LoveSick Radio Should Be On the Radio

LoveSick Radio (@lovesickradio) is a Las Vegas-based quartet that originated in Columbus, OH in 2006. The group’s co-founders are vocalist Justin Theriault and guitarist David Harris. Harris is a veteran of the Ohio rock scene as a former member of bands Pay The Girl and Frickin’ A. Both of those bands had some success and together, Harris and Theriault hope to make LoveSick Radio even more successful. The group has succeeded in terms of longevity, but the mission is far from over.

Rounding out the four-piece act are drummer Scott McCann and Josh Masters on bass. They paid their dues as a regional act in Ohio for several years before electing to expand their brand by heading out west. Despite being without a record deal, LSR have shared stages with highly regarded acts like Bon Jovi, The Fray, Kid Rock, among others. The group continues to put themselves out there by playing as many festivals as possible. This is smart because it allows them to play not only in front of music fans, but VIPs in the business such as tour managers for high-profile musicians and established artists themselves. LoveSick Radio are not only great musicians, but fine Americans as they have been a part of gigs for the U.S. Armed Forces overseas.

LSR received minimal radio play with the track “Boys Don’t Matter” and it peaked within the Pop Top 50, a great feat for a band without a proper record deal. LoveSick Radio, should have a deal by now and the tune “Numb Me Up” is well deserving of peaking within the Top 40 of both the Alternative and Pop charts. The group is definitely on the right track to join other bands formed in Columbus such as Howlin’ Maggie and Saving Jane and score in the Top 40. Based on their track record, 2014 should be a huge year for the quartet to make that happen.

Artist To Watch: The Last City

@thelastcityband  is an American pop duo who now call Hiroshima, Japan home. Musical and life partners Adam and Lizbet Palmer began their pairings in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Columbia is also the origin of legendary quartet Hootie & The Blowfish. The Palmers are fluent with multiple instruments and take pride in the DIY-approach to their music videos and their original tunes. If they continue to crank out quality sounds, The Last City will not be without some kind of record deal for too much longer.

The group formed two years ago and consider their brand of music to be a fusion of pop, jazz, and rock. The uplifting and catchy “Erasing the Ending” (included above) is an example of this brilliance. Although not radio friendly in length (clocking in at 5:30), The Last City are the type of band to do their own thing and not worry about the haters. If people like what they hear from them, then that is great for their brand. If it is not someone’s cup of tea, that is not going to deter the duo from writing, composing, and performing songs on their terms.

The Last City shows just how talented they are with the wide range of tunes they perform. They have their own thing going strong, however, they have quite the array of covers available at their official YouTube page. Some tracks given a new flair by the pair include “Love Runs Out”, a OneRepublic hit, and Marc Cohn’s smash “Walking In Memphis”. From the videos, it is easy to tell the Adam and Lizbet are having a great time breathing new life into these songs.

The Last City’s main goal is to drop a proper EP in the near future. Once that occurs, the sky is the limit for the band. They already have marketable music and can clearly put their own tremendous spin on established hit tracks. It’s only a matter of time before The Last City have a hit on their own, either through movie/commercial licensing or radio airplay once that well-deserved recording contract comes.

Artist To Watch: Caleb Hawley

Caleb Hawley (@iamcalebhawley) is an American singer-songwriter currently calling Harlem, NY home. He is college educated with a degree in Jazz Composition, but his musical skills go well beyond the average person’s perception of jazz. He is a hybrid musician crossing barriers and winning audiences over with his arrangements of popular covers and his brilliant blend of genres in his original tracks. He definitely has the credentials to back up his works, having won two songwriting awards in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Hawley plays the music game well in that he is active in social media and the Internet in general. On YouTube, several lyric videos are posted as well as raw live performances. One of those gigs is posted above for one’s listening and viewing pleasure. Several of his tunes are available to check out via ReverbNation and NoiseTrade. Some of his stronger tracks include “Bada Boom Bada Bling”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, and “Would You Even Try”. All three of these tunes could easily light up the Hot AC and Top 40 charts with the proper backing. This shall come in due time as Hawley deserves a chance to be heard by the masses. From what has been displayed thus far, he has something of substance to contribute to the current music scene.

