Artists You Probably Haven’t Heard of

There’s so much music out there, sometimes I feel like artists can go amiss. They stand out but aren’t getting buzz because maybe they don’t have a label, or radio stations aren’t giving them a chance, or whatever else may be the reason. But my ultimate focus is that I love to hype up those artists that you may not have on your radar. Artists that deserve some recognition.


Cal (from Timeflies)

You may know this fella if you were a follower of his band, Timeflies. But Cal recently has been dropping some solo music that is absolute FIYAH. He recently released his solo project called “The Identity Crisis,” a song titled “Dressed Up in White” that he wrote & sang to his now wife at their wedding. His latest release is called “Catch” and my goodness, you have to check it out. He made it really hard to search for him on music platforms (love you Cal!) so try looking him up by his song titles, lol. Definitely worth the listen.


Christian Burghardt

So I discovered Christian when I went and saw Phillip Phillips on tour years ago. He was absolutely amazing, & his songs were so catchy. Except, I never think he got the recognition that he deserved. I’m pretty sure he had issues with his label & seemed to go quiet the past couple of years, but he recently put out a few new songs, “Pineapple Rum” & “Throwback,” which are absolutely perfect for the summertime. They also have a more sultry vibe than his old songs (“Safe Place to Land” got some good traction) that I am absolutely here for. You HAVE TO add these songs to your summer playlist.


Misterwives

You may already know them, as they have a good following & are really hip in the festival scene, but I always like to shoutout Misterwives, because they just are feel good vibes. I’ve been keen on them since they released their first project “Reflections” which featured my favorite song of theirs, “Kings & Queens.” They’ve released some more recent music, an EP titled “Minibloom” with their next album releasing in July, titled “Superbloom.” Two of the members of the band had gotten married a couple years ago & recently decided to split, so I anticipate a lot of break up songs / songs relating to this break up. Hopefully some strong, independent hype up songs that encourage us that we can in fact, get over it! I’m excited for it, to say the least.


Coin

I’d say Coin got some major radio play for their single “Talk Too Much,” which is how I found out about them on a local Nashville radio station. But but but, their album, “How Will You Know If You Never Try” really got me hooked. They’ve got the quirky, alternative, hipster ish vibes. I’ve seen them a good amount live & they kill it every time. I even got to meet Ryan (on the right) the last time I saw them at Red Rocks (which was so dope, btw). They just released an album, “Dreamland,” which I still need to dive into but YOU SHOULD TOO!


Loote

Wowza. These two are something else. I saw them open for Camila Cabello when she was on tour in 2018. Little did I know, they seem to write songs for some big artists, Demi Lovato being in there. They have a song called “High Without Your Love” that I am sooo obsessed with it’s insane. They just released an EP titled, “heart eyes,” so give that a listen, I INSIST.


Spencer Sutherland

Guys. If you don’t know Spencer, I’m not sure we can be friends. He has the most amazing voice – his high notes KILL ME. He has appeared on UK’s X-Factor (THAT’S CRAY) & gone on tour with In Real Life. He has accomplished so much, but still think he deserves a lot more love than he gets credit for. It seems he recently-ish opened up about trying to fit a mold when it comes to this industry, trying to make his music sound like others, dress like others, etc. His latest music has really given us a different sound & he’s been upping his style game, giving me a mad 70’s vibe (photo does not reflect, just check out his instagram). But ultimately, listen to his music, PUH LEASE.


Shy Martin

Originally from Sweden, she came onto my radar by collabing on a song with Timeflies, titled “Raincoat.” Her voice gave such a magic to that song that it’s one of my favorites. Someone else did an acoustic cover of it, & it just didn’t sound the same because it wasn’t her voice on the track. She’s got loads of streams on Spotify, so I ain’t lying when I say, you gotta listen. Her latest release is a single titled “Nobody Likes Moving On.”


Public

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Public provides a fun-loving music vibe, also perfect for summertime. Ironic, as their latest single, “Honey in the Summer,” just dropped & is already on my playlist. Perfect for a day by the pool (or on the beach, if you wish). I came across them at a college show I went to years ago, and fell instantly in love. I’m almost guaranteed that you will too. They definitely are talented & you should love on them, will ya?


