We made our annual pilgrimage to see Pretty Lights this past weekend at Red Rocks. What has become a tradition for the Colorado resident, he managed to play two back to back sold out shows once again at the famed venue. Every year we have had a chance to cover Pretty Lights and every year his creativity has taken it to a whole new level. This year was no exception, in what has become a regular theme nowadays for many artist, The Colorado Symphony was called into duty to provide an extra dose of musical bliss.Read More
Our favorite musical group hailing from Glasgow paid us a visit this past Thursday night at a sold out Ogden Theatre. CHVRCHES gave the crowd a good hour and a half performance (the set seemed short, probably due to the fact that they only have one album so far), nonetheless they managed to entertain from the beginning note to the last riff. Lauren Mayberry, lead singer commanded the stage flanked by an array of flashing lights and strobes often leaving us catching only a glimpse of her silhouette. Her small stature does not reflect the amazing vocals that transform into the bands live sound. The combination of Iain Cook and Martin Doherty round out the rest of the band. The combination of pulsating synths and flailing guitar riffs give the band their unique electro-pop sound.
The band played through a rather mellow first half of the set leading to a huge finish with crowd sing a longs of "Recover", "Tether", and "Mother We Share", before breaking before their encore. They often joked between songs touching on everything from The Jonas Brothers fur shop on Broadway, the smell of weed (as compared to California), to random audience members wearing crazy t-shirts. We first saw the band two years ago at SXSW and they are definitely on their way to big things, they will continue their US tour through the end of June with a performance at Bonnaroo before heading back overseas to play a slew of festivals.
Autumnal days feel exceptionally short in Abbotsford, BC, Canada. The sun rises but hardly invites. The inevitability of night is impending.
As 2012 came to a close, Teen Daze entered a state of repose. He chose the company of insular, droning ambient music. He wrote new material, and for the first time he found the process not to be a means of escape or refuge. Rather than imagining an outward utopia, or seeking an inward sanctuary, he simply engaged his work with his reality, his physical world.
Like it’s namesake, Glacier is more than solidified water adrift in a sea of home-produced electronic music. It is a collection of moments, historical particles and physical experiences, gathered into a whole. A testament to self-editing and sequencing, the 40-minute album merges hours of abstract instrumental work with more structured compositions. Varied yet cohesive, Glacierfinds Jamison confident both as a drifter and a romantic. Lyrics are used personally and sparingly, often drifting in and out on a single phrase. “No one sees you, the way I see you”, he repeats through opener “Alaska”. Album centerpiece “Ice On The Windowsill” celebrates the notion of remaining indoors with the one you love as the world frosts over. Connecting each epiphany are wordless ruminations—like the twisted pitch of “Tundra”, the cool warmth of “Forest At Dawn”—some of the most evocative sound design in Teen Daze’s career to date. “Walk” is the rightful closer, an affectingly repetitious four chord salute to a fallen day.
The album’s fixation on manifesting physicality translates to being a highly performative production. The role of live instruments, field recordings, and general human presence is evident in these songs, just as millennia-old organisms lay suspended in a frozen core. This was a deliberate choice; Teen Daze plans to tour in support of the release for the first time as a full band—essentially to actualize Glacier in the physical world.
From time to time, we get the awesome opportunity to sit and chat with some amazing musicians and hear their stories. Last week I talked to Matt Shultz frontman for indie outfit Cage The Elephant, who will be here in Denver on September 17 opening for MUSE. Check out what he had to say.
Ultra5280: You have a new album on the horizon, how did the name Melophobia come about? The definition translates to "fear of music".
Matt: It's always been there, you know there is a certain external pressure that happens to cater towards cool or to try to craft a sound that is build around one's perspective of what society's perspective might be or what is artistic or what is considered intellectual art or whatever. And so, there is this insurmountable pressure that starts to come out, I think fear is like the enemy winning when it comes to any creative works, fear and pride. It's more or less the fear of music becoming something it didn't turn out to be. There is always that battle of maintaining that innocence of creation when it comes to music. When you start making music that feeling that you get, really when it comes down to it music is a communal thing, its something you communicate. Historically your songs were about your culture. As cliche as it sounds music is a universal language, you can play a blues note and everyone knows. Thats what this record is about, we try to keep it in a learning stage.
Ultra5280: Your second album Thank You, Happy Birthday has been described as harder and much edgier, how much of that sound carried over to Melophobia?
Matt: I would say that, more of what we love about music we try and show on each record. And so I wouldn't say that more of that showed up on this record, but more of what we like to point out as new in this record, and that is what we love. There are some tracks that I would venture to say are heavier, but there also some subtle tracks. So yeah I think it did carry over.
Ultra5280: Discuss the clashing views of serious vs. fun music in Melophobia amongst the band and working through them?
Matt: Well serious vs fun, I think they go hand in hand because you can't departmentalize certain emotions, we are emotional creatures and different times there are different emotions that are triggered by different experiences, but they are all part of the human experience. I don't think the difficulty between emotional stances were serious or fun, but more towards trying to cohesively marry different song escapes. Maybe reflected by different emotions, less about emotions but more about personalities. I don't look at it as emotional differences but the personalities between songs.