For those who like what they have heard in digital format, Caleb Hawley is listed as having a live performance on Friday, May 30 with Julia Haltigan at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. Hawley fans who can not make that show should not fret because if they continue to support this prolific performer, his fan base and resources will increase leading to more touring opportunities. Hawley is the real deal and has more than proven himself as a rising star in 2014 and years to come.

Artist To Watch: Atom Eve Eclipse

Richmond, VA-based @AtomEveEclipse is a veteran rock quartet who has entertained crowds for nearly 22 years. The group consists of Chip Barden, Hoagy Carmichael, JBL III, and Clay Arey. The band’s sound is self-described as a hybrid that consists of equal, yet different contributions by each band member based on their own influences. When listening to Atom Eve Eclipse’s tracks, there is definitely a solid fusion of classic rock, grunge, and metal. Together since the 1990s, it is a formula that has clearly worked for them and moving forward in their careers, they obviously should not change a thing.

Courtesy of their ReverbNation page, Atom Eve Eclipse specifically names Metallica, Rush, Deep Purple, and Alice In Chains as groups they sound like. Also at their ReverbNation page, the group has an array of their music on display. “Sacrifice” is a tune that truly within that brilliant fusion of classic and modern metal. “Unstrung” is another song that has a throwback vibe to the 1970s but would be a fit even on today’s rock radio stations. Other great tracks from the band include “Not My Day” and “Quake”. These tracks are on the group’s full-length albums, available at CDbaby.com and other online retailers.

It may concern some music lovers why Atom Eve Eclipse doesn’t have the fame and spotlight to match their high-standard musical chops. Although not entirely the case, most record company executives are those who are businesspeople first and music enthusiasts second. With major labels, sometimes those businesspeople are right and songs and artists take off and sometimes those suits are wrong and those acts do not go far. Atom Eve Eclipse is under independent EyeSphere Productions and seem quite happy where they are after two decades as a group. In perspective, that is ultimately what matters. Nowadays, artists can remain centralized and still reach listeners from all over the world. The group has embraced the technology and now it is time for music lovers to find out what they are all about.

Artist on the Rise: The Receiver

@thereceiver  is an American alternative band from Columbus, Ohio that has two full-length records and nine years under their belt. This year, they intend to drop another album and it is sure to match the quality of their previous efforts. The band has been signed to independent label deals and has performed gigs with the likes of Tel Aviv and St. Vincent. Given the critical acclaim of the group, this looks to be a huge year that could open even more doors for them.

The group consists of brothers Casey Cooper (vocals, keyboards, and bass), Jesse Cooper (drums), and sometimes Sean Gardner, who does a bit of everything. Their sound can best be described as sophisticated alternative music that is definitely digitally influenced. With the proper label support and marketing, “Visitor” could have easily been a Top 20 hit on the modern rock charts. “Length of Arms”, the title track to their second record, is more synthesizer-laden but still has a radio-friendly element to it. In addition, The Receiver has had music featured on the now-defunct cable series “Dirt” along with numerous independent films.

In 2009, The Receiver was declared the Best Local Band by the highly regarded ColumbusUnderground.com and for a time was a Band on The Rise on MTV2. Given what the Coopers have displayed thus far, the anticipation for the third record is high. The expectations for the album should be high as well. The group has created some unique and remarkable tunes thus far and a make-or-break record like this one can not disappoint.

They have played over 200 gigs in the last five years, which is a lot for a group on small labels. They continue to play around town to avoid rust and they have three shows in their hometown lined up for next month. Due up on Friday, May 2 is a performance at the soon-to-close Kobo with critically acclaimed Mount Carmel. Indie music lovers should enjoy The Receiver while they can because there is no reason they can not be a huge as fellow local duo Twenty One Pilots and take off touring all over the place. All it takes is one break and given what they have put out thus far, The Receiver have definitely earned a chance to make it big.

