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First of all, it’s been a while. Seriously…a WHILE.
But second of all, I love when I can finally break out of a writing hiatus. When I’m so excited and motivated I can’t help but let my thoughts explode and project out into the world.
Last night The Shadowboxers played a show at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. It was my first time seeing them live (and for that matter, my first time really even hearing about them - despite their run as the opening act and backing band on the Indigo Girls’ tour last year). To my pleasant surprise, the show last night was genuninely exciting. Solid harmonies. Overall really groovy songs. And it doesn’t hurt all the guys in the Atlanta-based band are cool as hell, too.
At one point during the show someone leaned over and asked me, “But what makes them stand out?”
I really loathe that question, mostly because it’s difficult to attach a definitive answer to. But I understand the question’s purpose in this world, especially in the world of music. What does make a band stand out nowadays? 
Last night at the Viper Room, it was hard NOT to like this band. These guys have clearly honed their craft, are really good at what they do, have a blast up on stage and overall just really enjoy themselves. Those are all fairly simple but stand-out qualities that can go a long way.
Because in turn, everyone in the crowd enjoyed it. Everyone fed off the band’s energy. And everyone left with a memorable show to talk about the morning after.
I’ll likely be coming back for more.
Photo above via: my own (like the marquee’s misspelling of Charming Liars?), and The Shadowboxers

First of all, it’s been a while. Seriously…a WHILE.

But second of all, I love when I can finally break out of a writing hiatus. When I’m so excited and motivated I can’t help but let my thoughts explode and project out into the world.

Last night The Shadowboxers played a show at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. It was my first time seeing them live (and for that matter, my first time really even hearing about them - despite their run as the opening act and backing band on the Indigo Girls’ tour last year). To my pleasant surprise, the show last night was genuninely exciting. Solid harmonies. Overall really groovy songs. And it doesn’t hurt all the guys in the Atlanta-based band are cool as hell, too.

At one point during the show someone leaned over and asked me, “But what makes them stand out?”

I really loathe that question, mostly because it’s difficult to attach a definitive answer to. But I understand the question’s purpose in this world, especially in the world of music. What does make a band stand out nowadays? 

Last night at the Viper Room, it was hard NOT to like this band. These guys have clearly honed their craft, are really good at what they do, have a blast up on stage and overall just really enjoy themselves. Those are all fairly simple but stand-out qualities that can go a long way.

Because in turn, everyone in the crowd enjoyed it. Everyone fed off the band’s energy. And everyone left with a memorable show to talk about the morning after.

I’ll likely be coming back for more.

Photo above via: my own (like the marquee’s misspelling of Charming Liars?), and The Shadowboxers

JUST DROPPED: Dinosaur Jr., I Bet On Sky
The formula of a power trio. Guitar, bass, drums. When properly executed, the sincerest form of rock and roll. The shit that can shred your face off. Bring the original lineup together despite whatever thick and thin they’ve been through, and Dinosaur Jr. is the post-punk indie rock machine that never tries too hard. Murph’s power drums, Lou Barlow’s bass, and J Mascis’s guitar riffs and solos make for a new record that seriously shreds. There’s a hint of keys sprinkled here and there, but for the record it’s all about the guitar, bass and drums baby. And ain’t that the best formula of them all.
Check out “Watch the Corners” from the new album below.
Listen and love.

Photo above via: Dinosaur Jr.

JUST DROPPED: Dinosaur Jr., I Bet On Sky

The formula of a power trio. Guitar, bass, drums. When properly executed, the sincerest form of rock and roll. The shit that can shred your face off. Bring the original lineup together despite whatever thick and thin they’ve been through, and Dinosaur Jr. is the post-punk indie rock machine that never tries too hard. Murph’s power drums, Lou Barlow’s bass, and J Mascis’s guitar riffs and solos make for a new record that seriously shreds. There’s a hint of keys sprinkled here and there, but for the record it’s all about the guitar, bass and drums baby. And ain’t that the best formula of them all.

Check out “Watch the Corners” from the new album below.

Listen and love.

Photo above via: Dinosaur Jr.

Um…
WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!
Check out Dr. Phil tomorrow to watch the emotional intervention with the family of Jael Strauss, the once supermodel hopeful and contestant on Cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model. By the looks of the preview below, shit goes down.
Seriously, don’t do drugs. At the very least, don’t do meth. Really though, I hope Jael gets better. Homegirl is only 28.