Ultra5280: You've talked about "filling holes" in music and the influences of Bowie and Dylan, where else does the band draw inspiration from?
Matt: Anything interesting I guess, my father has always been a huge influence on me. He always stressed uniqueness, the beauty of your own self. We are influenced by films, on this record honestly we didn't listen to a lot of music, because in the past i've always felt really firm to the motto of many literature writers, which is read more way than you would write. I tried to listen to as much diverse music that I possibly could. The human mind is complex, there were times, where my mind would fill blanks with experiences and create sounds I had never heard before.
Ultra5280: You have toured with the likes of Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots and Silversun Pickups, and are about to embark on a tour with Muse, what have you learned from those bands and what advice have you received if any?
Matt: Passion, to be passionate and tour everything you have in to you and what you are doing. Every single person I have across that has been successful is really passionate and they pour everything they have into it. So many people look at the rock and roll cliche and they think that it's all about the girls and the drugs and the partying and all that stuff. Hard work pays off. When you really are around people who have truly made an impact that couldn't be further from the truth. There is a common fiber that runs through the list and that is dedication and passion.
Ultra5280: Speaking of Foo Fighters tell me about the time Dave Grohl filled in on drums?
Matt: It was for sure, we had just gone on tour, it was the second date, and Jared went to the hospital and we are sitting here thinking the tour is over. We were trying to figure out what we were going to do and my phone rings it's an unrecognizable number, but I still answer it and low and behold it's Dave on the other line. He said so heard you guys need a drummer. He came out and played two or three sets, we rehearsed a lot, when I say rehearse I mean sound checked and he pretty much nailed it. It was one of those experiences were we are playing a show and I have to keep reminding myself we are playing a show, because all I want to do is look back at Dave and smile the whole time. He has been not only in one of the most influential bands, but several three or four.So it was an honor to have him playing with us.
Ultra5280: What's in store for the rest of 2013 and what can the fans in Denver expect on September 17?
Matt: I don't know, we really want to give great honest performances. We want people to hear this record, its special to us and we want it to be special to our fans. I am excited to have people hear what we have been doing. We love Denver!
Has Bloc Party fell off? I was asking myself that question as I took in their show Wednesday night at The Ogden Theatre. I have been a loyal follower of the Brits, since I first saw them at Austin City Limits in 2005, it was right about the time "Silent Alarm" was released and they were the "it" band of that year. Fast forward nine years later and five studio albums, the band still carries the same energy, yet for some reason, (it may have been the order of the setlist) I felt as if they could have given it a bit more. My opinion could be due to the fact that, "Silent Alarm" was to me what The Killers "Hot Fuss" was at the same time, an all out play on repeat album that made me want to dance. Not to say I haven't enjoyed every one of their records ever since, I felt a void that can only be described as disappointed. The venue was packed but not sold out and at times it seemed that the set was at a standstill between more of their mellow songs, the crowd often seemed subdued by the mixture of upbeat dance numbers and slower ballads. Maybe I caught them on a bad night, or maybe they have fallen off. By no means was the show "epic," nor did they "kill it". They did manage to entertain those loyal followers for the almost two hour set. To some it was the price of admission.
Check out more photos here.
Setlist: So Here We Are | Team A | Hunting For Witches | Positive Tension | Kettling | Real Talk | Waiting For The 7:18 | Song For Clay | Banquet | Coliseum | Day 4 | The Prayer | We Are Good People | Encore 1: Signs | Ares | This Modern Love | Flux | Encore 2: Montreal | Truth | Helicopter
It always seems like our inbox receives quite a bit of love on Monday mornings. Here are some things to sink your teeth into for this week.
Santigold "Girls" via 'GIRLS - Volume 1' soundtrack on Brooklyn Vegan!
Check out a sequence of lip-singing, dancing, femmes, in the new music video for Santigold’s “Girls,” an exclusive single release on the soundtrack for the freshly Golden Globe award winning HBO series Girls, which premiered on Brooklyn Vegan this morning!
The video depicts the essence of New York women, showcasing a variety of shapes, sizes, ages, and personal styles, all accompanied by Santigold’s hard-hitting, light-hearted “Girls” lyrics. The track is embraced on the ‘GIRLS – Volume 1’ soundtrack among an array of luminaries, including fresh tracks and fan-favorites from Robyn, Icona Pop, fun., Sleigh Bells, Grouplove & Fleet Foxes.
