Saturday, November 30, 2013

Sky Ferreira- "Night Time, My Time" Music Video

Sky Ferreira has released a music video for "Night Time, My Time"- the title track from her debut album.  Check it out below.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cut Copy Release "Free Your Mind”

The much anticipated followup to 2011's grammy nominated Zonoscope is finally here. That's right, Cut Copy has returned with their fourth LP Free Your Mind, released on November 5th. Recorded in their hometown of Melbourne, the 14 track album is off to a good start with their new released single of the same title, "Free Your Mind."

The record allegedly pulls strong influences by "the two Summers of Love," birthed from burdening times, yet filled with the excitement from "unprecedented explosions of youth culture, communal elation and celebration," describing various eras that provided the band with a spirit to embrace. The band strived to tear down walls while creating a fantasy world showcasing "what the next youth revolution might sound like." "Free Your Mind," the first single describes a timeless and universally positive image of what it is to be "free," an open ended term if you ask me. Enjoy the new track below.

A new album means a new tour, visit Cut Copy's Web Site for dates and/or further information. This tour is one not to be missed, check back for our coverage of tomorrow's show in Madison, WI at the Majestic Theatre!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Kate Nash LIVE REVIEW (Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee)

Photo Credit: Melissa Miller

Formerly known for her quirky and dreamy pop songs, largely about relationships, heard on her debut album Made of Bricks, which skyrocketed to number one landing Kate Nash a BRIT Award for "Best Female Artist." Set out to inspire a new generation of female musicians, she soon returned with her followup album, My Best Friend is You, which was followed by a few years involving fashion, acting and writing.
Photo Credit: Melissa Miller
Fast forward to 2013 and she's back with her highly anticipated third full length LP, Girl Talk," which she describes as, "the best to date, an emotional purge and mission statement for women over the world." So, when I was approached with the opportunity to cover a Kate Nash show, I really had no idea of what to expect and to be perfectly honest, I hadn't listened to much of her work. I had a similar experience a few years ago when I was presented with the opportunity to cover City and Colour and I left in awe, feeling somewhat foolish that I had not listened to him prior to. 

Originally, what I expected was the exact opposite of what I got. Instead of a quirky female singer/songwriter acoustic guitar in hand, Kate pleasantly surprised me with a new style, edgy, aggressive and "riot-punk rock" like. Truthfully, as a 27 year old-male, I felt somewhat uncomfortable and out of place, at times having difficulty relating to the subject matter on topics such as, "bad friends that you just can't seem to shake." Strangely enough, I found myself remembering my early teens, filled with rebellion and bad decisions.

Photo Credit: Melissa Miller
Although at times I could't fully relate and without sounding like a complete hater, Kate Nash really does put on an energy filled unforgettable performance, making it easy to see why she has developed such a loyal following. The show started off with elegant intro music from the 50's, while her all female band took the stage wearing all black.

Shortly after, Nash stormed the stage in an extraordinary red dress to play a variety of songs such as, "Foundations" and "Dickhead" from her debut album Made of Bricks. She made a point to interact with the crowd in-between every couple of songs before continuing on to play others such as "Birds" or "Doo Wah Doo" from My Best Friend Is You.  "OHMYWOD!" and "Fri-End?" were amongst a few of the new tracks performed from Girl Talk. She returned for the encore to play what I thought was "Merry Happy," but if I'm wrong forgive me. Regardless, it was good. 

At times a bit elementary, but nonetheless fun to watch, Kate Nash has an easy, natural stage presence with the ability to let her beautiful voice shine over distorted guitars accompanied with constant dance. With female artists and groups becoming more popular, Nash continues to stay relevant, leading the female movement with her natural and effortless style which translates from album to her live show extremely well.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Blitzen Trapper LIVE REVIEW (Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee)

Photo Credit: Ben Wick

They have openly described themselves with the phrase, "Open Rocky Mountain Whoop Ass," which seems strangely fitting for the Portland based group Blitzen Trapper, as they pull from an array of genres ranging from folk, country to hard rock. It's almost like one minute you're listening to Bob Dylan, The Band or even Led Zeppelin until you snap out of it and realize it's Blitzen Trapper, which is a pretty bold statement but they literally write something for everyone and that's something I admire about the group.

Photo Credit: Ben Wick
Currently on tour in support of their seventh studio album titled VII, which largely reflects the term coined above (Rocky Mountain Whoop-Ass) by close associates to the band. Regardless, the album reflects memories of Oregon, which can be heard on the albums funk infused opener "Feel the Chill," where frontman Eric Earley describes an old shack they used to drink at, still capable of giving one a chill several years later. 

"Oregon Geography" continues to incorporate multiple genres and instruments into one with a banjo and harmonica prominent throughout, but also accompanied with a heavy bass line. "Ever Loved Once," one of the albums most promising songs, is another heart felt Blitzen Trapper love song that frontman Early seems to "keep writing," touching on the subject of regret and tragic lost love. Overall, the album seems to take you on a journey portraying how small ideas or memories, can be widened into something larger, such as a song.

It was about three years ago at the Newport Folk Festival where I first discovered myself captivated by Blitzen Trapper and then again at the Treefort Music Festival a few years later in Boise. It seemed as if both shows blew me away more than the last and this time around was no exception. The group have an indescribable ability to carry over there songs into a live performance, which those at Turner Hall in Milwaukee were lucky enough to witness. 

Photo Credit: Ben Wick
The group opened up with an explosive performance of "Sleepy Time in the Western World," from 2008's Furr, before playing "Thirsty Man," from VII, which Early describes as a song," where love like rain falls in the wasteland and slips through the finger for love is a thing that cannot be held but only felt and released." 

You never seem to know what you will get with a Blitzen Trapper set, showing that they really know their songs. With seven albums out they tastefully bounced around playing a few more from Furr, such as "God and Suicide" and "Black River Killer," one of their most well known songs for good reason. "Valley of Death" and "Shine On" were among the set of new songs performed. One of the nights many highlights was when the guys decided to let their folk side show, temporarily slowing things down to perform a handful of acoustic songs, such as "Lady on the Water" and "Furr."

Overall, Blitzen Trapper never ceases to amaze me not only with the diverse, energetic and positive set they continually bring, but also with the quality of the performance. Capable of hitting every note the sound couldn't have been more in sync, which is constantly the case with the Oregon based group. I read a quote in reference to VII, as stated by Early, "May these songs minister in ways mysterious and eternal, or at least maybe make you shake a hip," which is precisely the all around end result. Do yourself a favor and attend a Blitzen Trapper show.