Joel Havea Set to Release Upcoming ‘Strings & Woods’ EP Late May

first_imgAustralian born, German transplant singer and songwriter, Joel Havea, is set to release his much anticipated ‘Strings & Woods’ on May 24th. In the meantime, there is much to view and listen to in preparation of Havea’s release. For those who are fans of Ben Harper and John Mayer, you are bound to fall head over heals for what Havea has to offer musically.Joel Havea has an extremely unique musical background and has come from the eclectic music scene of Melbourne, Australia. The singer, songwriter and guitarist has performed alongside his brother, Dave, as part of The Havea Brothers. The duo began performing live at young ages, dipping their foot in the music industry of Australia’s capital. While creating music with his brother, Joel began to develop a sound of his own, which had an acoustic and reggae vibe. It was then that he decided to relocate to Hamburg, Germany and create some of his own individual music.Joel released his debut album ‘You Make Me Believe’ in 2012, and since than, has been touring around the world spreading the love of his music a number of different countries. ‘Strings & Woods’ was recorded in 2013 and is a fully acoustic album recorded with guitar, percussion and double bass, portraying a sound that is similar to his live performances and shows.Watch the mini documentary Joel Havea has released as a preview to his ‘Strings & Woods’ EP below.Havea is currently on tour in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Denmark in support of his upcoming release, and just touring across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Tour dates for the United States for 2014 are soon to come as well, and expected to be planned for the autumn months. Also be sure to check out the recently released live music video for Joel Havea’s single “Going Through The Motions” below.For more information on releases and tour date announcements from Joel Havea, be sure to visit www.joelhavea.com, and grab your copy of ‘Strings & Woods’, out on EP May 24th.last_img read more

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John Legend’s ‘You & I (Nobody In The World)’ Celebrates Women

first_imgWhat do you see when you look in the mirror?This question was posed to 63 women on the set of John Legend‘s most recent music video “You & I (Nobody In The World).” Networked Feminism has become extremely prominent in today’s media, with music video’s like Colbie Cailat‘s “Try” and commercial campaigns like Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty generating conversations about beauty and societies beauty standards across all social media platforms.This music video, however, stands apart, featuring transgender Emmy Nominee Laverne Cox in an especially vulnerable moment, taking off her makeup at a vanity. She appears alongside a group of diverse individuals championing their own unique brand of beauty. They are not selling products to viewers, but their own stories, their own struggles, their own ideals. These woman reveal themselves in a documentary entitled “When I Look In The Mirror”–“a behind the scenes exploration of each woman’s thoughts and insights as they take a deep look into the mirror and reflect on themselves and their experiences.” Filmmakers and collaborators stated, “we conducted dozens of interviews over the course of twelve days to cultivate this collection of voices. From cancer survivors to a middle schooler facing bullying, each woman’s answer is indicative of her unique life experiences. Through interview, vérité filming, and staged recreations, this short documentary will deeply explore female self-image, self-judgment, and ultimately, self-love.”Of course, this video has stimulated some controversy among viewers, but the overall support for Legend’s inclusive and inspiring video and project is overwhelming. Above all things, this music video was created to inspire viewers to support #OperationGirl, “a fundraising campaign for charities focused on women and girls.” John Legend has utilized his celebrity status in an amazing way, as a platform to adovocate his philanthropic endeavors. Legend’s video is a body positive message to women of every ethnicity, race, age, size and color, which emphasizes what our moms have been telling us all along, we are beautiful.[Via The Independent]-Taylor Rae Almonte (@tayloralmonte)last_img read more

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St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half the City [Review]

