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“Radio Birds” EP

By: Carlos Garcia

Don’t you know about the Birds? Well, everybody should know that Radio Birds is the word. . Coming at you from our very own Atlanta, GA, they are one of the most exciting acts of our time.

This flock of rock includes Colin Dean on drums, Jaz Dixon on guitar, Justin Keller on vocals as well as guitar and Chase Lamondo on vocals and bass. Despite the fact that each member comes from a different musical background, they all come together in the name of rock ‘n’ roll to create passionate and electrifying music. In fact, their new VEP self-titled Radio Birds is nothing short of rockin’. The album can be described as energetic, soulful and cutting edge.

The album erupts with a song titled “Intro” which immediately evokes images of a youthful summer twilight spent with your best friends driving through town with the windows down enjoying the wonders of life.  It’s a perfect set-up to the rest of the album’s tracklist.

Amelia: This song begins with an over-driven guitar riff following a steady beat and gentle vocals. However, the chorus explodes into a roaring clamor of woahs and ohs which make the listener want to jump up and down with a fist in the air while singing along.

Voices of Reason: This one has dual vocals harmonizing brilliantly over crunchy guitar riffs, a steady back beat and a few other surprises along the way.  It’s reminiscent of great bands such as The Clash and builds up towards a monumental climax at the end.

Long Way Down:  Perfect for road trips. The lyrics are full of emotion, and the drums will make you fall in love.

Uptown Girl: Rock ‘n’ roll perfection. The instrumentals in this song are super groovy with bluesy syncopation and a tremendous bass line. The high-pitched and aggressive vocals will leave you speechless thinking how much this guy rocks.

I’m to Blame: Slow and peaceful. The song starts out like a rock ballad with remoreseful vocals  and then builds to become really passionate and beautiful.

Heart Made of Gold:  Incredible. It has an indie-punk feel at the beginning, transforms into a classic rock masterpiece, and then closes as a post-modern psychedelic wonderland at the end.  Simply mind blowing.

Time for a Change: The band couldn’t have chosen a better way to end the EP.  The song has a country feel and evokes images of nostalgia and departure building up to an inspiring anthem for change. The a-capella vocals are the best part of this song.

What makes Radio Birds so great is their ability to combine different musical styles into rock ‘n’ roll masterpieces.

“Jaz grew up playing bluegrass,” singer Justin Keller explains. “Chase was playing with a hardcore band called Whoremouth when he started playing with us.  I grew up listening to James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel and was really chasing the singer-songwriter path … and I’m pretty sure Colin has played just about everything under the sun.”

Radio Birds is exciting and innovative because there is something for everyone.  Raise your antennas, turn up the volume and press play because the Radio Birds are soaring high above the airwaves.

Check out their music & follow them on social media!




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“Blacc Hollywood” by Wiz Khalifa

By: Ryan Godhigh

Hailing out of Minot, North Dakota, Cameron Thomas, who’s better known as Wiz Khalifa, is one of our generations’ top rappers/songwriters. His flow is nothing short of amazing, starting at the young age of 17, he signed with Warner Bros. Records and released his legendary debut mixtapes “Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania” & “Prince of the City 2”. Following those releases, his road for success was paved from there on; he quickly produced many hits like Black & Yellow, Say Yeah & much more in the years to come. Years later, he decided to sign with Atlantic Records and shocked the world with his very first album “Rolling Papers”.

Khalifas’ style is sampled from many great artists like Jimi Hendrix, Snoop Dogg, Camp Lo, Notorious B.I.G, Curren$y & many more. We can hear many instances of these artists in Wiz’s new album Blacc Hollywood, which reached the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 album list following its release. On August 18th 2014, Blacc Hollywood hit the shelves physically and digitally, resulting in over 90,000 albums being sold worldwide the first day. His main hit “We Dem Boyz” was popular enough but when people heard his songs “House In Hills” Featuring Curren$y, “So High” & “The Sleaze” they instantly knew the old Wiz was back and better than ever! Give this album and a chance and you won’t regret it! I give this album 5 Owls Up!

