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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors - Live at Exit / In









I would like to kick off this post by pointing out that this is the 6th Music Sourced entry that has featured "Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors" within the past two months. If anything, that stat alone should tell you how much we enjoy this band and how much buzz has been surrounding this group since their newest album release called "Chasing Someday".

This latest Drew Holcomb entry is coming hot off the heels of their show they put on at the Exit / In this past Saturday in Nashville. The Music Sourced team was present to take in the performance that featured DH and the Neighbors as well as the opening act Mockingbird Sun. The guys from Mockingbird Sun really got things started off right by playing some of their great new tunes. It was a really enjoyable set, and they seemed to be having fun as well by joking around with the crowd and making sure they took a picture by way of cell phone to capture the moment for themselves. To see more about their set, check out Jordan's latest post: Mockingbird Sun Review

By the time the main event rolled around, all fans and members of the opening acts were in the crowd waiting for Drew Holcomb's crew to hit the stage. The show got kicked off with a bang as they opened things up with a little "Fire and Dynamite". Drew and the Neighbors seemed to have the crowd captivated throughout the evening as even Drew commented on how attentive the crowd was. The band seemed to play nearly every song off of their new album "Chasing Someday" during their set as well as a few of the older fan favorites. I guess in all honesty the performance was as you would expect for a local band performing in front of a lot of their friends and family. I don't think I have ever witnessed so many people passing through the crowd and randomly catching a glimpse of some friends of theirs and started "hugging it out" (girls) or throwing out the "hey what's up man" greeting (guys). Just a great show that was enjoyed by both the fans in attendance and the band itself.


I am not a Nashville native myself and haven't been a Drew and the Neighbors fan for all that long, but the night provided some pretty memorable moments for me as well. First of all it was really neat to see a concert at the Exit / In. It seems like it has been such a great part of Nashville's music culture. It was also really nice to see the chemistry between the husband and wife lead singing duo of Drew and Ellie Holcomb. You always hear about how difficult it is for artists to continue to pursue their music while leaving their families and loved ones behind. But that's not the case here and it shows that Drew and Ellie have a real passion for their music and band, as well as a strong passion and bond between each other. They were just flat out having the time of their lives up there on stage. The two of them really stole the show when they unplugged their instruments and stepped away from the mic's to sing a song together completely acoustic. I have never seen that done before in front of that many people but it was nice to drop the chords and focus on their vocals as it carried throughout the venue. Another first for me was when Drew announced that "This is our last song but it's not really our last song because everyone knows we're coming back out here". I had to laugh as they tossed away the formality of the encore by announcing that their return to the stage would be a definite. As a matter of fact, I think they were off of the stage for no more than 30 seconds hah.

The group brought the show to its final end with a great song called "Live Forever". And after hearing what people were saying about the show throughout the evening, I'm sure some part of that show will stick with the attendees for quite some time. Thanks to all the performers for coming together and putting their talents on display. It was a fun evening. Good luck to you guys on the rest of your tour.

What about the rest of the attendees at the concert that night? What are your thoughts or favorite moments of the show? Leave a comment below!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Mockingbird Sun - Concert Review and Free Music!


This past Saturday evening my girlfriend and  I tagged along with Jamen to go see Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors and Nashville's Exit/In. My first time hearing The Neighbors as well as attending the awesome bar/ music venue that has been graced with acts ranging from Johnny Cash to Hootie and the Blowfish.

The tickets read that a band named Mockingbird Sun would be opening for Drew Holcomb. I had never heard of them and had no idea what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the band definitely knew what they were doing and had a fantastic sound.  The 3 man band consisting of Charlie Berry (vocals, lead guitar), Brett Taylor (vocals, rhythm guitar), and Truck Roley (vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar) continuously blended three-part harmony throughout the entirety of their set with original  songs like Sun Drop  Girl, Simple Life, I Got Your Back (my personal favorite), and Georgia Woman.

I highly recommend checking out Mockingbird Sun if they come anywhere within a 4 hour radius in the coming months, I know you won't be disappointed. You can find their tour dates with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at http://mockingbirdsun.wordpress.com/.  You can also find and download their EP for free from the same website. Check these guys out and spread the word on this great up and coming group, if not you'll be kicking yourself for missing out.....

Friday, March 25, 2011

Music for Relief - Japan Tsunami Donation












There has been a great movement here in the US to collect relief funds after the devastating tsunami that struck Japan. I have been in awe of the mass amounts of celebrities, companies, organizations, individual efforts, and creative fundraisers to collect money and aid for Japan. We have all witnessed a small glimpse of the horrors that they are going through and many of us here in the United States are blessed to have our health and well being.