first_imgThe Commitments put it best when they said: “Try a little tenderness.” Finding balance between gusto and restraint is what makes great bands great; in the case of soul, the balance must be between emotional sincerity and practical implementation. Half The City, the debut album from St. Paul & The Broken Bones from Birmingham, AL, packs a huge wallop of old-school soul into 12 impeccably-written songs worthy of partying til sunup. Lead vocalist Paul Janeway singlehandedly carries the banner of decades of soul with his impassioned, timeless voice. From the opening riffs of “I’m Torn Up” it is clear that you’re headed into serious waters.Many bands have tried to sustain the power of soul music done right, but few achieve the balance of heavy and light that St. Paul & The Broken Bones have. Some moments are so good, it’s instinctual: they find melodies that make your ear need to hear it go a certain way – they tease you with the briefest of instrumental interludes – and they give you exactly what you want, better than you imagined it yourself, with Janeway delivering more than you think he could, every time. The Broken Bones are a fearsome band, as tight as they need to be to balance a busy horn section with slinky guitar riffs and an impeccable sense of timing and space that allows them to work around and through Janeway’s signature howl, lifting him up to build a vertiable tower of soul.Half The City is also perfectly sequenced. The self-referential power ballad “Broken Bones & Pocket Change” lingers on the edge of feeling before leaping into insatiable groove-rocker “Sugar Dyed” in a seamless emotional transition. There’s never a change too abrupt; it’s as organic a record as one could ask for in an age of sterilized singles. Each track is a winner, fit for both radio play and fierce dance halls.The band is checking off all the right boxes on the path to soul greatness, recording their fiery debut at the legendary Fame Studios in Alabama, instrumental in forming the famous “Muscle Shoals sound” that spread like wildfire throughout the late 60s and 70s. They recruited brilliant and prolific session musician Al Gamble on keys for their record. Half The City was produced by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes, and released on Single Lock Records, owned by John Paul White of folk-soul wizards The Civil Wars.Most importantly, when all is said and done, it’s a highly groovy record. Sam Cooke himself would be proud of the Southern soul that they’ve been brewing. In a time when the traditions of established music are being constantly redefined by contemporary artists, St. Paul & The Broken Bones serve to keep the original purity of soul music as fresh and strong as it was in its heyday.Watch St. Paul & The Broken Bones perform the title track from Half The City live, below:Half The City is available on iTunes.-Asher Meerovich (@Bummertime)last_img read more

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Odesza – In Return [Album Review]

first_imgThe first song I heard by Odesza was “One Day They’ll Know,” a re-work that was featured on electronic producer Pretty Lights’ A Color Map of the Sun remix album. It gave me goosebumps. Rarely does a remix sound just as good (if not arguably better) than the original track. But with EDM trends progressing from heavy bass and dub step to either a lighter, “future bass” aesthetic or a more minimal house/techno sound, Washington-based group Odesza’s 2012 debut album Summer’s Gone sounded like a breath of fresh air.The follow-up LP released Monday, aptly titled In Return, showcases duo Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills’ musical progression over the last two years. A collection of 13 original tracks featuring original vocals, Odesza’s latest work features more musical depth and a more mature organic sound, compared with their first full-length debut. Featuring the same ethereal, danceable qualities that appeal to a diverse audience of listeners, Odesza has found a formula that works consistently without sounding trite. They have a knack for crafting catchy melodies complemented with elegantly chopped up, ultra-feminine vocals.Released via iTunes and Odesza’s official website, In Return features their recent single “Sun Models” featuring vocals by Madelyn Grant, which quickly rose to the top of the Hypem charts. Soon after, their remix of the highly remixed song “Faded” by Zhu followed suit, along with In Return’s second single, “Memories That You Call (ft. Moonsiren).”Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, it’s almost inevitable that Knight and Wills’ music sounds heavily influenced by the culture, beauty and mysticism of the region. As a result, Odesza’s incorporation of birds, dreamy harps, xylophones and piano chords feels natural and well-constructed. From the slower, dreamier track “Bloom,” which consists of claps, chains and music box-like melodies, to the spacey, sensual, 80s-influenced “All We Need (ft. Shy Girls),” In Return also demonstrates the group’s interest in experimenting and pushing the limits of their sound. Infused with bell chimes and samples of a children’s choir, for example, “Kusanagi” is a peaceful, unique track that is worth a listen on its own. Fans of Tycho, Emancipator Ensemble and even Flume, for example, would enjoy Odesza’s sound. The Eastern-influenced jam “Sundara” and the darker “Koto” is also highly recommended (especially for those who might prefer tracks of the less bubbly, dance pop nature.)In similar fashion, the newest single “Say My Name (ft. Zyra)” has become one of the most popular dance tracks on the Internet. Zyra’s saccharine yet soulful voice is also featured on “It’s Only,” one of my favorites from the LP; although, with such a strong track list, I’d have to admit it’s hard to choose a favorite.With nearly every track adding a unique layer to the album, In Return is a collection in which one doesn’t need to cherry-pick tracks; it won’t be a surprise if producers and DJs make use of the ample material with either amped up or downtempo remixes. This album sounds best played all the way through. It’s a 45-minute escape that feels uplifiting, magical and mysterious all at once. Check out Odesza’s latest music video for “Say My Name (ft. Zyra)” here:In Return Tracklisting:1. Always This Late2. Say My Name (ft. Zyra)3. Bloom4. All We Need (ft. Shy Girls)5. Sundara6. White Lies (ft. Jennie Potts)7. Kusanagi — bells, chords …bell chorus of children?8. 9. Echoes ft. Py9. It’s Only ft. Zyra10. Koto11. Memories That You Call (ft. Moonsiren)12. Sun Models (ft. Madelyn Grant)13. For Us (ft. Briana Marela)last_img read more

