Monthly Archives: January 2016

When Garth Brooks sings, America still sings along

Source: The Washington Post » Music

Maybe a dozen rows back, someone is flapping a poster board with a brave, hand-Sharpied declaration. “I [heart] Chris Gaines.”Sorry, lady. On this Friday night in the 21st century, Garth Brooks can only be Garth Brooks — which still means he gets to be plenty of people. The highest-selling recording artist who isn’t a Beatle, for starters. But also a good-timing troubadour, a tireless showman, a shameless ham, a pro wrestler hyping his crowd, a televangelist with high blood pressure. When a touchy-feely admirer in the front row runs her fingers up his jeans, he’s suddenly a sex symbol, and every time his cornball stage banter makes his eyes go googly, he’s Jerry Lewis in a big hat.Read full article >>

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On The Road Again: Boogarins

Source: Fuzzy Logic

They seem to enjoy being out on the road, and Brazilians Boogarins are soon to be at it again. Mid-April sees the band kicking off North American tour that goes from New Haven to Toronto and a whole lot of cities in between. No doubt many ears will be made happy by the rich, tropicalifragilistic psych rock noise made by Boogarins so very well. 

Dates below. Lucky Left Coast, getting to see Boogarins and Dungen together!    

BOOGARINS TOUR DATES

Apr 19 -New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine

Apr 21 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East (Upstairs)

Apr 22 ...

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Jefferson Airplane’s Signe Anderson, RIP

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

Jefferson Airplane

This past Thursday (1/28), the rock wold suffered the sad loss of Jefferson Airplane‘s Paul Kantner, and now Psychedelic Sight is reporting that original Airplane singer Signe Anderson passed away that same day. She, like Paul, was 74.

She was only with them for 1966 debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, before quitting the band and being replaced by Grace Slick. She sang lead on their version of the blues song “Chauffeur Blues,” co-lead on their cover of “Let’s Get Together” (recorded by a few bands, and written by Chet Powers aka Dino Valenti), and backup on ...

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Jaap van Zweden, Philharmonic’s Maestro-to-Be, Sharpens His Baton

Source: New York Times » Music

The Dutch-born conductor, who starts leading the New York Philharmonic in 2018, is known for old-school directness and a relentless drive for quality.

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Good Cover Version: Ezra Furman Does LCD Soundsystem

Source: Fuzzy Logic

Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.

This one came out a few months back, during the Summer of ’15, but it’s been in my head quite a bit lately and seeing as Ezra Furman will be in town on February 9th, it felt more than a little timely to give it a mention. Furman’s version of ...

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Video of The Day #107: Oasis

Source: Fuzzy Logic

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Indulge me, if you will. But driving around today, my iPod shuffled onto “Wonderwall,” and I’ve had the song in my head all day. I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to seeing this video, back in the 90s, and how much I swooned over Gallagher the younger. It’s really not the best video, in truth, but it does evoke memories of ...

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watch Sleater-Kinney’s episode of ‘Austin City Limits’

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Sleater Kinney @ Austin City Limits (more by Tim Griffin)
Sleater-Kinney

The Sleater-Kinney episode of Austin City Limits, which taped back in April 2015, finally aired last night (1/30) on PBS. You can watch the program, featuring seven songs (edited down from the 22 they actually played), below…

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Singles Club: The Raveonettes

Source: Fuzzy Logic

It’s about time The Raveonettes were back on the scene. I hadn’t even realized just how much I missed them. But dangit, I sure did. 

“This World is Empty (Without You)” is the first in a year-long series of songs the band is calling the “anti-album,” each one a different vibe and unencumbered by the jigsaw puzzle that is trying to fit together as an album. The song itself is a delicious, 80s-inspired brokenhearted, lovelorn pop song that allows the band to indulge in their longtime love of 60s girl group pop sounds with the added fun of mixing in ...

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Remix Fix: Hot Chip/Soulwax

Source: Fuzzy Logic

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else’s song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It’s a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they’re better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

I find this Soulwax remix of the dynamo dance party Hot Chip jam “Huarache Lights” to be well and truly fascinating. In giving it the Belgian touch, the Soulwax treatment gives the song a cold, ...