Photo above via: E! Online

Um…

WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!

Check out Dr. Phil tomorrow to watch the emotional intervention with the family of Jael Strauss, the once supermodel hopeful and contestant on Cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model. By the looks of the preview below, shit goes down.

Seriously, don’t do drugs. At the very least, don’t do meth. Really though, I hope Jael gets better. Homegirl is only 28.

Photo above via: E! Online

JUST DROPPED: The Killers, Battle Born Streaming on iTunes
The Killers are offering a listen to their brand new album Battle Born exclusively on iTunes. Click here to check out the album for FREE before it drops next week - but move fast, it’s only streaming for a limited time!
Listen and love. 
Photo above via: The Killers

JUST DROPPED: The Killers, Battle Born Streaming on iTunes

The Killers are offering a listen to their brand new album Battle Born exclusively on iTunes. Click here to check out the album for FREE before it drops next week - but move fast, it’s only streaming for a limited time!

Listen and love. 

Photo above via: The Killers

JUST DROPPED: Dan Deacon’s Smartphone App
iPhone. With any revolution comes the good, the bad, the ugly. But there’s a glimmer of hope in the world of live music. Instead of being an obstruction at concerts, now the usual mass of elevated smartphones can be a part of the show. If you’re seeing Dan Deacon, at least. Just released today - the artist’s very own app, which syncs to his live shows and transforms your phone into a wizard of light, instrumentation and LED proportions. 
Check out a preview of the app below, and download it for free to join in on the fun - upcoming tour dates further below.

Dan Deacon tour dates:
08-29 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & 08-30 Columbus, OH - The Bluestone & 08-31 Indianapolis, IN - Earth House & 09-01 Chicago, IL- North Coast Music Festival 09-02 Saint Louis, MO - Firebird & 09-03 Louisville, KY - Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts & 09-04 Nashville, TN - Exit In & 09-05 Huntsville, AL - Flying Monkey & 09-06 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light & 09-07 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival 09-08 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater & 09-15 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar & 09-19 Prague, CZ - Meet Factory ^ 09-20 Berlin, DE - Festsall Kreuzberg ^ 09-21 Hamburg, DE - Reepers ^ 09-22 Eindehoven, NL - Area 51 ^ 09-23 Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet ^ 09-24 Brussels, BE - Botanique ^ 09-25 Paris, FR - Le Trebando ^ 09-26 London, UK - Scala ^ 09-28 Manchester, UK - Islington Mill ^ 09-29 Brighton, UK - The Haunt ^ 10-03 Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 & 10-04 Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger & 10-05 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel & 10-06 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West & 10-08 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree & 10-09 New Orleans, LA - Le Maison & 10-10 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s & 10-11 Austin, TX - Beauty Ballroom & 10-12 Dallas, TX - Club Dada & 10-13 Norman, OK - Opolis & 10-16 Sante Fe, NM - Sol Sante Fe & 10-18 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom & 10-19 San Diego, CA - Irenic & 10-20 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre & 10-22 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club & 10-23 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall & 10-25 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater & 10-26 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret & 10-27 Seattle,WA - Neptune & 10-29 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court & 10-31 Denver,CO - Bluebird Theater & 11-02 Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre & 11-03 Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar & 11-05 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre & 11-08 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick & 11-09 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace & 11-10 Montreal, QC - SAT & 11-11 South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground & 11-12 Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery & 11-13 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club & 11-14 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg & 11-15 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer & 11-16 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom & 11-17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club & 12-06 Tallahassee, Fl - Club Downunder 12-09 Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly 12-10 Savannah, GA - Safe //Sound 12-11 Athens, GA - 40 Watt 12-12 Mobile, AL - Music Box 12-13 Pensacola, FL - Handlebar 12-14 Gainesville, FL - Double Down 12-15 Tampa, FL - Crobar & Dan Deacon Ensemble w/ Height With Friends, Chester Endersby Gwazda, Alan Resnick ^ w/ 2 drummers $ w/ John Maus
Photos about via: Dan Deacon

JUST DROPPED: Dan Deacon’s Smartphone App

iPhone. With any revolution comes the good, the bad, the ugly. But there’s a glimmer of hope in the world of live music. Instead of being an obstruction at concerts, now the usual mass of elevated smartphones can be a part of the show. If you’re seeing Dan Deacon, at least. Just released today - the artist’s very own app, which syncs to his live shows and transforms your phone into a wizard of light, instrumentation and LED proportions. 