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Watch Courtney Love Sing Opera In Debut Video

first_imgCourtney Love is set to perform in Kansas City Choir Boy, a pop opera that will run from January 8-17 at the Prototype Festival in New York. In advance of that showcase, the New York Times has debuted a video of Love preparing for the role, singing the song “All I Ever Wanted.”In it, we see Love accompanied by cello and piano, delivering raspy vocals with passion. The play features Love as the character Athena, who abandons her high-school sweetheart in the Midwest for the fame and allure of the big city. Love said that musical theatre was something she always wanted to try, as she found her rock career stale, and the role seemed to suit her.“I got to that part where I’m looking down at the set list going, really, ‘Malibu’ next?,” Love said about a recent solo gig. “Are we halfway done yet? And when that happens in rock and roll, it’s like, O.K., I’ve got to look at something else. Because I’m not loving this. I’m not in the moment. Forget persona, forget who’s new and who’s old, your mojo is your mojo. This is giving me real mojo and challenges that hopefully aren’t too hard.”last_img read more

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Contour Music Festival Reveals Inaugural Lineup

first_imgComing to Jackson Hole, Wyoming from June 11-14, the Contour Music Festival has released the lineup for their inaugural festival. Contour tapped Thievery Corporation, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Emancipator, and The Polish Ambassador as headliners.The full lineup includes Papadosio, Deltron 3030, Quixotic, Sage Francis, Djemba Djemba, The Nth Power (Playing Steely Dan tribute), G Jones, Orgone, Late Night Radio, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Roosevelt Collier Gospel Brunch, and so many more.Check out the lineup poster below, and head to the official website for tickets and more information.last_img

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Phish Fans Organize Second Line Parade Through Dick’s Shakedown

first_imgIs there really any better way to celebrate live music than with a second line?Apparently not, as fans attending Phish’s concert at Dick’s Sporting Goods this Saturday, September 5th just arranged for the marching band Gora Gora Orkestar to second line through the venue’s Shakedown vending area before the show. Fans organized a GoFundMe page, and easily met the $650 goal needed to make this happen!The Phish Mexican Destination Festival Has Been ConfirmedIf you’re heading to Dick’s this Saturday, make sure to get there early, because the Second Line festivities will begin at some point between 5:30-6 PM and last roughly an hour. This is sure to be a festive parade, and the GoFundMe page notes that the event is BYOPC – Bring Your Own Pimp Cane.You can check back to that GoFundMe page for specific details on the day of the show, and have fun at Dick’s!last_img read more

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The Original Meters Are Reuniting For A One-Off Jazz Fest Late Night Performance

first_imgThe Meters are funk legends. There’s just no denying that, when Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Leo Nocentelli, and Zigaboo Modeliste get together, the result is pure magic. Fortunately for fans, The Original Meters are reuniting! The funky quartet will hit the newly-renovated Orpheum Theater in New Orleans, LA, on April 22nd, 2016. The performance kicks off the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival season, coming after the very first night of the renowned festival. With this classic lineup throwing it down, there’s no telling just how much fun there is to be had.The Meters have been a funk force since the late 60’s, providing a foundation for the genre for over five decades. The heart of their career brought tunes like “Cissy Strut,” “Hey Pocky A-Way,” and “Look-Ka Py Py.” All four musicians are renowned in their own right, having collaborated with artists like The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Allen Toussaint and so many more.The show has some extra special hometown significance, as the funky reunion will be held at the historic Orpheum Theater. The classic venue was wrecked during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and has just been reopened after a decade of renovations. Its reopening and hosting of The Original Meters is certainly a point of pride for the city of New Orleans.Tickets for this one-of-a-kind performance go on sale this Friday, January 15th at 10 AM CST, but L4LM is proud to offer an exclusive pre-sale code for fans wishing to buy tickets two days early. Just visit the venue website and use the code ‘CARDOVA,’ which will be active tomorrow, January 13th, at 10 AM CST.Until then, kick back to some “Cissy Strut” and enjoy!Hiiiii ya!last_img read more

