“You had me at do you like Tom Petty?”
So begins ‘Perpetual Summer‘, the debut EP from Echo Park band Rainbow Jackson.
Well, they have me. I’ve never had my face rocked off in such a catchy way. Rainbow Jackson tears through six head-nodding, polished pop gems in twenty minutes that sound as though they’ve bounced off basement walls long before you’ve enjoyed them. Not unlike early Tom Petty himself.
The Best Of The Rest
Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
Jack Antonoff from Fun skips and skitters through this first taste at his new band Bleachers. OMGOSH. Hopefully a welcome addition to the Fun family and not the end of the Nate Ruess led project. I hate to think of a generation equating Lena Dunham to Yoko Ono.
The Chainsmokers – #SELFIE
This morning we had the chance to talk with Graham about his new direction, his new album ‘Lonely Ones‘, and oddly enough…Wes Welker.
Get your tickets to see Graham Colton HERE, and check out the interview below.
Hear more of Graham Colton’s new album ‘Lonely Ones’ here.
There’s no beginning to the story…
Well, I mean, technically this would be the beginning. But you know what I mean. CONOR OBERST is BACK!!!
Bright Eyes and ‘Lifted‘ hit me at just the right time in college. In was an anthem, a battle cry, an emo blanket to wrap myself in that felt more urgent and important than anything else around. So with that, I will forever find myself following Oberst through all of his twists and turns, his digital dabbling and spur-jangling country flavors.
This from PASTE:
Today, Oberst confirmed the country-inspired album we reported on earlier. Upside Down Mountain is set for a May 20 release on Oberst’s new label, Nonesuch Records.
Oberst released a new song from the album. Titled “Hundreds of Ways,” the song makes good on that country promise, adding in percussion and horn treatments that recall Paul Simon. The song will be released as a single on Record Store Day (April 19), which will also include the album b-side “Fast Friends.”
(removes mouth from paper bag, takes deep breath)
Oberst will also hit the road in May with Dawes, opening and playing the role of backing band. Which, is very exciting news. However, I will holster such excitement until I get the Priceline Negotiator on the phone, because there is not a Philadelphia stop planned as of yet.
05-08 Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
05-09 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
05-10 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05-11 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
05-13 Ponte Vedra, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
05-14 Orlando, FL – The Beacham
05-16 Gulf Shores, AL – The Hangout Festival
05-17 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
05-22 Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury
05-23 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05-24 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05-25 Munhall, PA – Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead
05-27 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
05-29 Chicago, IL – Metro
05-30 Chicago, IL – Metro
05-31 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
06-01 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
06-02 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
06-04 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
06-05 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
06-06 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
06-07 Lexington, KY – Buster’s
07-29 New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield
Part of me wants to see him at Buster’s in Kentucky just for the story. Or the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee? How can that be bad?
We shall see.
“I don’t know what tomorrow brings, it’s alive with such possibilities”
In another universe, Matthew Houck could be a middle management accountant. Pushing papers and filling out expense reports, working to get out in time to make it to his son’s soccer match. This is completely plausible. This is also completely false.
Houck has all the looks of the mild-mannered, but on stage he is a force. His swagger is matched only by his intimacy.
Phosphorescent, which is Houck along with a collective of musicians, was a warming light through a snowy night in Philadelphia. Dressed like a thrift shop Matador, Houck bounced around the friendly confines of the Union Transfer stage. The smell of incense wafted across the crowd as candles and flowers adorn the stage. More than a show, this was an invitation into the private world of Phosphorescent. It was an experience that was spiritual in both looks and sound.
Houck made his way through the highlights of last year’s fantastic album ‘Muchacho‘, stopping briefly for songs from the past, even a Willy Nelson tune. At its high points it was a living room revival, slowing only for tender moments alone with Phosphorescent and his songs. Wether he was ripping through tunes with the band or sharing something private alone at the keyboard, each song felt deeply personal.
The whole thing was beautiful, and I hope you can experience it next time around.
If you have still yet to dig into ‘Muchacho’…why? Listen below now.