Friday, November 15, 2013

Portugal. The Man - "Modern Jesus" video

What do you need this Friday afternoon? Is it a rockin' performance by Portugal. The Man of "Modern Jesus?" Yes. Yes it is.

You can listen to the original recording here as well. Their new album, Evil Friends, is out now.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Concert Review: Dresses, Mona, and The Limousines, 10/31/13

Guest post by Eileen Young

We had no idea what we were getting in for. We found The Limousines from a single song on an MTV show, got the album, and enthused about the band with an artist from Korea and other people on tumblr. So when I saw concert dates for Milwaukee, I had no idea what kind of scale it'd be on or how many people would be there. But going in blind's no reason not to go, so that's how my roommate and I ended up seeing Dresses, Mona, and The Limousines in Shank Hall on Halloween.

We got there early by several hours, because the last couple events we'd been to were a P!nk concert in a Chicago stadium and a Neil Gaiman event in Vancouver that had a line around the block. Shank Hall, it turns out, is a pretty small venue, with the light table taking up nearly as much space as the bar.

Dresses opened, with everyone in different costumes, and I think we were only partway into the second song before I leaned over to my roommate and said, "I think we're going to have to get all their music." It's mellow and friendly.

Mona was a big change in mood - they're high-energy and very much rock and roll.

One of the cool things about the show was that you could see the bands hanging around to listen to each other: they'd been touring for a while, with ages left to go (they're out on the East Coast now, and going to swing through Texas and Arizona before heading back to California), and were still really into each other's music.

The Limousines closed, and their setup was different: no drumset, just laptops and drum pads and lights and auxiliary instruments and a smoke machine. They were playing from their Hush album, which I can neither confirm nor deny that my roommate and I listened to for nearly a week straight. Despite the Eric Victorino, the vocalist, feeling under the weather, the performance was fantastic.

One of the best parts of the size of the venue, though, was that after the show we got to meet members of the bands, and Victorino invited everyone to move to another bar to keep drinking and socializing.

We couldn't go, because we still had to drive back to Madison, but I wish we could have. As it was, it was an intensely cool show, and I'm glad I got to go.

Eileen Young is a writer and freelance editor. Her blog is Authors Refuge.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

We Are the Wilderness - "Leading From Emptiness" [free MP3]

We Are the Wilderness is an indie electronic band based in Brooklyn, NY. "Leading From Emptiness" is off their debut album, Descending From Paramount, and is currently a free download from Soundcloud. Check it out:


Friday, July 5, 2013

Mat Kearney - "Ships In The Night" video

I sometimes feel like I'm the last person to hear a great song. Mat Kearney has toured with several famous artists, and "Ships In The Night" is off his fourth album, Young Love. This melancholy track seamlessly blends singing with rap, and is punctuated throughout with sparklingly sharp piano notes. Have a listen.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Temper Trap, Le VICE, Bear Cub, and apologies

Hey all, it's Laura. I know I haven't been updating this blog in a godawfully long time, but I had some stuff going on, like school and work, and then I found the love of my life and now I'm engaged! So now I'm getting back into the blog with some baby-step posts. Here's a digest of some stuff I loved when I was away and lazy.

The Temper Trap - Miracle

This is a sweet, rainy-day song that's so entrancing, it feels like it's over in no time at all. Like life, I suppose.

Le VICE - Find You

They were at SXSW this year and have a new album. Check it out!

Bear Cub - I've Been Around

This is the most hipster video I have ever seen. Plaid? Check. Winter gear worn indoors? Check. Epic beards? Do you even have to ask? The song is a playful indie jaunt, a breezy reminder to "carpe diem." I've never heard of the band before, but I'm looking forward to more.