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Police reports

first_imgFollowing are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) for the week ending April 30. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online athttp://www.hupd.harvard.edu/.April 26: Unattended iPods were reported stolen from Hemenway Gym and the New Dental Research Building. Harassing phone calls were reported received at University Health Services. Suspicious e-mail was reported received at the Bureau of Study Council. At the Kennedy School, officers arrested four individuals for causing a disturbance during a public assembly. An ID card and keys were reported stolen from Canaday Hall. Graffiti was reported on a wall at Wigglesworth Hall.April 27: Officers assisted the Cambridge Police Department at Holmes Hall with an individual in need of medical assistance. The individual was transported to a medical facility via ambulance. A suspicious e-mail was received at the Office of Continuing Education. An annoying phone call was received at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.April 28: Four unattended wallets were reported stolen from Newell Boathouse.April 29: Officers were dispatched to Mather House to take a report of a cell phone, $50, and credit cards that were stolen. Five individuals later approached the officers to file additional reports of theft from the above location, including a total of two cell phones, a digital camera, gift cards, credit cards, an ID, keys, and $460. A mountain bike valued at $2,000 was reported stolen from Emerson Hall.April 30: Officers were dispatched to 10 DeWolfe St. on a report of a loud noise. Officers spoke with occupants of the building who stated that there had been an altercation. One individual stated that they had been struck in the nose by another individual who had left the room. The individual refused medical attention. A flag valued at $100 was reported stolen from Fay House. Unattended cash in the amount of $220 was reported stolen from 45 Shattuck St. An officer was dispatched to a parking lot at 168 Longwood Ave. on a theft report. The reporting individual stated that the side passenger window of their vehicle had been smashed and that their backpack, books, and laptop had been stolen from the vehicle. A laptop was reported stolen from Lowell House. An unattended ID card was reported stolen from Eliot House dining hall.last_img read more

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Going for consecutive Ivy’s

first_imgIt was the Crimson’s 37-6 blowout of the Yale Bulldogs last year that put an end to Yale’s perfect season and earned Harvard (8-2) its 12th Ivy League Championship, with a 7-0 conference record. And when Harvard takes the home field tomorrow (Sept. 19) in the season opener against Holy Cross, it will be with the long-term goal of accomplishing something the Crimson haven’t done since 1983: repeat as Ivy League champions. In fact, in the past 20 years, only Penn and Dartmouth have won consecutive championships.This season, the Ivy preseason poll has selected Harvard and Yale as co-favorites to win the Ivy League. Although expectations are high for both teams, the rest of the league will also be competitive. Tim Murphy, entering his 15th season as Crimson head coach, said, “Our goals and expectations are always high regardless of any polls. … We have high standards. Our team is motivated more than anything by personal pride and pride in our program.”Harvard returns 15 starters this fall, including preseason All-American offensive tackle James Williams ’10. He will be protecting quarterback Chris Pizzotti ’09, who is seventh in career passing yardage at Harvard. Pizzotti’s backup, Liam O’Hagan ’09, is sixth in career passing yardage and started last season before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.Last season Pizzotti took over for an injured O’Hagan and finished the season 7-0 with 2,134 passing yards (second-most all-time for a single season). Murphy explained his decision to start Pizzotti over O’Hagan this year: “Chris Pizzotti is our starter because he’s earned it; but if Chris went down, we have confidence in Liam and we can win.”Top defensive returners include preseason All-American cornerback Andrew Berry ’09, captain and two-time All-Ivy League defensive tackle Matt Curtis ’09, first-team All-Ivy League linebacker Glenn Dorris ’09, and last year’s sack leader, All-Ivy League defensive end Peter Ajayi ’09.Harvard will close the season Nov. 22, at home against Yale in the 125th match-up of the rivalry. If the teams successfully get through their conference schedules, the game may decide the league championship. “There is so much parity in our league these days that rarely will we ever have an easy game. So we must play at a high level every week, take care of the football, and stay healthy,” Murphy said. “We have an expression in our program: ‘If you are not moving ahead [in all aspects], then you are falling behind.’”last_img read more

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