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MusicUnderFire | February 6, 2016

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Spotlight: This Week’s 10 Most Notable Artists – 6/1/13

Spotlight: This Week’s 10 Most Notable Artists – 6/1/13

‘Ello, lovelies! I know I’m random, but what can I say? I’m living on the edge (and no, I won’t say YOLO)! Here’s another ten to make your mind bend!



1. Wonky Doll and the Echo – “The Cut”/Pleasant Thoughts


I featured this uber talented band a ways back on the Spotlight, but they’ve made their way back with their brand new music video for their single “The Cut.” Be warned, I totally freaked myself out watching this in the middle of the night in my living while eating a Stouffer’s stuffed bell pepper… Don’t be jealous of that last part.

2. Michael Franti and Spearhead – “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)”/All People


On a lighter note, there’s Michael Franti’s “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” which is a like Hootie& the Blowfish-smoked-a-little-ganja-with-a-Marley-and-spilt-some-drinks-on-Flo Rida-who-was-talking-to-James Earl Jones…Yeah, that’s it. At the end of the day, I wanted to run through white sand after a few mojitos.



3. City Society – “Riot Bloom”/City Society


The smooth dreamscape groove of City Society’s “Riot Bloom” offers listeners a summer vibe they can chill with. It shows the potential of the brains behind this astral composition, Richard Cupolo. The entire record is wistfully romantic and unperturbed. “The World Without Us” and “Speaking of You” are two tracks to look forward over on bandcamp.



4. The Weeks – “The House That We Grew Up In”/Gutter Gaunt Gangster


Where have you been all my life, I ask the band that sings “see the crowd rage/It was a sea of nicotine-beaten teenage.” Yes, I’m late, but better late than never. The Weeks are a band of poetic southern grit and they play a mean guitar. Bask in their musical glory.



5. Tom Charles – “Goodbye”/A Week In Cali


Philly’s own Tom Charles is a young artist who’s musical talents stretch beyond the microphone and onto the production table of his mixtape A Week In Cali. The beats produced are noteworthy and complement his vocals. Greatness is at the tip of Tom Charles’ tongue, but hip hop and rap walk a fine line, and lyrically, Tom Charles is more rap as opposed to the more conscious lyricism of hip hop. His swag on every track is incredible and leaves you wanting to hear him a just a little bit more but a little more deeply. Although “Goodbye” discusses a bit of growth and honest reflection, there’s room for more development, but keep your ears open and your eyes wide for this kid.



6. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky” feat. Pharrell/Random Access Memories


I think everybody knows this song by now, but if you don’t , I’ll sum it up: thisissooofreakingawesomeicannotstandthegreatnessofthissexysong … I feel better now, but one more thing: Pharrell + Daft Punk cannot possibly = wrong.



7. Say Lou Lou – “Julian”/Julian


These girls are so gorgeous my eyes hurt. No, you didn’t travel back to the land of a drug-induced haze of Farrah Fawcett feather-curled glamour, you’ve just discovered dream pop duo Say Lou Lou. These Swedish twins Elektra and Miranda Kilbey are barely on the tip of their 20s, but they have extraordinary vision and an ethereal vocal beauty that overextends itself in the haunting/eerie department. I mean that in a good way, in case you’re wondering.



8. Barely Blind – “Inner Child”/ Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns


I wish I was a kid, too, guys! Barely Blind, an independent rock group from big Texas have since relocated to Los Angeles. Their lead vocalist Brad Cuccio has the amazing support of fellow bandmates Reid Guidry (Bass), Will Smith [and I don’t mean big Willie style (Drums)], and Stephen Salisbury (Guitar). They’re swoon worthy, which is to be expected of a Simple Plain/Plain White T’s/Phantom Planet/with a dash of 1D combo baby. I said a dash of 1D, so don’t judge me. Download Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns for free on their main site.

9. von Grey – “Shane”/von Grey


This sisterly quartet was literally born to sing together and have done so their entire lives. These amazing girls aren’t even legal and neither is their level of musical talent! Was that too much? Sue me! I’m overly enthused to see that the von Grey sisters, the youngest just 12 years old, can possess this much classically trained skill in their pubescent bodies. They’ve only began to tap into their potential, but it is undeniably beautiful to hear their harmonies. I can only imagine what’s to come when they drop a full length debut.



10. Darren Mcgrath – “We’re Gonna Make It”/We’re Gonna Make It


Darren Mcgrath is gonna take us out on a chill note. This guy is a seasoned musician from the UK who’s simplicity is the best quality he can have. With an acoustic guitar and openness to sound, Mcgrath creates and rediscovers records with an effortless stroke of strings and genius. Watch his soundcloud for his uploads and listen to his original track below.


Dylan DiMarco
Dylan DiMarco

thanks for this! i for one am happy that the #1 top 40 song (get lucky) is actually one of substance

BrendanM moderator

Great job here once again... and yes, that Daft Punk track is out of this world!