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Glitzburgh Grooves: Local Artist Kenny Sukitch Releases EP on iTunes

16 Feb

 

I first saw Kenny Sukitch as part of the local band 13AM as they opened for the band Sleeperstar at Diesel Club Lounge. Impressed with the ability of this young group, I took notice.

Recently, I found out that one of the members, Kenny Sukitch, has released a solo LP of 4 songs on iTunes that is available for purchase at $3.99.

These alternative rock songs have twinges of pop, new-punk, ska while also maintaining a singer-songwriter vibe that will be sure to appeal to the masses.

Sure, he may be young, but I think Kenny Sukitch is one to watch. He’s already generating some buzz around Pittsburgh and for good reason. Be sure to purchase his EP – let’s all support local artists!

Check out my review of the “In My Mind” EP, below.

“Beautiful Nightmare” – From what I heard, Beautiful Nightmare may perhaps be my favorite song of the bunch. Unique and melodic, it is reminiscent of Ben Lee, who has a huge cult following. With some tweaks, I could see this track on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy!  

 

“Making a Memory” – This sounds like a fun, commercial song — catchy and with those ska/punk twinges I spoke of before. To me, it is reminiscent of Sum 41…which, can be good or bad.

 

 

“The World is Burning Down” – I liked this one, too. Something about it is very appealing and catchy. Something about the background beat reminds me of when One Republic collaborated with Timbaland. And that is a very good thing. 

 

 

“Lasting” – I have mixed feelings about this track. It was good – but it reminded me too much of Sugar Ray or Reel Big Fish…again, this could be good or bad depending on whether or not you’re a fan, but, it is catchy, albeit feeling a little dated. 

 

 

Overall consensus? There’s some good stuff here. Obviously, Sukitch has drive and talent. He’s only 17 years old and so has time to really hone in on his craft. A heartbreak or two down the road, and he’ll have some great emotion to refer to. I’d say that we’ll see good things from him in the future. For now, be sure to support him, as I said, by checking out his ALL of his music on ReverbNation and Facebook,  and by purchasing his newest EP album, “Of the Mind” on iTunes!  (Worth noting? I actually checked out some of his previous songs such as R_CKT-SH_P and Letters, and was also pleasantly surprised by them…especially Letters!) This young man has great potential — and a great Facebook page. Check it out!

 

Check back at Giltzburgh for updates on Kenny as well as new releases, concert info, and more!

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Wiz Khalifa in new Ad for Bing

16 Feb

“When we do it, we do it big.” – Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa on the 2012 Grammys red carpet with girlfriend Amber Rose.

 

A new commercial ad for the search engine Bing showcases Wiz Khalifa, Pittsburgh rap prodigy showing fans and haters alike just what it takes to be at the top of the rap game. (And that, he is!)

This ‘Bing Originals’ spot features Wiz “on his daily hustle.”

Views see the fashionable rap artist cook himself some breakfast; and head to a recording studio session, a game of pick-up basketball, and – alas, the tie in! – Wiz stops to use his phone to do a Bing search for a Thai restaurant. (perhaps to share with girlfriend Amber Rose…?) and ending with a concert scene.

Naturally, we want to hear some music from Mr. Khalifa and so the background track is ‘When I’m Gone’ from his platinum-selling debut ‘Rolling Papers.’

(The ‘Bing Originals’ spot follows behind another Bing ad which features freestyle skier Bobby Brown (no, not the New Edition crooner) and Wiz’s track ‘Boarding Pass.’)

Check out Wiz’s ‘Bing Originals’ ad, below

 

Glitzburgh Grooves: New Music by Country Singer Kellie Lynne

16 Feb

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Glitzburgh had the pleasure of interviewing Pittsburgh native Kellie Lynne awhile back, and now has been able to preview some of her fabulous new music, brought to you from her new home in Nahsville!

Kellie’s music has definitely matured with her. Talented and gorgeous, she has a solid, strong voice and vocal stylings all of her own and has taken a hand in writing her music — always refreshing when it comes to young artists.

“Love Like That” is a catchy upbeat love song that showcases Kellie’s rich vocals and fun style while also seeming somehow familiar. The chorus reflects what we all want in life – a love that lasts. Around the 2:10 mark, there’s a really fun breakdown that modernizes the song a bit and sets it out from the crowd!

