Friday, October 29, 2010

Katy Perry - "Firework" video

I don't normally do this, but this Katy Perry video was too good not to post. Yes, I know Lady Gaga was doing the firework-bra thing first, but this song has a good message for young people, and it's utterly hilarious. Yes, I feel like a plastic bag looking for a new beginning! I want to be brighter than the moon! And the part where people try to mug the magician is a thing of great beauty. Behold.

Monday, October 18, 2010

MP3 roundup - HoneyChild, "The Father"

Here's an elegant song that grabs you at the opening and sweeps you straight through it. The band behind it is HoneyChild, a Los Angeles-based indie group led by singer/guitarist Tobias Jesso. They're touring with Portugal The Man, and have a soft, intricate sound. "The Father" has lyrics with lovely descriptions of nature, delicate touches of bells at the bridge, and humming strings that run like an undercurrent in the background.

HoneyChild - "The Father"

You can download or stream their album Nearer the Earth for free on their official site, and buy the physical CD there as well.

Monday, October 11, 2010

MP3 roundup - The Jezabels, "Mace Spray"

The Jezabels (and I love that name) are a four-member indie rock/pop band from Sydney, Australia. Their first EP, The Man is Dead, came out in February of 2009; She's So Hard was released in November of 2009. Their newest EP, Dark Storm, came out October 1st. They've toured with Tegan & Sara, and have a delightfully synthpop sound, backed by heavy drums and singer Hayley Mary's gorgeous, smoky voice.

"Mace Spray," off Dark Storm, has gripping lyrics and great hooks, and is addictively listenable.

The Jezabels - Mace Spray - official site

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hipster on the prowl: Chikita Violenta and Ra Ra Riot, 9/27/10

I have been busy the last few weeks, but I did manage to catch Ra Ra Riot and Chikita Violenta play in Northampton, MA two weeks ago. We Barbarians played first, but I missed their set and came in just as the second band was setting up. I had never heard of Chikita Violenta before, but they're from Mexico City and played a tight, impressive set for about an hour. They had an incredible stage presence, and were joking around with the crowd between songs. I'd definitely recommend checking out their music.

Then Ra Ra Riot burst onto the stage, jumping into their first song (I believe it was "Each Year"). I've read that they play energetic shows, but they were so dynamic I could barely frame any shots for pictures (that's the singer up there). They played several songs from their new album, The Orchard, as well as some classics from their first, such as "Can You Tell." I had to leave at 11 because I had school the next day (I know, I know, I'm a total square, but it was a Monday night), so I didn't get to see if they played "Dying is Fine." But let's watch it together, shall we?

They're still on tour across the U.S. for the next few months. 

Chikita Violenta - official site
Ra Ra Riot - official site