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“Everything Will Be Alright In The End” by Weezer

By: Jimmy Sears

After Weezer’s previous outings, the band boldly promised a return to form with their 9th studio album, “Everything Will Be Alright In The End.” Trying to rake back the remnants of the ‘90s alternative coalition, the cliché, “big shoes to fill,” would be an understatement. No doubt some will be disappointed considering the promise, but what we do have here is a promising mix of amplified strokes combined with a valiant effort to appeal to fans of yore.

Horror-esk static opens the album as a frail girl whimpers, “I’m having another nightmare.” Shortly after, marching riffs, which call back to “Buddy Holly,” bring up the noise as if to mark Weezer’s triumphant return. “Rock is dead” is ironically asserted as Rivers Cuomo and co. express the typical theme of loneliness in the not-so-subtly titled “Ain’t Got Nobody.” Other tracks such as “Lonely Girl” express similar themes while other tracks milk nostalgia. “Back to the Shack” is a love letter to the days of “The Blue Album.” Other tracks express similar themes throughout, so fans expecting a lyrically deep album will be disappointed, but the quality of the music itself more than makes up for it. The most memorable part is “The Futurescope Trilogy,” which consists of three parts. Part II, “Anonymous,” talks of the unknown with lyrics like, “no, I don’t know the words to say,” and, “so I call you Anonymous.” Parts I and III, titled “The Wasteland” and “Return To Ithaka” respectfully, are beautifully composed instrumental bookends which both surge through the wires for an impassioned finale containing Hendrixian guitar magic to close the album.

Despite fairly simple words, “Everything Will Be Alright In The End” drops the hammer as Weezer hits the ground running. No doubt this album is worth a listen.

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“Songs of Innocence” by U2

By:  Jimmy Sears

Apple surprised millions with their recent announcement concerning the iPhone 6, but iTunes users were given a bonus. U2, in an agreement with Apple, decided to give over 500 million iTunes users its 13th studio album, “Songs of Innocence,” at no cost whether they liked it or not. Reception was less than pleasant as protesters claimed that the release was an invasion of privacy, and it resulted in Apple’s release of a tool that wipes out the album from the users’ iTunes accounts. However, if one looks past the blatant corporate overtones, “Songs of Innocence” is a decent album filled with powerful melodies and sentimental expressions manifesting smooth sounds that float through the listener.

“Songs of Innocence” is composed like an open journal. “Iris (Hold Me Close)” was named and composed for Bono’s mother, Iris, who died when Bono was 14. “Iris (Hold Me Close)” begins with a tranquil guan instrument, which saunters into an atmospheric resignation of an outer dimension and leads into a love stanza as Bono somberly expresses the “ache in [his] heart,” in the most emotionally charged song on the album. In addition, “Songs of Innocence” pays tribute to other bands such as The Clash and The Ramones. “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” expresses about a song Bono heard that changed his life during youth and features a prevailing guitar riff modeled to channel The Ramones’ distinctive riff. “This is Where You Can Reach Me Now” honors The Clash as Bono and company howl, “we signed our lives away” to suave, orbital twangs to make for an extraterrestrial sound.

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“Indigo Child” by Jake Tavill

By: Jimmy Sears

Out of Rumson, New Jersey, Jake Tavill studied his musical craft at the Berklee College of Music, the Tisch School of the Arts and the Village East Conservatory at the young age of 17 to jump start his career as a musician. Tavill’s style channels famous blues artists such as Albert King and B.B. King in his first studio album, “Indigo Child,” which consists of slick waves that unwind the listener for a tremendously smooth leeway that sways the senses.

Tavill sings with a voice reminiscent of Nate Ruess of “Fun” as he plays a key board, which is accompanied by a tender chorus of trombones and trumpets and other blues apparatus. Songs such as “I Won’t Go” and “I Ain’t Me” carry an old-school blues vibe that Tavill emulates, but the songs also manage to give the genre a modern twist to keep it fresh. Other songs, such as “To Say Goodbye,” are more sentimental. Here, the key board is in the forefront while Tavill pours his heart onto the keys as he sings, “you don’t know what you have till it disappears,” reminding listeners of the all-true message far too many of us realize before it’s too late.
While Tavill’s doesn’t go deep with his lyrics, its strongest point is the music itself, which carries most of the album. Each song is easy listening at its finest and plays like clockwork to where it’s almost a detriment because the album seems to end so soon. Still, by all means, give it a turn. Listen in on Ksuradio.com to hear Jake Tavill’s latest hit.