Wednesday, September 24

Lincoln Jesser

I'm madly in love with Lincoln Jesser. Part singer-songwriter, part electro-pop, part shoe-gazer, part indie-dance, it adds up to create an act that instantly catches your ear with gleaming melodies and impassioned lyrics.

On Sunday I was lucky enough to catch him play the Roxy at the Sunset Strip Music Festival and it was exceptional:

Compelling indie-dance with emotional undertones that are instantly familiar - love, struggling to make it work, lust, growing up different. The lyrics are catchy and clear; they elevate him from being just another dance-pop guy to being an artist providing his audience an experience to listen, feel and dance it out.

He's young but not inexperienced. With a couple of EPs to his name and a few collaborations, he's poised to take on even more. I look forward to seeing what's next for him.

Catch him live at Los Globos in Los Angeles on October 3rd.

In the meantime, check him out on Soundcloud (here) or Spotify (below)

Brand new album Modern Color available for purchase on iTunes, or listen on Spotify:

Monday, September 22

Lunchbox - 9.22.14

Great new music this week of all tempos. The more ambient, folksy Daniel and the Lion is stealing my heart right now, and Peaches gives a nice chill-wave vibe.

I'm looking forward to hearing more from Mikky Ekko - great voice and songwriter with a bittersweet pop vibe.


Tuesday, September 16

Term Alert: PBR&B

A friend recently used a new term: "PBR&B" - a situation that exists when PBR-drinking hipsters clamor for modern R&B music.

But to call it a genre is a misnomer. How is PBR&B any different than non-brewed-R&B? Many of the acts now called "PBR&B" have no characteristics that set them apart from even modern R&B: Frank Ocean, How To Dress Well, Miguel, the Weeknd and (one of my personal favorites) Jhene Aiko. No one would call any of these acts anything other than R&B.

So what is PBR&B and can you use it in a sentence?

Eirik Lande (credited with coining the phrase in 2011) writes in Pitchfork, “It’s one of those genres that describes an imagined fanbase.” It's basically a marketing term, a classification of how to package an artist or their music to appeal to the PBR&B crowd - hipster and indie-music fans of all colors who love small venues, honest artists, soulful storytelling and marijuana-friendly/chill-wave rhythms. “In more modern terms, it’s music rooted in African-American traditions that… might sell to young white people for whom other types of more rhythm-focused or bluesy modern R&B might not," Lande writes. 

To me, PBR&B is the definition of the audience: the crew of people that would gather in the Gobi Tent at Sahara to catch Jhene Aiko on a Coachella afternoon. One could make a PBR&B playlist for a relaxing afternoon on the beach. Or I might utter something like, 'well, it'll be a PBR&B crowd so I'll wear my skinny jeans.'

For an auditory journey, here's a Spotify Playlist for your perusal: