"Fresh." It was a word we all used to death in the 1980s, and it's time for us to bring it back. Too many things from that decade have been branded as "cheesy" or "over-the-top" but that word resonates and should've never gone out of style. I've said it once and I'll say it again - "fresh" needs to be in vernacular on the daily. Using the word "epic" a few years ago quickly jumped the shark. "Fresh" is forever.
Anyway, that brings me to two very fresh artists today. Chris Stylez is first up. If the Kardashians "broke the Internet" (they didn't), an argue can be made this R&B singer broke Vine The musician has netted over 50 million Vine loops based off original tracks he released on the interwebs. Countless brands - from Teen Vogue to the Denver Broncos - drank his Kool-Aid and make up a cunk of said loops. But, the artist is more than short video soundtracks. A true original, whose songs have taken flight throughout the globe (like literally), is currently out promoting his Who Is EP. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester last month, he played a track and sat down for a fresh chat. Watch the videos -filmed by Alye Carlevero - below.
How fresh is Jonathon Linaberry? He performs under the moniker The Bones of J.R. Jones. That's pretty badass. I should perform under a moniker, but first I should take music lessons. Anyway, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter is much cooler for his music- notably the sound of his utterly original vocals. There will never be any mistaking JRJ for any other artist out there. His voice is on a different, and much more bluesy planet. Anyway, he stopped by the Conservatory to perform two tracks and sat down for a fun interview as well. Follow this guy's path. He'll be on the road in support of his second album Spirit's Furnace. He's as refreshing as lemonade at a lemonade stand if kids still do that.
A-Sides' "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve" based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released -- think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman - thisisasides.com :
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and Bastille.