Artist on the Rise: Collette Andrea

Collette Andrea (@ColletteAndrea) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who should make a huge impact in 2014. Per ReverbNation, she is #6 artist of the Singer-Songwriter genre in her native land. Collette has several videos available via social media with thousands of viewers and no haters. Not only is Andrea a talented performer, she is an educated one. Once her musical career has wound down, she will have a career in social work to fall back on. Collette hopes to have a degree from Ryerson Univesity when it is all said and done. In the meantime, given her soothing voice and on-point guitar skills, the music thing should pan out for years and years to come.

Andrea got the itch to play instruments at the ripe age of 12 and started writing songs two years later dabbling with several genres. Collette lists some of her influences as Etta James, Cat Power, Jimi Hendrix, Feist, among others. After spending time in bands, she pulled a Peter Searcy and elected to fly solo. This led to a record deal with independent outfit HannahKin Studio. Will she have the same career that her famous influences had? Given how the industry works these days, who knows. These days, there are more opportunities for musicians to get noticed. It is up to the artists to take full advantage and push themselves to the moon. Collette Andrea is more than good enough to warrant success on the Adult Top 40 charts and millions of views online.

Luna is the latest EP from Collette Andrea and includes brilliant folk songs like “Hey Jack”, which is featured in the video above. This track is Collette at her finest showcasing her chops on the guitar along with her voice of gold. Luna is short and sweet, with five tracks of various lengths that are easy on the ears and overall the effort works for those of the new generation (short attention spans). “The Night You Packed Your Bags” is another recommended tune that demonstrates Andrea’s exploitation of the acoustic guitar with sheer brilliance. It is advised that cafe music admirers check these tunes out at various online retailers as a placeholder for the full-length record due out soon. This small town-raised performer might just have a very big career ahead of her.

Artist To Watch: Chased By Giants

The Nashville quartet @chasedbygiants is quite atypical of the brand of music that comes out of Music City, USA. That does not discount the quality of what this band has put out thus far. The group is in the midst of recording their debut record, but have provided the general public a sweet taste of what to expect.

The foursome consists of guitarists/vocalists Joe Darkangelo and Kenny Rutschow, drummer Justin Bird, and bassist Joseph Falconberry. The group made their Facebook debut in May of 2013 and list some of their influences as Yellowcard, Paramore, and Relient K. Honestly, the band’s demo version of “Tonight” (which can be heard in the video above) is reminiscent of Box Car Racer and Sum 41, which is a good thing.

Based on the raw version of “Tonight”, if Chased By Giants stick to recording songs like that track, their debut record should receive rave reviews. This month, they have a couple of live events for music fans to see them in action (Sat. 4/19 and Sat. 4/26 in Mt. Juliet, TN). People in that area are going to be very lucky to have a chance to check out this group on a live stage. Their demo is a strong sign that they are going to rock it on the live stage and their first album, when it drops, should not disappoint.

Artist on the Rise: The Wet Darlings

@thewetdarlings are an American quartet who currently call Columbus, OH home. The band has been performing self-described ‘indie sludge pop’ for a half-decade. They have released some great music over the years, but from the looks of things this is the year things should take off for this down-to-earth foursome.

The Wet Darlings are comprised of guitar-playing brothers Bill and Joe Patterson, drummer Aaron Bishara, and vocalist/keyboardist/ring leader Jenny Lute. The track “Bicycle” consists of Pixies-esque rock by Bishara and the Pattersons combined with Lute’s alluring voice. Lute is on the list of strong Ohio frontwomen, including ex-Phantods singer Gretchen King, former Frostiva members Leslie Jankowski and Trinae Rose, and Vanity Theft’s Alicia Grodecki.

