Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Naked and Famous (NZ/LA Quintet) Debut ‘Hearts Like Ours’ Tonight on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson / Shows Oct. 10th and 11th at Terminal 5

Source: Brooklyn Rocks

The Naked and Famous (NZ/LA Quintet) Debut 'Hearts Like Ours' Tonight on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson / Shows Oct. 10th and 111th at Terminal 5

NZ/LA Quintet The Naked and Famous will perform the television debut of their song “Hearts Like Ours,” off their new album, In Rolling Waves, on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, tonight Monday, September 30 (12:37 – 1:37 am ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show will feature Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory as the lead guest.

In Rolling Waves follows the band’s debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You, featuring the hit single “Young Blood”, reached global sales of over 500,000 and took the band’s YouTube and Vevo views beyond 25 million.  “Hearts Like ...

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Dark Age – ‘A Matter of Trust’ CD Review (AFM Records)

Source: Brooklyn Rocks

Dark Age - 'A Matter of Trust' CD Review (AFM Records)

As the German band Dark Age sparked no name recognition with me prior to receiving a copy of the band’s seventh disc, A Matter of Trust (AFM Records), it seems like a good idea to start with a bio/history of the band before diving into a review.

Accordingly to Wikipedia – Dark Age is a German Electronic Rock/Metal band from Hamburg, Germany formed in 1995 by Eike Freese (guitar, vocals), André Schumann (drums) and Oliver Fliegel (bass guitar). In 1994, Eike Freese, André Schumann and Oliver Fliegel formed a death metal band called Dyer’s Eve. One year later the name ...

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Avicii: True

Source: The WRGW Music Blog

         After the release of the insanely popular single “Levels,” Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, left fans greatly anticipating his first studio length album. Strangely, after debuting previews of his tracks at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, fans began questioning his taste and follow-up singles. The album, True, out September 13th, in […]

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Justin Timberlake’s ‘20/20 Experience 2 of 2’ is a high-gloss slog

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Justin Timberlake? Nice guy.

If you’d seen him chatting with a gaggle of school kids a few hours before his performance at the White House in April, you’d agree. And not because he answered all of the kiddos’ questions like a mensch (although he did that, too).

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Haim’s ‘Days Are Gone’ is a casually great pastiche of the past

Source: The Washington Post » Music

The extravagantly hyped debut album from the L.A.-based Haim, is casually great, effortlessly charming and baked in California sunshine. “Days Are Gone” is also as consequential as a pull-strip perfume ad and as fluffy as a bunny, an homage to its members’ many influences. It is so stuffed-to-bursting with the things they love that it signals the arrival of a new art form: the album as Pinterest board.

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Small Black – Breathless

Source: All Things Go

Earlier this year, Small Black, the Brooklyn synth-poppers who emerged from music’s Chillwave phase a few years ago, released their sophomore record for Jagjaguwar, Limits of Desire. It’s a solid, if not spectacular, effort. While the fuzz and haze are toned down a bit, all the hallmarks of the band’s late-night, laconic drone-pop remain: the hiss and reverb, the breathy vocals, the mid-tempo beats, and the dreamy wash of synths. It’s the same Small Black, maybe this time with an ironed shirt and a clean shave.

But while Small Black’s sound seems to have stagnated, its new ...

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For multimedia-friendly New Music Ensemble, anything goes, and most goes well

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Composer Steve Antosca likes to keep thing unpredictable.

As the former director of the venerable Verge Ensemble and now as the head of the National Gallery of Art’s New Music Ensemble, he has brought wildly imaginative concerts — featuring everything from drum-playing robots to “echoic landscapes” created by motion-capturing devices — to Washington for more than a decade. That anything-goes spirit was alive and well Sunday night, when the New Music Ensemble mounted a high-tech — but often lyrical and gently beguiling — multimedia performance at the gallery’s East Building auditorium.

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Captured Tracks Label Heads Take You Record Shopping

Source: The L Magazine » Music

Following in the steps of Rough Trade, Fool’s Gold and Saddle Creek, homegrown record label Captured Tracks has officially spawned a brick-and-mortar record shop, damning the belief that they’re a dying breed of commerce. Because this isn’t a typical record store, for one.…

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Holychild – Happy With Me

Source: All Things Go

Holychild’s newest track, “Happy With Me,” is exactly how I like my indie pop: short, deceptively sweet, and catchy. In the first few seconds of this track, the listener is inundated with a euphoric wall of sound. The bright opening harmony and pulsing dance beat had me humming along and toe-tapping by the time second chorus hit. But there is more to this tune than what the lighthearted vocal delivery and fun synth elements imply.

According to their website, the band is focused on making “an immediate sound that takes time to digest.” And this track does just that. ...

