Taylor Olson’s Birthday Concert at Bar Lubitsch feat. Taylor Jamison

Last night’s show was easily the most fun I’ve had at a show in a long time. Some of that has to do with the genre and the cool West Hollywood bar, but the majority of my enjoyment came from the energy of the two very powerful performances that commanded the night.

taylor jamisonTaylor Jamison opened the show with four of his original tracks from his upcoming EP. Partnering with his guitarist and background vocalist Manuel, Jamison took the stage like a pro. It was obvious that this was not just a hobby for Jamison, but that he had very specific, and very large goals in mind as he performed.

Jamison’s songs brought an honesty to the floor that is sometimes lost in pop music. In the acoustic setting, the strength and intimacy of his songwriting had the opportunity to truly shine. His voice brought me back to the days of beloved boy bands like Backstreet Boys, ‘NSync, and even Plus One. Mixing this nostalgia with an undeniable confidence and stage presence made this opening act impossible to forget.

Taylor Jamison’s memorably upbeat choruses and raw content were the perfect primer for
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‘s main set. The singer/songwriter/producer matched Jamison’s fearless and commanding persona, and added an extra feeling of prowess as he brought everyone into the fold of his musical world. Olson’s set, backed by original production, ranged from remixes of popular songs to original songs and raps, as well as songs he’s written for other artists.

With his heart-pounding beats and movingly relatable lyrics, Olson skillfully brought the audience from cheers and dancing to focused silence, as he lyrically navigated the waters of his life for us. From the losses he’s suffered deeply to the pride and defiance he feels in who he is and how people react to him, Olson’s music was relatable and elusive at the same time: something to hold on to, but also something one couldn’t hope to recreate themselves.

Between the two, these Taylors gave the audience brilliant and passionate performances, certainly a night for the books. We wish them both the best, and Taylor Olson a very happy birthday!

 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA.

“Peace Of My Heart” Music Video Release by Molly Moore

Molly Moore just dropped the visual accompaniment to her new single “Peace Of My Heart”. Teasers of the video have been released on social media, tantalizing her thousands of fans across internet platforms, and finally, the video is here.

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Shot and directed by Nik Tizekker of Tizaster
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and co-directed by Moore, the video highlights the narrative of a complicated relationship with the interlacing of images of destruction: flowers falling apart and back together, a TV shattering, once blank walls now covered in swirls of ink and color. The juxtaposition found within these images illuminates the underlying truth of the song, which is that there is no easy answer or simple solution to any relationship – there is always a place for peace and war to grow.

Moore shines in this video, showcasing her acting chops as she casts furtive glances towards the camera. The entire story is simply told in her eyes, as her expression changes from desperate, to submissive, to cold frustration.

Real life boyfriend and fellow singer-songwriter-producer Brandyn Burnette makes an appearance as Moore’s love interest, personifying the circle of emotions that swirls throughout the video, perfectly paired with the song’s lyrics.

Between Moore’s presence in front of the camera, the beautiful and unique shots by Tizekker, and the lyrics, co-written by Moore and Burnette, Peace Of My Heart is hereby crowned a great artistic success.

Check out the video here!

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.

“Finest Hour” EP Release by Nina Yasmineh

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The new EP from triple threat indie-pop artist Nina Yasmineh went live online on May 19th. Written, performed, and produced by Yasmineh, the newest release from the NYC artist had a strong act to follow with her well-received previous release “Seven Years”.

“Finest Hour” brings us 5 songs where “Seven Years” provided four, and each song boasts Yasmineh’s signature raw and expressive lyrics. Coupled with effortless vocals and subtle hip hop beats, “Finest Hour” is something to be listened to all the way through.

A recent graduate from NYU, Yasmineh’s youth contributes to her fresh, self-produced sound, but in no way compromises the excellence of the tracks on “Finest Hour”.

“Ghost”, released in February as a teaser, leads the EP with the strong, emotional swells that draw listeners back to Yasmineh for more. Her relaxed and seamless vocals cover her quick verses and soar to controlled heights in her lyrical hooks which speak to the heart.

From the hooky chants of the title track “Finest Hour” to the ethereal production of “Collar Bone” and the NYC-inspired final track “Sanctuary”, each track is unique in its sound and message, but it is Yasmineh’s lyrical prowess and emotional vocals that tie the EP together, and make it the perfect companion for any given Sunday.

You can listen to and purchase “Finest Hour” at www.ninayasmineh.bandcamp.com and follow Nina Yasmineh at www.facebook.com/ninayasminehmusic. 

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.