Archive for January, 2013

Silver Lake indie folk rock band Local Natives just released their sophomore album Hummingbird following in the footsteps of their 2010 album – Gorilla Manor which included singles “Airplanes”, “Wide Eyes” and “Sun Hands”.    Emotional music with strong harmonies that draws comparisons to Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear.  They have a few upcoming sold out shows in LA, Oakland and NYC before heading out for a month long European tour ending at the Where the Wild Things Are Festival in Netherlands.  Catch them back in the U.S. starting mid-March but get your tickets early as a few shows in March and April are already sold out.  You can also see them at Coachella and The Governer’s Ball.

Official music video for the first single “Breakers”

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Cincinnati Alt-Pop rockers Walk to Moon have released a new EP Tightrope (Listen on Spotify) as a follow up to their full 2012 self-titled album that included alt-rock radio hits “Anna Sun” and “Tightrope”.  The 6 song EP includes 3 new songs and a live cover of Talking Head’s “Burning Down the House” along with the original and a new acoustic version of “Tightrope”.  They have a few shows left in the Northeast US before heading out on a month long European tour.  Expect to see them back in the US for the summer festival circuit.

Check out this cool J. Viewz remix of “Tightrope” that is not included on the EP

Drums, war paint, strippers, power tools, Tommy Lee and a theremin.  Just another typical night in Vegas.  All were found inside Vinyl at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last night during Street Drum Corps presentation of their production show “Lost Vegas”.  Arriving at the filled to capacity yet comfortably spacious venue I was shocked at the transformation from a bare bones small music spot to a full stage production with an expanded stage, 7 large screens, smoke, lasers and of course…a stripper pole (Where else would the strippers dance during the show?)  I later learned from the band that all of the stage production along with various odd characters assisting with the performance were borrowed from their friends in Motley Crue.  The three core members Frank Zummo, Bobby Alt and Adam Alt arrived on stage a little after 11pm covered in “Street Drum Corps” hoodies and masks playing a straight percussion instrumental piece on normal drums. The masks were then removed to reveal their tribal face paint and the real fun began as they embarked on a one hour set of songs with new age punk vocals alternating with heavy instrumental pieces and even a drum circle in the middle of the audience.  The instruments ranged from drum sets to trash cans to a power saw grinding on a washing machine shooting sparks 20 ft. into the air to what I think was an early 19th century electronic device called a theremin which produces an eerie, acid trip sound without any physical contact by sensing the hand movements of the thereminist (what did you think a theremin player would be called?)  There was even the obligatory rock n roll concert drum solo by Zummo that, true to the eclectic nature of the show, was twisted with a backing dub step beat that morphed into the Chemical Brothers’ “Block Rockin’ Beats” (I see what they did there.)  The cell phones and cameras came out in full force with the appearances of special guests Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Adrian Young of No Doubt, and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction who all seemed to enjoy the craziness that was unfolding around them. I left fulfilled knowing that I had seen a concert that was unlike any of the hundreds I have ever been to.  Let’s hope the Hard Rock or any of the other music executives in the crowd felt the same way and figure out a way to book Street Drum Corps to a full time Vegas residency.  If the “World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater” can survive in Vegas then “Lost Vegas” can definitely succeed.

In crowd drum circle

Not my video but I somehow forgot to take video of a full song performance. Thankfully Greywolf598 on YouTube had it covered

Street Drum Corps is a drums and percussion based performance group that has been described as a Punk Rock Stomp.  Their music is a combination of new punk with street drumming played on various instruments and recycled objects along with some EDM beats (Listen on Spotify)  They are great guys who I had the pleasure of partying with a couple years ago when they were in town opening for 30 Seconds to Mars.  Congratulations to them on finally presenting their new production show “Lost Vegas” tonight 1/26/13 at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Vegas.  They are bringing along special guests Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Adrian Young of No Doubt, and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction.  Stay tuned for a review

Dave Grohl has assembled a supergroup of musicians who were part of his directorial debut in the documentary Sound City.  The Sound City Players played their first live gig following the Sundance Film Festival premier of the film on January 18, 2013.  Members of Grohl’s bands Nirvana (Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear), The Foo Fighters (Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffe) and Queens of the Stone Age (Alain Johannes) backed Grohl and an eclectic group of music legends including Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Fear’s Lee Ving, Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, and Masters of Reality’s Chris Goss.  They played  a 3+ hour long set of classic songs from from their own catalogs plus new material recorded for the Sound City soundtrack.  The Sound City Players have an additional gig scheduled at The Hollywood Palladium following the LA premier of the film on Thursday, January 31, 2013.  Stay tuned for a first hand review as I have gotten hold of a couple tix to the sold out Palladium show.

Read a full review of the Sundance gig from Rolling Stone here http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dave-grohl-debuts-supergroup-at-sound-city-sundance-premiere-20130119

Watch Grohl and Rick Springfield perform Springfield’s ultimate 80s hit “Jessie’s Girl” below.

Below is the trailer for Studio City

The Strokes have released their first single in almost 2 years.  Wasn’t blown away on first listen but definitely catchy.  Looking forward to the new album coming later this year.  Listen below or go to http://www.TheStrokes.com for a free mp3 download

Vegas definitely needs this. Great local bands showcased in a series of events run by people who know music. I will be at The Artifice Bar on Wed. Feb. 6 for the first gig.  More info from the Las Vegas Weekly http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2013/jan/23/no-wait-necessary-life-beautiful-fest-plans-monthl/

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