Roger Jaeger definitely characterizes the sweet blend of pop rock and easy listening through his latest track off his third album called Start Over. Despite being from Oklahoma, listeners can definitely hear a combination of worldly influences from abroad and also sounds from nearby Nashville. Further exploring the abroad sound, one can hear the progressive rock mixed with the sound of the sitar. The music video Elevator specifically illustrates the path of a personal journey and its twists and turns into necessary adventure. Overall, the art direction and cinematography of the video as well further supports Jaeger’s artistic and creative endeavors. Furthermore, with lyrics such as “I wish our life would center around a dream” supports just how reflective Jaeger is and how inspiring the theme of dreaming, adventure, and self-discovery blends its way into his overall sound.
Hot Rumours presents their sound with unlimited effortlessness. Fueling the song’s sound, Run to Me, it carries the undertones of rock and roll, angst, and the spirit of authentic feelings. Hailing from Frankie Siragusa, most known for working with members of acclaimed groups such as The Decemberists, Reggie Watts, and REM, Hot Rumours brings the vocalist Aaron Ficchi’s sound into a genre of sophistication and the epitome of brilliant music making. Within the track, Run To Me, it carries deep metaphors as well with lyrics such as “everytime you wake up to someone else, you drive yourself alone”. While Run To Me gives us a glimpse into their debut EP, listeners will be thrilled to know that a West Coast exclusive tour will be in the works for summer, simply spreading the sound of Hot Rumours to ears filled with anticipation.
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Are you available to see a concert in the year 2016? You are? Excellent. This post will have some applicability for you. A great concert is ineffable. From the purchase of the tickets to the anticipation to the moment when the band/artist comes out on stage to the tinny sound of ringing ears as you are pouring out the venue, live shows have a special place in the musical muscles of melody seekers. To help you in the quest to find that perfect concert this year, here are a few tours that might be coming to your backyard in 2016.
Note: Billy Joel is not on this list, even though he has almost taken a permanent residence in Madison Square Garden – much like a Broadway play or Las Vegas residence.
Black Sabbath – The End Tour
Although Ozzy had to postpone some recent dates because of a bout of sinusitis, Black Sabbath – as current constituted with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler – started its goodbye tour in Omaha to be completed in September. The pioneers of heavy metal music are technically touring their recent release The End. This is the last time you will be able to see the band that brought the music world “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” and, well, Ozzy Osbourne.
Fall Out Boy – Wintour is Coming
Fall out Boy has made an impressive comeback after a 4-year hiatus (which ended in 2013) with songs like “Uma Thurman” and “Centuries,” which line its new album American Beauty/American Psycho. Now, the band is touring, and if the Game of Thrones pun is any indication the tour will be quite engaging. What’s even better is FOB wisely chose AWOLNATION (and Pvris) to open for the show; AWOLNATION is one of the most exciting bands out there. This should be an awesome show.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – The River Tour
BRUCE!!! To celebrate the release of The Ties that Bind: The River Collection, a 52-track, 4-hour video collection celebrating the 35th anniversary of The River, Bruce has once again set out on a massive tour that will seem him traversing the continental U.S.; he will also be heading to Portugal for a date in May. The show has been typical Bruce, fit with 30+ songs from his extensive collection.
Florence + The Machine – How Beautiful Tour
Florence Welch, who my sister widely regards as “The Goddess,” is an unbelievably talented musician who, with her tremendous Machine, recently released How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which features songs like “What Kind of Man,” and “Queen of Peace” and has been widely regarded as a mature, strong release. The tour, which starts in May, is well worth seeing if you have the ability to do so.
Coldplay – A Head full of Dreams Tour
Oh, Coldplay. You have to give the Britpop band some major credit; Coldplay has been around since 1996 and is still creating unique music. The band is a true chameleon; it is constantly transforming its sound, not necessarily to create mass-market sounds, but, instead, to constantly recreate its music. This strategy is clearly working as the band is gearing up for another tremendous world tour that will include a stop in San Francisco next week for the Superbowl. Go to a Coldplay show if you can; the band is awesome live.
In advance of its third release, The High Wire is previewing “LNOE,” a warm, string-laden piece that packs a punch. The song will officially be released on July 29.
Originally the outlet of singer/songwriter Tim Crompton, The High Wire expanded to include West coast Canadian Alexia Hagen and UK native Ross Forrest. Citing Motown and the Gorillaz as influences, the band creates a melting pot of pop-sensitive pieces that utilize modern psychedelia and folk influences.
The band’s music has been described as everything from “Delirious shoegaze” (Artrocker) to “a narcoleptic wonderland” (NME), but “LNOE,” represents a different approach.
The rhythm is almost exclusively driven by an orchestra of strings, and this creates an ethereal sound that bounces off the listener. The persistent chorus is one part Coldplay, one part MGMT – an eclectic blend that utilizes hard-hitting British pop/rock and American psychedelia. While the harmony is strong and the song is certainly potent, the melody lulls the listener, almost inebriating them with the rich sound. Excellent release. We are looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.
Let’s start with the basics; Sleeperstar will not put you to sleep. It’s more likely they will open your eyes. Hailing from Dallas, TX, the five-piece group plays a passionate blend of keys-heavy alternative rock that focuses on emotional vocal and instrumental crescendo. Like a good story, Sleeperstar is able to balance moments of inaction and quiet with well-placed melodic climaxes. Led by powerful vocals and Snow Patrol-like echoed harmony and percussion, the band is a must-listen for fans of Coldplay, Matchbox 20, and similar Alt/Rock bands.
Following the release of Sleeperstar’s first album, Just Another Ghost, in 2010, the band toured extensively with several dates throughout the United States before returning to the studio to record the most recent EP, Blue Eyes, which was released back in January of this year. Just Another Ghost will be a difficult album to follow. The incipient effort for the band featured songs that landed multiple major media placements, including the TV show “Vampire Diaries” and the movie “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
The band – which consists of Nick Box, Chris Pearson, Shaun Menary, Jake Lester, and Geoff Ashcraft – seems up for the challenge. The opening track on the new EP is sure to find its way onto a TV show or movie soon. Take a listen to “Replay.”
The rich vocals dance over wavy keys and sweeping percussion – giving off hints of OAR. The chorus hits hard with echo-driven, enthusiastic harmonies. The vocal precision of Sleeperstar is perhaps its greatest strength. The music itself is more than satisfying, catchy and potent, but the vocals are almost penetrating. Simply, the vocals stick with you.
Here is “Everything Must Find Its Place,” which was featured in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
The song emits a 90s Brit/Alt pop feels with its focus on impassioned keys and heavy vocals. This permeates the song and helps it become more effective. Sleeperstar’s music goes down smoothly like a craft beer. It is satisfying, hearty, and well-made. I, for one, am looking forward to the next round.