Weekend Pick: The Kooks at Paradise Rock Club

This Saturday, July 26th, enjoy the rocking sounds of The Kooks as they bring their undeniable talent to Boston. In Paradise Rock Club, located in the state’s busiest city, the band will be dominating the stage as the headline their very own tour across the east coast. Fans will have the opportunity to jam to their music while mingling with fellow fans.

The band will showcase their music at this Boston venue; it will not be a show you want to miss. Get there early, and be ready to rock out.

What: The Kooks at Paradise Rock Club

When: Saturday, July 26th

Where: Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA

Video Premiere & Interview: David Rosales

Genres...they’re limiting; they demand commitment from a wisp of emotion, a magical moment or a fleeting thought, all blended into a lifetime of musical memories. It just doesn’t seem fair to categorize a visceral culmination. Okay, we’ll concede that genres serve a purpose: they streamline a fan base by directing the songs to like-minded listeners. Fair enough, but can an album defy all genres by having mass appeal?

You judge. Singer-songwriter David Rosales' new album may do just that. A little bit of Americana, a lil’ California, rock ‘n’ roll, country,’s a genre defier.

Weekend Picks: Vans Warped Tour

Lace up your Journey sneakers and rock out all day and night with more than 600,000 others at the Vans Warped Tour! Each summer for past 18 years, Journeys has brought the ultimate music festival to cities across the country, showcasing the biggest names in pop, alternative rock, hip-hop, punk, electronica, hardcore and more. The Warped Tour popularized artists like No Doubt, Katy Perry, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy, Papa Roach, Sublime, and Eminem.

Don’t’ miss your chance to catch the show as it makes its way to Chicago’s First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Doors at 11am and the show ends at 9pm, or later. Tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50.

Weekend Pick: 311 at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Consider your plans for Thursday night already set in stone, and if you didn’t have plans anyway now you do, because the band 311 will be performing at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion!

Anyone in Boston knows that the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion has seen many popular artists and musicians grace it’s stage. Since it is one of Boston’s largest outdoor amphitheaters it makes sense to have a band such as 311 perform here this summer.

Live Review & Interview: Tanner

Ah, to be young and confident. This past Wednesday NYC's Arlene's Grocery was treated to a night of swagger by the king of cocksure, Tanner, who entertained an intimate crowd with tracks from his new self-titled EP. Tanner kicked off his set with "Where You Go," a soulful blues-rock track that tells of a doomed love that refuses to die with grace. "Where you go, I shall follow too my dear," he croons, "and if it's Hell...I'll throw that fire upon myself..." Determined guitars strum in unison with Tanner's impassioned cries, making for one hell of a start. Tanner dove into "Satellite," a tune filled with yearning, begging for a lost love's attention. "I hope you hear me screaming!" he cries, before breaking into impassioned dance moves - visually best described as a curious mixture of Mick Jagger...and Stewart from MadTV. "Mend" and "Slow Release" saw Tanner reflecting on days past and sipping a glass of red wine, much to the beer-drinking crowd's amusement. "These are my friends," Tanner said flippantly as his introduction to his band,"...and this is fuckin' Ezra" he snorted, pointing to his unassuming, yet very talented drummer, who self-consciously waved to the audience. "Come Alive" was a clear highlight of Tanner's set, the energy in the room heightened as the rock 'n' roll feeling took over. The tune had a distinct Kings of Leon meets Queens of the Stone Age vibe to it. Tanner's vocal performance complimented his immensely talented band until he topped off his set with a solo and then exited the stage with nothing more than a quiet, "thank you." We had the opportunity to speak with Tanner after his performance about making sweet tunes, his new EP, and more... How'd you first get into music? Is there a specific moment that comes to mind when you decided you wanted to pursue it as a career?
I got into music at a very young age. My dad played music, he played bass in a cover band that played around my hometown of Birmingham, Al. He was also in an original band with one of Neil Young’s guitar players. I grew up around artists and live shows, and always loved being around music. I knew I wanted to pursue music as a career when I saw Stone Temple Pilots play in 2001. I was 10 or 11, and I left that show knowing I just couldn’t do anything else. What did you grow up listening to? How do you think it affected your current musical style?
I sang a lot of country music, karaoke style and put on “concerts” for my family. My love for melody and harmonies came from my early days of country music I think. Then, I found about about Nirvana. I threw away all of my country records. Kurt wrote great melodies, and those songs had harmonies. I became obsessed with The Beatles, Revolver specifically, which will forever be my favorite album. Could you tell us a bit about your EP?
Well, this EP is about my life so far, mainly, the few years before I wrote it. It’s all about my life and the experiences I’ve lived and the things I’ve seen. I feel I’ve lived 500 years. It's basically my life and thoughts in the form of songs. What's your favorite song from the EP and why?
My favorite song is called "Mend." Its the slowest song on the record, and its the last track on the EP for a reason. It’s the closing thought, the final story of that chapter in my life, and it resolves the whole thing. It was my way of getting closure, and putting all of that to rest. What was it like working with Brian Virtue?
I loved working with Brian Virtue. He is a very smart and funny guy. Sometimes I feel like a lone wolf in the way I view things, Brian and I see things in a similar way. When I recorded the record, I had just ended a relationship, hasn’t been out of rehab that long, and had just moved to New York. There was a lot going on in my life, and Brian had a way of getting me to forget my personal life, which I was greatly appreciated. He listened to my rants and kept me sane while we recorded the EP. Do you have a set songwriting process?
Melody is the most important thing for me. It’s really the only thing that matters. I come up with a vocal melody, and let everything else fall into place. Nothing is set. Sometimes a hook catches me, and I write the music before I’ve ever written a word, but the melody is always the focus. Since I moved to New York City, I write a lot of songs walking around the West Side. What's been the most rewarding experience you've had involving your music?
I got a random message from a fan who told me a relative of hers had just died and that my music was helping her get through it. That meant a lot, because I’ve live through a lot of times where music was the only thing keeping me going. The power of music is unlike anything else. What's next for you?
I am writing another record, and as Nikola Tesla would say, I am following the 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s. I’m just following my compass, and taking things as they come. I’d like to tour as much as possible after I finish this next EP. I’ve lived a few new chapters that I’d like to talk about.
The Hydrothermal Vents: Secrets Of The Deep Album Review
Montreal, Quebec based post-punk/dance rock duo, The Hydrothermal Vents, pulls rock junkies into their realm of vivid imagination with Secrets of the Deep, their debut album. Laced with themes ingrained in the band's name; Secrets of The Deep paints an animated picture of fantastic adventures and life from the perspective of deep-sea creatures as well as the hydrothermal vents that regulate their inhabitancy. Hydrothermal vents, the inspiration behind the band's name, are deep-sea openings that erupt with heated and chemically rich water from within the earth's crust that provide energy for communities of deep-sea life forms. On the album, band members, John Tielli and Tessa Kautzman play with the dynamics of an inventive voice interplay, spoken word and dreamy lyrics; which are recognizable influences borrowed from legendary post-punk rock bands like, The B-52s and The Talking Heads. First, the experimental duo takes their audience through a courageous tale of lovers who embark on mischievous dealings involving arson and thievery that is rather reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde on, "Inside a Movie." The whimsical instrumentation of the track supported by Kautzman's playful, carefree lyrics and delivery, makes the idea of courting danger sound like good wholesome fun. Next, “Do The Vent,” an über funky and intense dance instrumental, entices listeners to report to the dance floor immediately as Kautzman and Tielli combine the sounds of their electric guitars with synthesized drums, to deliver certified head banger music. The track is infectious and exudes the intense energy that THV is known for. The duo goes on to channel the perspective of predators on the hunt for their prey on “Shark.” Although the upbeat bubblegum instrumentation of the track is in contrast with a disturbing dialogue between a couple of sharks (lovers), the words and the beat sound good together. On the track, two sharks plan to find some humans to eat on an ordinary day at the beach after consuming a school of fish for lunch. It may be hard to debate that the words, “Let’s swim a little further to fill our bellies a special treat/Angra dos Reis, that’s where our prey is; warm blooded hairless, air dwelling beasts/Remember Hector when he was murdered for eating humans along the beach?” is not creepy. However, THV’s ability to convincingly provide insight on what it is like to be a shark by anthropomorphizing some of the most vicious sea predators is an exceptional creative effort. The band delves a little deeper into their fantasy world on “Neptune’s Grave,” here the duo suggests that you should dig up the ancient Roman deity's resting place if you want to find the sea creatures that you desire. The fun and aquatic fantasy voyage to discover more secrets that lies below continues, but takes on a more melancholy tone on mysterious tracks like, “Hanz (Sleeping with the Starfish)” and “Fish Out of Land.” The dreamy tone of Secrets of the Deep paired with THV’s knack for weaving great stories about the secrets that they have discovered and are so willing to share, makes Secrets of the Deep almost identical to a compilation of fairytales on audio, which deems the LP to be a good listen.
Weezer Announce Release Date For New Album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End

