Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Live Review: Interpol @ Terminal 5

Late last week, Interpol were on their way to Canada from Ohio when they were stuck in Buffalo, New York, due to a massive snowstorm that nailed the city. The band, along with openers Hundred Waters, were stuck for over 50 hours on their tour bus and as they tweeted their adventure of doing nothing and passed the time, they had to cancel a number of shows due to their situation. By the weekend, the band were safely free and their tour resumed. On Monday night, one of their first shows after what was called "Winterpol" they began the first of three sold-out nights inside Terminal 5.

Arriving on stage to a heroes welcome, the slick New York City rockers sprang into action with "Say Hello to the Angels," off their stellar debut, Turn on the Bright Lights, the record that pushed them to the forefront with The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, of the early 2000's wave of influential New York City bands that would shape the music of the years and next decade to come. It was then into "My Blue Supreme," off their fantastic new album, El Pintor, that showed the balance between new and old Interpol to their crowd. Performing in front of a giant screen that featured the cover of their new record, random images of the band, distorted live video of them performing, and various films as they ripped through their set which was heavy on their first and latest records. Singer Paul Banks looked so thrilled to not only be back on stage, but back to his hometown, yet it was guitarist Daniel Kessler that really stole the show with his movements on stage, guitar playing, and most of all, energy he was projecting to the hometown crowd.

During their 90-minute set, the band sprinkled in fan favorites like "PDA," "Slow Hands," "Evil," "Lights," and "The Lighthouse." As their first set came to a close with the bombastic "Slow Hands," it nearly felt as if this band could go on for two hours more and they looked like it too. As they retreated to the wings, fans clearly wanted more, chanting "N!Y!C!," "Encore!," "More!," even if they wanted to end the night, there was no way over 3,000 people inside would let them go quietly. Coming back on stage to perform their latest hit, "All the Rage Back Home," it not only sounded better live, the energy of the crowd brought it to new heights. Yet, the highlight of the night came from "NYC," the song that spoke to and still speaks to every New Yorker, young and old, after 9/11. This was the song that took them from being a well respected New York band to a much loved New York band. As Taylor Swift's false ode to New York dominates modern radio and charts, her  and her Times Square-esque song should have paid attention to this track; "NYC," is and will always remain that song that sums up this crazy city perfectly.

Interpol's hometown throwdown continues until Thanksgiving Eve and while we are glad the band were able to play these shows and return home safely, they do prove that there is no place like home.

Interpol Terminal 5 Setlist 11/24/14
Say Hello to the Angels
My Blue Supreme
Anywhere
Evil
Hands Away
My Desire
Take You on a Cruise
Everything Is Wrong
Lights
Breaker 1
The Lighthouse
PDA
Not Even Jail
Slow Hands
Encore:
All the Rage Back Home
NYC
Obstacle 1

Quick News

Joey Bada$$' long awaited debut B4.DA.$$ will arrive in January.

Action Bronson has taken to Twitter to announce that his new album, Mr. Wonderful, is all done and will arrive in early 2015.

Speaking to Miami New Times, James Blake said his new album is five months away from being released. He also said, "I should hope that [the new album] will be a step on, as much as the second one was to the first. I guess I’ve taken a focus on the songwriting again, even more closely, and I’m dabbling in some different production techniques, things I’ve developed. I’m currently single, so that’s changed,” he added. “A lot of things have changed in my life since the last record, and overall for the better, so I’m in a good place, I think. I’m in a good place to write in general, and I have been for quite a while.” The album allegedly features Kanye West.

Alkaline Trio's Derek Grant will release his new album, Breakdown, in January.

Sky Ferreira has confirmed to Billboard that she is working with Primal Scream on her new album. She said, "The reason I like working with them is because there’s absolutely no pressure. It’s nice to walk in somewhere and they’re not like, ‘Okay, your label is harassing me about this and that.’ I set it up without anyone else involved, so we just sit and write in a room and there’s no pressure. It’s also just really cool talking to [Gillespie]! Jesus and Mary Chain is one of my favorite bands ever, so at first I was a little nervous. It’s really nice to meet with someone and not be disappointed by it, to have them meet every expectation.”

As the first batch of 2015 Reading and Leeds festival headliners were announced, one of the bands caught us off guard -- REFUSED! The Swedish hardcore band that reunited in 2012 for a special tour said that by the end of that year they would be done forever. Well, it looks like that has changed. The band are reactive and even posted a new publicity photo on Facebook, take a look below. No word as to if this will lead to a new album.

Killer Mike Delivers Emotional Speech Following Ferguson Grand Jury Decision


Run the Jewels are currently on tour across America and before they took the stage in St. Louis, Missouri, Killer Mike walked out with El-P to deliver an emotional and impactful speech about the Ferguson Grand Jury decision which will not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager in nearby Ferguson. If there is one thing to hear and see today, this is it.

Interpol on Meyers



Before they kicked-off their 3-night sold-out run at Terminal 5 in New York City, Interpol stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform "Everything is Wrong."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Will Butler Album Trailer


Arcade Fire's Will Butler will release his solo debut, Policy, in March. Take a look at the album trailer, above.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

VINTAGE CLIPS! TV on the Radio on Letterman

While TV on the Radio dropped by the Ed Sullivan Theater for another fantastic performance on The Late Show, we look back at some of the other showstopping performances the band has done in this round of VINTAGE CLIPS. 


