Straight out of the Land of 10,000 Lakes comes Yam Haus, a Minneapolis-based pop-rock band, with the premiere of the music video for "Groovin' (That Feel Good Song)."

"Groovin'" is from the band's recently released debut album, Stargazer, featuring a dozen tasty tracks of hard-hitting pop blended with old-school rock and roll, and hip-hop. The band's sound showcases potent sonic embellishments and spick-and-span guitar work.

Yam Haus is made up of Lars Pruitt (vocals, guitar), Seth Blum (guitar), Jake Felstow (drums), and Zach Beinlich (bass). Songwriting chores are handled by front man Pruitt and producer Mark Heimermann, and mirror episodes from Pruitt's life, and how he found significance in the midst of emotional anguish.

"Groovin'" opens with a delicious funk-lite pop melody riding on a rhythmic pulse of crisp drums and a muscular bassline. Tight and right guitars exude pristine colors and coruscating waves of energy. Pruitt's voice, high and flavored with scrumptious hues, is reminiscent of Coldplay's Chris Martin, only with cleaner textures and sparkling timbres. It's one of those contagiously magnetic voices suffused with alluring, tantalizing tones.

The music begins to swell on the bridge, and then glows with bright vitality on the chorus, as cashmere vocal harmonies fill the tune with gleaming depth and dimension.

The video, directed by Tobey Krafft, reflects buoyant get-up-and-go, as the band puts together a public dance party in just a few hours. As the video opens, the band members discuss their plan, and then the fun begins. The band walks around a corner caparisoned in '70s disco outfits and the party takes off.

The lyrics, effervescent and bubbling, cultivate verve, eschewing any type of dreary flatness.

"We gotta bring it back / So many hours watching Netflix, side chicks / Staring at your telephone / Nobody's dancing anymore / No, I don't mean bumpin' and grinding / I'm talkin'."

With "Groovin' (That Feel Good Song)," Yam Haus defines feeling good, and encourages forgetting what others think about you and simply expressing your happiness. This song is lit!

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.



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06.18.18 | This playlist is a mixture of old and new which is also a theme in our own music. We love writing songs that have a familiar timeless feel and melodies but with today's modern twist, instrumentation and production wise. All six of us grew up listening to different music and we have different tastes which allows us as a band to be open to all kinds of ideas and make any type of song our style.

Listen to Scruffy Pearls' song and watch their official live session of "Forrest Gump."

New York is a melting pot and the band Scruffy Pearls proves that music can be just as diverse…even within a band. The six members all have different backgrounds musically, get they've taken their unique sounds, blended them beautifully, and resulted in soul-pop sweetness that's fresh, familiar, fun, and fabulous.

Scruffy Pearls features Carly Brooke on vocals, RJ Gatsby on keys, ukulele, harmonica, and acoustic guitar, Parker McAllister on bass, Renee Hikari on Drums, Billy Pearson on electric guitar, and Adam Abresch on trumpet.

Old-meets-new for a timeless quality that teens can groove to, millennials can move to, and even their parents can approvingly sing along with. Influenced by the likes of Randy Newman, Fleetwood Mac, John Legend, and then some, Scruffy Pearls is making their way around the Big Apple, opening for bands including Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real, Lawrence, and Parsonsfield.

As they are onto their 2 nd EP, Scruffy Pearls has already caught the attention of movers and shakers in the industry. NBC's Today Show's Jenna Wolfe describes their special sound as, "A beautiful engaging mix of Amy Winehouse and Mumford and Sons that gets me all excited." And Radio Woodstock's DJ MK Burnell raves, "They fill the room with their energy and talent. A killer band!"

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Six = success for this multi-genre group. They share their engaging and eclectic style in this powerful playlist, mixing classic with current, keeping it cool with every song selection.

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Popdust Presents | LAWRENCE take on Sean Paul

A sibling-led ensemble called Lawrence come to our offices and "Get Busy"

A slice of the early naughts, fresh from Brooklyn

When I saw the band approach, I immediately took another elevator. Even as a diminished four-piece, the Brooklyn hipster ensemble looked like they could crush you given the convenient constraint of an elevator. In another live session, with the full band in swing, they barely fit in a room, a mad orchestra barely contained by a single shot. Could their sound even fit in a single room?