Here at Music Sourced, we love sharing and reviewing great music that you can download for free. I would also like to take the opportunity to share with you a way to donate money to help Japan as well as to gain access to a free music download for your generous contributions. The Music for Relief foundation and several talented artists have come together to provide a free download of 14 tracks for a minimum donation of $10 to the Save the Children foundation. This leading independent organization creates a lasting change in the lives of children and families in need around the world by providing food, medical care, education, and long-term recovery programs to help devastated communities rebuild. This is a wonderful foundation doing great things to help Japan rebuild and recover from their recent disaster.

Now, how about the music? The 14 track download is stacked with All-Star talent that is currently cranking on my speakers. What is really cool about this mix is that it offers up a lot of acoustic and live tracks to many familiar songs that rock our radios. See some of my personal favorites as well as the full track listing shown below.
  • Angels & Airwaves - These guys create an incredibly unique musical sound and deliver it with a punch. "Hallucinations" starts off slow and then steadily collects more and more sound that bounces from speaker to speaker.
  • Sara Bareilles - I don't hide the fact that I think Sara's music is incredible. I was excited to get her song titled "Song for a Soldier" from this mix. You can't get it anywhere else!
  • Flyleaf - This group does a really cool thing here by covering the song "How He Loves" by the David Crowder Band. It is a rockin' version of the popular Christian music hit that is very fitting for this occasion.
  • Counting Crows - One of the greatest modern day jam bands. The Counting Crows offer up a live version of "Colorblind". You won't find very many album releases with this song on it. One of this groups greatest.
  • Elliott Yamin - I've heard of this guy, but I've never taken the time to HEAR this guy. And after listening to him on this mix I've decided that he can rock!
  • Linkin Park - Another band that can push your ears to the limit and they are also the founders of this great foundation "Music for Relief". The track "Issho Ni" is another extraordinary instrumental laid out by this groups Mix Master.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's Making Noise on 3/24/2011

I've got a craving to start a new kind of feature on Music Sourced called "What's Making Noise". The reason being is that I find myself sitting at work all day using NoiseTrade as my musical jukebox throughout my day. If you are unfamiliar with NoiseTrade's site, see a previous post of mine Music Experience Part 3: Exciting New Services

There are three reasons why I love NoiseTrade:

  • They offer tons of artists I haven't listened to
  • They are constantly adding new artists and music
  • All music is available to download for free!
So anytime I post a "What's Making Noise" post, it is most likely stemming from the best music I have listened to off of NoiseTrades site for the day. So the list below is what I was digging today!


                           
Tim Halperin - The Last Song

I may be one of the few who actually heard Tim's music before I found out he was on American Idol. I don't watch the show, but I did some research and found out that he is currently a finalist for this season. Very cool. And it's pretty neat you can find one of his songs for a free download now before this potential Idol winner blows up. Oh and as an added bonus.....he plays piano.

Download: https://www.noisetrade.com/TimHalperin
Simliar To: Ben Folds, Coldplay, The Fray

Gin House - Gin House Recordings

This is an acoustic duo from Atlanta Georgia that create a good cohesive sound. Just a couple of guys with guitars singing that country folk music that I enjoy so much. It takes some strong vocals and lyrics to be able to stand out acoustically and these two do it well in my opinion. Check out their song "Things in My Head".

Download: https://www.noisetrade.com/ginhouse
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Similar To: The Civil Wars, Amos Lee, The Damnwells

The Farewell Drifters - Echo Boom

These guys caught my ear on NoiseTrade with their franticly paced single called "Punchline". This is another acoustic song but you almost wouldn't notice because you hear such a full sound with so many stringed instruments being played. This is quite an entertaining 5 man mesh of music.

Download: https://www.noisetrade.com/thefarewelldrifters
Similar To: She & Him, Death Cab for Cutie

Trent Dabbs & Lori McKenna - Album Sampler

These two are actually solo artists who have combined some of their songs for a NoiseTrade sampler. Trent Dabbs has just released his sixth studio album titled "Southerner". He was also a major part in putting together the musical collective "Ten Out of Tenn". Lori has had an impressive musical history as well working with the likes of Tim McGraw. She has a great country sound and her song "Buy This Town" is phenomenal and its offered on this free download! Hands down my favorite song of this post. Get it!

