In search of traveling music yet again and in anticipation of International Jazz Day coming up next week, there’s only one band who fits this situation perfectly- Twin Danger. Driving downtown in Austin for SXSW a few weeks ago, I got excited as I couldn’t miss their highway billboard announcing their showcases. After listening to their jazz cover with a sting of Queens of The Stone Age’s “No One Knows”, their UMG showcase stood firmly penciled into my SXSW schedule. Slow and seductive on the record but lively and energetic onstage, they pay homage to the club jazz of yesteryear with a modern noir edge.
From the US to Japan, through Australia, New Zealand and South Africa: The Script‘s tour arrived in Italy recently. A few weeks ago, we had the chance to warmly welcome the Irish band to Milan. After the great success they had in 2013, the group returned to play the Mediolanum Forum in Assago and the audience that came equipped from every part of Italy, with lots of flags and posters of their favorite songs’, waiting for their moment to sing with Danny O’ Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power. Just a few minutes late, the show began and everything became green with balloons, bracelets and lights everywhere as the entrance left the audience speechless.
With some surprise, my recent talks with Virginia native Eric Leboff led me to discover something I either hadn’t considered or just simply didn’t know before: a musician can be born inside of anyone. Leboff’s musical side has always been there, to be sure. From his college days, he found a great deal of inspiration.
I think for a lot of people what they listen to in college really resonates and even if you later “outgrow” those bands they stick with you in some sense and are almost part of your DNA. Read more…
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 Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk. Now that Coachella’s done, it’s time to spotlight some other fests coming up from April to June! See them below, get tix and maybe we’ll see you there soon!
It’s not every day that one gets the opportunity to chat with a Reigning Royal of Metal. Frontwoman of the classic band Warlock, I cherished the chance to connect with German artist Doro Pesch before she recently embarked on a North American spring tour, continuing the commemoration of her 30th anniversary (which is a big feat for anyone in any genre) in the music biz and I figured,as accomplished a career she’s had, she’d have great stories to share. Touring with Megadeth, Metallica, Judas Priest and Motorhead just to name a few, she’s seen the world and left her mark on some of rock’s biggest stages.
As I happily prepared to settle into hermit behavior this past weekend, it was going to take a natural disaster, lack of internet or a pretty dope event to tear me away from #Couchella. The idea of viewing artists live I’d never seen with air conditioning, indoor plumbing and lack of sweaty douchebags stood ever appealing. Yet Pandora enticed me away for a moment with the promise of a dope party DJed by SoSuperSam and Questlove. I’d seen both DJ before (SoSuperSam locally in LA at Club Nokia and Questlove at last year’s Silent Disco at The Life Is Beautiful Fest in Vegas) so I knew a good time lie ahead.
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 Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.
Like a smack you never knew was coming, Brand New has awaken nearly a dog’s age slumber.
Coachella 2015 is finally here! If you did make it to Indio, you’re lucky but if not, don’t worry; chill on your couches with us virtually as YouTube IS livestreaming a few of the sets today, tomorrow and Sunday HERE! With several acts performing and lots of choices, here are 25 of our power picks/must views for Weekend One. Peep them below (in set time order):
Getting hyped for my Coachella watching weekend, I knew I needed to see Kimbra. Part of a Goldenvoice two week packed schedule of concerts bringing Coachella performing artists to LA to do shows before and after Indio weekends One and Two, Kimbra was the perfect way to kick off my concert viewing for April officially. Last viewing her at Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful Fest in October, I figured there would be a bold outfit, hand clapping, dancing and dope music. Still rocking her latest album ‘The Golden Echo’ which landed on my list of top albums of 2014, I chatted with her briefly last year about her childhood in New Zealand and her Grammy wins ( if you missed it, peep it here ), with her live show amping this up 100%.