NWLYWD Makes McClain's Coffeehouse Buzz with More than Caffeine

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NWLYWD performs at McClain's Coffeehouse. Photo by Scott Feinblatt
This has been a big year for Sterling and Samantha Wilson, a.k.a. NWLYWD. After recording their first album, the husband and wife duo hit the road to play their tunes and promote themselves. On June 21, during Fullerton's Day of Music festival, they performed one set at Share & Do Good and another at the Plummer Auditorium. Since then, the Wilsons have been making their way up and down the West Coast, and on Friday they returned to Fullerton to perform a delightful two hour set at McClain's Coffeehouse.

To hear the sound of NWLYWD [that's Newlywed with no E's, pilgrim] performing from around a corner, one would imagine a band consisting of more than two performers. However, the versatile musicians create their full sound by playing multiple instruments at the same time. Sterling keeps the beat through electronic drum pedals, strums rhythm guitar, and sings; and while Samantha principally plays keys and sings, she also picks up a guitar for a number or two. Before each song, she dials up her midi keyboard presets on an Apple notebook, and the two are able to recreate the exact sound of their first CD, Tidepooling. For their album, they essentially used the same instrumentation; yet, the high quality of their relatively DIY production value belies the fact that it was literally recorded in their closet.

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Five Reasons Skrillex Should Have Won Best New Artist at the Grammys

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On Sunday, Skrillex won three Grammys: Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. So why didn't he win the Grammy for Best New Artist? More »

Bed Intruder Antoine Dodson is Back, Resurrecting the Slow Jam

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Yup, Antoine Dodson of ye olde "Bed Intruder Song" fame is back, and he's out to reclaim the lost art form of the slow jam on his song, "Lovesick Lullabye." Featuring another guy big on the Internet, Brent Morgan, it's slick ultra-autotuned fodder, but it's pleasing to the ear and really makes you just like Dodson more anyway. It's no "Bed Intruder," but it'll do.

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Madonna's Halftime Show The Best Ever: Five Reasons Why

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Maybe you're the one person in the world who didn't like Madonna's gladiator-inspired, star-studded halftime show at Superbowl XLVI. Let me convince you otherwise.  

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Ten Album Covers Improved by Cats

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Laila Derakhshanian
We listen to a lot of music here at Heard Mentality. Sometimes, that music is accompanied by art that you can actually observe for hours. And sometimes, that art is not so desirable, or aesthetically pleasing (ahem, Prince--even if you did "produce, arrange, compose, and perform" all your songs). So we decided to improve these album covers by photoshopping the cutest things in the world on them. Enjoy! More »

Become a Falling Still Fan to Win an iPad

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Remember Falling Still? The band from LA that compared Orange County to the Midwest? Well, they're running a iPad promotion for the next two weeks. Anyone who likes, follows, or shares their Twitter and Facebook pages are automatically entered to win an iPad.

The winner will be announced on Aug. 15, Monday.

I don't know about you, but I'm automatically suspicious of any band that gives away prizes that cost more than a plane ticket to New York just to get fans. Maybe they're not starving artists?

At any rate, you can watch a sliver of their well-produced, soon-to-be-released video for "I Am the Dr" off their second album after the jump. Aaand I would join any contest to get an iPad anyway. So go and like them!

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