'Girls' OST tracklist:
1) ROBYN "Dancing On My Own"
2) FUN "Sight Of The Sun"
3) HARPER SIMON "Wishes And Stars"
4) SANTIGOLD "Girls"
5) WHITE SEA "Overdrawn"
6) GROUPLOVE "Everyone's Gonna Get High"
7) SLEIGH BELLS "Infinity Guitars"
8) TEGAN & SARA "Fool To Cry"
9) THE ECHO-FRIENDLY "Same Mistakes"
10) ICONA POP "I Love It"
11) BELLE & SEBASTIAN "I Don't Love Anyone"
12) THE TROGGS "With A Girl Like You"
13) FLEET FOXES "Montezuma"
14) OH LAND "White Nights"
15) GENERATIONALS "Yours Forever"
16) THE VACCINES "Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)"
17) LIA ICES "Love Is Won"
18) MICHAEL PENN "On Your Way"
Stream Toro Y Moi's new album, Anything In Return, over at Pitchfork
Third LP, Anything In Return, due on Carpark Jan. 22
STREAM: Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return -
TORO Y MOI
01/30 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom +
01/31 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls *+
02/01 Dallas, TX - Trees *+
02/02 Austin, TX - Emo's East *+
02/04 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *+
02/05 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *+
02/06 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven Stage) *+
02/08 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle *+
02/09 Richmond, VA - The National *+
02/10 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *+
02/11 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *+
02/13 New York, NY - Webster Hall *+
02/14 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *+
02/15 Boston, MA - Paradise *+
02/16 Montreal, QC - Club Soda *+
02/17 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace *+
02/19 Chicago, IL - Metro ^+
02/20 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe ^+
02/21 Lawrence, KS - The Granada Theatre ^+
02/23 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater ^+
02/24 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge ^+
02/26 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret ^+
02/27 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile ^+
02/28 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^+
03/03 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre ^+
* w/ Wild Belle
^ w/ Sinkane
+ w/ Dog Bite
BLACK LIPS ANNOUNCE SXSW AND WEST COAST TOUR DATES
VIDEO FEATURE FROM RECENT MIDDLE EAST TOUR NOW UP ON NOISEY; ANOTHER DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS BY FILMMAKER BILL CODY.
Black Lips have just announced their intention to dominate the 2013 chapter of Austin's definitiveSXSW Music Festival, immediately followed by a run of dates throughout California, marking their first extensive tour in the area in well over a year (full dates below).
While the tour promises to be as frenzied and frenetic as the band's rabid US fanbase have come to expect, it will be a return to safer territory for the band, who recently wrapped up a trailblazing tour of the Middle East including shows in Lebanon, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, and more.VICE's music channel Noisey sent a camera crew with the band to document the unpredictable results of their international journey of rock diplomacy. The resulting 10 minute clip surfaced on their website today (spoiler: kids in the Mideast like fun rock music, too).
Additionally Bill Cody, documentary filmmaker and friend of the Black Lips, also travelled with the band overseas and is presently working on an independently produced feature length film. A brief trailer for that project, along with info on how Black Lips fans can help contribute, can be viewed below.
MORE INFO ON BILL CODY'S BLACK LIPS' MIDEAST TOUR DOCUMENTARY HERE:
UPCOMING BLACK LIPS SHOWS:
Mar 13-17 Austin, TX SXSW
Mar 18 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Mar 19 Felton, CA Don Quixote's International Music Hall
Mar 20 Santa Barbara, CA SoHo
Mar 21 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Mar 22 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
Mar 23&24 San Diego, CA Casbah
Apr 6 Phoenix AZ Marquee Theatre
The always dapper Mr. Dillon Francis will be making a stop tomorrow night in our fair city. It's hard to describe Francis's style, albeit unique he manages to destroy dance floors from coast to coast. Those of you looking to get tickets...it's too late the show is SOLD OUT!!!! Look for our recap and photos later this week.
If you haven't ever been to Unit E, it is a great little venue on Santa Fe and 12th. It is a quaint, fun place to see some local music. The owners got together and decided they wanted to create a venue-gallery space that they had complete control over, hosting a full range of music genres and the art hanging on the walls is just as dynamic. On August 29th I got a chance to see three bands play, two local and one from the midwest.
The opener was Anthony Ruptak and the Midnight Friends. They are a local group with an amazing Indie/ folk sound. Anthony writes heartfelt folk melodies that make you bob your head along to the song. His powerful lyrics and vocal range paint a wonderful folk picture in your mind as you listen along. The fifth track on his album "C'est La Vie," he sings about better times/ "the grass is aways greener" and mentions the Wyatt Towing company and making a payment for having his car towed. Anthony new to the folk scene in Denver, but I expect to be seeing a lot more of him very soon.
Next up was Exit Ghost, they hail from Chicago and are on a Middle America Tour along side Glowing House. Exit Ghost is a indie pop rock band who's catchy tunes make you want to dance along. Their stage presence was fun and light hearted. The whole band seemed happy to be on tour and having a good time. Exit Ghost sounds a bit like My Morning Jacket combined with Wilco. The Indie pop sound along with lyrics such as "I don't want to move to another big city if it means I am going to move alone" make for very enjoyable songs.
The last band to go on that night was Glowing House. This folk-indie group finished up the night with their slow melodic songs about life. The husband and wife combo that make up Glowing House work wonderfully together. Their folk sound and the wonderful harmonies drift through the air like an elegant bird in flight. Steve Varney, the lead singer and guitarist, sings of new love and love lost. "This is a song about heartbreak," was the introduction to the song "Any Part of Her". Glowing House's current album, Days Run Out, is a needle in a haystack. It is hard to come by an album these days that almost every track is worth listening too. Days Run Out is the kind of CD that you take some time to listen it entirely because you just can't stop listening.