Los Angeles indie rapper Dom Kennedy is the closest thing to an easy listening rapper in hip-hop. Dom is currently promoting his third studio album, including a leading appearance at Trillectro this weekend. By Dom Kennedy is 11 tracks of Dom’s smooth voice over perfectly slow, soft, melodic, and deliberate beats. Three songs include production credit from frequent Rhymesayers Entertainment collaborator Jake One. It’s a quality, relaxing album and deserves a listen. A common complaint about rap music is that it’s too angry or aggressive. I don’t know if Dom Kennedy has an angry or aggressive bone in his body, and that’s reflected in his music. There is also very little cussing in his music but even when Dom does cuss, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. By Dom Kennedy can be streamed here or purchased here. The highlight of the album is “Lemonade“, an ode to Dom’s son, relaxing, reminiscing, and thinking about the future. “Lemonade” can be streamed below.
This new tune “Rumors”, from L.A. based TheBulls, caught my ear today as something you peoples might enjoy for your weekend playlist. You’ll definitely hear some bright pop sensibilities with just enough edge via grungy guitars and hushed vocals to keep things interesting. Think Metric, but with a more simple and focused sound. I’ll buy that any day of the week.
TheBulls will drop Small Problems on August 28th via Diet Pink Records.
Sailing vocals and careful craftsmanship are the biggest thing on display in this new single/video from LA’s Auditorium. Sure, the adorable child at the heart of the video isn’t one to be ignored, but I love the way the songwriting sparkles through every moment in this song. The song owes a debt to the voice behind it all, Spencer Berger, whose classically trained chops definitely shine the brightest; it’s one of those special voices like Antony, where you can’t pull yourself away…a perfect example of the voice being operated at the highest level. Give some time to this video today.
Our local friends Fleeting Youth Records continue to put out some really great music from a slew of promising young bands. One of those bands full of promise is L.A. based pop rock group L.A. Font. Now we already shared new song “Whisperer” just a few weeks ago and today I’m excited to be sharing with you a second new joint called “Outside”. One again, the band gives us a rock n rollin number that no one could deny is a stellar tune.
From the second I clicked on this new Iles tune, I figured it was going offer me something in the way of The Lodger; it’s got that same high energy high step guitar line, creating a stomp of the feet. Then the vocals enter carrying the tune off into a dreamier realm; it creates a rad little juxtaposition, filled with slow melodies and high energy. This is the lead single off of the album titled Apartments, which should be out this Spring via Forged Artifacts.
Los Angeles rapper Kid Ink’s most recent album, My Own Lane, has been out for about a year but on New Year’s Eve he released a music video for the best song on the album, “Hello World”. The video was shot while out on the My Own Lane Tour in various spots around the world. This is definitely one of Kid Ink’s best songs in his catalog and the most visually appealing of his music videos to date. His new album comes out February 3rd.
This new jam entitled “Punisher”, from former Austin based lady rock group Gal Pals, is an easy one to get into. At its core the song is a punk rocker with some pop elements thrown in to keep things catchy. We will forgive you for moving to L.A. and confess that we still think you are great. Stay out of the sun.
Pick up the Gal Pals debut album, Velvet Rut, on February 24th via Papercup Music.
Come on now, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you’re aware of our love affair with all things Criminal Hygiene. These guys have been pleasing our ears since we first heard their music and we try to do all we can to spread the good word about quality sounds. With all that out of the way, the boys just sent us this lovely new track called “Turpentine”. What starts as a poppy sort of rock tune yields its way to yet another raucous and guitar laden track from a rowdy rock band. It just keeps getting better and better. If you don’t know, get wise fool.[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/turpentine-FINAL.mp3]
Download: Criminal Hygiene – Turpentine [MP3]
Spaceships is an L.A. based band who create some interesting power pop melodies with a hint of punk/grunge rock to give their music more of an edge. Below you’ll find new single “Good Gradez” to give you an example of what their music sounds like. It’s easy to like music and I’m sure you’ll be singing along in no time.
Spaceships have a self-titled EP due out November 4th via New Professor Music.
LA Font is a great band from Los Angeles that has received several pieces of positive praise on our website. Their tunes are easy to get into as the band effortlessly creates rock songs with a ton of pop sensibilities to keep you paying attention. This new jam called “Pretty in Love” is yet another superb effort from the band. Enjoy.
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Download: LA Font – Pretty In Love [MP3]