to grow audiences with extensive touring and the release of additional singles on the MCA Nashville label.
This summer he's got his hands full  on the festival circuit, but maybe there will be time enough to record a little bit more music. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Living Room Performance: The Banditos - "Golden Grease"

The Banditos - "Golden Grease"
The Audiovore's Spectra Sonic Sound Sessions
Sound & Page
Birmingham, Alabama

Former Birmingham natives The Banditos now spend their nights raising hell in Nashville with their powerfully dark-tinged southern country soul. Like a spring storm, don't be fooled by the timid nature of this ragtag band, their is force and fury behind these musicians. The voice of Mary Beth Richardson alone could lay waste to a number of small towns and has the same distinct elements as the likes of Janis Joplin.
May will see the release of their self-titled debut album on the Chicago based Bloodshot Records label. Sure to be a must have, head on over a per-order a copy for yourself.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Cure for the Mondays: Mike Elrington - Build You Up (To Cut You Down)

Mike Elrington - "Build You Up (To Cut You Down)"

Nothing says Monday like a angry half naked man singing the blues.

The primal grittiness of Mike Elrington's bluesy rock 'n' roll is raw with emotions. Quickly gaining recognition as one of Australia's most thrilling young artists Elrington sets himself apart with is dynamic guitar playing and boldly human songwriting. Released yesterday "Build You Up (To Cut You Down)" is the first single from his forthcoming album Two Lucky Stars set for release later this year. In it, Mike sings of the hard road of the struggling musician filled with it's endless potholes and frustrating detours. A reality much too familiar for too many young musicians.
February kept Eleington's busy with his first ever UK Tour, and with any luck we might get to see him in the states sometime soon.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cure for the Mondays: Sam And The Womp - "Zeppelin"

Sam And The Womp - "Zeppelin"

I don't know whats going on, but I can't stop dancing.

The British brass, bass and beats combo Sam and the Womp have a wildly fun musical style that inspires mob dancing and random acts of physical rhythm. Their long awaited sophomore single is a bombastic blast of dance-ska that's just in time to get the festive party started. Looking to follow up the stunning success of their 2012 debut single "Bom Bom", which sold more than a million copies worldwide and zoomed straight to No. 1 in the UK charts and achieving 4xPlatinum status in Australia, the band is coming on full force.
Set for release later in 2015, their album is sure to pack out the dance floors all around the world. So be one of the first to catch the beat and get your rear moving to this madness.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

10 Questions: Denyse Tontz

Child star turned song-writer, 19 year-old Denyse Tontz has made her way in the entertainment life since she was 10.
With numerous roles on the small screen and an Emmy to her name Tontz has got a head start on a lot of other artists twice her age.  Sharing her time between acting and her music she is a very busy young lady.
Her music is an addictive blend of playful lyrics and catchy pop melodies that are nearly impossible to avoid dancing to.
I decided to let my daughter Cassidy Inman take the reins in this interview; where she talked to Denyse Tontz about her music, acting and what lies ahead.    

CI: Do you enjoy acting or singing Better?

DT: Although I love both acting and singing very much, songwriting was actually my first love. I've always felt the need to express myself through writing, so it was something that just came along naturally. Acting was something I didn't know I loved until I did it. Really, if you think about it though, they actually go hand in hand. The acting chops were necessary to sell my lyrics, and the lyrics act as a script of sorts for the singer. Ideally, though, I'd love to be able to find success in both fields.

CI: What musicians inspire you the most?

DT: I love musicians that are clever. I really respect people like Alanis Morissette, Lily Allen, Marina and the Diamonds, Gwen Stefani, Sara Bareilles, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, etc.

CI: Where do you get ideas for your songs?

DT: Most things I write about are based off some event or situation in my life. Boys, most often. Ha! If not that, then I tend to write observational songs. One of my favorite things to do is poke fun. :)

CI: You speak both Spanish and English do you find one language easier to sing in?

DT: Obviously English is my primary language, so it's a million times more natural for me to sing in English than any other language. However, I do love the way the Spanish language sounds sung. It's so beautiful. I really want to learn more languages and be able to sing in those as well.

CI: From your song “Use It,” have you found more motivation from positive or negative influences?

DT: I'd say it's about fifty-fifty. Positive reinforcement is of course one of the best forms of motivation, but sometimes you don't always get that. Over the years I've learned to take negative energy from other people and adopt a different attitude toward it. Instead of letting it affect me, I try to use it as an incentive to prove that person wrong. Don't they say the best form of revenge is success?

CI: You’ve been a model since you were 10 how did you get your start in music?

DT: My parents put me in piano lessons as a kid, and though I hated it half the time, I'm really grateful they did. I sort of developed an ear for melody from playing, and eventually started mimicking pop songs I really liked. I would replace the lyrics with ones I'd made up, and later on I started experimenting with my own ideas. By middle school it became sort of an outlet for me. It was almost therapeutic.

CI: Do you have any albums coming out soon?

DT: I am planning on releasing a steady stream of singles (starting with "Use It", clearly,) and I'm hoping to release each one with a video as well. The next one in line is a song called "Mr. Hipster".

CI: How did you and your manager meet?

DT: I met my producer when I was fifteen, and he's been developing me since then. It's been almost a year and a half since we've been with my manager, Danny Goldberg. Danny had heard our stuff through a mutual friend, and so we set up meeting, ended up clicking, and the rest is history. It's truly a privilege to be able to work with someone with such an amazing track record in this industry.

CI: What’s it like hearing your song used in a TV show?

DT: It's kind of surreal. You don't realize it at the time you're writing it, but once it's airing and the song starts to play, it kinda starts to sink in. I'm really lucky to have been able to write for All My Children, and it was an enormous surprise when I found out my song had been nominated for an Emmy. I definitely owe everyone at Prospect Park one for trusting in me not to write a crappy song. LOL!

CI: What are some artists are you currently listening to?

DT: Ooooh. That's a toughie. I like everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Bob Marley. To list each one would be a pretty long task. Ha!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Double Feature: Artist Feature: Denyse Tontz "Use It" & "Mr. Hipster"

In this week's Tuesday Double Feature we're highlighting the videos of 19-year-old LA based songwriter, Denyse Tontz. Splitting her time between singing and acting Tontz is a busy young woman.   Her songs a catchy fun little tunes ripe with radio appeal.
Currently, she is shooting a feature film called “Earthfalls” along with completing work on her upcoming debut album.
 Make sure to come back tomorrow for the interview she did with my thirteen year-old daughter Cassidy Inman.

Denyse Tontz - "Use It"

Denyse Tontz - "Mr. Hipster"

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cure for the Mondays: Royal Blood - "Out of the Black"

Royal Blood - "Out of the Black"

No matter your Monday, remember it could always be worst.

Bringing back the powerful joy of real rock 'n' roll the UK Duo Royal Blood plays the kind of music that will keep the neighbors up and makes you feel alive. Screw all you that say Rock'n'roll is dead. The Truth is that it just got tired of you hipster assholes and went to start its own party somewhere else.
Having released their self-titled debut album late last year on the Warner Bro. Label the band has been gaining recognition and accolades ever since. Now for those of you that don't think this band is the real thing, I'd like you to tell Dave Grohl that. With upcoming support shows with the Foo Fighters and an extended North American tour this band is doing it right. We'll be lucky enough to have them playing May 25th at the Wonder Ballroom. So clear your schedules and line up the babysitters cause you won't want to miss it.