John Mayer takes a lot of flack, but despite all of the criticism, there’s one thing for certain – the man can write some quality songs.
There’s no doubt about it – Slash is an iconic figure in the world of rock and roll. Everyone from classic rock fans who saw Slash tear it up with Guns N’ Roses to kids who’ve just seen his doppelganger in Guitar Hero can recognize the shaggy hair and top hat as signs of a legend.
At the turn of the century, The Get Up Kids were firing on all cylinders. The release of Something to write Home About in 1999 launched the band to notoriety and effectively identified The Get Up Kids as the prototypical emo rock band.
Upon first discovering the name of Toronto’s finest experimental electronic rock group, Holy F*ck, one might be turned off by the perceived crassness and obscenity.
Icelandic producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson follows the success of his solo debut Ekvílibríum which The Fader called “a singular album, as ornate as it is direct”—with the soundtrack to the documentary film Dreamland (Draumalandið), to be released February 22 on his Bedroom Community label.
For a while, it looked like the world was never going to hear a sixth Deftones album. After the release of 2006′s Saturday Night Wrist, the band had planned a follow up, Eros, to be released in 2009.
Serena Ryder sings with conviction; she’s sexy but she also sounds like she could kick your ass. The Canadian, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter played the intimate City Winery on February 25 to audience cheers and turned the place into a sing-a-long that fans appreciated by the show’s end.
Stadium-sized “Posner” chants took over the Blender Theatre at Gramercy while a waft of marijuana emanated its way throughout. Posner emerged sharply dressed in a blue and red leather jacket, kicks and a black button-down, cupping his right ear to the crowd on that side of the stage, then making his way to the other side with his left.
For fans of the addictively-catchy indie-pop sounds of The Shins, the news that broke this January – that lead guitarist vocalist James Mercer would be taking a break from the band until at least 2011 – was discouraging, to say the least.
By many people’s standards, naming your band Zeus is a somewhat pretentious move. While shows of extravagance aren’t exactly unheard of in the world of entertainment, coming out and implying that your musical skill is Olympic in nature could definitely rub some listeners and critics the wrong way. Given the name, then, it’s surprising just how unpretentious and understated Zeus sounds on their debut full-length, Say Us. The album is refreshingly absent of self-aggrandizing statements and pomp; Say Us instead delivers subtle bolts of lightning in the form of catchy, creative sounds that are often gritty but never a grind to get through.
Let me be the first to say this – Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” is the song of the decade. Forget about the fact that the song was released in October of 2009.
In this day and age, when originality and creativity seem to be dying breeds in the music scene, a musician that tries to think outside the box and push the envelope should be commended.
At a time when the music scene is dominated by the likes of the Jonas Brothers and Auto-tune is everywhere you turn, intensity and talent seem to be lacking. So where do you turn when you’re sick of poppy love ballads and over-produced, unemotional radio-friendly “anthems”? Look no further than August Burns Red.
Yelle may be young and pretty but she is also a very explosive character entering a slightly rigid French pop scene.