This is a stream of consciousness review on the fly:
Knocked it out of the park. Tight jams. Funky time signatures. Remind me of Rush meets the Jam but better. If I were an A&R man, I would sign these guys an have them open for Mars Volta. Watch them go platinum. I'm dead serious. See them. Now.
Rocky beginning and end but when they click it's on. They should drop the Weezer 2.0 songs and stick to hot licks like instrumental "Mahi-Mahi." Concert goer says, "If they were cuter, they'd be bigger."
Indie rock, you have brought the work so far. I never thought I'd see drunk hipster dance to a band that sounds like Boston meets Supertramp meets Phoenix. Tight songs and rhythms. If you like Phoenix, you must check these guys out. Three bands to watch for.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
It's time for summer and for me, that means only one thing. Music Festivals. Somewhere in the Western world, there's bound to be on every weekend. This weekend is probably the biggest one in the US, Bonnaroo. Started in 2002, Bonnaroo has grown from its humble roots in the Jamband community and the legendary Phish festivals to a festival that is one of the pre-eminent music events in North America.
Last year was my first trip to the Manchester, TN farm and I had a blast. Day one found me checking out such hot new bands as Hockey and White Rabbits. Day two I saw Animal Collective play in bright daylight, TV on the Radio rock out, watched the Penguins win the Stanley Cup with 30 strangers on a 13-inch screen while David Byrne and Jets Overhead rocked for my attention in the background, and then saw Phish for the first time in 5 years. Day Three kicked off with a hot set by Turbine, a surprise set from Jimmy Buffett, Comedy from Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Jimmy Fallon broken up by big time favorite Dan Dyer, a taste of Elvis Costello and Wilco before the main course being in the pit of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The final day rounded out with Lebowski Fest, Okkervil River, Merle Haggard, Coheed & Cambria, and Phish with special guest Bruce Springsteen, a collaboration that truly blew my mind.
With all that excitement, the attention now turns to what surprises are in store for 2010. As noticed by the earlier list, I didn't get out to many late nights last year. This year seems all about the late nights. Here's a rundown of what I hope to catch.
The Temper Trap
Mayer Hawthorne and the County
Thursday is traditionally set for up and coming bands and this year is no different. Heavy hitters not to overlook include The Temper Trap and Local Natives which is why you'll find me at That Tent mostly on Thursday. Local Natives' killer Gorilla Manor and The Temper Trap's great Conditions lead the way but you'd be hard pressed to be let down on the festival's first day.
The Young Veins
The Gaslight Anthem
She & Him
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Kings of Leon
Daryl Hall and Chromeo
Friday is action-packed from the get-go. Starting with Panic! at the Disco ex-pats The Young Veins' retro sound is a good lead-in for The Gaslight Anthem's Springsteen-tinged Jersey punk. Then it's ladies day at This Tent as Beth Ditto's Gossip will have a mid-day dance party and then indie goddess Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward rock out as She & Him. I'll probably leave She & Him early to catch a bit of the National as High Violet and their back catalogue has me excited for the band. Then from the National, we go into the awesome power that is Tenacious D. I've seen the D before at Madison Square Garden but as D appearances are rare and Conan O'Brien is on hand, I feel this set is a don't miss. Probably, debut some new tracks as well. Michael Franti and Spearhead, a festival staple, will bring some much needed vibes to the day before seeing local boys Kings of Leon rock the main stage.
Friday late night is just as insane as the day. Making a decision on the three-way logjam that is the Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, and Daryl Hall & Chromeo, watching one clip from Live from Daryl's House on YouTube made the decision easy. Daryl Hall & Chromeo will be one not to miss. The Flaming Lips will be around and The Black Keys, I'll catch at Lollapalooza. It all leads to probably the biggest set of the day (sorry Kings of Leon), LCD Soundsystem from 2-4 AM. I don't even need to say anymore. It's gonna be on fire.
The Avett Brothers
After the clusterbang that is Friday, the Bonnaroo scheduling gets much easier. Saturday is really about one thing for me: Conan. I will do whatever it takes to be in the Comedy Tent for Coco. Probably the artist I'm most looking to see at the 'Roo this year. Never was able to catch a taping of Late Night so this'll be as close to that as I can get. Nice breather after Coco, either watching USA/England in the World Cup or making my way to the What Stage for Jimmy Cliff. A reggae legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, it will be amazing to be in the sunshine (hopefully) enjoying Cliff's mellow grooves. The folk rock stylings of the Avett Brothers will follow that only to ramp it up for an amazing 1-2-3 combo with the pop-rock of Weezer, the legendary funk/R&B of Stevie Wonder, and then a special late night set by one of the greatest MCs ever, Jay-Z. It's gonna be a crazy evening. Another cool down with Thievery Corporation and then back up with DeadMau5 and The Disco Biscuits raving into the early morning.
