On July 6th, 2013, English alternative rock band, Muse,played the Rome Olympic Stadium as part of their 2nd Law World Tour. Their most recent studio album had been released in 2012, and the band has been touring internationally to spread the word of their newest work. This being their eighth concert tour, Muse is no stranger to the world stage. Since 1994, school friends Matthew Bellamy, Christopher Wolstenholme, and Dominic Howard, have played as the super trio we know today. The evolution of their success is fully displayed in their most recent live concert CD/DVD set entitled Live at The Rome Olympic Stadium. It contains everything fans love about this band; Bellamy’s soaring vocals and thrashing guitar parts, Wolstenholme’s driving bass lines and space-ride synthesizers, and Howard’s explosive drumming. It is the epitome of the ultimate Muse concert. There is everything you would want from a live show of this band.
There are some places that simply breed legendary music. Most people think of Detroit, New York City, and Nashville for starters, but in a small town in Alabama, some of the most influential music has been created. Muscle Shoals, famous for shaping much of today's popular culture, is home to classic artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Candi Staton, who have gone through Rick Hall’s legendary FAME Studios to pursue outstanding careers. The “Muscle Shoals Sound,” created by FAME’s in-house band, The Swampers, would go on to influence artists such as The Rolling Stones, U2, and Percy Sledge, among many others. Making his directorial debut, filmmaker Greg “Freddy” Camalier gives viewers a captivating look inside FAME Studios, Rick Hall, and artists who went through or were inspired by the house Hall created.
There is a Rock ’n’ Roll Renaissance going on, and Cherie Currie, former lead singer of The Runaways, is just one of the greats reintroducing music with a message. The angel-faced rocker blasted a packed house at Amityville’s Revolution Rock Music Hall this past Friday night, and it was a show that we won't easily forget!
The kickass all-girl band, Jackknife Stiletto, opened the show. JS has gained recognition opening for acts like Murphy’s Law and Bret Michaels, jamming a new blend of rock, appropriately titled, VAGXCORE. The rockers roused the crowd with both original material and covers, including Heart’s Barracuda, and Spice Girls Wannabe. Studded leather bra clad front-woman Sam Stellar, growled out lyrics, while guitarist Annie Stoic jammed red-hot riffs, and drummer Mel Funk reinforced the beat.
James Dolan, owner of The Knicks and The Rangers, as well as the CEO of Madison Square Garden and Cablevision, also dabbles in makin’ music. JD and the Straight Shot played the crowd this past Sunday night at NYC’s Cutting Room. While taking a break from opening for The Eagles on their “The History Of The Eagles” tour, JD and the gang took to the stage around 10 pm, graciously welcoming the crowd and thanking them for coming out. Mr. Sure Shot continued on to explain that the night’s set would be a mixture of both old and new tunes, along with some covers that he was sure that everybody would know.
When Alanis Morissette's acclaimed debut album, Jagged Little Pill, came out in 1995, everyone knew the record was destined for big things. Sure enough, the album won a Grammy, reached #1 on the Billboard charts, skyrocketed its creator to international stardom and became the best-selling album of the nineties, not to mention the best-selling female debut of all time. What no one could have predicted, however, was that twenty-two years after its release, it would begin its journey towards Broadway.
To the surprise and delight of many, plans are currently underway to develop the iconic LP into a full-length Broadway musical. The show, also titled Jagged Little Pill, will encompass all of the songs from the record as well as other tracks from Morissette's ouevre and new original material composed for the stage. Tom Kitt, a Tony and Pulitzer winner who worked on Green Day's American Idiot, will provide new orchestrations while Broadway veteran Vivek J. Tiwary will produce the musical with Arvind Ethan David.
The Best Fest and Jameson team up to bring you the annual Dylan Fest in honor of the one and only Bob Dylan. The iconic musician turned 72 this year, and what better way to celebrate him than with a 2 night long music festival. It all goes down November 11th and 12th starting at 9 pm. The usual suspects and some new faces will be at the Bowery Ballroom this year to celebrate Dylan Fest. Patrick Carney, Elvis Perkins, Jason Isbell, and Dhani Harrison are among the performers headlining the fest. The show will be hosted by The Cabin Down Below Band as well as a bunch of appearances by surprise guests. Tickets are just $25 and all proceeds will go to benefit Sweet Relief, an organization dedicated to helping musicians in need.
In a musical era defined by thick, polished production so slick that it's easy to forget it was made by a human being, it is an enormous relief to discover that there are still artists like Bars of Gold making records. The Detroit five-piece's new album Wheels is as gritty, feral, organic and euphoric as they come, a relentless stormcloud of cacophony that somehow manages let glorious rays of earnestness and introspection shine through.
It's easy to see from their sophomore release that the band has matured considerably, growing increasingly ambitious with their arrangements while grappling thematically with the impending responsibilities of adulthood. Lead singer, Marc Paffi, (of Bear Vs. Shark), spits and snarls his way through this stunning collection of songs, his voice lurching between moments of snarling, ragged abandon and lyrical, poignant introspection. Aesthetically the group sticks to its punk/hardcore roots, imbuing them with subtle blues, indie and fusion influences that are surprising, fresh and extremely effective.
In short, it's really a fantastic record, and well worth taking 42 minutes out of your day to listen to.
Artsy, experimental pop-rockers Deerhoof are set to headline what promises to be an epic evening of innovative, female-centric music at the fourth installment of the Tinderbox Music Festival tonight. Kicking off at 5PM and continuing until late tonight, the lineup also features indie artists including Awkwafina, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Lady Lamb and the Beekeeper, Kashka, Alice & The Glass Lake and many more.
Founded in 2010 by singer/songwriter Alyson Greenfield (who will perform at 8PM), the Tinderbox Festival was developed to promote music by emerging/established female artists. More than a dozen acts will perform this evening and all proceeds raised from ticket sales will be given to Girls Write Now and the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.
The news of Lou Reed’s death, the legendary singer and former Velvet Underground frontman, still comes in waves of shock and sadness for all whom he touched in his life with his music and words. While we mourn the loss, we can't forget his music from the highly influential albums with The Velvet Underground between 1964 and 1973, as well as those from his solo career which spanned the 80's and beyond. Through his music, he was able to secure a position as a prolific speak-singer/songwriter in music history.