So there you have it, folks. I hope you have some new artists you can (& will) be listening to from here on out. If you’re not satisfied or need more, feel free to caruse my Spotify playlists to find more: here.




X Ambassadors

LISTEN UP – X Ambassadors is the most underrated band, I swear. Even before the concert last night at Red Rocks (which is AMAZE bee tee dubs), they weren’t really on my radar, besides the songs I knew from the radio (i.e. Renegades & Unsteady). I am completely floored & flabbergasted by them.

First of all, let me give all my praises to the man behind the keyboard. I am LIVING for him. As I said above, I went in completely not knowing who X Ambassadors is & who is in the band. To my utmost surprise, the keyboard player was led out by the lead singer (who is also his brother) while maneuvering a walking stick. Yes, he is BLIND. Emphasis on the BLIND because what a true talent to be able to push past something that would most likely hold others back, get on stage, & ROCK OUT playing a show of probably 9,000 people. I was seriously so impressed – jaw to the floor the entire time. Not to completely focus on his disability because he is obviously is more than that but I am just here to give my many praises because he’s pushed past the boundaries of the “norm.” I have never personally seen that before at a concert & the only other artist I know of is Stevie Wonder. Again, I AM HERE TO PRAISE THIS MAN.

*disclaimer: I don’t remember their names & again, trying to keep it authentic here & not just google up all the facts*

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way – let me just discuss the openers:

Allan Rayman: So I didn’t know who he was before & still not sure how I feel about him. I am not here to be negative but to give an honest review. Myself and the strangers around me (as I again went to another concert alone) agreed that we liked his sound (has some grit to his voice) but actually watching him perform gave me the heebie jeebies. Okay, I’m being over dramatic but it was definitely weird. There were some moments where he was just laughing into the microphone; which reminded me of that Gorillaz song, Feel Good Inc. (had to google that one, oops) from way back when. Props to him but not my cup of tea for live performances.

MisterWives: I have all the positive things to say about their live performance (have seen them plenty of times before this as well). They bring SO MUCH energy to the stage & not to mention the lead singer, Mandy, has THE most amazing voice I’ve heard – video below to prove my point.

Playing their first ever show at Red Rocks, it was an iconic performance. They performed some songs off their last album, such as, Coloring Outside the Lines & Drummer Boy (which Mandy wrote for their drummer, Etienne – they just got engaged within the past year: S’CUTE) as well as some oldies but goodies, Reflections (holy tbt) & Our Own House. 

A cool part during their set while performing Imagination Infatuation, the entire band lowered to the ground to the tune of “a little bit softer now” then BOOMED back up to the tune of “a little bit louder now” – as you can hear, the crowd was cheering ’em on!

During their final song, Our Own House, they rocked out on some drums – love these kinds of added bonuses in a performance. The video shows it A.L.L.

Alright, alright, alright (Matthew McConaughey voice) – back to the headlinerz, X Ambassadors, babay. To note: this was their first HEADLINING show at Red Rocks. && it was hoppin’. I only knew a few of the songs, but was having a grand ole’ time. The lead singer could hit notes I didn’t even know existed. The high range he could go to was unimaginable.

It also felt at times I was being taken to a church/choir show (in the BESTEST way possible). There were 3 background singers who brought that added pizzaz to the show, singing background vocals to put some umph into each song X Ambassadors performed, as heard below during Renegades.

Something I unfortunately didn’t get on video was a transition between songs, where the lead singer was introducing a new song – preaching not to be afraid to be yourself, don’t give a f*ck what other people think of you & that they accept everyone, whether you are black, white, Christian, Muslim, LGBTQIA, & so on. I was clapping THE entire time. I love hearing inspiring speeches such as these. He said they are with us. No matter what. Standing for what’s right. I WAS THERE FOR IT.

Let’s also talk about how they performed half of their set while it was raining. Spewing directly onto the stage & soaking the band. Talk about FREE-ZING (as I was). You would think the crowd would have dispersed because of the rain, but it appeared that everyone stayed put to enjoy the amazingness of their set. I unfortunately did not plan well & left a few songs early because I could not feel my feet! First Red Rocks concert & did not expect to be freezing my arse off. However, walking out of the venue hearing the crowd soar & scream & cheer for the end of their set, I had a huge smile on my face because of the night I just had. It was pure bliss…

And then…the Post Concert Depression set in…