Archive for February, 2015

Dirt, Grunge, and Smoke!

February 18, 2015

THB

If that title is not appealing to you, you’re wrong.

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of ‘Blues Rock’ unless it’s in a live setting.  This is the first blues rock album that I’ve enjoyed in the comfort of my own home and office.

This is L.A.-based band Them Howling Bones, and this is their self-titled EP.
From the opening seconds of the opening track, ‘Let A Cold Man Die’, I felt like I was in some bad ass western film.  The vocalist (Pedro) has a haunting, chilling, and powerful voice that carries the rhythmic bluesy rock foundation to the next level of goodness.

Unfortunately, this genre is not my area of expertise, so I can’t throw out things like, ‘For Fans Of…’, and so on.  The fact that I am thoroughly enjoying it should be enough.

I know we have a lot of viewers in the Los Angeles area, so if you’d like to catch them in action, you can find them at La Cita Bar on February 24th.

LoveSound Rating – 7/10

Favorite Tracks – ‘Let A Cold Man Die’ & ‘Follow You Home’

Them Howling Bones – http://www.ThemHowlingBones.com

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A Must-Hear One-Woman Band!

February 3, 2015

Noahstaps
This picture says it all.  This isn’t an artsy pose of someone pretending to be talented in the comfort of their own home.  This is Jessica Nay, multi-instrumentalist and the mind behind Noah’s Tape, during a live performance in Germany.

Noah’s Tape’s EP ‘The Green EP’ reminds me a bit of Portishead, but more ‘in your face’.  I won’t call it aggressive by any stretch, but I will say that she gets her point across, both musically and lyrically.

I often wonder where the creative mindset comes from to craft such unique styles and sounds that some artists end up creating.  I wonder that about this EP.  Smooth, rhythmic, melodic, and a stunning voice.  I realize it’s only February, but as of right now, this could be my favorite EP so far this year.

*NOMINEE FOR LOVESOUND EP OF THE YEAR

LoveSound Rating – 8/10

Favorite Tracks – ‘Pin Me’ & ‘Waltz With Me’

Noah’s Tape – noahstape.com