Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hey Monday!

I know it's been while since I reviewed on a band. So I'll do Hey Monday today. I saw them on a commerical while I was waiting to see Sorcerer's Apprentice. The song I heard was How You Love Me Now, needless to say I was instantly intriqued. Though Cassadee Pope does have a distinct similar feel that Hayley Williams from Paramore has. The power house vocals, awesome rocker hair and of course a sense of spunk and energy that makes you just want to get up and move. Yet as much as one does love Hayley Williams for her remarkable musicianship I feel a closer draw to Cassadee, and no, not because of her name since my name is Cassandra (Cassie), that's not even fair to Hayley.
Now back to Hey Monday. For the past week I had been trying to get a taste of their music then finally today I had the chance. And needless to say, I LOVE Hey Monday. They're a little softer than what I normally listen to, but I love it nonetheless. How You Love Me Now and Homecoming are quickly soaring to become some of my favorite songs, even Candles is quickly winning me over. And amazing as it is, they've started bringing my soundtrack back. Other than 3OH!3, I could rarely be seen dancing in my car, until now. I suggest listening to this group if you have not yet, and especially if you're a fan of Paramore. Though everyone says that Hey Monday is just like Paramore, I do have to say that other than the leading ladies being quite similar, the bands are not. Hey Monday is a pop/rock band while Paramore is much more a punk rock/ rock band.
Now granted I'm a couple years behind finding Hey Monday, but I'm very happy I did. I'm anxious to hear more from them and I look forward to the many repetitions I'm about to do with their CD Hold On Tight.
Now for the stars, I give them 4 outta 5. Only because some of the songs aren't quite as good as the others, but that's it. I really like the feel of Hey Monday and I love seeing strong female vocals out there with all the boy bands. I give them a good two thumbs up and a strong suggestion to check them out if you have not! Well, that's all for this week! Happy Music Hunting!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Saradise!

So imagine it, sitting online, talking with your best friend and watching Joseph Gordon Levitt, you get an IM from your best friend telling you she's gonna be busy, nearly ten minutes pass and in worry something happened you ask if she had died (as a joke lol) then she comes back with i'm entering a rad contest!!! Holy CROW is this contest awesome!!!! Torment!?!??! Clockwork Angel!?!?!?!? I about crapped myself... Seriously... This is AWESOME!! I know my chances are slim, but at least this way my friend gets an extra two points, so she has a better chance :). But yes! Thank you Sara for giving us avid readers a chance to get these awesome books early! Woot!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

TobyMac and 3OH!3

TobyMac. A christian rap/rock artist. I can't express how much this man has changed my outlook on so many things. He's a brilliant artist and I can't even BEGIN to review his newest CD Tonight. Every song takes my breath away and invokes so many emotions. Take Funky Jesus Music, a great song that makes me want to dance. Then on the other end of the spectrum there's City On Our Knees, which (without fail I might add) makes me cry.
There's just something about what TobyMac sings about that makes my heart and soul rejoice. All I have to say is Toby is by far one of my favorite artists and I hope and pray he continues to sing to the masses, because everyone knows we need better influences out there. In short, I give TobyMac a full 5 stars. I love knowing there's a great artist out there who loves to sing for God and his fans and doesn't do it for the money. And we all know that is a rarity to mankind. So I say, give TobyMac a round of applause for his brilliance.

And now for 3OH!3! A band that a friend had me listen to before my German 2 class one day my senior year. Don't Trust Me was my first experience with Sean and Nat. I remember listening to it secretatively as the morning announcements played in the background and realizing, not all rap really is that bad. (Granted, TobyMac doesn't count in this, he plays in a different ball game). Then I begged for her to burn me the cds and vulah! A new addiction! I danced and sang whenever I listened to Want or 3OH!3. Then I saw them live and it blew my mind how crazy and spazzy these boys could be! Sure I wasn't a huge fan of all the cussing and talking about sex, but the beats had me hooked every second of every song. THEN Streets of Gold came out and then you see their maturity.
We Are Young and Deja Vu are my personal favorites at this time, perhaps this will change with more repetitions of the cd. But as it goes, I love the lack of cussing and the fact that Nat and Sean are using their singing voices more and more instead of the talk/sing voices they had going on in their earlier albums. But All in all, I love these guys. They're hilarious on stage and they blend slow and fast songs together on albums that helps you see into their minds. Now as for their stars, Streets of Gold gets a solid 4 and a 1/2 stars while the older albums both get 4s. I love listening to these guys and can't wait to see more from them. If they ever mosey on over to my city again I'll most definitely be there to sing and dance again.

All in all Toby and the boys of 3OH!3 are my musical heroes. They inspire me in ways they probably don't even realize. I can't wait to hear more of their amazingness and I can only hope it'll just get better and better, setting the bar high for all the other bands out there. I've not heard of many bands that get me moving like these two do. So in closing, I just want to say, TobyMac and 3OH!3 will forever be on top of my list of favorite bands. Also, I'll hopefully be posting on another band or two within the next week. Until then, Happy Music Hunting!