Check out a preview of the app below, and download it for free to join in on the fun - upcoming tour dates further below.

Dan Deacon tour dates:

08-29 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & 
08-30 Columbus, OH - The Bluestone & 
08-31 Indianapolis, IN - Earth House & 
09-01 Chicago, IL- North Coast Music Festival 
09-02 Saint Louis, MO - Firebird & 
09-03 Louisville, KY - Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts & 
09-04 Nashville, TN - Exit In & 
09-05 Huntsville, AL - Flying Monkey & 
09-06 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light & 
09-07 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival 
09-08 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater & 
09-15 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar & 
09-19 Prague, CZ - Meet Factory ^ 
09-20 Berlin, DE - Festsall Kreuzberg ^ 
09-21 Hamburg, DE - Reepers ^ 
09-22 Eindehoven, NL - Area 51 ^ 
09-23 Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet ^ 
09-24 Brussels, BE - Botanique ^ 
09-25 Paris, FR - Le Trebando ^ 
09-26 London, UK - Scala ^ 
09-28 Manchester, UK - Islington Mill ^ 
09-29 Brighton, UK - The Haunt ^ 
10-03 Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 & 
10-04 Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger & 
10-05 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel & 
10-06 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West & 
10-08 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree & 
10-09 New Orleans, LA - Le Maison & 
10-10 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s & 
10-11 Austin, TX - Beauty Ballroom & 
10-12 Dallas, TX - Club Dada & 
10-13 Norman, OK - Opolis & 
10-16 Sante Fe, NM - Sol Sante Fe & 
10-18 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom & 
10-19 San Diego, CA - Irenic & 
10-20 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre & 
10-22 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Club & 
10-23 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall & 
10-25 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater & 
10-26 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret & 
10-27 Seattle,WA - Neptune & 
10-29 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court & 
10-31 Denver,CO - Bluebird Theater & 
11-02 Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre & 
11-03 Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar & 
11-05 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre & 
11-08 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick & 
11-09 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace & 
11-10 Montreal, QC - SAT & 
11-11 South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground & 
11-12 Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery & 
11-13 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club & 
11-14 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg & 
11-15 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer & 
11-16 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom & 
11-17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club & 
12-06 Tallahassee, Fl - Club Downunder 
12-09 Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly 
12-10 Savannah, GA - Safe //Sound 
12-11 Athens, GA - 40 Watt 
12-12 Mobile, AL - Music Box 
12-13 Pensacola, FL - Handlebar 
12-14 Gainesville, FL - Double Down 
12-15 Tampa, FL - Crobar 

& Dan Deacon Ensemble w/ Height With Friends, 
Chester Endersby Gwazda, Alan Resnick 
^ w/ 2 drummers 
$ w/ John Maus

Photos about via: Dan Deacon

Fast Pick: Wild Nothing
Pitchfork labeled the new album Nocturne as “Best New Music" and with good reason. Nocturne marks a maturation for Wild Nothing’s prime innovator, Jack Tatum…a collection of songs still romantically atmospheric but more thought out, more developed this time around. It’s addicting how his music fully engulfs you with a tidal wave of hopeful nostalgia and longing. It’s the first album in some time where, immediately after the final track finished, I routinely returned to the beginning just to experience it all over again. Do the same yourself…but if you really want the abbreviated version, jump straight to the standout title track “Nocturne”.
Music is addicting and still has the power, y’all.
Check out Nocturne in its entirety on Spotify by clicking here.
Listen and love.
Photo above via: Wild Nothing

Fast Pick: Wild Nothing

Pitchfork labeled the new album Nocturne as “Best New Music" and with good reason. Nocturne marks a maturation for Wild Nothing’s prime innovator, Jack Tatum…a collection of songs still romantically atmospheric but more thought out, more developed this time around. It’s addicting how his music fully engulfs you with a tidal wave of hopeful nostalgia and longing. It’s the first album in some time where, immediately after the final track finished, I routinely returned to the beginning just to experience it all over again. Do the same yourself…but if you really want the abbreviated version, jump straight to the standout title track “Nocturne”.

Music is addicting and still has the power, y’all.

Check out Nocturne in its entirety on Spotify by clicking here.