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Performance at Atlas made a good case for new music. Too bad no one heard it.

Source: The Washington Post » Music

There is an audience for new music in Washington — witness the crowds that filled the John Cage Centennial Festival a couple of years ago. But for whatever reason, the Atlas Performing Arts Center hasn’t figured out how to find it.Read full article >>

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Listen to The Dead Milkmen’s unreleased “Song With No Name”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese

The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese

The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese

Though he sang some of The Dead Milkmen‘s biggest hits – “Punk Rock Girl,” “Methodist Coloring Book” – Joe Jack Talcum was always kind of the quiet shy guitarist guy hanging in the corner, as compared to Rodney Anonymous’ dynamic and bellowing preacher at the subversive pop pulpit. It’s cool, then, to hear this Joe Jack song that the Milkmen unearthed for #ThrowbackThursday this week.

Sayeth the band:

This is a new cleaned-up mix by Seven Morris of an old demo of a never-released song. It was ...

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Purples get ghostly in “Small Sister (Work of Art)”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Photo by John Vettese | for WXPN

Purples | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly indie rockers Purples are back with their latest free single – a hammering and haunting track called “Small Sister (Work of Art),” and it’s got the band’s trademark of jangling pop hooks, funky guitar licks, and airy keyboards.

This time, there seems to be a bit of a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark element, as the lyrics are – near as I can figure – a story about a spectral visit from a deceased sibling: “I’ve got a small sister meaner than sin / and she sticks with me until ...

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Listen to a new song by Japanese Breakfast, “In Heaven”

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Julian Master | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Julian Master | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Julian Master | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast is the Brooklyn-based band from Michelle Zauner, who also fronts Philly indie punk four piece Little Big League.

After the release of several cassettes, Japanese Breakfast will release a new full length debut album, Psychopomp on April 1st on Yellow K Records. Recorded in Eugene, Oregon, the album was co-produced by Zauner with Ned Eisenberg.

The first song from the album Zauner has shared, “In Heaven,” is a luxurious, big sounding pop anthem with a vast hook that in a very weird way reminds ...

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A Brilliant Valentine’s Afternoon Big Band Show in Gowanus With Miho Hazama’s Darkly Amusing, Cutting-Edge Epics

Source: New York Music Daily

What’s the likelihood that five of the world’s most happening composers in big band and chamber jazz would be Japanese-American women from New York? And what’s the chance that they would all converge for an afternoon in the middle of Gowanus, Brooklyn? Believe it, it’s happening on February 14 at 4 PM when the 17-piece Sakura Jazz Orchestra plays material by Miho Hazama, Asuka Kakitani, Migiwa Miyajima, Meg Okura, and Noriko Ueda at Shapeshifter Lab. Cover is $15, and there are other more expensive options with perks for those with the means of supporting the artists ...

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Joey DeFrancesco trio comes back home to warm up Chris’ Jazz Café

Source: Philly.com » Music/Nightlife

You could have seen a lot of shows all over Philly on Friday night, but you couldn’t have heard better music – or had a better time – than at Chris’ Jazz Café, when Joey DeFrancesco, one of the greatest organists in jazz, held forth with his trio.

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Howie Day – Anna Rose — The Hamilton – Jan 30 2016

Source: DC Rock Live

Anna Rose – Joined by Adam Stoler on lead acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Anna Rose handles the lead vocals and offers rhythm guitar much of the time. They occasionally employ a bass drum beat whose unwavering rhythm surprisingly adds an anchor to show how interesting the guitar parts are. The lead guitar rarely mirrors Rose’s chords, but locks into the vibe of the song well and can offer quiet sonic coloring to searing rock solos. Rose carries the songs further with a powerful voice that does not merely go into over the top blues style. Blues based rock music ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Glitter at Johnny Brenda’s, Montana of 300 at Voltage Lounge, Indigo Girls at The Keswick Theater

Source: The Key (WXPN)

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glitter

Glitter | photo by Isaac Turner | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie-pop five-piece Glitter celebrates the release of their new LP Ancient Rome tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The band, fronted by singer and songwriter Jayme Goukas, recalls Beat Happening and The Magnetic Fields, and you can listen to their entire LP – being released on Square of Opposition Records – over at Brooklyn Vegan now. Tickets and more info on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.

