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Review: Maroon 5 in Milan

posted June 19, 2015, 8:00 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


Maroon5-MilanItaly was waiting for Maroon 5 and they finally arrived. It was an amazing party, not just a concert. More than 12,000 people were there to sing, dance and scream, having a blast while Maroon 5, on stage, were doing their show. On the 12th of June, we understood why we were waiting for them so impatiently .Their energy is incredible and their songs mean so much to a lot of us that their concert time travelled between memories and past experiences.

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Interview: Brandon Flowers

posted June 18, 2015, 8:40 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Interviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Brandon Flowers_cover album_The Desired Effect We met Brandon Flowers before his Italian concert in Milan, on the 5th of June and asked about his solo career, about The Killers too (obviously!) and about… world peace! Read his answers below!

Your latest solo album was different from 2010’s, when you did your first solo record?

Brandon : No, it’s very similar, there were very similar circumstances to the first time because after we’ve finished “Day and Age”, which is The Killers’ third record, we knew that there was gonna be a long break and so it was very similar. After “Battle Born” there will be a long break, so I took time for myself to do another record. If I didn’t make this record I would have all of these songs, plus there are thirty songs that didn’t make this record, plus I’d be at home right now writing more songs and when it would be time to do The Killers’ record, I would have all of these songs, and Mark and Dave and Ronnie would be like “eeeew… too much!” In addition, it’s best when The Killers are collaborating and all four together to create new songs, that’s the best! There were some songs destined to The Killers, but they didn’t like them…

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Review: Olly Murs live in Milan

posted June 12, 2015, 8:00 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


Olly-Murs-MilanOn the 2nd of June, when in Italy we were celebrating the Republic Day, Olly MursNever Been Better tour arrived in Milan and it was a blast.The English singer-songwriter, musician and television presenter is definitely unstoppable. He sings, dances, jokes with his audience and, above all, he makes all the girls fall in love with him.  He was just adjusting his shirt in his trousers when all the girls held their breath simultaneously. It was pretty astonishing.

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Review: The Wheels of Soul Tour At The Greek

posted June 11, 2015, 11:46 am by Carlita | Filed Under Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Perusing the Greek Theatre summer calendar, it’s that great time again for outdoor shows under the stars. When I saw “The Wheels of Soul” summer tour stop listed, I knew I needed to go. Three fantastic acts I’ve all seen virtually but never live. Doyle Bramhall II kicked the show off early in blues rock fashion as the sun started to set, performed for 30 min and thanked the crowd for being there. One person in the crowd jokingly yelled back, “I’m here and that’s all that matters” which made Doyle smile.

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Press Release Roundup: June 8

posted June 9, 2015, 12:32 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every week, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

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Nashville’s Bully are poised to release one of the finest debut albums of 2015, with ‘Feels Like’ out in 2 weeks on Startime International. Today the 4-piece released the brand new video for “Trying”. The video is directed by David Kleiler who was also behind the video for “Wet Firecracker” by Silkworm, a long time favorite of the band and shows Alicia Bognanno spinning on an old school rotor ride. Fun fact it’s one of only 4 left in the entire United States!

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Review: Meghan Trainor Live In Milan

posted June 9, 2015, 8:16 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Meghan-Trainor-MilanMeghan Trainor‘s “That Bass” tour finished in Milan on the 4th of June and it was amazing. Meghan Trainor conquered her audience with her music but, above all, with her attitude towards life and her wonderful curvy philosophy, carried in her songs. The show was pretty interesting, but it was very short: it lasted just one hour and the audience was disappointed, even if Meghan spent a lot of time taking selfie with her fans in the front rows before walking away.

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Editorial: M.E. Summer Music Memories

posted June 4, 2015, 1:23 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment


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Now that June’s rolled around and school’s out, it’s time to prepare for vacay. Feeling nostalgic lately, we started to ponder the fun summers gone by and the memories (good or bad) we covet from childhood during this season of hot temps and cool beverages. Are there songs that no matter how much time passes always remind you of summer excursions? Were there summer shows you could never forget? We posed these questions to our staff and here are our thoughts:

Brian: Thirty six summers have passed and mostly, I think of trends that come-and-go when I think of the greatest season’s music. Fresh Prince “Summertime” is probably people’s most applicable thought here, but there’s so much more listener-specific results on this kind of question. Bryan Adams “Summer of ’69,” “Don Henley “Boys Of Summer” or even other pop crap that inundated your life. The wife and I were coming home from a long day of traveling for my step-daughter’s graduation and “Whoomp There It Is” came on. There’s literally thirty six summers (for good-or-ill) of memories of upbeat, seasonal songs up there somewhere. What’s my favorite? Hit me up next year.

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The Spectacle Of Music

posted June 4, 2015, 11:00 am by madelainej | Filed Under Editorial | comment Leave a Comment


I like live theatre more than most and musical theatre more than some. But when I pay to see a band play, one of the last things I want to see is theatre. Live performances have become less and less about talented musicians and more about spectacle. Artists like Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Michael Jackson put more emphasis on spectacle and showmanship than the music they are playing. Orchestras certainly know their audience. People pay to hear good music and to see talented musicians perform. And that is exactly what you find when you see an orchestra perform. But performances of pop music have become more about pyrotechnics and acrobatics than vocal agility, technical skill and creativity. Recently, I’ve found this trend for spectacle has become popular among local bands as well. I was surprised to find the lead singer of a Garage Rock band vomiting onstage during his set. This added nothing to the musical ability of the band, their stage presence or the quality of their songs. If anything it detracted from it.

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Jazz Street: Ella Fitzgerald

posted June 4, 2015, 8:55 am by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under Jazz Street, Throwback Thursday | comment Leave a Comment


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Watching an Abbott and Costello movie, I get a bonus when Ella Fitzgerald comes on and sings. I noticed her singing got better as her career progressed. She still had star quality. I heard “A Tisket, A Tasket” again on Spotify. The material takes on a new dimension when Ella sings the song. As much as I like Louis Armstrong, I find myself wanting the song to switch back to her singing when they both sing on a cut (Not that I fret too much). Her songs fit well into jazz and big band playlists. Her singing on the songs by George Gershwin are essential. Other song books she’s made her way through such as Harold Arlen. Her voice has an enduring quality. She can add a new layer of romance to a track. Ella can also bring the right amount of humor into a performance.

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Interview: Alvaro Soler

posted June 3, 2015, 11:00 am by Colasanti Chiara | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


El-Mismo-Sol-Alvaro-SolerSince the end of April in every Italian radio station you can listen to a fresh new song that can make you feel like you’re already living the best summer of your life.This song is “El Mismo Sol” by Alvaro Soler and it could seriously make you feel anxious for the summer to come. Its rhythm will make you dance even in the middle of the street and you won’t resist. It’s amazing and the sound of the Spanish lyrics create an amazing effect within the melody. At the end of June, he will release his first album “Eterno Agosto“, in which 13 tracks will guide you through personal experiences within a Spanish sound easily recognizable through the entire record.

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