New Artists, R&B

Aloe Blacc

No Comments 22 November 2010

One of the newest sounds out of California sounds a lot like Motown.  recently released his first solo album, Good Things.  Blacc, the son of two musicians, graduated with a degree from University of Southern California.  He was working the mainstream white-collar life until he became a casualty of the recession and became an artist.  He was half of the hip-hop duo Emanon in the 90′s before he aligned closer to his gospel roots with Good Things.  His sound fuses gospel, jazz, blues, and hip-hop.  Check out two tracks from the album below, “I Need A Dollar” and “Hey Brother.”

Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar”
Aloe Blacc – “Hey Brother”

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Albums, Indie Rock, Reviews

Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

No Comments 28 July 2010

Album Review

Rating: 7.25/10

Combine the clearness of Fleet Foxes, the afro-beats from Dodos and the cleverness of Pinback.  Add a healthy dose of energy and you’re listening to the .

From LA, they display none of the arrogance you might expect, and provide a surprising amount of little-guy understanding.  Earlier this year they dropped their first full length to the US, , after releasing the same album to impressive reviews in the UK.

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