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On Radar: Miss Ohio – White Hot

Miss Ohio Best Of CoverMiss Ohio finds itself in esteemed company. Some have compared them to the alt-country of Wilco without the artiness. They can jangle like Pavement, without the quirkiness, and the band have been straddling this Jersey grit / Americana line for 10+ years. The band now has a “best of” record entitled White Hot – The Best of Miss Ohio which is good enough to be in the same breath as those two bands above, but never received their fair chance. White Hot – The Best of Miss Ohio is exactly what it says. 12 really great examples of songwriting that rarely finds a down point. The album is raw enough to kink the muscles in… Continue reading

RECAP: Lights All Night 2016

lanbs24Lights All Night marked its seventh year with even more lights, effects, and talent.  For two days, the Dallas Market Hall was transformed into a raver’s paradise with the massive Mothership main stage equipped with state of the art screens and affects, the Satellite stage that was home to a variety of dubstep, trap, and trance, and the Silent Pyramid for anyone craving a nonstop silent disco.

Highlights from the first night included memorable sets from Tchami, Above & Beyond, and Zedd.  Although each drew a slightly different crowd, all three sets included a mix of old favorites and newer material that created vibes of nostalgia among the high energy crowd.  Over at the satellite stage, Kayzo and then 12th… Continue reading

Day For Night Lights Up Houston

 

unspecified-copy-4Describing Houston’s Day For Night as a music festival just doesn’t cut it. The idea behind the new festival is to showcase artists with a talent for highly visual performances all while exhibiting massive art installations by artists from all over the world.

After hearing about the festival back in September, I watched all of the promo videos and trailers and I still arrived in Houston not really sure what to expect.  So is this a festival?  An art exhibition? I found that Day For Night falls somewhere in the middle of the two labels, all while surpassing any previous expectations.

At the center of the hype was the festival’s Bjork Digital virtual experience, the U.S debut of video and digital… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Thirsty – Albatross

untitledUK’s Thirsty puts out really good music. When you mix former members of the notorious rock band The Quireboys, with renowned Russian lyricist and poet Irina D, and members of Squeeze and Saint Jude, something interesting happens. Thirsty formed in 2014 and released their self-titled debut shortly after to critical fanfare. The band typically writes songs based on the three-minute rule of 50’s rock, and the mantra of less is more, but the band’s cool mixture of rock and blues is cut from the same cloth as the Rolling Stones, Faces, or Lou Reed rather than the 80’s bands where the musicians cut their teeth.… Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Rooney – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Oct. 18, 2016

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On Tuesday, October 18th Rooney played in South Florida at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It’s not the first time that Robert Coppola Schwartzman of Rooney has visited the Sunshine State or the venue in a small strip mall around the mile from the beach. Being near the beach was highly appropriate for the tour of the newest album Washed Away.

LIVE REVIEW: LANY – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Oct. 14, 2016

img_3480For the 2nd time in LANY’s music history, they played in Florida and performed an epic concert in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They loved it so much that they told the audience they’d come back to show again. The energy was very high, and the crowd was incredibly excited at their entrance.

A majority of the time you’d expect for a band to walk into some randomly obscure sounds or to the drummer kicking it off. That was not the case for LANY as they provided a grand entrance to Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem on a giant screen. It all seemed randomly precise and, was beyond unexpected.… Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Beach Slang – Orlando, FL October 14, 2016 

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James Alex

Beach Slang just released a new record in September entitled, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, the record continued the punk ethos and emotional outpouring they had  come to be known for. For a band to release a record, distribute, market, and tour is a hard thing to do. Blessings need to line up in just the right quantum structure for it to become an idea, let alone a physical thing. It’s even harder when you are the only one left of a trio in the middle of that record release circus. Beach Slang vocalist, James Alex, was caught in the middle of that whirlpool, down a drummer and guitarist, with no choice but to venture on under the moniker of the band, but essentially as a solo act.… Continue reading

REVIEW: iiiPoints is the Music, Arts and Tech Fest of 2016

Last weekend, Miami was able to dodge an immense hurricane just in time to embrace another storm of its own. iiiPoints Festival blew in local and foreign artists to construct a weekend to remember. In the heart of the town’s art district of Wynwood, the grounds welcomed over 25,000 people who attended the fourth annual music, art and technology festival.

ALBUM REVIEW: Green Day – Revolution Radio

thbnoqp1ylLittle did they know it then, but Green Day would eventually give birth to a new genre of music dubbed “pop-punk”, and with it have spawned snot-nosed, nasal vocal, dye-jobs that pale in comparison to the originals. Green Day have ridden a wave from punk darlings, to multi-platinum success, critical acclaim, street-cred, and eventually the likes of Broadway never really straying to far from the formula of loud guitars, catchy hooks, and skinny ties. Their last project, 2012’s Uno, Dos and Tres were noted missteps without a real narrative. Revolution Radio comes at a time when rock n roll is having a bit of a resurgence, even though it never really went away, and works hard to fit in the band’s canon.… Continue reading

Austin City Limits 2016 15th Anniversary Recap

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Jess Glynne’s voice echoed through Zilker on Friday afternoon, spreading a cheerful attitude mirrored by the crowd and those finding their way to start their weekend.  She wowed with her cover of Prince’s “I Feel For You” just before she closed out her set.  Banks & Steelz were worth getting to the Samsung stage early, while The Front Bottoms teased and tested the crowd’s football knowledge in between songs.  The Strumbellas drew a crowd that may have seemed to be full of stragglers, but everyone easily sang along to “Spirits” even those that may not have known that they knew all the words.

 

Both the crowd and St. Lucia got lost in the music, delivering a performance that would’ve… Continue reading

Album Review: Phantogram – Three

Phantogram released a new album named “Three.” The name suits the duo perfectly as the name Phantogram is derivative of the word describing two-dimensional images that appear three dimensional. Fun factoid for the name three as the title is only called Three however it may have ties to the origins of their performance name.… Continue reading

ON RADAR: Almanac Mountain – Cryptoseismology

untitled1Almanac Mountain is an extremely remote peak in the forests of Maine. It is also the moniker of a band fronted by one, Chris Cote. The progressive-pop sounds of the band, mirror the loneliness of the mountain itself and is translated on their new record Cryptoseismology. Recorded in the depths of a long New England winter, a cold, knife-like, uncomfortable, and isolated  sound permeates the record and brings a chill to the music. Lush, and vibrant with a monotone reserved for Depeche Mode, the record forces to be listened to with undivided attention to pick up the nuances that give Almanac Mountain such and fresh and original sound.… Continue reading

Getter Keeps it Cool As Frick for the Music City

p1060722Hailing from San Jose, Getter brought his brand of heavy bass to Nashville from the Bay as one of the stops on his Wat the Frick Tour.  The tour promotes his new 7 –track EP of the same name.  Wat the Frick is his third EP with OWSLA and dropped earlier this month on September 2nd.

 

Getter and the Wat the Frick crew stopped in Nashville at the landmark Exit/In.  Along with Nick Colletti, Yulton, and Sneek, Getter brought something a little different to Music City.  Nashville may be known for its music scene, but EDM is vastly underrepresented among the wide variety of indie, alternative, country, and rock acts that can be found at almost all hours of the… Continue reading

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