Released in 2004, “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine” by The Killers was the first track off of Hot Fuzz. Despite being one of The Killer’s most popular and critically acclaimed songs it was never a single. They are touring now and have released the 2nd single off their latest album Battle Born called “Here With Me” which was directed by Tim Burton and features Winona Ryder.
Back in 2007 Chris Cornell quit Audioslave but that didn’t stop the remaining members from resurrecting their previous band, Rage Against The Machine, they released a 20th anniversary box set last year. Damn though I really miss Audioslave.
Third Eye Blind shined in the 90′s with self-titled album. They’re back in the studio and touring some at the moment. I’m skeptical , I don’t think anything can compare, every song on their first album was a hit. I could watch 90′s videos all day!
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Fitz and the Tantrums released their new album More Than Just A Dream and Alternative Rock Radio will be playing a track off of it every day!
New ‘n’ National | The Airborne Toxic Event | House of Blues | 5/10/13
By: Stephanie Rose
The crowd was packed at the House of Blues and every time the music stopped they roared in anticipation for The Airborne Toxic Event to take the stage.
They played a number of songs off their latest album Such Hot Blood blended with a majority of classic crowd pleasers. The amount of crowd interaction by the band was staggering as they played with their hearts and souls start to finish.
The Airborne Toxic Event get better and better every time they take the stage with their heartfelt performance and unpredictable stage antics. As frontman, Mikel Jollett, sang “Happiness” he leaned into the crowd holding a lucky fan’s hand for balance. It seems to be a habit now of Mikel’s, at least in Boston, to come off stage for the show.
“I feel like fucking spiderman right now,” exclaimed Mikel.
While fans could hear Mikel talking it appeared he had disappeared from the stage climbing up the railing and over to the balcony. At one point he was hanging from the ledge and lifted himself back up walking through the crowd back onto the stage. Early in the show all the members of the band played almost into the crowd at the edge of the stage with their hit “Does This Mean Your Moving On?” Mikel continued to show not only his own vulnerability but appreciation for the fans when he stated, “As an artist this is all we have, all our blood, sweat and tears go into this and I can’t tell you all how gratifying this is so thank you so much.”
The most unforgettable and intimate part of the night was their passionate cover of Magnetic Field’s “The Book of Love”. Mikel climbed into the crowd once again and sat on the barricade leaving fans in awe. As the encore concluded, each band member was given the spotlight with solos and fans screamed with delight. The Airborne Toxic Event is not only a band but a family, sharing smiles, hugs, and love not only with each other but with their fans.
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Live and Local | Parlour Bells, The Luxury, The Year Million | T.T. the Bears | 5/9/13
By: Stephanie Rose
As eager fans filtered in on a rainy Thursday night to see three gifted and benevolent bands at T.T the Bear’s – it felt like home.
The bill featured the dark romancing of Parlour Bells, the dynamic rock of The Luxury, and The Year Million’s unique fusion of alt-indie rock. The night served up a delicious menu that satisfied the musical appetite of every person in attendance.
Photo by: Derek Kouyoumjian
Parlour Bells paralyzed the crowd into a dreamlike state with their intoxicatingly seductive performance. Glenn di Benedetto, frontman of Parlour Bells, channeled David Bowie with his magnificent cover of “China Girl” and captured the hearts of the crowd as they were taken back to a time of glam rock. They’re premiering their upcoming music video for their latest single “Bachelor Hours” at The Pill in Allston on Friday, June 28th.
The Luxury’s dynamic performance is unmatchable as they connect with each other on stage and the crowd in a whole new way for rock ‘n’ roll. During “Seven Stories” the energy was through the roof as smiling fans jumped up and down and screamed out lyrics. With two new members, the band debuted, “Nobody With You” and never missed a beat. “I’ll never stop making music,” said a sweaty and euphoric front man, Jason Dunn. Music runs deep in Jason’s soul.
The boisterous rock of The Year Million closed out the night and kept the crowd alive and present. Their modernized cover of Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again” was a highlight of the set. The night’s performance was bittersweet however, as one of their members, Bjorn –Atle Reme, would only be in town for a few weeks and is headed back to Norway. It is a rare occasion to see them all together and clearly they cherished the stage time together.
All you could see was smiles and hugs being exchanged as the lights came on at the end of the show. As last call approached there was no question that every person was musically satiated and would sleep soundly tonight.
New ‘n’ National | James Blake | House of Blues | 5/8/13
By: Cassandra Chernin
Last night at House of Blues, I had the honor and privilege of seeing James Blake live. Blake has been renowned for interweaving the genres of soul music and electronic. He is an extremely well trained musician who studied music at Goldsmiths, University of London and has worked with R&S Records – this education is clearly seen through his show.
Blake sits in a dim light, surrounded by fog, and strikes the piano. The stage is silent, enamored, and lost in the sound. And for the 90 minutes he plays and the crowd is taken on a journey.
“The shifting of beats, the intermittent bass, and Blake’s clear tremendous voice singing his melancholic lyrics semed to grip at the heart strings of every person.”
He doesn’t do dance. He takes this genre of music that spits out the now popular and mainstream dance floor hits and transforms it into a collection of eerie melodies. A song can continue on its slow beginning or change entirely – almost a dance beat. Blake manages to take an incredibly hard mellow electronic genre and creates a masterpiece of a show. Complete with soft and hard lighting, he was also joined by a drummer playing an electronic drum set and a guitarist who doubled on a synthesizer.
Photo by: Cassandra Chernin
James played multiple songs from James Blake and Retrograde including even CMYK a highlight that was a great interlude between the slower more mellow tunes. Every time a song ended, you never knew what was going to happen. Many shows follow a similar pattern highlights in the beginning and the end. You never knew with Blake what was going to come next.
As the night ended, Blake played “Retrograde” to roaring applause, crooning out the lyrics “You’re on your own / in a world you’ve grown / few more years to go / don’t let the hurdle fall” as the show came to a close. He returned quickly to play “The Wilhelm Scream” one of his most popular hits.
Finally, James Blake truly showed off his incredible talent as a musician and a singer – singing Joni Mitchell’s classic song “A Casie of You”. Alone on the stage, his voice carried through the House of Blues and wrapped everyone in a euphoric melancholy.
The crowd left House of Blues buzzing over the incredible performance and quality in James’s music. I without a doubt, will see him again soon.