LIVE REVIEW: Bloc Party in Nashville 5/23/2016

blocparty11Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom had a specific type of crowd on May 23rd. They wanted to dance. Maybe they were struggling against the Monday lull or remembered Bloc Party from electroclash club nights in the early 2000s. Either way, they weren’t sitting still.

Openers the Vaccines satiated their need. Two girls told security, “We came all the way from Atlanta just to see the Vaccines. We don’t even know who this other band is.” The Vaccines’ energetic performance warranted their devotion. Frontman Justin Young’s rubbery expressions, punk rock eyes, and convulsive dance moves are mesmerizing, perfectly suited to the Vaccines’ musical concoction of brit pop, grunge, and raw indie rock.

ALBUM REVIEW: Tacocat – Lost Time

 

April 2016 was an exciting month for Tacoca fans! Not only was their newest album Lost Time released they also had their world debut of the new Powerpuff Girls theme song. Lost Time was certainly a two for one taco special!

TacoCat made sound waves in 2014 with their album NVM. Fans all over the world fell in love with their tunes. NVM was at the top of college charts which helped them schedule the United States and Europe tour. It has been two years since NVM was released and fans had great anticipation for Lost Time.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – James Supercave Talk ‘Better Strange’

jamessupercaveSince releasing the EP The Afternoon in 2014, James Supercave has garnered much attention over the last few years. The origins of the band started ten years ago when Joaquin Pastor and Pat Logothetti first met at UCLA when both were studying acting while third member, Andy Villalobos joined the band after meeting Pastor at a party. As the band honed their sound, they toured with Chet Faker, Warpaint, Future Islands, YACHT, and others. With much anticipation, the band released their debut album, Better Strange via Fairfax Recordings in February 2016.… Continue reading

The Top 10 Anthems By The Clash

the clashThe Clash’s influence on modern music is well documented and well deserved. The band broke through with the legendary British punk rock movement of the late 70’s with the likes of The Sex Pistols and The Damned. The quartet pooled together a mixed bag of musical styles fusing rockabilly, ska, and reggae with a political slant and deafening attitude to augment an already provocative sound.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Rebel Light Perform ‘Strangers’, Talk Formation

rebel lightLos Angeles-based quartet The Rebel Light has been recently making waves with the track ‘Strangers’ over the last year. The band started with brothers Alan and Jarrett Steil, who moved from their native Montauk, NY to Ireland and formed the more electronic-oriented pop trio Suddyn in the late-2000s. The brothers relocated once again, this time to Southern California and teamed up with their cousin and eventual drummer, Brandon Cooke to form The Rebel Light. Bassist, Tim Witherow later joined the band after seeing them play a gig. The band will be bouncing between the studio and live performances for 2016 with more to come.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: STRFKR Brings Energetic Concert to South Florida

STRFKR May 18th 2016It’s been three years since STRFKR released the album Miracle Mile but that hasn’t kept the band away from hitting the road to connect with their fans. The trio has played a series of short tour runs lately, and even released the single, “Never Ever”, which fans hope will signal even more new material in the near future. The band is currently on tour with electronic producer Com Truise and darkwave band, Fake Drugs. An enthusiastic crowd greeted Com Truise as he opened the show with his brand of unique and captivating electronic jams. The energy levels were very high as the anticipation of STRFKR grew stronger by the minute. As the night proceeded to continue, floods of people hit the dance floor leaving a sold out concert at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, FL.… Continue reading

12 Bands You Must See at the Hangout Festival 2016

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The Hangout Music Festival takes place this weekend, May 20-22 on the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama.  The festival consists of a couple of stages, a dance tent and family-friendly activities including amusement park rides and games.  If you’re already stoked to see Alabama Shakes, Ellie Goulding, and Florence + the Machine. And those other names beneath them? You should be excited about them, too. Especially the following twelve:… Continue reading

On Radar: The Shelters

The SheltersThe Shelters roared onto the scene in 2015 bringing with them a Southern California sound that has been sorely missed in recent years. The band quickly issued The Shelters EP in October 2015 featuring a signature sound of jangly guitars, pop-hooks, and sneered sass catching the attention of none other than Tom Petty. Petty was so enamored that he worked directly with the band allowing them to use his personal home studio.

