Josh Jacobson’s Debut EP “First Light” Coming Out in September

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Josh Jacobson’s debut EP “First Light” is coming out in September. Check out the single “Tethered” from the EP here:

“Tethered” showcases Jacobson’s soulful vocals and dreamy tones developed by bells, trumpet, violin, and synths. The EP acts as a gateway into the inner workings of Josh during an emotionally impactful time in his life–relating to his fans in an organic way without having to reveal details beyond the emotion of each song.

“’Tethered’ is at its core a song about coming to terms with the fact that even the most meaningful connections can be temporary… but on a deeper level it’s about the whole concept of learning to live in a state of constant flux,” Josh said.

Josh has toured at SXSW and headlined for big-name festivals such as Miami Music Week and a Northside Festival showcase at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Throughout his touring, he has proven to be a sensation on stage that goes beyond what you hear on record. Josh will be playing a few select shows in October. Check out the dates and venues below:

Oct. 5 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL

Oct. 7 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY

Oct. 14 – The Hotel Café – Los Angeles, CA

To stay up to date with Josh Jacobson, check him out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Soundcloud, InstagramiTunes, and his official site.

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Manchado – New Video Release

New York-based alternative hip-hop artist Manchado has released his latest video “Wild Child,” the finale of a three-part video series. Check out the song below:

Manchado is a DIY producer/dancer/singer who moved to New York from Bogota, Columbia, at age 18 by himself to pursue his passion in music. The alternative Hip Hop artist has finished his three-part video series, which includes “Part 1 Break” and “Part 2 Out of Control.” All the videos in the series feature Manchado surrounded my masked dancers who join in on the choreography to make for interesting videos and danceable tracks. He uses the people and the characters in his videos as metaphors to illustrate a bigger point about the human condition. Notable for writing and producing his own songs, Manchado is looking to take his underground status to the next level.

After starting his music writing career at the age of 7, Manchado took it upon himself to learn the craft of writing songs, performing, and learning to correctly work a crowd. For a crossover genre comprising of EDM alternative with a Hip Hop vibe, Manchado likes to put an interesting twist into his music, which truly comes to light in the finale of “Wild Child.”

To stay up to date with all things relating to Manchado, be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and his official site.

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Image via Manchado

Sydney Lauren – Solo Artist Interview

Sydney Lauren has recently released a new EP titled “Left in Motion,” a five-track record that covers both happy and sad songs. Sydney spoke with ETV today about the making of her EP, the meaning behind her songs and her plans for touring. Check out the track “Haunt Me” here:

Sydney grew up in a town called Harrison outside a New York City, a place that no doubt left an impression on her.

“I was definitely influenced by New York, living so close to the city gave me opportunities that opened my eyes to different music, art and experiences,” Sydney said. “It has an energy to it that will always influence me, I love it!”

Sydney wrote all the songs on “Left in Motion” in about five months, with another five months to fully complete the recordings. Sydney’s lyrics and melody found a home with co-writer Tad Kubler from the band The Hold Steady, who wrote and produced the music. The result is a collection of pop tracks and introspective ballads that showcase Sydney’s distinct vocals and hard-hitting lyrics.

“I’m so happy to finally have the music out after sitting with it for so long, now people can hear what I was working so hard on!” Sydney said.

The making of the EP was both challenging and liberating, as creativity and concentration became the focus during the recording sessions.

“I like the creativity that is constantly happening during recording,” Sydney said. “You have all the tools to test out new ideas which is always really fun. I found the hardest part to be the final vocals. It can be hard to fully emote when you’re singing in a silent room by yourself. We weren’t going to stop until they were the best they could be!”

One listen of the EP will evoke a multitude of emotions for any listener. “Haunt Me” is a song about leaving the past behind and not letting it linger on to haunt the present. The universal appeal is enough to hook new listeners, but it’s the deep meaning that goes beyond the surface that will keep them coming back for more. Sydney spills her heart out on this track and although she can write a happy song, she said the sad ones come out much stronger.

“I always like to make sure there is a big message or lesson learned in a song,” Sydney said. “It should make a point!”

