Trending Now: LaTasha Lee and the BlackTies

Thursday’s spotlight piece is on LaTasha Lee and the BlackTies. They are a retro-soul band whose sound is sure to take you back in time. LaTasha Lee was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and from a young age her mother, Michelle Crayton, knew she was bound for the spotlight. LaTasha continues to shine today, it’s the passion and soul in her voice that channels some of her all time favorite artists into her work.

 

 

LaTasha cites many artists as influences to her music. Among others, LaTasha acknowledges Etta James as one of her biggest influences. From blues legends like BB King and Muddy Waters, to more recent R&B successes like Mary J. Blige and Amy Winehouse, her musical style beautifully encompasses the sounds of yesterday.

 

 

In 2012, LaTasha made it onto FOX’s musical competition program The X Factor, where she placed in the top 50. The next year, LaTasha Lee and The BlackTies released their self-titled album on record label Carnival Beats Soul. Alongside the album, the group recorded over 25 music videos (of originals and covers) for their Youtube channel. After the buzz from the album, LaTasha Lee and The Black Ties got spots at two of Texas’ biggest music festivals, South By South West and Austin City Limits. Her newest single “I Regret It” is available on iTunes so make sure you send LaTasha Lee and The BlackTies some support!

 

 

Written by Gigmor guest blogger: Ari Kapner

Best of the 80s: Cover Videos

Today I’m searching through Gigmor for the best cover videos of 80s classics. Every up and comer needs a couple cover songs under their belt that are sure to get the audience going and pump them up. Most of the bands on Gigmor are looking for more and more shows so this could be a great way to showcase your material!

 

First we have a great live rendition of Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” from the band April Calling. April Calling is a female led band from St. Petersburg, FL. They were formed in 2011. Check out their stellar cover below.

Next up is the Detroit rock band Sail. Sail is known for their energetic covers of Alt-Rock classics which you should check out on their page. The video I chose to highlight was their cover of Rush’s smash hit “Limelight.” Sail actually got a little glimpse of that limelight when they opened up for the popular rock band Everclear in 2015.

OK this one only kind of borders 80s but it’s one of my favorite songs of all time so I had to add it. Skyler Reed, an extremely talented vocalist, gives us an emotional performance of Lauryn Hill’s “Killing Me Softly,” which is another cover of Roberta Flack’s original. Fantastic vibes here. The Inglewood, CA aspiring songwriter/broadway talent crushes this one!

Written by Gigmor guest blogger: Ari Kapner

Spotlight on Vancouver’s Untitled Sequence

The first Gigmor spotlight of the week is on Canadian Alt-Rock band Untitled Sequence. Formed by four British Columbia Institute of Technology students and friends, Untitled Sequence is currently working on their 10 track album hopefully to be finished by the end of 2016. Though primarily an Alternative rock band, the four piece cites having Folk, Blues, and Psychadelic influences.

 

Untitled Sequence is led by vocalist Sean Lyons who, we interestingly found out, cannot whistle. On drums is Brandon Wright, alongside Dan Keen on guitar, and Trevor North on bass. The group would frequent the Railway Club, an iconic 85 year old venue in Vancouver that was shut down in late 2015. Although a pretty experimental band, Untitled Sequence is known for their consistent energy at their shows that they claim is unforgettable.

 

Personally, I thought these guys had a really unique sound. The two songs that really stood out were “Josie” and “Harpoon,” both smooth, relaxing belters that are honestly great driving jams– think long highway type deal. Check out their live version of their track “A Perfect Nothingness” below and be sure to check out Untitled Sequence’s page to shoot them a follow on Gigmor.

 

 

Written by Gigmor guest blogger: Ari Kapner