The Giant Flying Turtles Wow With Waltz To The World Album

20 Oct

Rocking the Brooklyn music scene with their eclectic sound comes The Giant Flying Turtles. Their overall sound characterizes itself as tropical, yet beachy vibes within the tunes of their instruments. The themes of their songs range from coasting and feel good music to experimental musings of the mind. Between mixing lyrics about the seasons, the world, and more, The Giant Flying Turtles definitely have a unique sound.  Attracting audiences of a variety of ages, listeners who enjoy listening to carefree and quirky music will be delighted by The Giant Flying Turtles and their waltz to the world.

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Meant To Be Delves Into Heartbreak With A Theme of Destiny & Inspiration

2 Oct

Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, Russell Lee exemplifies a mixture of country rock and heartfelt anthems all in one song. Russell Lee is the definition of a true story-telling musician earning six nominations at the 2017 Manitoba Music Awards, and having music videos that have earned a nominal following online with an estimated 500,000 Youtube video views. Throughout the song Meant To Be, the tone of the instrumentals definitely show a consistent harmony that gives listeners a feeling of happiness instilled them. To anyone listening to Russell Lee for the first time, the intention and emotional connection he strives for in his music will have you wanting to listen to more and jam along for the ride.

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Willy & The Planks Play Juke Joint Blues With Spunk & Hypnotic Blues

1 Oct

With their newest album, entitled Willy & The Planks, the overall sound of this band is nothing short of Mississippi and Tennessee influenced bluesy sound. The musical talents of Willy Gibbs on the guitar, Mark Noble on the bass, and Chris Gibbs on the drums, reflect the genuine love of music and affinity for the craft of blues music all in one. The song lyrics of the track below describe the novelty in the south and the environment, feel good feelings, and overall nostalgia wrapped around the music itself.  If listening to the track is not enough, viewing the music video for this track will have you feeling in a whole different blues world and takes you along the fun feeling fueled journey.

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Review: Arcade Fire at MSG

22 Sep
Arcade Fire In Concert - New York City

Credit: Billboard

When I attend a concert I intend on reviewing I take a series of mental notes to add content and spice to the review. Generally, the notes are brief and dull, a collection of tracks the band performed well and perhaps some words on the audience. However, Arcade Fire’s Sept. 12 performance at Madison Square Garden garnered an eclectic series of notes, perhaps most akin to that of a tropical birthday party of an eccentric retired boxer.

  • Boxing ring for a stage. Seriously, not just a box stage. There are ropes. The band enters through the crowd on the floor while mock boxing statistics are projected onto the board.
  • The board features some jerky animated individual with a western drawl and TV static for a face. It’s mighty odd. That is replaced with alien advertisements for products during songs from the Everything Now album – the band is on point with its social commetary
  • Haitian dancers for “Haiti.” That makes sense. Nice touch
  • Great moment for Hurricane Harvey relief – Win Butler plays The Suburbs in honor of the city of Houston and urges individuals to donate to a charity that is projected on all of the screens
  • The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the opening act, comes back for the final tracks during the encore – the sound is electric.

Pair those notes with a sold out MSG crowd with a crowded dance floor and perpetual sing-alongs, especially with “Wake Up” – which was practically yelled by the crowd – at the end of the concert, and you have a vibrant, eccentric concert. Like anyone would expect anything less from the Indie Rock superstars. Since released Funeral in 2004, Arcade Fire has blended creative Indie Rock with mainstream sing-alongs and accessible tracks – always balancing aberrant, polarizing sounds with catchy melodies. That is Arcade Fire’s charm, and a big reason why they were able to sell out MSG with an unsurprisingly engaged collection of fans spanning the band’s history.

I saw the band once before during their Reflektor Tour, but this go-around seemed more electric and inspired. The band seemed more confident. They sprawled around their boxing ring stage like predators, playing each track with an effervescence engendered by the raucous crowd. You could sense just how much the band enjoys what they do and there appreciation that people like the product. This vivacity never faded throughout the concert and the band practically had to be forced off the floor, playing an amalgamation of the chorus of “Wake Up” and “Stand By Me” as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band buttressed the performers as they walked toward the side entrance, Win Butler, the lead singer of Arcade Fire, singing until he finally got to the tunnel. A fitting end to a unique concert by a skilled band at the prime of its career.

Collegians Debut Release Vaccine Delivers Deep Emotion With The Sound Of Raw Rock

25 Aug

With the debut release from the Collegians, their single Vaccine delivers deep emotion and raw rock through and through.  The undertone of lyrics are beautifully dark with phrases such as “are you just another weakness in me?”, and “now you are my vaccine, when I’m succumbing” paint a strong picture. The unique sound of the band keeps listeners hooked as you hear the strong vocals of Glenn Patrick and Gerry Leigh and instruments all working in unison together forming an unique aesthetic sound. Comparable to the sounds of the great rock greats such as Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Copeland to name a few, listeners should be excited for what will be coming in the future for Collegians and what they will deliver to their audiences.

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