Download: https://www.noisetrade.com/trentdabbslorimckenna
For Fans of: Country Music



Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Damnwells - No One Listens to the Band Anymore













Just in case you were absent from civilization over the past few months, you should know that The Damnwells have released their newest album "No One Listens to the Band Anymore"! It is excellent from start to finish and my favorite album release from these guys to date. If you are a Damnwells fan and follower then you already know how good it is. If you are not familiar with the band you can check it out and purchase it on iTunes: iTunes - No One Listens to the Band Anymore 

And as another DYK, The Damnwells also used Pledge Music to raise funding for their album. Along the way, the band released tons of pictures, videos, and songs to pledgers of the album. Alex and Angela also invited pledgers into their home via UStream for 3 live acoustic concerts! They were so generous to all of the fans involved that I felt compelled to give a little back. I thought it would be pretty neat to compile some of the extras that they shared with the fans into one video to share with everyone! The video also features some of the fans and supporters of the album that shared their own videos and pictures for the band. Check out the video embedded below. Or visit the following YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6WzNr0kcSY






It is pretty ironic that the band decided on "No One Listens to the Band Anymore" for the album title because I think they have a really strong fan base. I constantly consume all things Damnwells and I was curious to pay attention to my Twitter feed to see what everyone else was saying about the new album. Through the period of March 11th to March 16th, 302 tweets showed up on my feed referencing The Damnwells new album! The really crazy thing is, I only follow 60 people and those tweets did not come from any of the band members! That's a pretty telling statistic! I was also interested to see which songs people mentioned in their tweets to see what the fans were really digging. The graph below is the result from my small sample size. Click the graph to view the larger version.



If you haven't had the Damnwells experience yet, do yourself a favor and check them out. If you are a Damnwells fan and follower, leave me some comments below and let me know what you think!





Credits:
YouTube: She goes around - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE3mUlPbB6c
Alex Dezen: UStream - http://www.ustream.tv/channel/alex-dezen-from-the-damnwells
The Damnwells: Pledge Music - http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thedamnwells
YouTube: Werewolves - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evy9Y7Bahfw
Twitter: @AngelaDezen
Twitter: @thedamnwells
Twitter: @JoshuaKFletcher

I have missed some of the Twitter handles for some of the fan pics. Let me know if I have left you out!

Friday, March 11, 2011

SWSW - Free iTunes Playlist






Following up on yesterdays free Amazon SWSW download, today I am sharing iTunes free playlist. This one comes packaged with 21 more artists that will be featured at the SXSW festival. One of the tracks featured on this sampler is the red hot Civil Wars.

For those of you who are lucky enough to attend the event live, congrats! I for one will be jamming to my two free SXSW playlists on my road trip this weekend. Check out the links and the list below to see who is featured on the free iTunes download. Enjoy the music, and enjoy the weekend if you are in the Austin area.

Download: iTunes SXSW Music Sampler

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Don't Mess With Texas: Free SXSW Sampler













Amazon always does a good job of offering up free music for special events and holidays. During the week leading up to the massive SXSW music festival, they are offering a free music sampler of 20 songs from 20 artists that will be featured at the event. This is really nice for those people who won't be able to attend the festival live (me). I am looking forward to reading all of the reviews about SXSW in the upcoming days. It's definitely an exciting time of the year for artists and fans alike.

There have been many publications that have previewed the artists and events that will be happening at the festival. One of the articles that caught my eye last night was from Paste Magazine where they previewed 20 bands that will be at SXSW that you should know of. One of the bands covered in the article (OFF!), is part of the free download listed above. Read the Paste Magazine article here: Paste Magazine

I'm looking forward to sampling this sampler. To get your free SWSW download from Amazon, click the link listed below.

Download : Don't Mess With Texas: SXSW 2011 Music Sampler

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

David Ramirez - Strangetown

I have another free Noisetrade offering to share with everyone. I found David Ramirez's Strangetown EP floating near the top of the charts on the site and really enjoyed what I heard. I commonly grab on to music that features a solo artist who can stand out on their own without the support of a band. With just the use of his voice and his guitar play, Ramirez delivers a complete sound with fantastic rhythm and lyrics. Paste Magazine labels him as "The best damn songwriter you don't know yet". And I couldn't agree with them more. His smooth vocal delivery grabs you and the lyrics just leave you thinking throughout the song and there after. Here is a line from "Shoeboxes", the second song on the EP.

"I suppose you'll be in every song I sing. If not written in my words, you'll be hidden in these strings."