The band has done right by the hometown fans by playing in central Ohio every so often to make each performance in front of Columbusites meaningful. No matter what municipality one is in, there are some local bands who play too often and try too hard that they wear out their welcome real fast. Ultimately, those artists do not last very long as in a short time the music consumers have seen all there is to see, which may not have been much to begin with. The Wet Darlings are the polar opposite of this. They are a group that, no matter the size of the crowd or venue, give 100 percent effort onstage without coming across as overexposed. In the entertainment business, it is about leaving the audience wanting more. Also, for a group that is highly regarded around the city, they have high standards and put on a stellar performance the rare times they take the stage.

The group is currently recording a full-length record likely due out late this year or early next year. Furthermore, next month the band is heading out on the road for a couple of gigs in New York, the number one media market. Before they do, however, The Wet Darlings have one of their rare in-town performances on Saturday, April 12 with critically acclaimed trio Nick D’ & The Believers. Because they do not play often, indie music enthusiasts need to make a serious effort to attend one of these shows to have a brush with greatness. Please check out the song “Vampires” as featured in the video above to see what you are missing.

Artist on the Rise: Sunroof

Sunroof (@SunroofMusic) is an American musician who is self-described as playing electro-acoustic pop-rock. Montana resident Jeff Simpson started the dream in 2012 playing live shows within that year. Fast forward to 2013 and Sunroof made tracks available for sale at iTunes and other online retailers. Given the quality of what he has released so far, it is crystal clear this artist is on his way to having a very successful career.

“Brave”, the song featured in this video, is not a cover of the Sara Bareilles hit, but a track with Sunroof’s own unique acoustic poppy spin. It is a track that with label support, would have a chance to crack the Adult Top 40 and Hot AC charts. On his official Facebook, page he lists Ed Sheeran, Secondhand Serenade, and Owl City as influences. The Owl City-esque single “The Treehouse” is an inspiring, uplifting song for the upcoming season that the entire family can enjoy. “Atlantic Dreams” has legs as a dance club smash and mainstream pop hit with an Ellie Goulding vibe attached to it.

Although Sunroof’s 2014 touring plans have not been revealed as of yet, but he has the look, the sound, and the drive to be a success this year. He may be without a record deal now, but if the right people get an earshot of what he has offered thus far, it will not be too long before Sunroof has inked a contract. Remember the name and remember the tunes as there is a feeling Sunroof will make an impact in the music scene for years to come.

New Hollow Is The Future and The Future Looks Good

@NewHollowBand is a trio comprised of Mookie Clouse, Chad Blashford, and Evan West who have just inked a deal with Epic Records, the former label of Flickerstick, Michael Jackson, and Bliss 66. On their Facebook page, New Hollow mentions The Smiths, The Naked And Famous, and HAIM as some of their influences. On what should be a surefire Top 40 Pop and Alternative hit “She Ain’t You”, the group channels successful young-but-veteran band Lifehouse. “She Ain’t You” won the Breakthrough Song Of 2013 Award from Sirius XM’s The Pulse. Based on that song alone, the band should have an excellent 2014 with all new ears hearing their tunes.

New Hollow’s success started several years ago with three consecutive trips to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales Chart, all with minimal to no radio airplay. This goes to show the superb marketing the band has been fortunate to have. Now that the group has a deal with Epic, will this translate into full-length CD sales? Only time will tell. It is the one thing that has plagued young bands in years past. Those groups might have had a song or two that received some heavy play on the music video channels and the radio, but the tracks did not resonate with enough paying consumers and the group loses its contract. Sales, sales, and sales are the name of the game these days and these blokes know how to play it.

A sense of the pride about New Hollow is that this is considered a “local” band. Their hometown of New Albany is a Columbus suburb in central Ohio. There has been a bevy of great talent to come out of the area. Watershed, Willie Phoenix, Howlin’ Maggie, Frostiva, The Sun, and Sean Benjamin are just a handful that come to mind. In this day and age, these young men have the best chance to succeed with all the various means to make money. There was no YouTube and iTunes when some of these artists were making their way through the scene. Here’s to New Hollow’s success in the past, the present, and a very bright future based on what has been seen and heard thus far.