Keep your eye on The Orwells - these guys are taking off fast. Five years after forming in Elmhurst, IL, the pop-punk band seems poised for a national breakthrough. Hell, when Arctic Monkeys wants you to tour with them, that’s a pretty good sign. Sophomore album Disgraceland is set to drop on June 3rd. Lead single “Who Needs You” is a shouted, unhinged slice of garage rock sure to get you in party mode.
To listen to his soulful vocals, you’d think this guy hailed from the American South. In fact, Andrew Hozier-Byrne is an Irish lad through and through. Check out the stomper of a song that put him on the map.
Missed this guy’s voice…still has great pumpin’ dance beat…Kimbra’s voice hits this track really well…damn, but that’s a catchy chorus…I would go see these guys just to be able to dance to their songs in person…cool effects in the breakdown, in true BC fashion…OK, pretty sure this’ll be in my head for the next 96 hours or so. Woo! Good stuff. Fluffy? Yes. Fun? Also yes. Kick ass? You tell me. 8/10
When J. Lo describes your voice as “angelic,” you know you’ve got something special. Berklee College of Music student Casey McQuillen earned that well-deserved praise when she covered Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” for her American Idol Season 13 audition. The Andover, MA native bowled over the judges with her vocal control, impressive range and heartfelt singing style. At the tender age of 21, she has already released two albums, won the Cape Cod Summer Star competition, and amassed a legion of followers on social media. It’s easy to hear why - McQuillen combines lovely vocals with soothing guitar and indelible melodies, creating a sound that’s both poignant and uplifting. Songs like “Beautiful” and “Scars” eloquently capture the pains of being in love. Check out her cover of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” for a taste of what this rising star can do.