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The Week In Shows: 9/30-10/6

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Monday morning is as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the greater DC metro this week, with the added bonus of filling you in on what I’ll be taking in over the course of the week. Hot diggity!

Last week was a mighty fine week in terms of gigs. Can this week top it? You never know. It is the start of October, after all, and we all know the best shows happen the deeper into fall you get. As ever, you can more ...

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Hot Ticket: Daryl Hall & John Oates @ The Warner Theatre, 10/2/13

Source: We Love DC » Music

Private Eyes/
They’re watching you/
They see your every move!

If hearing that song out and about makes you want to clap along (clap! clap CLAP!), you know you have to go see Daryl Hall and John Oates when they stop at the Warner Theatre in DC this Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Nominally, Hall and Oates are touring on the 40th anniversary of their platinum album, Abandoned Luncheonette, which included ’70s jams like “She’s Gone.” But reports have it that this tour includes a roundup of hits, including ...

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Feist – Don’t Give Up (Peter Gabriel Cover)

Source: All Things Go

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“Don’t Give Up” is is one of the tracks off of And I’ll Scratch Yours, the follow up album to Gabriel’s Scratch My Back. Unlike its predecessor — where Peter Gabriel covered songs by other artists – And I’ll Scratch Yours turns the tables and provides the previously covered bands the opportunity to cover Gabriel tunes.

Feist, with the help of Timber Timbre, has provided the world an apocalyptic take on Gabriel’s iconic 1980′s track. Feist’s use of the deep base, monotonous snaps, and slight reverb certainly exploit the somber nature of the lyrics; feelings of ...

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Claire – Games (Passion Pit Remix)

Source: All Things Go

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Truth be told, I’ve been pretty ambivalent about Passion Pit’s original material for a while now, but their remixes are a completely different story – their remix game is on lock.  German trio Claire released their chillwave-tinged single “Games” earlier this year, but the Pit crew got their hands on it last week, preserving the original melody and vocals while upping the ante a bit by turning up the notch on the tempo, transforming it into a contagious, electro-pop dream. Warning: I would wait on pressing play on this one until you can dedicate a good chunk of time to listening to it ...

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The Bushwick Hotel – Live Photos from Ella Lounge, NYC 9-12-13 / ‘Graffiti of the Young Man’s Mind’ CD Review

Source: Brooklyn Rocks

The Bushwick Hotel - Live Photos from Ella Lounge, NYC 9-12-13 / 'Graffiti of the Young Man's Mind' CD Review

Generally, when the label “artist collective” is thrown around in reference to a band, this generally means that the band is a ‘freak folk’, shambling hippy collective. Refreshingly, Brooklyn’s The Bushwick Hotel’s post-punk sound is razor tight and falls well outside of this stereotype.

The Bushwick Hotel came together in the summer of 2012 when vocalist/guitarist Gregory Ferreira was recording his second solo album, Graffiti of The Young Man’s Mind, in his Bushwick recording studio, Live By the Sword. The other members of The Bushwick Hotel – Matt La Von (tenor, alto, and soprano sax/clarinet/background vocals), DB Tamir (bass/background ...

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Review: Singer Laura Benanti at George Mason Concert Hall

Source: The Washington Post » Music

“I’m old-fashioned,” Tony Award-winning singer Laura Benanti crooned Saturday night at George Mason University’s Concert Hall, a jazzy quartet swinging lightly behind her.

That was funny, because she isn’t. As the guitarist and pianist swapped easygoing solos midway through the Jerome Kern-Johnny Mercer song, the 34-year-old veteran of Broadway (“Gypsy,” “Into the Woods”) and TV (“Royal Pains,” “The Playboy Club”) casually snapped photos of the crowd on her smartphone.

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Music review: Billy Currington goes country and beyond at the Fillmore

Source: The Washington Post » Music

There’s a reason, besides the heaping pile of curly locks, that Billy Currington goes hatless.

The Georgia-born singer likes to start off country — but emphatically refuses to stay there.

By the close of his 80-minute set at the Fillmore on Friday night, Currington and his versatile, energetic quintet had unearthed the “Jeffersons” TV theme song “Movin’ On Up” and, with stabs at Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” turned the Silver Spring rock hall into a beat-heavy nightclub.

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Show Review: Chris Kasper ‘Bagabones’ Album Release Show at World Cafe Live (9/27)

Source: One Fan at a Time

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Friday night Chris Kasper celebrated the release of his new album, ‘Bagabones’, with an album release show at World Cafe Live.  Yes, another album release show and I was so excited.

The show began a few minutes after 8pm with a set by Jason Loughlin and The String Gliders.  Jason Loughlin with the help of Ross Bellenoit, Freddie Berman, and Ken Pendergast filled the venue with some rich instrumentals.  It’s not often that I get the opportunity to enjoy a set of live instrumental music–so I thank Jason Loughlin and The String Gliders for the excellent listening ...

