We’ve made it to another hump day ya’ll! If you’re in Chicago tomorrow and find yourself with nothing to do at night, JD Samson will be DJing at Berlin during the “Vogue for Tots” battle. I was originally thinking about entering but then I watched videos from previous battles and realized vogeuing is really not my forté.
Under: Melodramatic piano-driven singer/songwriter
From: Los Angeles
For Fans of: Rachael Yamagata,
Ivan & Alyosha, A Fine Frenzy, Beth Orton, Landon Pigg, Sarah
McLachlan’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
years, being part of your school yearbook or newspaper, The Gap, having
friends join you to participate in Oprah’s
book club, playing Scrabble, romantic and dramatic movies.
Bonus: Somehow Lucy managed to
write more hits during her high school years than I had good hair days
(those years were rough for my hair). She co-wrote the opening theme
song for Shrek Forever After
with Landon Pigg, has toured with Lilith Fair and is very active in working with various charities.
We Were Young by lucyschwartz
Under: Southern soul rock greatness with a unique throwback sound
For Fans of: The Black Keys,
Ike & Tina Turner, Sharon Jones, very spicy chili, old rock posters
hanging in your room, The Rolling Stones, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, dive bars, NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Bonus: The band was recently named Paste magazine’s Best New Band of 2011 and now that I’m reading their column, I’m seeing that they’ve named a lot of the same people as I have in their “For Fans of” area, so I must not be leading you astray.
Alabama Shakes “Hold On” by backdownsouth
File Under: Hip-hop, beat sampling, witty rhymes
From: Denver, Colorado
For Fans of: Childish Gambino, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Kosha Dillz, turntablists, DJ Magic Mike, Beastie Boys License to Ill years, wearing Puma gear head to toe, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, NCIS: Los Angeles, P.O.S.
Bonus: The group put out an awesome cover of Salt-N-Peppa’s “None of Your Business” and just got word that they’ll be playing together this Saturday at the Gothic Theater in Colorado.
File Under: Down-beat electro, club, lounge
For Fans of: lounge bars, Moby, Thievery Corporation, the first few seasons of Project Runway, Ellen Alien, ’90s deep house remixes, Felix Da Housecat, costume-like clothes, tapas.
Bonus: A long time ago Chut had suggested that I check out Mlle. Caro but it wasn’t until just now that I was able to find her! Great suggestion, she and her music partner Frank Garcia are making me feel like getting a little dressed up to go out tonight. Say haaaaay.
File Under: Beautiful soul, R&B funk, Motown
For Fans of: Macy Gray, Raphael Saadiq, Amy Winehouse, Leela James, V.V. Brown, cotton candy, old school pin-up girls, Chaka Khan, Taylor Dayne, studded jackets, Elton John, Cee Lo Green.
Bonus: Apparently Ferguson took home the runner-up prize during the last season of the British X-Factor. She’s smokin’ hot and I feel like this is going to be a huge year for her.