They Might Be Giants
Zac Brown Band
Dave Matthews Band
After raging all day, what better way to ease into the last day of Bonnaroo than the great pop of Ingrid Michaelson? It really will be a perfect Sunday kickoff. Then some comedy with the very hot Aziz Ansari. It'll be interesting to see what he has now that he had a bit about Bonnaroo and the Sonic Forest on his last record. Stalwart jamband Blues Traveler will bring their signature sound to the Other Tent following by legendary geek rockers They Might Be Giants. Dropkick Murphys will be a nice way to break the mellowness of the day with their Irish punk before winding down with country-fried Zac Brown Band, indie darlings Phoenix, and Dave Matthews Band, who will bring the heat but who's mellow vibes are only succeeded by Jack Johnson. A very mellow but musically great Sunday.
That's what's on my schedule for Bonnaroo. I'm sure there will be deviations and surprises. I'll hopefully post some photos and stories from the event when I get back next week. For updates during the event, follow me on Twitter: @MusicGroz
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
6 teams came out to Cappy's tonight. The Last Hurrah lead from the post to the finish, depsite huge gains by Giant Douche and LOL Wut Hax. Here's the answers. Follow me on Twitter for next week's Mystery Category.
1. Google had a playable version of what popular 80s version video game as the doodle on it's website last week?
2. Last week, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers reached the Stanley Cup Final. Name the last year these two team made the final. Not against each other.
3. What was the last scene of Lost?
Jack's eye closed.
4. President Obama recently ordered 1200 troops to where?
5. What CEO was quoted as "I don't know. People just trust me. Dumb fucks."
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook
6. 30 people died in a drug-fueled gun battle in Kingston, the capitol of what Island nation?
7. What member of the Pussycat dolls won Dancing with the Stars?
8. What city was awarded Super Bowl XLVIII?
9. A back injury to their lead singer forced which band to cancel their appearance at Glastonbury and their summer tour.
10. What sequel to a hit film based on a tv show opens tomorrow?
Sex and the City 2
2000s Movie Quotes:
1. Nobody tells DJ Request what to play.
2. I drink your milkshake.
There Will Be Blood
3. Wanna see a pencil disappear?
The Dark Knight
4. Get off my lawn!
5. My theory on Feds is they're like mushrooms. Feed 'em shit and keep 'em in the dark.
6. I could die right now, Clem. I'm just...happy. I've never felt that before. I'm just exactly where I want to be.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
7. Greater good? I am your wife! I'm the greatest good you are ever gonna get!
8. I'm gonna teach you the meaning of pain. You like pain? Try wearing a corset.
Pirates of the Caribbean
9. Well guess what bitch? I'm better than Annie Oakley and I've got you right in my sights so let's talk.
Kill Bill Vol. 2
10. I'm trapped in a glass case of emotion!
1. Who invaded Spain in the 8th century?
2. What type of candy does Kramer drop during Roy's splenectomy?
3. In "The Nap," what does Steinbrenner do when he hears George's ticking alarm clock?
Calls in the bomb squad.
4. What does Newman hit with his mail truck causing it to burst into flames?
A sewing machine that fell out of Jerry's car
5. In the same episode, what does George's Phil Rizzuto keychain say?
6.After Elaine asked Puddy to not paint his face for another New Jersey Devils game, what does he do for the next game?
Paints his chest
7. What is wrong with the christmas card that Elaine sends everyone?
Her nipple is showing
8. What food caused Jerry to break his 13-year nonvomiting streak?
A black-and-white cookie
9. Who gave Jerry an Armani suit in exchange for dinner?
10. What town did the gang find themselves stranded in in the finale?
Name That Tune:
10. Hey, Soul Sister - Train
9. Rude Boy - Rhianna
8. Alejandro - Lady Gaga
7. Your Love is My Drug - Ke$ha
6. Not Afraid - Eminem
5. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
4. Nothin' On You - B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
3. Airplanes - B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams
2. California Gurls feat. Snoop Dogg
1. OMG - Usher feat. Will.i.am.
1. How many future MLB all-stars were on the 1992 College Baseball All-America Team? (5 points)
2. What US president had previously been a US senator, minister to England, France and Spain, Secretary of War, Secretary of State and Governor of Virginia? (6 Points)
3. What US state's motto is "United we stand, divided we fall?" (4 points)
4. "The Crimson Permanent Assurance" was a 15-minute film that aired directly before what 1983 comedy feature film? (5 points)
Monty Python's The Meaning of LIfe
5. "Traveller" and "Lucy Long" were the two horses that belonged to what immortal 19th century military leader? (5 points)
Robert E. Lee