Montana of 300 made his name in the Chicago hip-hop underground, was listed as one of FACT ...

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Oh Wonder at Probably Their Most Intimate for Years to Come

Source: Philthy Mag

While London duo Oh Wonder may not have the most sizeable stage presence (spending the majority of their performance standing behind keyboards or other synthetic noise makers), the charisma of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West would seem to be a profoundly potent source of excitement and more than capable of enthralling a sold out crowd at Union Transfer at (apparently) their “official biggest US show ever.”  The groovy, synthy, R&B-inspired indie poppers took the stage this past Tuesday, January 26th, for a capacity audience at one of the city’s biggest rooms (The concert was originally intended for the 150-capacity ...

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Low: “sometimes quiet and comfortable, sometimes chaos and tension”

Source: Philthy Mag

2016 sees “slowcore” legends (although I hear they’re not particular fond of that characterization) Low entering their 23rd year as a band, having released their 11th full-length, Ones and Sixes, last September on Sub-Pop.  The album received much critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, The Guardian, and our very own WXPN and had them on the road for much of the second half of the year (including a mega-gig headlining The Roundhouse in London).  Well, the Duluth, Minnesota trio – comprised of husband and wife Alan Sparhawk (guitar/vocals) and Mimi Parker (drums/vocals) and bassist Steve ...

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What’s going on Sunday? (Bruce Springsteen, Horrendous, Paul Collins Beat, 50 Cent & more)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photo: Bruce @ MSG earlier this week (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Bruce Springsteen @ Prudential Center
The Boss is celebrating his classic 1980 double album The River this year by playing the whole thing start to finish. He’s promising other favorites too, and his recent MSG was full of great ones. After this, three more NYC shows are on the horizon.

Horrendous, Hercyn, Grudges, Sentience @ Saint Vitus
Of all the modern bands putting a new spin on classic death metal, ...

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Video of The Day #106: Vandaveer

Source: Fuzzy Logic

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

If you happen to find yourself with four minutes and nineteen seconds, I suggest you take that time to watch the new Vandaveer clip for “A Little Time Off Ahead.” It’s a completely engaging, beguiling, and, ultimately, a little heart-wrenching. The animation of Michael Lloyd is a charming foil for the Vandaveer sound, deceptively chirpy and sweet with the lovely boy-girl vocals firmly in ...

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Drake releases new song "Summer Sixteen," says new album ‘Views From the Six’ will be out in April

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Drake

Drake did another of his OVO Sound Radio shows today, and debuted a new single called “Summer Sixteen.” He goes pretty hard on this one, calling out Obama (who said Kendrick Lamar is a better rapper) and referencing his “new Jay Z” nomination by saying, “I used to want to be on Roc-A-Fella, then I turned into Jay.” You can stream the song on Apple Music or buy it on iTunes.

He also announced on the show that his new album Views From the Six will be out in April.

Update: You can listen to the ...

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Muse played 2 NYC-area shows (Prudential Center pics/setlist)

Source: Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Muse @ Prudential Center 1/29/2016
Muse
Muse

Akin to former travel partners U2’s Innocence + Experience tour in 2015, Muse’s ambitious, bombastic sound was met with equally extravagant effects, which played closely to the “Drones” image. Large, inflatable orbs (complete with searchlights) drifted eerily across the arena at the shows’ outset, and men dressed as dystopian “human drones” took sentry around stage. But the show’s primary trick was a series of translucent curtains hung from ceiling to stage, on which black-and-white videos of geometric shapes, constellations and battle scenes were looped. The aforementioned “puppet show,” which was ...

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Springsteen brings a long and winding ‘River’ to Verizon Center

Source: The Washington Post » Music

There are no obvious lyrical or musical themes that unite the tunes on “The River,” the 1980 double album from Bruce Springsteen. Not that he ever claimed this was his “Madam Butterfly” or “Tommy.” Still, apart from collections of rarities and outtakes, “The River” is the least cohesive song set Springsteen ever released. Which makes his choosing to play it in its entirety during his current tour seem like a flimsy excuse to hit the road, without having to make a new record.Read full article >>

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