Reminiscent of: Taylor Swift, Faith Hill Image

“Reckless” is a bold and sexy song about taking having some fun, getting a little wild — and possibly taking it to the next level with a friend-turned-lover. It’s young, fresh, and real.

Reminiscent of: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert
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“Ain’t Country” is an “in-your-face” feel good tune that I could see becoming the “song of the summer.” A true anthem for country girls-and-guys everywhere! Kellie Lynne show’s she sure IS country — and with prowess — on this zippy song.

Remiscient of: Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood Image

“Dirt Cheap” is a pretty country ballad. Raw, sad, full of emotion, but still beautiful. Lyrically, perhaps my favorite song of the bunch. Kellie equates herself to an item left behind on a discount shelf….but there’s certainly something quite valuable in this song.

Reminiscent of: Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack Image

Overall, I’d give this selection, as a whole, 4.5 stars. Kellie is a talented artist with a lot to offer the world of country music. She’s definitely making her mark and on her way to success. Keep checking Glitzburgh for more information on her new music releases, concerts, and more!

You can also follow Kellie on Twitter at @Kellie_Lynne and check out her music on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/kellielynne

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Pittsburgh Rapper Wiz Khalifa Nominated for 2 Grammy Awards!

12 Feb

Wiz Khalifa continues to make Pittsburgh proud!

The rapper has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards at tonight’s 54th Annual Grammys  in the categories of Best Performance and Best Rap Song.

Here is a video of a backstage interview with Wiz, and a photo, below, from a pre-Grammy gala.

Also, Wexford’s own Grammy award winner (and judge on “The Voice”) Christina Aguilera was nominated with Maroon 5 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the single “Moves Like Jagger.”

Wiz:

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards – Tonight!

12 Feb

Tonight is the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Show.

You can expect a lot of fashion on the red carpet, and some great live performances, including a recently-added Whitney Houston tribute sung by Jennifer Hudson and Chaka Kahn.

There may be controversial moments, too – for example, Chris Brown, known for both his talents and his anger management issues, is taking the stage, outraging some for his notorious pre-Grammy antics not too long ago. Ex-girlfriend/possible current mistress Rihanna is up for Album of the Year, and has remained mum on the abuse scandal as of late.

Speaking of mum, Mumford & Sons is up against Adele, Katy Perry Bon Iver, and Bruno Mars for Record of the Year.

Album of the Year nominees are Lady Gaga, Adele, Rihanna, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars.

The Grammys are going to be hosted by LL Cool J and are set to air at 8pm EST tonight, February 12th, 2012 on CBS.

Adele is expected to come out on top as the night’s big winner, and will also be giving her first performance since a vocal chord surgery; and Kanye West is leading the pack in nominees with a total of  7 Grammy nominations this year.

If you want to get in on the Grammy fun, answer these fun questions from Civic Science!

Do you plan to watch the Grammy Awards? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFInz

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Should Chris Brown be allowed to perform at the Grammy Awards after his notorious pre-Grammy abuse scandal just years ago? VOTE:http://shar.es/fFEv8

VOTE: How much do you like Adele? She’s expected to win big at the Grammys tonight. http://shar.es/fFKPD

Kanye West leads Grammy nominations. How much do YOU like Kanye? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFKAo

What should win Record of the Year at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFiza

Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston. Can any other singers compare to her vocal talents? VOTE: http://shar.es/fFJ2a

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Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel Both Getting Divorced

5 Jan

I always thought that there was a slight chance that Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel were the same person, or, at the very least, separated from birth.

And then, they both announced divorces from their respective husbands (Russell Brand and  Ben Gibbard) within days of one another.

Conspiracy?

(All kidding aside – they do look A LOT alike. LOL.)

For your (mind-boggling) viewing pleasure:

That all being said, we’re sorry to hear about the misfortunes of these unlucky-in-love ladies. Seems to be so hard to keep a Hollywood marriage alive….

Glitzburgh Glam: Prada Headphones – Listen to Music in Style!

22 Dec

If you have $595 to spare, you can listen to music in style with the new Prada headphones.

It isn’t a new concept – some of the Beats by Dr. Dre are pretty stylish (see: Lady Gaga Heartbeats) and we accessorize and brand everything else (Michael Kors iPhone wallets, Juicy Couture and Kate Spade phone cases, even diamond-encrusted contacts, and Dolce & Gabanna eyeglasses) so why NOT rock some designer headphones?

What do you think — are they worth the money or just a waste?