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Saturday, November 22, 2014

QUICK SPINS

 

Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
The size and scope of the Foo Fighters latest album, Sonic Highways, is so big it required an HBO documentary series to tell the tale of the making of the album, which Dave Grohl told the musical tale of America’s best cities. This is their love letter to American music, no doubt about it. A different song recorded over a week in a different city, while Grohl cherrypickes his lyrics from the interviews he is conducting with musicians in those cities to craft a song inspired by metropolis they are in. While the creative force and idea of the record propels Sonic Highways at the speed of light, musically it takes on the concept of the music they are in but they make it all their own. For these eight songs that are a way for them to say “Thanks America,” Foo Fighters go from being America’s biggest rock and roll band to the best.
FINAL GRADE: A

ArcaXen
Arca, the Venezuelan born producer made his name last year when he appeared as one of the producers on Kanye West’s Yeezus. Since then, he has gone on to produce FKA Twigs (a fellow 2014 Best New Artist nominee) fantastic debut and is currently working with Bjork on her new album. In all of this, he found time to record a debut that is so unconventional, so smart, and so ahead of it’s time, Xen will be a record we talk about in years to come as we see it was the blueprint and jumpoff to what alternative music will sound like.
FINAL GRADE: A

Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandela
Nearly a year after Nelson Mandela’s passing, Idris Elba, the best actor to ever portray the iconic leader on screen has crafted a tribute record of sorts using various African musicians, as well as Mumford and Sons, James Blake, Mr. Hudson, and Cody ChestnuTT, to bring a much more pop sound to an already fantastic musical landscape. This album represents the world in song and needs to be heard.
FINAL GRADE: A

Bryan Ferry Avonmore
The musical mastermind, Bryan Ferry, returns with a new record of songs to add to his iconic arsenal of alternative music. This time around he brings Nile Rodgers, Johnny Marr, Flea, Ronnie Spector along for the ride.
FINAL GRADE: A-

TV on the RadioSeeds
TV on the Radio have always delivered records that sound as if they come from another cosmic part of the universe, Seeds is no exception. The band’s latest, their first recorded since the passing of bassist Gerard Smith, doesn’t sound like a band reflecting too much on their past but focusing, as always, on the future and what is ahead. Which in many ways, is probably what Smith would have wanted. The production of member David Sitek is as funky and freaky as ever and the energy this record packs is a colorful punch to fans around the globe.
FINAL GRADE: A-

Mary J. Blige The London Sessions
Linking up with Disclosure got R&B icon realizing that the UK is where it is at – it is something we have felt for a while now, too. The London Sessions is her homage to the musical spirit of the iconic city and how it never ceases to stop creating, stop wondering, and stop being hungry. One of Blige’s best records and a new chapter in her illustrious career.
FINAL GRADE: A-

LagwagonHang
For their first record in nearly a decade, Lagwagon pull all the stops and show they still can pack a serious punch.
FINAL GRADE: B+

KMFDMOur Time Will Come
At one point in their massively long career, KMFDM called it quits, yet, since they have been back they have been harder, stronger, faster, and better than ever. Our Time Will Come is the industrial legends 19th album and while they show no signs of stopping, we thank them for not slowing down.
FINAL GRADE: B+

Circa SurviveDescensus
The fifth album from the Pennsylvania prog/emo-core band hears Circa Survive sounding as big and as energetic as ever. This is a band that has been putting out quality music for a decade now and it keeps getting better and better.
FINAL GRADE: B+

ErasureThe Violent Flame
The 16th album from the iconic British New Wave titans hears them pulverizing dance floors again as if it is 1984. The Violent Flame gets a modern twist produced by XL Records mastermind, Richard XL and brings that classic Erasure sound to a whole new level.
FINAL GRADE: B

RoyksoppThe Inevitable End
The fifth and final album from Norway’s beloved electronic artists Royksopp is the perfect swan song for a band this strong and this talented to go out on. With guest appearances by Robyn, Man Without Country, Jamie Irrepressible, and others, Royksopp wave goodbye in grand fashion.
FINAL GRADE: B

AC/DC Rock or Bust
For over 40 years, Australia’s biggest rock export have saluted those about to rock and been to the highway to hell and back and are now returning basically what feels like an excuse to tour. Rock or Bust is the 15th record from AC/DC and while musically it doesn’t do anything new, it is the first album without Malcolm Young on bass and is the shortest record from the band. It just feels complacent and it feels as if they need a shake-up, sort of what Black Sabbath did with 13, in order to get back to their musical heights.
FINAL GRADE: C

Rick RossHood Billionaire
While Rick Ross has a sleek new look, he still sounds the same. Hood Billionaire maybe the latest album from Rosey, and with his star-studded guest list featuring Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Project Pat, K. Michelle, Yo Gotti, Boosie Badazz, Big K.R.I.T., Snoop Dogg, Fat Trel, Whole Slab, French Montana, Big KRIT, Lex Luger, Timbaland, it still doesn’t save this album from sounding like anything else he has done before.
FINAL GRADE: D

Bush -  Man on the Run
Gavin Rossdale’s latest incarnation to his English grunge band doesn’t sound too different from when he resurrected them a few years ago. While their greatest material ended at the turn of the century, this new Bush should not only be called something else, they should be looking to sound like something else, too.
FINAL GRADE: D

Metallica on Ferguson - Night 5


Watch Metallica perform "Sad But True" on the fifth and final night of their Late Late Show residency.