J. Roddy Walston and the Business v. Kings of Leon

Although there is so many different genres of music and bands that I love, I can definitely pinpoint my favorite…Kings of Leon. I am literally obsessed. So obsessed that I have traveled hours away from Cleveland to see them in concert. I’ve sunk in mud for hours at music festivals to see them front row (even declined my friends offers for drinks so I wouldn’t have to pee and loose my spot), I’ve driven to scary parts of cities to see them play (Detroit), and even once thought about getting them tattooed on my body (thank god I didn’t).

So, whenever there is a band that reminds any of my friends of KOL’s style they shoot me a reminder to check them out. I got lucky this week because I have really wanted to write a blog post comparing/contrasting a band to the Kings of Leon. I’ve chosen the band “J. Roddy Walston and the Business.” They were in Columbus recently playing at a little bar, and from what I hear they rocked.

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(J. Roddy Walston and the Business from Flickr.com)

Background on J.Roddy Walston and the Business

My audience should have an idea who Kings of Leon are, since they are the absolute best, I’ve dedicated this part of the blog to give you some insight on the “unknown and unrated (kind of)” band, J. Roddy Walston and the Business. The American, rock-n-roll band formed in Tennessee in 2002, but now reside in Baltimore, and consists of four members: J. Roddy (vocals/piano/guitar), Billy Gordon (lead guitar/vocals), Logan Davis (bass/vocals) and Steve Colmus (drums). They are most noted for their pounding piano style and their live shows that bring people to their feet, but what good band doesn’t? They have recently released an album with ATO last September called “Essential Tremors.” Since, they have been more talked about than their entire career. Music reviewer, Jake Krolick, called the band “sent from the almighty” and I have to agree with them.

The bad-ass, long-haired rockers, just like all of my recent posts, are making it’s way to the road of the rich and fame. Ironically, the band is making their debut performance tonight (Thursday, November 21) on the David Letterman show, so tune in! You’ll already know a nice background about them. They also got recognition on the TV show Eastbound and Down’s finale last week.

Kings v. J. Roddy

Performance: Both bands use their musical talents with different kinds of instruments that set them apart from other rock bands. Kings of Leon may not be as crazy and energetic as J.Roddy is though, as much as I hate to admit it.

Music style: They both have a gospel background. They grew up in small towns, super involved in their churches and their religious backgrounds influenced their music. Ironically, both bands spent time in Tennessee.

Favorite songs: “Heavy Bells” and “Don’t Break the Needle” are two of my favorites of J. Roddy. My favorites (currently, but they change all the time) of Kings of Leon is “Wait for Me” and “Back Down South”. If you listen to these songs together you can see the style they try to follow.

The Band itself: Also interesting, both are made up of 4 band members, and although Kings of Leon are all brothers/cousins, J. Roddy Walston and the Business got their start by simply recruiting members that fit.

Baynard Woods, writer for City paper, said in his most recent article about the band that “these guys been road dogs for years and they deserve all the success they can get.”

Below I have left you with one of my favorite songs by J. Robby Walston and the Buisness. What do you think?

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HAIM

I don’t know what it is about girl bands that I love so much. Probably because if I could do life over again (and have a killer voice), I would have undoubtedly been in an all-girl band.

Since starting this blog, I am constantly keeping my ears open for new music to write about. Last weekend I was in the car with my best friend, Hallie. Hallie is one of those girls that just loves those girl power, energetic, glam-pop songs ..the songs you can run forever too and feel like a different person. She introduced me to the song “The Wire” by Haim (pronounced like lime, but with a “P”). When she put this song on we did our typical jam out session in the car that we have been doing since high school. And since I haven’t been able to stop listening to the song….

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Haim (Flickr.com)

The Band

The sibling rockers have blown up in the UK this past year and are slowly making their way to the United States. Since their debut of the album Days Are Gone in 2013, they have shown their capability in making it in the music industry. The Strokes, Rihanna and Mumford & Sons have all given them rave reviews on their indie pop tunes.

In the Huffington Post’s online article back in October, they said the LA natives are taking Europe “by a storm.” The band’s plan for the future is a large extensive tour in 2014 throughout the UK and Europe.

Background

The three sisters (Este, Danielle and Alana Haim) grew up in Los Angeles and spent their childhood as part of family cover band Rockinhaim. Together, they played at local venues and crafted their own R&B-influenced soft rock. After a few years, the sisters parted ways to get school degrees and go on with life until they gave it one last final shot.

Since their debuts they have opened for Florence and the Machine and Mumford & Sons. After their performance at Glastonbury festival, they received a top ranking in BBC’s Sound of 2013 Poll and signed with Jay-Z’s RocNation management group. So keep your ears open people, they’re comin’.

The Wire

I was just listening to this song about an hour ago on the freeway, and I know that fellow drivers alongside of me had quite the show. But seriously, besides the awesomeness of the song and lyrics, the video makes it even better. The track deals with heartbreak in an uplifting and triumphant manner. Check it out below.

Actually, they may be coming even sooner…

The sisters plan to make an appearance on November 23’s “Saturday Night Live.” Tune in! They also got their name in the Rolling Stone’s November issue titled “How Haim’s Three Geeky Sisters Became the Year’s Coolest New Band.”

Be the first to hear from the band and follow them on Twitter, Sound Cloud, or FaceBook.

How to Get Famous in 2013

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Okay, so if you know me at all you would know I hate being serious (except when my shows are on…seriously, shut up). Being silly, pulling pranks and poking fun is something you’ll catch me doing on a regular basis. Especially with my dad by my side, we’re pretty good at it.

Nothing makes me laugh more than musicians in the media today (cough…Miley Cyrus…cough). Although I think Miley’s actions are a total publicity stunt (and a genius publicity stunt at that), she and many other hot messes have inspired to me put together something to give my viewers a quick laugh.

I toyed with an infographic site called infogr.am on “How to Get Famous in 2013”.  If any Disney Channel stars, boyfriends/girlfriends of Justin Bieber or William Hung’s are tuning into my totally famous blog..uhh…sorry.

Warning: Musicians that are actually good…don’t try any of these. Expect YouTube. YouTube’s good.

"How to Get Famous in 2013"

“How to Get Famous in 2013”

(Click on the pictures for the full image)

All pictures in infographic from Flickr