Songs of the Week- 2/22/13 Friday, Feb 22 2013 

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Hey everyone!

This has been a wonderful week, musically, and I am absolutely delighted to share these songs with everyone. I hope that you all take the time to check out each of these songs and the artists who have created them. Enjoy!

5. Among Savages- New York City

New York City by Among Savages is rather inspirational song that encourages listeners to not give up when things do not go as planned. I came across Among Savages at a SOFAR show in Los Angeles, and I was quite impressed by them. They happened to play New York City off of their debut album, Wanderings of an Illustrative Mind, and I have been listening to the song off and on throughout the entire week. The impressive vocals, lovely arrangement, and uplifting lyrics all come together to make this song quite addicting. To purchase New York City and other songs, click here.

4- Sean Rowe-Bring back the night

Bring Back the Night by Sean Rowe is a soulful and heartbreakingly beautiful song that I can’t seem to get enough of. Sean Rowe’s deep voice paired with the smooth arrangement suit the lyrics perfectly. Sean Rowe is definitely a musician to look into. You can click here to find out more about Sean Rowe, or you can click here to buy tickets to see him open for Marcus Foster.

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3.Humming House- Forever is Better With You

Humming House’s Forever is Better with You is a wonderful song that has been stuck in my head this entire week. Endearing lyrics, amazing vocals, and a toe tapping, folky arrangement, are all attributes to making this song so amazing. I look forward to hearing more from this newly discovered (for me) band. The band hails from Nashville and has so far released a self-titled album and a live album, entitled Live at the Red Clay Theater. Check out Humming House here.

2. Swim Lessons- someday

I had the pleasure of discovering Swim Lessons at a recent Sofar show in Los Angeles. The first song that Swim Lessons performed was Someday, and it instantly intrigued me. The vocals are smooth and the arrangement is very catchy. Those attributes, combined with well-written lyrics make for a catchy tune that you’re happy to admit that you enjoy. You can find out more about the amazing Swim Lessons here.

1. No- the long haul

Yet another Sofar discovery is the band No. The Long Haul, happens to be one of my favorite songs from this amazing new find. With deep vocals, a melancholy, yet gritty arrangement, and lyrics that I can easily relate to, it’s not hard to see why I have been so attached to this song this week. The Long Haul is the type of song that anyone can get really into and lose themselves in. You can discover more about the amazing No here.

Cheers!

Rizzle

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Songs of the Week- 2/8/13 Friday, Feb 8 2013 

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Hello!
I know I have not been posting as much, and I apologize for that. I will try my best to get back into a regular posting schedule as soon as I can.

With that said, here is Musically Inspired’s Songs of the Week. There are some amazing artists on this list, so I urge you to at least check them out. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy!

5. Boy and Bear- Feeding Line

Feeding Line is a song featured on Boy and Bear’s Moonfire album. Feeding Line grabs your attention from the very first note and keeps it captive throughout the song. The amazing vocals and delicious arrangement are only surpassed by the quality of the lyrics. Feeding Line and the rest of the Moonfire album can be purchased by clicking here.

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4. Kail Baxley- Say Goodbye to the Night

Kail Baxley is an artist that was brought to my attention earlier this week, and I was instantly impressed by him. Say Goodbye to the Night , which is on his Heartstroke/The Wind and the War EP, showcases Kail Baxley’s captivating voice and ability to speak to a listeners soul. Kail Baxley is definitely one to watch. Get Kail Baxley’s Heartstroke/The Wind and the War EP here.

3. Baywood- I Can Breathe Again

Baywood is a band that I was introduced to through a Sofar show in Los Angeles, and I have not been able to stop listening. Baywood has a very unique and catchy sound, which is showcased on their song I Can Breathe Again. The song , off of their Seasons EP, features enticing harmonies, hand clapping, and an impressive musical arrangement. Give yourself a little treat and purchase the Seasons EP here.

2. Meg Myers- Monster

When I first saw Meg Myers at the last Sofar show in Los Angeles, my first thought was that she seemed like a sweet, innocent, twenty- something that would sing nice songs about love and flowers. That first impression was immediately forgotten when she opened her mouth and belted out her haunting lyrics. Though her voice is stunning, it has this raw and distressed edge to it that most would be unable to pull off. Monster, off of her Daughter in the Choir EP, is a haunting song that speaks bluntly of not having feelings reciprocated. With lyrics such as “Oh, well it aches and it aches, you make me wanna die. I gotta kill you my love”, this song is anything but your average heartache song. The song is a breath of fresh air from all the overly gooey songs that speak about wanting someone back. The Daughter in the Choir EP can be found and downloaded here.

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1. Herbert Bail Orchestra- Take Me Down

One of my new favorite bands, also discovered at a Sofar show, is Herbert Bail Orchestra. Take Me Down perfectly showcases their gypsy-folk sound and their impressive vocals. The lyrics of the song are equally impressive and have a way of grabbing a hold of you. You can’t help but move along to the song and pressing the repeat button once it ends. You can click here to buy and listen to The Futures in the Past, which features Take Me Down and other great songs from Herbert Bail Orchestra.

Cheers!

Rizzle

Sofar Los Angeles Review Wednesday, Nov 7 2012 

On October 28th I had the pleasure of attending a Sofar (Sounds From A Room) show in Los Angeles, California. I had connected with Sofar via twitter and volunteered to help with Sofar L.A.’s blog posts. As it turned out, I was not needed to write a review for that night, but was given the opportunity to attend the show anyways. Nothing could have prepared me for the level of awesome that I was about to experience.

For those who are not aware, Sofar shows are intimate and are usually hosted secretly in the homes of Sofar supporters. In order to gain entrance to one of these shows, you must subscribe to their newsletters and pray that you get lucky enough to be selected to attend a show. If you are not lucky enough to score access to a show, Sofar live streams their shows for everyone to enjoy.

Experiencing GOOD live music in the comfort of a living room, with no annoying talking or drunken behavior, is an excellent way to bring the focus back on the music. One of my biggest annoyances is to go to a show and see the audience disrespect the performer by talking during the set.  A Sofar show is the best remedy for that annoyance. The Sofar movement is truly a unique way to discover and experience excellent music.

Sunday’s experience was amazing and not one that I will soon forget. The bands that played that night included: Big Tree, Family of the Year, Ferraby Lionheart, and Monsters Calling Home.  Each band/artist was amazing and brought something different to the show.  I spent most of the night in awe that I was actually experiencing this type of music in a living room setting. Each band was endearing to me in different ways. I truly found some new favorites, especially with Family of the Year and Monsters Calling Home. You can check out the official Sofar review of the night here.

In a world where live performances seem to be less appreciated than they should be, Sofar is fighting to make experiencing live music more important and enjoyable. I am, therefore, honored to boast that I am Sofar L.A.’s blog leader. I look forward to contributing to this amazing movement and to experience more awesome live music.

Check out the Sofar website here and the Sofar blog here.

Rachel