Soul is in da house!
PBS’s “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” features the Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Ben Harper, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musslewhite, Queen Latifa, Mavis Staples, Justin Timberlake, Booker T Jones. It’s nice to see those collars loosen up and those heads bopping around the East Room.
Watch the hour-long show here.
Brandon & Leah–a hot duo from Malibu has released a new EP “Cronies.” Now you might recognize their music if you are Kardashian fans, “Showstopper” of this EP was the theme song for “Kim and Kourtney Take Miami” this season. Moreover, Brandon is Brody Jenner’s brother. However, don’t let this “born into a famous family” kind of thing fool you–this duo has stayed completely true to their music and they haven’t gone “mainstream,” which, I can imagine, is what you’d expect them to do. They haven’t ever been into the whole reality TV show thing–it seems they just want the music to speak for itself (reference “House of Cards” below). Brandon and Leah are married and you can just tell from the flavor and flair of their music what a connection they have. Their inspiration comes from Bob Marley and Ben Harper and their tunes are quintessential summer jams. These Caribbean style beats tie in the ukelele and an upfret acoustic guitar. They say that “everything is groove based” which is totally detectable from their jams. Give this groovy duo a chance–you won’t be disappointed. c.