The lyrics of a song are commonly inspired by someone you know. But I have never focused on how you also play that song according to how that person has affected you. It's a different approach to the way you both listen and play the music. Great stuff, and that was only one line!

There are many more lyrics that you will hold on to as your listening to the 5 tracks of Strangetown. From an upbeat and in your face track, to the slow down-low songs that follow. You will enjoy the music of David Ramirez. Stream the music as well as download his EP by using the widget below. To learn more about David Ramirez, visit his site at http://www.davidramirezmusic.com/.




Friday, March 4, 2011

Quick Hits - March 4, 2011













Round two of the Quick Hits delivers some more excellent content. These artists have new albums out and they are promoting it with free music downloads! Preview the songs below and see what you like. Get them while you can.


Adele

Adele released her newest album "21" just last week. Get a taste of her powerful vocals and smooth sound with this free download off of the album.
Download: Someone Like You

Neko Case

This is my grab bag download of the week. An artist I haven't heard of before but I may have to start paying attention. New music!
Download: People Got A Lot Of Nerve

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Arguably the best song off of their new album "Chasing Someday". Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors are high on my list of good music. The video for this is quite good as well. A highly suggested download.
Download: Fire and Dynamite

The Damnwells

Once again in collaboration with Paste Magazine, The Damnwells have released more free music! This time in the form of one of the tracks off of the new album "No One Listens to the Band Anymore" that comes out on March 15th. Great album top to bottom.
Download: The Great Unknown

















Thursday, March 3, 2011

Great Songs Inspiring Great Videos

There is nothing better than a great song. Except for a great music video for a great song! I don't go out of my way to keep up with all the music videos that are released for all of the songs I like, but I inevitably find some good ones in random places online. I wanted to share a few of them that I find myself watching over and over. I love to see the creativity and I enjoy making my own videos. Check out the four videos below that are creatively entertaining.


Green River Ordinance - Dancing Shoes
A nice compilation of clips from GRO's summer tour. This song is just darn catchy as well. The big thing that drew me into this video was I was in awe of one of the venue's shown in the video. If you notice, one of their concert stops is at a venue that looks like it was carved out of a canyon. I did some digging and found out that they were at Red Rocks Park in Colorado and now I am determined to see a show there.




Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - Hourglass
This video is sort of a behind the scenes look at the recording for this video and the work that went into creating their "Chasing Sunday" album. This album was just recently released in February and it boasts an excellent compilation of tracks. Would love to see this group live.




Andrew Ripp - Forever After Love
This video introduced me to Andrew Ripp but in an odd sort of way. Usually the first time I listen to a new artist I really focus in on the music. However, I watched this whole entire video while paying very little attention to the song. Find out why by watching below, very cool video. The best part of this song is that is available for a free download for a limited time on NoiseTrade. Download this song and others from Andrew here: Forever After Love




Sara Bareilles - Uncharted
This is an obvious pick because I am a big fan of Sara's music. Uncharted is her latest music video release from her new album. This is the directors cut of the video that features Ben Folds at the beginning trying to explain what "Uncharted" means. If you know anything about Ben Folds you know it's funny. But Sara's video not only features Ben, but several other well known artists singing to her video. It is a really cool idea and I think it's pretty awesome to see artists supporting other artists and showing love for their music. Watch the video to see if you can recognize all of the faces! If the video doesn't load, click here to view: Sara Bareilles - Uncharted



















Tuesday, March 1, 2011

G. Love's: Fixin' To Die



Having first discovered G. Love's The Hustle  as a spry 17 year old high school sophomore, it's safe to say I was pleased to see he came out with his latest release Fixin' To Die.  The title track has that old school distinctive dirty G. Love sound, which is a good thing.  I found my self tapping my foot and really getting into the rhythm of the song.

As I continued to listen to the album I continued tapping my foot as he changes tempo from an upbeat Get Goin  to the slower paced  Just Fine.  Throughout the album he keeps the Blues/Soul sound going with his funky harmonica solos.  Overall I enjoyed a fresh sound of an old favorite of mine and would recommend it to long time fans as well as those who have yet to discover G. Love.

In light to the fact that this blog tries to focus on the ability to find free music for one and all, I felt it necessary to include that by signing up for G. Love's mailing list you can get loads of free stuff. Multiple live recordings as well as access to video blogs are available free of charge at http://philadelphonic.com/free.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

UPDATE:
After reading this post by Jordan, I went to the site linked above and signed up for G.Love's mailing list. After that I had access to 50 FREE live recorded songs. Great deal if you are a G. Love fan.




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