Showing posts with label 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013. Show all posts

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Arctic Monkeys’ New Song: “2013”

            We have already seen the U.K.’s Arctic Monkeys tease their forthcoming album AM with a very good single in “Do I Wanna Know.” Today, the band put out the album’s first b-side - “2013.” While not Alex Turner’s most lyrically-challenging work, the psychedelic arrangement of “2013” makes it worth checking out: 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Wallflowers Dazzle In Saratoga Springs

            Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers amazed a packed house at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday evening with a two-hour, 20-song set that spanned both the band’s career and their musical roots. Both the Heartbreakers and the evening’s opener, The Wallflowers, managed to transform the indoor venue and lawn area of SPAC into a small club with a pair of fantastic sets and held a chorus-belting audience in the palm of their hands.
            The Heartbreakers opened their portion of the concert with a cover of The Byrds’ 1967 song, “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N Roll Star” before launching into a pair of their own tracks, “Love Is A Long Road” and “I Won’t Back Down.” The night of classics continued as the Heartbreakers brushed off songs that had escaped recent tours. “Rebels” was recast in an acoustic arrangement in a way that completely altered the tone of the song. Petty also dusted off the Paul Revere and the Raiders’ “(I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone” and an extended cut of the Traveling Wilburys’ song “Tweeter and the Monkey Man.”
            One of the true gems of the night came during the rarity “Melinda.” While the Heartbreakers typically make the guitar the centerpiece of their music, keyboardist Benmomt Tench and drummer Steve Ferrone brought the piece alive with some fantastic interplay. Tench also provided a beautiful lick on the keyboards to introduce “A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me).”
            After having slowed the night down with several acoustic numbers, the Heartbreakers accelerated the concert with a run of fast-paced songs before closing the main set with “Runnin’ Down A Dream.” The band closed out the night with an encore of “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “You Wreck Me,” and “American Girl,” leaving the stage to a deafening round of applause.
            Openers The Wallflowers received a tremendous response as the crowd gradually filed into SPAC. The current lineup of Jakob Dylan’s band, which included Jack Irons on drums (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam), mixed in newer material with older staples like “6th Avenue Heartache,” “Three Marlenas,” and “The Difference.” As the Wallflowers set began to draw to a close they played “One Headlight” as their penultimate song, setting the mass sing-along trend that carried throughout the evening. 

1)                  So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star        11) Rebels
2)                  Love Is a Long Road                                      12) Melinda
3)                  I Won't Back Down                                        13) Learning To Fly
4)                  (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone                        14) Yer So Bad
5)                  Here Comes My Girl                                       15) I Should Have Known It
6)                  Mary Jane's Last Dance                                  16) Refugee
7)                  Free Fallin'                                                      17) Runnin’ Down A Dream
8)                  A Woman in Love (It's Not Me)                    Encore:
9)                  Listen to Her Heart                                         18) Don’t Come Around Here No More
10)              Tweeter and the Monkey Man                        19) You Wreck Me
                                                                                    20) American Girl

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bleeding Rainbow's Explosive “Waking Dream”

            Even just nine days into the new year, 2013 has already seen the release of some very good work from Philadelphia bands and the announcement of several other potentially intriguing releases. Another Philadelphia-area band who might be onto something very exciting are the indie group Bleeding Rainbow, who will release Yeah, Right, their first full-length LP under their current name, on January 29th.
The band, who initially released two albums under the moniker Reading Rainbow before switching to their current name, also recently realigned their respective roles in the band. The changing roles appear to have created some magic that is led by their combustive single, “Waking Dream.” A song that explores the quiet-loud dynamic with perfectly-synched guitar and drum parts as front woman Sarah Everton lays a series of vocals underneath the explosive music of the band, “Waking Dream” is a bit of a revelation from the Bleeding Rainbows and makes them yet another local group to watch.  
Check out the stream of “Waking Dream” here: 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Documentary On The Frames Due In 2013

        In 2013, filmmaker Conor Masterson will release In The Deep Shade, a documentary on Irish rock band The Frames. Filmed over an 18-month period in 2010 as The Frames embarked on their 20th Anniversary Tour, the documentary ought to present a fascinating look at one of Ireland’s most enjoyable and longest tenured groups.

Check out the trailer for In The Deep Shade here: