Flavor of the Week: Aloe Blacc

18 Jan

Orange County MC, Soul Singer, and multi-instrumentalist Aloe Blacc is blowing up, and rightfully so. The 90’s Hip Hop veteran (Emanon) is back with his most organic release to date, and his latest with Stone’s Throw Records.

What is a “LIVING” room, really?

16 Jan

Rock Candy Music is thrilled to present guest blogger, Shelley Wyatt, writer of the interior design blog, DecorHate. Shelley is a thrift store maven with a knack for turning found objects into decor treasures. When Shelley isn’t sharing her design expertise with the blogosphere, she works for a successful and well-known lifestyle retailer (we won’t give too much away here, but we will say that we LOVE these guys and have featured their products in one of our posts so far). Shelley will show us how our personal creativity and expression can shine through in yet another form, and she will (we hope!) become a familiar face here at RCM.

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We must ask ourselves these questions from time to time. What is a living room?

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Throwback Thursday: Linda Keith

13 Jan

In the spring of 1966, a beautiful, well educated, music obsessed (traveled with her blues 45s), 20 year old aspiring model and girlfriend of Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, walked into The Cheetah Club in New York. On stage was a little known NYC act named Curtis Knight and the Squires, playing for a smattering of less than 40 people in the 2000+ sized room.

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Flavor of the Week: Lord Huron

11 Jan

The LA-based Michigan-transplant Ben Schneider is back with his second Lord Huron EP, Mighty (the follow-up to his debut EP, Into The Sun). This world traveler gives us four songs, independently released, with carib-afro influenced rhythms lying under a bed of rich harmonies and Sufjan-esque melodies …Love.


Listen to “Mighty” by Lord Huron

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Cover Up: She & Him

10 Jan

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In our Cover Up posts, RCM uses the color scheme of an album cover to build an outfit! To sharpen our style skills, we’ll even attempt to match the design style or era of the album cover in our fashion choices.

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Our first ever Cover Up features a uniquely designed album cover from “Volume 1” by the girl-guy duo, She & Him. The designer used some crafty tools in building this cover (we love how the design looks like it’s screen printed onto a t-shirt!), and we’ve tried our best to mimic the playful style of the cover design in the outfit. Also, we think this outfit is just as ready to travel as the girl on the cover apparently is, so get ready to jet set in this ensemble.

Pants: These amazing red-orange cigarette pants from Urban Outfitters are a perfect color match to the background of the album. Not to mention super hot. $49.00

Shirt: This so so cute bicycle tee from CausticThreads captures the playful vibe of the cover art. $18.00

Shoes: Man, these suede pumps are just… doin’… work. This classic silhouette from Urban comes in a plethora of lovely shades, but we loved them in orange/red. $49.00

Cardigan: A cozy-looking cardi from ModCloth adds that splash of beige that we see in the “screen printed” clouds on the She & Him cover. It also makes for a warm plane ride or road trip. $29.99

Necklace: How perfect! This vintage suitcase fused glass pendant we found on Etsy is not only the perfect shade of blue, but also looks just like our little traveling girl’s suitcase! $20.00

Bag: My personal favorite from this set, this vintage brown faux leather purse from RubysRed sure beats lugging around that giant suitcase and is great for every-day. (You better snag this before I do.)  $20.00

Get the music: She & Him’s album “Vol. 1” can be snagged on iTunes for a mere $9.99. Pick it up, kids. I promise, this purchase will not sit in your closet, never to be worn.

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Got a unique, old-school, and colorful album cover to suggest for our next Cover Up? Send it here.


Boots + Roots

9 Jan

1. Laces High. These boots are made for walkin’, but if you wanna take them off, well, that might be a little more difficult. The influence of old-world trends in modern fashion isn’t news to most of us, but we have been noticing recently that lace-up boots of all shapes and sizes are making a major comeback. We’ve spotted many an indie-chick (or dude, even) sporting boots that look like they were popular circa 1912. (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t own a pair myself.)

Get the featured boots: Urban, AnthropologieModCloth

2. Roots Grooves. For this first Music TrendSpotter post, we thought we’d get our feet wet with a shout of praise to the big picture changes going on in music. Music, like fashion, trends in cycles. So here we are: Vintage and raw is now new and fresh.

The biggest thing that turns the page is when we, as a music drenched culture, get drunk on one style or trend, and then the pendulum swings back the other way. (i.e., Grunge answering the 80’s processed pop world and makeup-wearing hair rock bands).

Well today, you don’t have to go very far off the disgustingly beaten path of the pseudo Hip-Hop influenced FM radio dial to notice a very real and growing movement towards our musical roots. Everyone from rock legends to hipster icons are returning to a time when ‘groove and feel’ ruled. For example:

The Black Keys | Spin Magazine’s Artist of the Year
Robert Plant | 5 Grammys, inc. Album of the Year for “Raising Sand” w/ Alison Kraus
Avett Brothers | SOLD OUT 2010 tour, including Nokia Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, and The Ryman Auditorium on back to back nights
Jack White | White Stripes, Dead Weather, Raconteurs, 3rd Man Records
Mumford and Sons | 2011 Grammys New Artist of the Year nominee

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So, what do you think? Will you be rockin’ lace-up boots in the near future? Or maybe you’ll just stick to rockin’ the blues beats.

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If you’ve spotted a trend that you’d like to see featured on Rock Candy Music, send it our way!

Rock Candy Music’s in the Green Room

6 Jan

Hello, inter-webs! Rock Candy Music is getting ready to take the stage. We just have to powder our noses and then we’ll be ready to rock your faces off with posts about fashion, style, music, art, and whatever the hell else we decide to improvise at the last minute. There are no rules in music or fashion, and you won’t find any here at RCM, either. So, strap in and get ready to rock and roll. And jazz, and hip-hop, and blues, and pop…

In the meantime, see what we’re all about and check out some of the themed posts that you can expect to find on RCM. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter, and if you have any post suggestions, comments, or questions, drop us a line!

…Keep your eyes open… The good times begin next week.

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