Tuesday, June 30, 2009
It's alright, I think.
city and colour.
the avett brothers.
dent may & his magnificent ukulele.
margot and the nuclear so and so's.
iron and wine.
she & him.
death cab for cutie.
the lighthouse and the whaler.
sun kil moon.
- They are New Zealand Natives, currently living in Australia.
- They have released a few albums, and been nominated/won a gazillion Australian awards.
- The only reason that I (and prob many other Americans) know about Evermore is from The OC. "Ride On" was featured on the show a few years back.
- Every time I hear "Ride On" I feel more alive than I have in weeks.
- I seriously want to know more about the Hume brothers (Jon, Peter, and Dann make up the band), but I never really scour the interwebz as much as I should to learn their deep, dark secrets.
- I honestly love this song. It's an oldie (by, like, 4 years), but a goodie.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
For most of us, being serenaded is a rare occurrence. It’s even more uncommon when it involves an accordion. So, when the Bowerbirds flutter into town, treat the occasion with special glee - the kind usually reserved for Halley’s Comet or a leap year. The North Carolina-based band creates gentle waves of songs, dealing with its fascination with the Earth’s sacredness and love through ornately crafted lyrics and sweet, careful folk. Bowerbirds has a rotating cast of musicians, but Beth Tacular (accordion, keys) and Phil Moore (guitar) are its mainstays. Matt Damron is playing drums on tour, as Bowerbirds test out songs from its upcoming album, Upper Air. Songs from Air are spacious soundscapes that seem to draw on artists Bowerbirds have recently toured with – Bon Iver and John Vanderslice. “Northern Lights” is a good example of what Bowerbirds do best; while Tacular’s sprightly piano twinkles, Moore’s swinging guitar rocks back and forth, and his vocals caress with the oozing romanticism of “all I want is your eyes, in the morning as we wake, for a short while.” Megafaun and Craig Ramsey & The Nice People open at 9 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Not everyone can boast about having a degree in creativity. Yet the members of Via Audio met while studying at one of Boston’s best artistic hubs: Berklee College of Music. While there, they learned everything from the business side of the music industry to audio production and performance techniques. Some bands might refuse to learn about music from professors, but it sure worked for Via Audio. Jessica Martins, David Lizmi, Tom Deis, and Adam Sturtevant have an amazing ability to shift genres, styles, and attitudes mid-show. They’ll have the crowd getting down to techno-dance groove “Digital” one minute, swaying to swingy guitar hooks of the jangly indie rocker “Modern Day Saint” the next, and reflecting with eyes closed for moody ballad “Numb.” What can’t be taught at Berklee is charisma, and Martins has it. She dances, flirts with the crowd, and radiates an energy that the whole band emulates. The now Brooklyn-based band will play songs off their debut full-length album, Say Something, among others. Lighthouse and the Whaler and Via Audio open the show for Springfield, Missouri’s fantastically catchy Ha Ha Tonka at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $8.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Jay Reatard isn’t afraid to let you know he’s a total asshole. At a recent Ohio show, he only waited five minutes into his set to scream, “The sound fucking sucks. It’s like we’re playing in a fucking trailer garage!” His devil-may-care attitude suits him all the same; the Memphis native whips his shoulder-length hair back and forth as he rips out noisy pop songs on a Flying V. Reatard - whose given name is Jay Lindsey – has been making music under the pseudonym since he dropped out of high school at 15. Though he began his music career with the Reatards and the Lost Sounds, Reatard went solo in ’06. He’s currently touring with a bassist and drummer to promote his upcoming release, Watch Me Fall. His shows are pure energy, a mix of clichéd head-banging, shouting, spitting, and shredding. You’ll bob your head to songs like “See/Saw” and “Night of Broken Glass,” which are simple, quick, and riff-driven, like most of Reatard’s catalog. The raucous and heavily distorted garage rock sets the mood for a nights of reckless behavior and bad decisions.