Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
MP3: Back To You - Mercedes Mill
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
MP3: Cause I Sez So - New York Dolls
Posted by jeffro at 9:07 PM
Telekinesis is really Michael Benjamin Lerner, a Seattle-based drummer and alum of Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Lerner headlines a show at Black Cat's Backstage at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, with An Horse opening. Lerner is touring in support of his exclamatorily eponymous debut, Telekinesis!, which was produced by Death Cab's Chris Walla and released on Merge Records on April 7.
This album is going to kick-start my soundtrack for the summer with its catchy hooks, sly harmonies and surprising left turns. Songs start off quietly, almost acoustically, before the thunderous drumming of Lerner launches the tune into orbit. Filling out Lerner's touring band are David Broecker and Chris Staples on guitar, as well as Jonie Broecker on keyboards and bass. This is one band on a steep upward trajectory, so don't miss the opportunity to tell your friends that you saw them before they were huge.
MP3: Coast of Carolina - Telekinesis
Photo courtesy of Merge Records
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Friday, June 12, 2009
This is the second concert in a row where the crowd has been overwhelmingly middle-aged and older -- silver was the predominant hair color (if there was hair at all); people picked their way carefully down the Wolf Trap steps; there were some canes. Well, whatever, time marches on, but some things are still the same.
Elvis Costello is still incredibly prolific, and is touring to promote his new album, Secrets, Profane & Sugarcane, which he touted good-humoredly during his performance. He played at least 7 songs from this new album, and they were all vintage Costello, with soaring vocals and exquisite lyrics.
Whereas he used to pack a whole novel into a 3 minute pop song, he is now dissecting moments and memories, losing some of the snarky cockiness of songs like “Blame it on Cain” and “Brilliant Mistake” (both of which he performed) and replacing it with wistful vignettes of people who have not gotten what they wanted. OK, so maybe he always wrote about the same things, only his protagonists, like the songwriter himself, now feel the weight of time upon their shoulders and feel regret instead of anger at the inability to change vanished moments.
Though he apologized for his croaky voice, he could still croon in that signature tone (once described as adenoidal—I tend to disagree, but as the man himself once said, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”), as exhibited by his performance of “Alison.” He engaged the audience in a little playful scatting during the last verse of that song, changing the poignancy of the lines to a celebration of everybody’s favorite Elvis Costello tune.
There were no drums in his back-up band of crack musicians (including a fiddler and an accordionist), and only one very occasional back-up singer (country/bluegrass musician Jim Lauderdale), so that he provided both main and back-up vocals on songs like “Femme Fatale” and “Red Shoes.” His banter was funny, his band was loose, and even though the old folks on the lawn never got up to dance, we all left happily humming the tune of his closing song, “Peace Love and Understanding.”
**Special thanks to Alice Stephens for conributing this review**
Posted by jeffro at 1:48 PM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
If you’re heading out to the Nissan Pavilion this Sunday June 14th to catch the No Doubt show, try getting there in time to see the opening act The Sounds – plus it might allow you to actually get a decent parking space. These catchy Swedish new wave poppers have got a strong front-person in Maja Ivarsson – if she sounds familiar, you heard her guesting on lead vocals on Cobra Starship’s “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It).”
MP3: No One Sleeps When I’m Awake – The Sounds
Posted by jeffro at 9:03 PM
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Photo courtesy of Clare Felice (yes, sister of the Felice Brothers)
Posted by Brian Flores at 7:56 PM
Monday, June 01, 2009
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