Listen and love.

Photo above via: Wild Nothing

JUST DROPPED: Matthew Dear, Beams
Plain and simple - I totally dig it. Dark and haunting but intricate, interesting and even sure to make you groove. Get it here.
Listen and love.
Photo above via: Matthew Dear 

JUST DROPPED: Matthew Dear, Beams

Plain and simple - I totally dig it. Dark and haunting but intricate, interesting and even sure to make you groove. Get it here.

Listen and love.

Photo above via: Matthew Dear 

FREE Download: The Helio Sequence, “October”
We have to wait four years for a lot of things: the Olympics, the presidential election, another Giants & Patriots face-off (as in the most recent Super Bowl). That’s also how long it’s been since Portland-based The Helio Sequence released their last album, 2008’s Keep Your Eyes Ahead. Come September, that wait will finally be over when the band releases their latest effort, Negotiations.
To get us all jacked for the new album, they’ve unveiled Negotiations' first track. “October” is a fine Helio Sequence song in its truest form - dreamy guitars, drums, and drifting vocals. I was hoping a four year wait would be worth it, and I think it's safe to say that it will be. Stream and download “October” below, all for free.
Listen and love.

Photo above via: The Helio Sequence

FREE Download: The Helio Sequence, “October”

We have to wait four years for a lot of things: the Olympics, the presidential election, another Giants & Patriots face-off (as in the most recent Super Bowl). That’s also how long it’s been since Portland-based The Helio Sequence released their last album, 2008’s Keep Your Eyes Ahead. Come September, that wait will finally be over when the band releases their latest effort, Negotiations.

To get us all jacked for the new album, they’ve unveiled Negotiations' first track. “October” is a fine Helio Sequence song in its truest form - dreamy guitars, drums, and drifting vocals. I was hoping a four year wait would be worth it, and I think it's safe to say that it will be. Stream and download “October” below, all for free.

Listen and love.

Photo above via: The Helio Sequence

Twin Shadow had me at “Slow”. That song was so painfully mesmerizing, such a perfect pairing of hopelessly mournful vocals and utterly upbeat drum loops. “I don’t wanna believe or be in love,” George Lewis Jr., the man behind it all, wailed behind an ocean of starry synths.
I’ve been hooked ever since.
Lewis certainly characterizes the ’80s new wave label and he wears it well. His new album, Confess, presents a more rounded, more cohesive Twin Shadow. It’s an overall good album from start to finish that takes you on a journey of entangled emotions.
Highlights include “You Call Me On”, a hip swayer filled with guitar riffs and heavy droning beats. The piano-driven “I Don’t Care” is laced with bitter mockery towards an unfit lover: “I will say three words/I’ll probably mean the first two and regret the third/I don’t care,” Lewis belts with haste. Despite his lyrical acidic tendencies, Lewis seems to keep it all sounding alive and well on Confess. The punchy first single “Five Seconds” will make you want to hop on a motorcycle and race off like George Lewis Jr. himself…or dance like Molly Ringwald in Saturday detention à la The Breakfast Club.
But you know what, why pick a favorite track? You can stream the full album below in its entirety. 
Listen and love.

Photo above via: Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow had me at “Slow”. That song was so painfully mesmerizing, such a perfect pairing of hopelessly mournful vocals and utterly upbeat drum loops. “I don’t wanna believe or be in love,” George Lewis Jr., the man behind it all, wailed behind an ocean of starry synths.

I’ve been hooked ever since.

Lewis certainly characterizes the ’80s new wave label and he wears it well. His new album, Confess, presents a more rounded, more cohesive Twin Shadow. It’s an overall good album from start to finish that takes you on a journey of entangled emotions.

Highlights include “You Call Me On”, a hip swayer filled with guitar riffs and heavy droning beats. The piano-driven “I Don’t Care” is laced with bitter mockery towards an unfit lover: “I will say three words/I’ll probably mean the first two and regret the third/I don’t care,” Lewis belts with haste. Despite his lyrical acidic tendencies, Lewis seems to keep it all sounding alive and well on Confess. The punchy first single “Five Seconds” will make you want to hop on a motorcycle and race off like George Lewis Jr. himself…or dance like Molly Ringwald in Saturday detention à la The Breakfast Club.

But you know what, why pick a favorite track? You can stream the full album below in its entirety. 

Listen and love.

Photo above via: Twin Shadow