Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mark Williams

With the hype for upcoming Highschool Musical 3 stirring young girls up into a frenzy, you kind of want to sit them down, give them a talking to about what young talent is, and then introduce them to Mark Williams and his band. A 16 year guitar virtuoso, Mark has played with such greats as B. B. King. What is pleasing here is that Mark can play, but Mark can also sing too. At times his voice sounds so familiar you could swear you'd heard his song on the Top 40 last weekend? With the amount of self-promotion that Mark and his band have plastered across the web a big break is just days away for this young star. I just hope you all get to him before Disney does!

Hot Track(s): Airwaves, Secrets

Kind of Like: The Foo Fighters are skipping third period and jamming down in the music room with Mr. Opus.

A top 10 hit on the U.S. modern rock chart. A top 40 in the U.K. will follow.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Whale Tooth

It takes only one listen of any Whale Tooth track to realize why they have what it takes. The raspy lead vocals provided by jazz by day artist Elise LeGrow are what makes Whale Tooth, well, pretty damn good. She hits each word with an intensity that contrasts the obviously carefree sound of the backing soundtrack. Matching LeGrows skill is tough, but the boys in the band do carry their own, both musically and vocally over all tracks. With a number of local gigs happening in and around the city of Toronto, where they are based, Whale Tooth is attracting a following and will soon find themselves playing sold out concert halls across the country.

Hot Track(s): Hibernation Song, Marlboro Beach Bonanza

Kind of Like: 90's alternative rock grows up and becomes radio friendly

A top 20 hit in the U.K and rotation on North American radio.