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ZZ Ward – Wild Feathers – James Bay — 9:30 Club – Sep 28 2013

Source: DC Rock Live

James Bay – This UK-based singer songwriter is going solo with voice and guitar. He does get a pedal steel assist from a player from the next band on one cut, which of course adds a touch of country to the folk style that Bay presents. There is some pop and rock here as well, as it has an old fashioned British Invasion light pop style. In fact, there is almost too much of that as Bay has a bright personality, that although a positive asset, seems to to follow a very old set of standards that at least the ...

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‘Cruise’: Behind the making of Florida Georgia Line’s mega-hit

Source: The Washington Post » Music

If you’ve toggled through the radio dial at any point over the past year, chances are it didn’t take you long to hear the words “Baby you a song, you make me wanna roll my windows down, and cruise.”

It’s the opening line to “Cruise,” the summer-love party anthem that launched Florida Georgia Line into the pop-culture consciousness. The mega-hit, which first made an impact in August 2012, has gone platinum five times over, making it the second-best-selling digital country song in history.

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Show Review: Brad Hinton ‘Whippoorwill’ Album Release Show at Johnny Brenda’s (9/26)

Source: One Fan at a Time

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Album release shows are a definite must attend.  So, no need for my Facebook RSVP because you know I’ll be there.  And there I was Thursday night at Johnny Brenda’s to celebrate the release of Brad Hinton’s new album, Whippoorwill.   Whippoorwill is eight great tracks of folk rock and countryesque music. Brad Hinton with the help of (most of the same musicians featured on his album) Phil D’Agostino, Kevin Killen, Daniel ‘Skrappy’ Bower, Paul Wilkinson, Raphael Cutrufello, Joe D’Amico, Jesse Lundy, Annachristie Sadler, Jack Byers, and Bethany Brooks performed Whippoorwill live in its entirety.  And it ...

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Concert Review: Le1f at U St Music Hall

Source: The WRGW Music Blog

Bass. Funky beats. Low croons. Laughter. The crowd sways as Khalif Diouf, better known by his moniker Le1f, paces the stage, spitting game with the audience and joking between verses from Tree House.  Le1f’s prolific output (Tree House is his third EP in 10 months, can I get a dayummm?) and unconventional production was reflected […]

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Moby Premiers Forthcoming CD ‘Innocents’ on NPR’s ‘First Listen’ / Joined Peter Hook onstage in Seattle for Joy Division Encore (Mute Records)

Source: Brooklyn Rocks

Moby Premiers Forthcoming CD 'Innocents' on NPR's 'First Listen' / Joined Peter Hook onstage in Seattle for Joy Division Encore (Mute Records)

Moby is excited to partner with NPR for a First Listen of his most collaborative record to date, Innocents. NPR’s very own Bob Boilen has gone on record stating,“Innocents might be the best Moby album ever”, you can give it a listen HERE.

Innocents is a record of firsts for Moby. The first time in his career he worked with an outside producer, friend Mark “Spike” Stent, whose résumé includes Madonna, U2, Muse, Björk, and Massive Attack. In addition, this is the first time Moby has concentrated an entire album on collaborations which as well as Wayne Coyne (The ...

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WIN! Free tickets to The Flaming Lips & Tame Impala @ Festival Pier on Thursday, October 3, 2013

Source: Philly Girl About Town

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The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala play Festival Pier at Penn's Landing on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013.  We're excited to be among the few that have a pair of passes for the show available to give away and over the moon to announce the stellar lineup for the evening.  As well as The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala, Sean Lennon's band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger opens. Admittedly, the last time that we saw Lennon, he was on tour with Cibo Matto for his first album "Into The Sun", which was produced by CM's instrumentalist Yuka Honda back ...

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Skeletonwitch Release ‘Serpents Unleashed’ on Oct. 29th / Show at Knitting Factory with The Black Dahlia Murder on Oct. 26th (Prosthetic Records)

Source: Brooklyn Rocks

Skeletonwitch Release 'Serpents Unleashed' on Oct. 29th / Show at Knitting Factory with The Black Dahlia Murder on Oct. 26th (Prosthetic Records)

On Octover 29th, Skeletonwitch will release their fifth disc, Serpents Unleashed. Recorded with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Isis, High On Fire) earlier this year, and featuring artwork by John Baizley (Kvelertak, Kylesa, Baroness), Serpents Unleashed — the follow-up to 2011’s Billboard-charting Forever Abomination, and a record Decibel has hailed as the band’s “best effort to date” — sees Skeletonwitch at their most punishing. The album — which is available for preorder at Skeletonwitch.com in CD, LP, cassette, digital download and limited edition 7-inch collector’s box formats — will be unleashed in North America ...

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