A song on the EP that is more on the political side is “Save Us,” inspired by the 2016 Orlando shooting. See the video here:

The lyrics are in reaction to the terror that many felt after the incident occurred and how love and compassion will always outweigh hate. Her lyric “One shot to the masses / Builds stronger passion” demonstrates the real-life response of how people came together to comfort those in pain. The depth in Sydney’s lyrical approach is her greatest talent and we look forward to what’s in store for her next release. In the foreseeable future, Sydney plans on touring to share her songs to a greater audience around the world.

“I am hoping touring will occur in the next 12 months!” Sydney said. “I love performing and want to share these songs with people every day!”

To stay up to date with all things Sydney Lauren, be sure to check her out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud and her official site.

Prison Escapee – New Single Release

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Prison Escapee released two new tracks “Locket” and “Au Revoir” that follow up his 2016 LP “Disappearing Mountaintop.” Check out the songs below:

The two electro-inspired piano ballads are themed around unrequited and lost love.  The songs continue the Prison Escapee trend of making lo-fi style recordings that could easily work as part of a film soundtrack. His songs have an intimate feeling probably from having both his debut and sophomore albums were written, recorded, produced, and mixed in his living room.

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Photo via Prison Escapee

Erik David Hidde created the moniker Prison Escapee in 2015, and is putting all his effort into original melancholic music and electronic rock songs after running the independent Housewarming Records in New York. He was raised in Fort Hunter in upstate New York by a Christian family, which is represented in his music. He was brought up singing in his church and all-county chorus in grade school. His lyrics often includes reflecting back on his childhood and personal sentiments of loss, which is centered around his close friend’s prison cell suicide.

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Photo via Prison Escapee

To stay up to date with Prison Escapee, follow on Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram, Bandcamp and the official site.

Gestures & Sound – Concert Review

The Mint showcased a variety of talent on its June 21 bill from pop-influenced singer-songwriters to hard rocking folk quartets. There was something for everyone on a busy night. The venue itself is very intimate with an up close and personal stage where patrons could enjoy a variety of food and drinks mere feet away from live performances.

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Emily James. Photo by Isiah Reyes

Singer-songwriter Emily James, originally from New York, opened the night by playing songs from her latest EP as well as some to be featured on an upcoming release. As she started singing her first song, it was apparent early on that her voice is the driving force behind her music. Along with bold lyrics and stellar performances on both guitar and keys, she used all her talents as she shared stories stemming from personal places in her life including the tale of “A Boy in Memphis” (which may or may not be based on a true story). Emily is a well-rounded musician and her voice alone is enough to get hooked on with striking similarities to the likes of Adele. She put on a good set that was well received by a full bar by the time she was finished. We look forward to seeing her again on stage and in the meantime, we have the recently released and tender “Emily James – EP” to listen to, which she collaborated with Grammy award winning producer Jacquire King and producer Ian Fitchuk.

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James Taugher. Photo by Isiah Reyes

Following up was the Bay area-native James Taugher, a Motown, funk extraordinaire who brought a full band to stage to rock out. The five-piece was a solid group that excelled with soaring guitar solos, groovy keys, eclectic drums and sure-fire basslines. James is very comfortable on stage as he was dancing and showing off his Hip-Hop inspired vocals that are tinged with soul. At one point, he split the venue down the middle and got one half of the packed venue to sing the first part of the catchy chorus and the other half to finish it off. His way with crowds could only have been refined through years of performances, and on this last date of his band’s tour, everyone was in for a treat. James’ energy was contagious as it flowed from himself to his bandmates and ultimately to the audience. It was a high-octane set that went far above all lofty expectations.

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Gestures & Sounds. Photo by Isiah Reyes

Folk indie rock band Gestures & Sounds took stage with the anthemic “Coach” that showed everyone what they were capable of. The mostly-Wisconsin band had moments of introspection followed immediately after by moments of rocking out, a combination not often seen by bands not sporting an electric guitar. With an acoustic guitar, melodic keys, and an intense rhythm section (not to mention the occasional harmonica), Gestures & Sounds managed to be louder and larger than the sum of their parts. Especially impressive was the drumming performance, as it took songs that would perhaps be considered tame in nature to the next level. The atmosphere at The Mint was lively and welcomed Gestures & Sounds, who returned the appreciation by putting on a solid set that shows what a group of guys who love for music can do.

Overall, the night was a fun time to be had by all. Attendees who stayed longer had the opportunity to enjoy Cult of Positivity and Nicholas Braun, establishing once again that The Mint is the go-to place for experiencing young, upcoming talent.