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SOUNDCHECK: Baby In Vain

Baby In Vain is an all girl rock band from Denmark that is made up of singer Andrea Thuesen Johansen, guitarist Lola Hammerich and drummer Benedicte Pierleoni I was put onto these rad girls last week and have been bumping a few of their songs heavily since then. They have been putting out various singles since 2012, via their own imprint Crab Salad Recording Company, but I want to bring your attention to three of them.

SOUNDCHECK: Maggie Chapman

Maggie Chapman is a mid-teen singer-songwriter that is originally from Clearwater, Florida, but recently made the move to Nashville, Tennessee, with her family to pursue her passion in the fall of 2012. Having gotten involved with songwriting at the young age of twelve, she is a firm believer that a writer should never write more than they read. On that note, her music is loosely inspired by her life experiences, as well as the classic novels and literature she reads (such as books by F. Scott Fitzgerald). Her musical influences come from Jackson Browne, Carole King, Carly Simon and Tom Petty.

SOUNDCHECK: Jellyfish Brigade

I enjoy it when people recommend music to me and it happens to be really good. Tonight, Bloodmoney suggested that I check out a couple of Portland-based artists, one of which is a duo named Jellyfish Brigade. Made up of producer Jeffrey Acciaioli and emcee Lucas Dix, they embarked on their musical journey together way back in 2009 (wow, that’s five years ago now).

SOUNDCHECK: Janne Schra

Janne Schra is a musician who sings from her soul. After a whirlwind debut in 2006 with her platinum selling former band Room Eleven she then went on to form Schradinova with a few members of Room Eleven. Between 2009 and 2012 with Schradinova, Janne  took the journey of finding herself musically and eventually with the help of a few musical friends, she realized that performing under her own name and in her own style  was her destiny. With that realization she,  began writing and performing music that truly suited her vocal style:  folksy pop music with a dash of acoustic soul.  Fast forward to 2013 and her self-titled album under Universal Music Netherlands was released in January, showcasing her new sound.  Her most popular singles include Different and Speak Up.

SOUNDCHECK: Valerie June

I came across this unique vocalist (after hearing her acoustic performance on 89.3 The Current) and I thought the only way to really share her music was through our SOUNDCHECK series. If you aren’t familiar, this is where we write about the artist and share a ton of their music, rather than focusing on a single song or video.

SOUNDCHECK: Unlocking The Truth

Unlocking The Truth is a heavy metal band from Brooklyn, New York, and it’s made up of 3 talented, self-taught boys: Malcolm Brickhouse (12, electric guitar), Alec Atkins (12, bass), and Jarad Dawkins (11, drums). They are middle-schoolers, and they are already cooler than you. No, really, they are. They shred guitars and bang drums as well as any professional, grown metal band–some of their favorites include Motionless in White, Chelsea Grin, Metallica, and Living Colour. They have been playing music for 7 years and they write songs about real things that they’ve been through, such as school, relationships and bullying. These are some wickedly awesome kids that strive to be original, remain true to themselves, and become the best.

SOUNDCHECK: Chic Gamine

I need to get you all familiar with one of my newly favorite bands! So, pay attention. Chic Gamine–roughly translated as stylish mischievous young thing–is a band from Canada that seems to have time-traveled from the 50-60s girl group era, reinventing the doo-wop sound with modern flare. Aside from their gentleman drummer, Sacha Daoud, this band has 4 front women rocking mics and instruments. The ladies are Andrina Turenne (vocals, keys, guitar, percussion), Alexa Dirks (vocals, keys, percussion), Annick Bremault (vocals, keys, percussion), and Ariane Jean (vocals, keys, percussion).

SOUNDCHECK: Foxtails Brigade

Foxtails Brigade is a 4-person acoustic, folk-chamber pop band from San Francisco, California. Members include the leading lady singer and guitarist Laura Weinbach, violinist Anton Patzner, Joe Lewis, and Josh Pollock. Together, they create beautiful, refreshing music unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Or, anything I’ve heard before.

Their sound is often described as a living music box, and I would agree with that 100%. Delicate, poetic stories, harmonious melodies, a heavy string section (violin and cello), a timeless sound, and quirky charm. That, in combination with Laura’s angelic vocals and sweet serenading, makes this band one of my new favorites.

SOUNDCHECK: Matt Corby

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Have you ever listened to someone sing and immediately know you’ll be a fan of their work thereafter? That’s what happened to me when I watched a youtube video of this young man performing his song Brother live. Chills ran over me as the video progressed and now, I must share my new found admiration of this talented artist. Matt Corby, an Australian singer, songwriter and musician,  first appeared Australian Idol in 2007 at the age of 16. Since then the now 22 year old artist has released several EPs, and is currently on an international tour in Europe.  His voice, soulful and gruff at times,  belies his boyish good looks while the lyrics to his songs contradict the tenderness of his age. Definitely an artists with a long career ahead of him, Matt Corby is one of my personal new favorite artists.

SOUNDCHECK: Inna Modja

@Innamodja #pop #soul

Sometimes those suggested videos in the sidebar, of whatever video you’re watching, lead you to different paths and new found loves. Inna Modja is a perfect example of that. I randomly stumbled upon her song “It’s Alright” and fell for the song and her velvet vocals. I immediately searched for more, and, now, here I am writing about her here.

Inna Modja, born Inna Bocoum, is a Malian singer/songwriter that was born in Bamako, Mali, in 1984, but currently resides in Paris, France. She explains that Modja is a nickname that her mother gave her when she was being bad (Modja means “bad girl” in Pular). Inspired by music from her parents’ record collection (Otis Redding, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles), and her siblings’ love of hip hop, disco, and heavy metal, she knew she found her heart in music. She began her music journey at a young age, when her mom enrolled her into choir. As she grew into a teenager, she started writing her own songs and finding her place. Along the way, she performed as a back-up vocalist for the Raild Band de Bamako.

SOUNDCHECK: Kid Presentable!!!

@Kid_Presentable #music #hiphop

Kid Presentable hasn’t been talked about much on our site, other than the “Headhat For Catscompilation, but we’ve seen his name on the internet here and there. I apologize for that, because he is a dope artist. Before I get into his newest track, let me back it up a bit.

In January, 2011, he was featured on a Paper Lanterns Collective compilation, titled “Paper Don’t Burn“. There, you’ll find four tracks (“Upbeat”, “Good Morning”, “Lyrical Post It Note”, and “Inner Peace”), alongside other music by artists such as Noblonski, Morbidly-O-Beats, Ira Lee, Sole & Bleubird, and others.

SOUNDCHECK: Resorvation

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I’ve been meaning to post this album for awhile, but it slipped my memory. An old friend named Zionics dropped a full-length album with his partner-in-rhyme Elliot Niezel. Together, they are, and have always been, Resorvation. Both of these guys are from Santa Barbara and have been rhyming for a decade. Their first Resorvation album is a 16-track project, titled “Camp Resorvation“, was put out on Halloween. Features from producers, such as Professor Coneyack, Span Phly, Flowrite, The Archaeologist, The Audio Doctor, Gouda, and many others. The only other two guest appearances to share the mic were Lil J and Macwell, since the rest of the album is mainly to showcase to you the talent and skills of Zionics and Elliot Niezel. And it does; it’s a fresh album.