The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Birds of Chicago, according to their website, isn’t just a band – it’s a collective. Its main players may be JT Nero and Allison Russell, but they have a twelve-piece band standing behind them as well, bulking up their vocals and acoustic guitars with pianos, accordions, percussion, trumpets, and saxophones. Nero and Russell have been accused of being “the most compelling new voices to the American roots movement”, and after a few minutes of listening to their new, self-titled album, it’s not hard to see why..
“Birds of Chicago” is 53 minutes of classic American roots sound; gentle vocals glide effortlesslyoverinstrumentals that are sometimes upbeat and funky and sometimes more subdued, each complimenting the mood of the story being told and never taking away or overpowering Nero or Russell. In “Trampoline”, the two main members of Birds of Chicago work together to drive the song, sometimes taking the lead and often supporting the other with harmonizing vocals. Later in the album Russell slows it down for “Before She Goes”, quiet enough to fall asleep to and yet powerful enough to keep you up at night. The change in pace and mood in the album is incredibly balanced, at times feeling light-hearted enough to dance to and others making you slow down to think; it’s an album that reminds you how powerful artists in the American roots genre can be, and how brilliantly music can sound when talented people are behind it.
CHECK OUT "Trampoline" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcPkUjoL-wE
Hailing from Third-Man Records, Jack White’s record label, it’s hard not to expect something interesting an original. Willy Moon (William Sinclair), bursts onto the scene swaddled in a dapper collaboration of sharp suits, retro blues, train tracks and some superb whistling.
CHECK OUT "Railroad Track" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF479nQ-s8E
Concerts for the week of Sept. 24 - Sept. 30
Waterstreet Music Hall, Rochester, NY
Sept. 26 - The Antlers @ 8 p.m.
Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Sept. 25 - Thee Oh Sees & Ty Segall @ 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Das Racist w. Le1f, Safe @ 7 p.m.
The Grog Shop , Cleveland, OH
Sept. 25 – Melvins Lite & Tweak Birds
Sept. 26 - The Henry Clay People / Tracy Morgan Freeman / Wooly Bullies
Sept. 27 - The Antlers / Port St Willow
Sept. 28 - Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s / Lost Jon & the Ghosts / Lowly, The Tree Ghost / Extra Medium Pony
Sept. 30 - Langhorne Slim & The Law / River City Extension / Hive Robbers
The House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
Sept. 26 – Santigold w/ The Teen – The Stage Room – 8:30pm
Sept. 27 – Big K. R. I. T. – The Scene Stage at House of Blues– 8:30pm
Sept. 30 – Firepower Tour Feat: Datsik, Delta Heavy, Bare Noize & AFK – The Scene Stage at House of Blues– 9:00pm
Check Out "Smile Smile" Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IpIBhEMCys
Even after 30 years, PSB managed to make some of their best songs in their new album, Elysium. “Leaving” is a smooth, catchy song about the scars of past relationships. However, after that the album turns bitter and corny, going in a direction that might not be favorable to fans of PSB or other synth-pop listeners. “Winner” and “Hold on” are a failed attempt at inspirational anthems and their pop-culture satires like “Ego-music” and “Your early stuff” are unmemorable. However, “A face like that” and the closing song, “A requiem in denim and leopardskin” somewhat rescue the album. The good in this album is very reminiscent of their 90's masterpiece, Behavior, but the bad in this album make it a good idea to avoid the whole package.
Dig good beats? Synths and other electronics perfectly crafted for dancing? That’s pretty much Nerd Revolt’s self-released, self-titled, debut album. Two classically trained musicians, taking on the pseudonyms iLL F.O. and m.0., front the band. They archive their saga at www.dejaded.com.
The Great Impression certainly leaves an impression as Sparkadia’s newest LP release. This Australian act makes its biggest statement with the song “Mary,” which they released as a single this past Valentine’s Day.
Echoing Queen, Florence and the Machine and inserting their own unique choral flavor, Sparkadia doesn’t just get their foot in the door, nope, they shoved in Jolie’s whole right leg.
The album immediately picks up after that, following “Mary” with“Shoot Straight,” a chunky rock song with a haunting verse, reminding the listener that “the heart is the softest place, so shoot straight.”
The Great Impression is certainly an appropriate title for this album as it rocks the standards of indie-alternative. Sparkadia is definitely worth a listen, because when they get it—they really get it.
Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csvAk2BfEXk
This short, self-titled EP packs a powerful punch as Rockets really showcase the best of indie-pop music.
“Toad,” being the first song on the album, grabs you right away, settling you into a comfort zone of easy folky sounds, complete with vocals by the gruff male lead.
“San Francisco,” has a bit of Vampire Weekend-esque underlay, instrumentally speaking, but the deeper vocals play off the sopranic sounds well.
“Madeline,” and “With Thanks” round off the album well, keeping the folky, pop theme consistent but giving each song their own flavor.
Overall, Rockets does very well, keeping everything focused and concise but allowing for the fun of making music to bleed through where it truly matters. The only bad thing about this EP? I really wish it could have been longer.
Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEZ00yEPpWg
A sophomore album, the most crucial installment for a rising band to truly establish a known sound, has been released by the up and coming duo, Tennis. The pair is lead by the vocals of Alaina Moore and overlaps the melodies that husband and band mate, Patrick Riley, creates.
Check Out: "Origins"