The result of that experience is chronicled on the band’s raucous self-titled debut, The Shelters. Co-produced by Petty, first single “Rebel Heart” offers the listener a taste of that California sound with a tinge of rockabilly for good flavor. The twin guitars of Chase Simpson and Josh Jove provide a high-energy and Beatlesque melting of the walls. Sebastian Harris (Drums), and newcomer Jacob Pilot (Bass), keep the beat steady, driving the melody in a similar Tom Petty fashion.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Subways Perform Live, Talk Acoustic EP, Future Plans

thesubwaysThe Subways recently released a 5-track EP titled. ‘The ‘Acoustic Adventures At YFE Studios’ as a prelude to hitting the road in North America for the first time in over 8 years. The EP was recorded at the band’s newly-established YFE Studios- where the band intends to record all of their future projects. Frontman Billy Lunn stated, ”Piling in all the equipment I’ve acquired over the years and setting it all up was whetting my appetite far too much, and so I sat down and got creative straight away. What came out was what you see before you – our Acoustic Adventures EP. I love reducing our songs back to their original state on the acoustic guitar, which is how they’re written in the first place before we ramp everything up to 10. I also love playing on the acoustic guitar some of my favorite songs by other artists, and on this EP is a taster of some of my most beloved Europop ( Annie’s “Heartbeat”) and metal (Deftones’ “Risk”), which I hope adds a little spice to our original material rendered on the acoustic guitar. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording!”… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Peter Bjorn & John Talk ‘Breakin’ Point’

peter bjorn johnSwedish trio Peter Bjorn and John have returned after a five year hiatus with the upcoming release of their seventh full-length studio album, Breakin’ Point, out through their own imprint INGRID and Kobalt Label Services.  On Breakin’ Point the band had the opportunity to work with an impressive group of producers including Patrick Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn), Paul Epworth (Florence And The Machine, U2, Paul McCartney), Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele), Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Kanye West), Pontus Winnberg (Miike Snow) and Thom Monahan (Wild Nothing, Devendra Banhart). Ten years ago the band found success with the addictive “Young Folks” and have since released music that was just as catchy including “Nothing to Worry About”, “Dig A Little Deeper” and “Second Chance”. The band is currently touring worldwide ahead of the June 10th album release, including dates in North America, Europe and the UK.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – James Alex of Beach Slang Performs Acoustic, Talks Rumored Breakup

beach slangBeach Slang has garnered much acclaim and attention without the over-marketing or hype associated with a newer band. Led by frontman and writer James Alex, who was in Pennsylvania pop-punk act Weston, the band is rounded out by other experienced members in drummer JP Flexner and bassist Ed McNulty . Their debut album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, was overwhelming well received with positive critical reviews and eagerly anticipated upon its release in 2015. “When this whole thing started it was like, ‘Alright, i’m going to get to hear my sappy little songs played loud and interact with other human beings again,’ the admittedly shy Alex says looking back on Beach Slang’s existence. “Then one day this really sweet explosion happened and Beach Slang became a thing that mattered to people.” … Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: SWMRS Perform “Figuring It Out”, Talk Debut Album ‘Drive North’

swmrs-1aSWMRS is a new band to many but its members have been playing together for years, starting when Cole Becker and childhood friend, Joey Armstrong (drums) formed Emily’s Army at 8 years old. Cole’s brother Max joined the band to sing and play bass since the two didn’t know how to play their instruments at the time. Before graduating high school, they’d already released two full-length albums and a handful of EP’s. They toured the world, playing Warped Tour and shared stages with Pennywise, Rise Against, and Soundgarden. The band’s debut as SWMRS, Drive North, was produced by Zac Carper of FIDLAR and the lead single, “Figuring It Out” is getting significant exposure as the band is in the midst of an international tour and hits North America this summer.… Continue reading