Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Alternative Rock veterans My Morning Jacket and Death Cab for Cutie both released new albums today. Both are solid albums worth a listen from die-hards and casual fans alike. Circuital is a pretty straight forward rock record from Jim James and company that focuses on quality songwriting rather than the hit or miss experimentation of some of their previous records (Evil Urges). Codes and Keys is an excellent follow up to the lackadaisical and relatively mediocre Narrow Stairs, that features the typical melancholy words and delivery of Ben Gibbard, shrouded in an upbeat and poppy matrix.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Last night, I ventured to a local theater to catch The Hangover: Part 2, a film which tried to "one-up" it's predecessor with mixed results. To start, here's a synopsis:
The guys, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis), and Doug (Justin Bartha), are in
So do I recommend it? If you liked The Hangover and don't mind the fact that this "sequel" is essentially a remake, then go for it. Just like the first incarnation, the sequel's comedy comes from shock value. There are some ridiculous moments that push the boundaries of the "R" rating. On the other hand, many jokes fell flat and felt forced, with the main culprit being Zach Galifianakis. Overall, with ticket prices nowadays, I would suggest waiting to catch this one on Netflix. Better yet, just watch The Hangover again. Same plot, but far superior in comedic value.
And whenever you watch it, just like with the first one, make sure you watch the credits. Pure gold.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Unreleased The Weeknd by k.niteh
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
05/27 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
05/28 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom*
05/29 Seattle, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
05/31 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen*
06/01 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
06/02 Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre*
06/03 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note*
06/05 Houston, TX (Free Press Summer Fest)
06/06 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre*
06/07 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
06/08 Montreal, PQ @ Club Soda
06/09 Boston, MA @ Royale Nightclub
06/16 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
06/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
06/18 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
*With Smith Westerns
Monday, May 23, 2011
After seeing Cold War Kids perform at Washington Park for the 2011 Tulip Festival, I was left with deep-seated feelings of regret and sorrow as though I had just experienced the loss of a loved one. As I walked away from the stage, the sound of another awful cut from Mine Is Yours filled the air. The insipid attempt at pop music began to fade and at the exact moment the attack on my ears ceased, the sky opened up and Mother Nature relieved herself on my defeated soul. I knew at that exact moment I had witnessed the slow death of a formerly great band. Here is my obituary: Cold War Kids, you will be missed.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
There is a lot wrong with the current state of hardcore. I could write a whole ‘nother piece on what is shitty about the hardcore scene these days, but it really just boils down to unnecessary violence and lack of creativity. At shows, too many innocent bystanders are getting punched in the face during the same tired, “brutal” breakdown. It’s enough to turn people away from shows in the genre, and perhaps even the genre altogether. But luckily, there are still bands that represent what was wonderful about hardcore from the beginning, and on Friday night I had the chance to see three of those bands play this new wave of creative, emotional hardcore live.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Fleet Foxes put on a truly brilliant performance at United Palace last night. The group seamlessly blends traditional folk music with Beach Boys like vocal harmonies and the result is pure bliss. Last night's hour and a half set was a healthy mix of old and new as all in attendance were entertained to the fullest extent. Such was the case that after "He Doesn't Know Why," there was a spontaneous standing ovation to show their appreciation. Below is the set-list as well as a fan-video for closer "Helplessness Blues". See this band live as soon as possible, you will not regret it!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Titus Andronicus covers They Might Be Giants
Check out the invincible Titus Andronicus covering "Birdhouse in Your Soul" by They Might Be Giants for the AV Club. The concept is they bring in indie bands to cover classics both old and new. If you head over to the AV Club's website you can check out more of these covers including Smith Westerns doing "American Girl" and Baths performing a stripped down version of "All My Friends".
First, I'm sure someone, somewhere has already used that subject for this story. Please don't sue me. Everyone is unoriginal, deal with it.
Anyway, Bon Iver takes the headlines two days in a row now, having covered "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt, tossing in a bit of "Nick of Time" for good measure. To get your hands on the single, you'll have to preorder one of the packages for the new album Bon Iver, Bon Iver by going here. Or just wait all of five seconds and I'm sure you can find someplace to download it from.
Oh, a bit of old news, but a teen-aged singer from the UK who goes by the name Birdy does a pretty decent piano rendition of "Skinny Love". It definitely lacks the raw emotion of the original, but still impressive, especially when you consider her age. And I know I'm behind the eight ball on this one, but the last thing I would do with my life would be to watch a show on the CW (apparently this cover blew up Stateside when it was played on a episode of Vampire Diaries).
Monday, May 16, 2011
And you thought this blog only covered indie music.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I've never been a huge fan of Girl Talk or Jim Jones (I did love his contribution to Blakroc though). With that being said, this collaboration between the two of them is pretty excellent. I love the old school, soul beat and Jim Jones' style fits it perfectly. Well played sirs!