She & Him Make Beautiful Music Together

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How excited was I to hear that two of my very favorite performers, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, have teamed up to do an album together? – Over the moon.

Deschanel has been known to lend her singing voice to many of her films, i.e. Winter Passing, The Go-Getter, Bridge to Terabithia, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Elf and many others. I’ve always wondered if she’d decide to put out an album. She has a mesmerizing smoky voice that hearkens back to 1930s cabaret but yet it’s fresh and unique at the same time.

M. Ward is altogether one of the most talented musicians out there and obviously knows how to pick out a good collaboration (he’s worked with Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, Cat Power and My Morning Jacket to name a few).

Deschanel and Ward’s collaborative effort is titled She & Him and their debut album, Volume 1, will be released on March 18.

Listen to the first released track from the record – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here

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Manic Monday

Albeit having the worst lyrics ever, The Bangles’, “Manic Monday,” seamlessly defines the dread that I felt this dreary Monday morning upon waking.  Not only is it cold and rainy, but I still haven’t gotten over the laryngitis (or something just as bad) that has been plaguing me for the past week.  Needless to say, it’s not the best day.

But…The Bangles are a perfect pick-me-up to any down-and-out day.  Enjoy!

Aristocrunk

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Meet Lord T. and Eloise, Memphis’ self proclaimed, “Aristocrunkers,” who dress up as 17th century aristocrats and rap about cashmere sweaters, golf, Aston Martins and prep school.

As for their unique look, Lord T. was born with glistening white locks and Eloise’s body is made of solid gold.

Lord T. and Eloise have been making quite the impression with their new sub-genre of rap. They were featured as editor’s picks on Blender.com, Radar Magazine featured them in their September issue outlining the growing popularity of Aristocrunk, and Eloise made an appearance at the Grammy Awards this past week.

Their upcoming tour dates include SXSW in Austin next month, and luckily for me they will be playing at my old stomping grounds of Auburn, AL at the Bourbon Street Bar. You had better believe that I will be making a special trip to The Plains just for that show!

Check out the video for their single, “Million Dollar Boots.”

Getting Pierced

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The Pierces are a folk-pop duo out of New York City, by way of Birmingham, Alabama. The sisterly Southern belles found semi-stardom by performing their song, “Three Wishes” on the teen soap sensation, Gossip Girl.

It just so happens that a good friend of mine, who happens to be an avid fanatic of the series, recommended this band to me. Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of disheartened songstresses, not unless they’re a real talent (see: Jenny Lewis, Regina Spektor), but I figured I’d give The Pierces a listen.

While I’m sure their stunning good-looks make quite the impression, I can’t say the same for their new album, Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge. Their songwriting and choice of musical arrangements are plucky at best but I’m afraid the album as a whole is…well…the title of their new single says it best, “Boring.”

On a brighter note, songs like gypsy-folk, glockenspiel laden, “Three Wishes” and ghostly semi-erotic, “Go To Heaven,” make me think these girls have potential and with the likes of Gossip Girl name dropping The Pierces, their career can only blossom.

And as The Pierces and I share the same Alma Mater, Auburn University, I wish them all the luck in the world. War Eagle, girls!