In the grand tradition of Twitter's infamous hashtag, our #MusicMonday column kicks off the week with the latest in local music and more. Each week we offer up five quick-hit items featuring songs that are available for your listening pleasure. We choose music from local and regional artists as well as sharing some of our favorite tunes from across the Web. Here's what we're listening to this week:
"Make Up Your Mind"
This track comes to us from singer-songwriter Joe Suthers, a St. James High School graduate who records under the psuedonym, Bonaparte. Though Suthers is currently off following academic pursuits at College of Charleston, it's his music that seems to be reaping the benefit of the college freshman's learning experience.
"I started writing my own music about a year ago, but now I'm getting more serious about it (i.e. the equipment I use isn't as crappy as it was and I'm actually playing shows now)," he writes.
The song "Make Up Your Mind" is an acoustic ballad that's falls perfectly into the fall landscape during which it was written.
"The song itself is about about several things, but it's mainly about the weather around this time last year. It was really hot in late October and there would be random days when it would be cold, so the song is a message to Autumn telling it that it needs to make up its mind," he says. "It's also about a girl who I liked back then whose name was Autumn. Crazy how things work out like that."
Follow Suthers progress and check out Bonaparte's music at bonaparte.bandcamp.com.
2. Dan & Kasey Barnhart "Stormy Weather"
This father-daughter team on singer-songwriters have been subtly making waves over the past year and a half as fixtures at the Fresh Brewed Coffee House Open Mic Nights. The pair have worked hard to hone their craft and put together a catalog of thoughtfully-written and, at times, touching tunes.
Playing out at events such as the Live Oak Art & Music Festival and Surfside Sunday Serenades the duo have gained plenty of support with their genuine songwriting music and earnest demeanor, becoming staples of the local acoustic community.
In July, Dan and Kasey won the top prize at the inaugural Muse on the Waccamaw songwriters competition at Coastal Carolina University, also taking first place in the band category for their song "Monsters."
“Stormy Weather” is an original track they released earlier this summer. The song showcases their no-frills sound with a simple arrangement and clever, heartfelt lyrics dealing with the perils of divorce and the children who often get lost in the storm that comes with it.
Check out Dan & Kasey Barnhart on Facebook or see more of their story & music on the Common Chords blog.
3. More New hip-hop
Anyone who thinks local music isn't working hard need look no further than the slew of area hip-hop acts churning out new songs, mixtapes and videos on the daily. Yes, I know that we've featured our fair share of it here, but good material just keeps coming and it's obliged us to keep the features coming. Check out this batch of new tunes:
• Sunni G - P.S.A.: New music video from the Beach Boyz and B-1NZ vet off his upcoming album "Boon Ready."
• Atwood - Just Walk: The FAM walks hard over Fort Minor beat.
• Young Hood - Fresh: The Mixtape: New full length mixtape from the always-busy Miles Davis.
• lowKAT - I Got Money: Another surreal video from king of lo-fi local rap.
• DeBre & Tye Dye - New Age Shit: Stoop Boyz team collaborating for mixtape.
• Infa843 - I.A.M. Productions presents Movement Music Mixtape: First mixtape from locals Infa843 & Skudda.
4. Grand Prize Winners From Last Year "Electric Blue"
This rising regional act from Atlanta, may not stay regional for long as they've recently garnered some big buzz from their appearance at SxSW this year and publicity from spots such as Rolling Stone and a bunch of other high-profile praise of their "genre-less sound."
This trio — Believe, Slaughter, and No Name The Great Nameless — are a group of drum machinists, guitarists, keyboardists, horn players, and overall sound sculptors that often draw comparisons to OutKast for their genre-bending appeal.
The group will make their first stop in Myrtle Beach Oct. 29 for a show with Rock Hill's The Lester Bangs during the grand opening Halloween Bash of a new downtown Myrtle Beach music venue, The Sound Hole, 1004 Chester St., Myrtle Beach.
5. Bush "Sea of Memories"
Ten years after the band's last album "Golden State" one of the pivotal Grunge rock bands of the 1990s is back and determined to prove they never really left with an album that gets back to basics and sounds like it could have been made as a follow-up to their platinum-selling debut "Sixteen Stone."
The record's lead track "Sounds of Winter" is the No. 1 rock song in the country right now and recaprures much of the sound that people loved the band for in the first place.
In addition, "Sea of Memories" features a number of other standout tracks such as "All My Life," "The Afterlife" and "She's A Stallion."
Listen to "All My Life"
WKZQ's Mase announced yesterday on air the Bush will be performing at the House of Blues on Dec. 2 for the station's first-ever Big Night Out concert. In an interview with the station, Bush vocalist Gavin Rossdale said he was excited to be back on tour — currently playing with Chevelle & XXXX — that he was relieved to finally get out another Bush record and that he was excited to play in Myrtle Beach for the first time.