Fronted by Clyde and Gracie Lawrence, siblings who claim to have been raised on "Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, and Eggo waffles," Lawrence is strange sort of folk act. They have the collegiate pull, sure (Cylde claims to have put begun putting the band together while at Brown) but they carefully eschew the genre's twin currents: they are neither small n' Bon Iver intimate nor rankled with the pomposity of stage-filling bands like Arcade Fire or the Polyphonic Spree. Their music, similarly, lacks the obtuse abstraction of genre (the producer Mike Dean said it best when he remarked that Justin Vernon sings "like he's got marbles in his mouth."), Clyde sings plainly: he'll "put on my finest sweatpants and I'll order you pad thai" and it will be a "an intimate occasion, you and me and HBO." This is a man who takes the semantics of "Netflix and chill" seriously. Discovered by Warner last year, who rereleased their debut, Breakfast, they are both coy and charming, nerds who dress like cheerleaders.

The band in action or at least in sound check. (news.bandsintown.com)

Their live show is somewhere in between Miles Davis and a children's choir you might catch at the Port Authority while waiting for the bus to Jersey. Drummer Sam Askin kept time on a nearby box like a Long Island Jaki Liebezeit, I can still hear the beat in my mind, months later, a soft drilling into skull tissue. And for ten minutes, Jonny Koh, their guitarist and militant perfectionist, was our Jimmy Hendrix, holding together what felt like our souls. Riffing on their love for late '90s/early '00s pop music, afterward Clyde gave me an exuberant performance of this monologue about the cathartic power of Brittney Spears at her prime, they delivered their take on Sean Paul's "Get Busy," a 2003 hit that was notably featured as an option on Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2, considered the more spirited of the Dance Dance Revolution editions that flooded our homes during the late Bush years. You can watch that above.

They also played for us a new song of theirs; you won't be able to find it on Breakfast. Called "Friend or Enemy," it's a slow-jam that's not afraid to let the feelings flow, a warm cracker that you'll want to hold close like butter playing toast.

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One of New York City's finest and most promising soul-pop acts Lawrence chomp down on old-school blues, funk and classic jazz on their latest album Breakfast, a high-protein, energy-packed 12-track project. With songs like Do You Wanna Do Nothing with Me?, Me & You and their new single Misty Morning (the video of which premieres exclusively today), the album will assuredly fuel your day. Food metaphors aside, the duo - comprised of siblings Clyde Lawrence, 22, and Gracie Lawrence, 19 - are stamping modern pop with a healthy dose of groovy authenticity.

"'Misty Morning' is a song about moving on. Specifically for me, it’s about finishing school and ending a relationship," Gracie, who penned the standout track, shares with Popdust. "So often, songs over-simplify these feelings as either 'you broke my heart' or 'I’m so over you.' But in my experience, it’s more of a foggy (misty…?) mix of emotions — melancholy but with a silver lining — and hopefully that comes through in the song."

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For the video, the two use the Big Apple as the backdrop, as they sojourn through a dull gray morning and find moments of strength. "This video tries to capture that same ambivalent energy, and paints a picture of how we move on from these changes in our family: by taking a walk on our block and picking up breakfast and bandmates along the way.”

Grab a copy of Lawrence's new album Breakfast now on iTunes.

 

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Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

June 8 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage

June 11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

June 21 - White Plains, NY - White Plains Solstice Concert

June 30 - Washington, D.C. - Songbyrd music House

July 1 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop

July 3 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry

July 4 - Maquoketa, IA - Codfish Hollow Barn (W/ KT Turnstall)

July 6 - Chicago, IL - Schubas

July 7 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest

July 9 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room

July 10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

July 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court

July 13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza

July 14 - Portland, OR - Lola’s Room

July 15 - Eugene, OR - HIFI Music Hall

July 16 - Squaw Valley, CA - Wanderlust

July 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Shop

July 20 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

July 21 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar

July 23 - Austin, TX - 3Ten @ Austin City Limits Live

July 24 - Dallas, TX - The prophet Bar

July 27 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz Rock ’N’ Roll Chicken Shack

July 28 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt

July 29 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern

July 30 - Castleton-On-Hudson, NY - Camp Springer Music & Arts Festival

Find out additional details on their Facebook page.

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