The steady momentum of Weezers’s upcoming album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, seems to be speeding up all with the release of not only their cover art and video teaser featuring snippets of the new record. The production on the album is being handled by Ric Ocasek, frontman of Cars, who also worked on the Blue and Green albums and continues to add to their extensive catalogue. Be on the lookout for the album September 30th and check out the teaser video below!

Weekend Pick: Warped Tour at Xfinity Center

Although it launched as a skate punk tour back in 1995, the Vans Warped Tour has gained notoriety ever since for been bringing lovers of Punk, ska, alternative rock, reggae, hip hop, pop, emo, and more together with their high-energy shows that push the boundaries by playing in unconventional venues such as parking lots and fields, fashioned as concert arenas specifically, and only for the show. Although the tour now plays to audiences in concert arenas, it is still very well received and highly anticipated by eager music loves each year. This year’s lineup includes Less Than Jake, The Maine, Every Time I Die, and The World Alive are only a few names on the impressive lineup.

What: Warped Tour at Xfinity Center

When: Thursday, July 10th, 11am

Where: Xfinity Live, 885 S St., Mainsfield, MA

Hear the New Dead Waves Track,

Queens grunge/sludge outfit Dead Waves has just released the second single off their upcoming 7'', "Promise," which was produced by the legendary Steve Albini (Nirvana, In Utero). It is short, clocking in at slightly over two minutes - but not in the least bit, sweet. The track begins by lulling you in with a soft fade-in before it pivots 180° and plummets into a cataclysmic musical abyss. Vocalist Teddy Panopoulos's signature agonizing wail fuses with heavy guitars and crashing percussion to create a truly tortured track that's positively sublime. Check it out here.

FREQUENCY's 4th of July Playlist

Everyone has their own reasons for celebrating on the 4th of July, but when you're thinking about America's greatest accomplishments, it's hard to ignore our incredible musical history. We at brought you this playlist of retro tunes to remind you that there's nobody in the world better at rock'n'roll.

1. Led Zeppelin - "Good Times Bad Times"

2. Heart - "Barracuda"

3. Elvis Presley - "Burning Love"

4. The Doors - "Break On Through"

5. Bob Dylan - "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)"

6. Little Richard - "The Girl Can't Help It"

7. The Runaways - "I Love Playin With Fire"

8. The Velvet Underground - "I'm Waiting for the Man"

9. The Temptations - "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"

10. Bruce Springsteen - "Born to Run"