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Jul 23 Taping Of Keith Urban For PBS’ “Front And Center” At Highline Ballroom, Monday, July 21st, 2014, Reviewed
Keith was unhappy with the first take on “Till Summer Comes Round” (off Defying Gravity) and played it again, killing the momentum further, though the second version had a much much better ending and it took until that end, 20 minutes into the 80 minute second set, for Keith to get the set back on track.
Posted 23 July 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Jul 23 Joyce Manor “Never Hungover Again” Album Reviewed
The album as a whole is short and sweet, and upon first listen, I thought definitely too short. However, upon further listening, I realized that if it had been any longer, it would’ve been repetitive and simply not as good. I feel like I could never get tired of having it on repeat, which is a quality Joyce Manor’s had since the very beginning
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Jul 23 Punk Rock Starter Kit, Availabe Via Etsy
We all want to be punk rockers but where oh where do you start? There is so much to know and what exactly should you wear? Its tricky, you dont want to be mistaken for a biker or a goth, you want to be a legit punk rocker- and I know, youre worried someone will confuse you with bands, Avril? Joan?
Posted 23 July 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Jul 23 Listen to Weezer’s New Song ‘Back To The Shack’
Four years is a long time, and the band also explained that Cuomo wrote the new songs at a pace slower than usual, ‘giving the songs … time to gradually grow into their final forms’, organizing them ‘thematically around three groups of songs’ and utilizing the ‘sound from the band’s earliest days to tell new stories in 2014.’
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Jul 23 Tree Planted as Memorial to George Harrison Killed by Actual Beetles
The tree had grown to ten feet tall as of 2013, but could not resist the onslaught of tree beetles (primarily bark beetles and ladybug beetles) that are common in Griffith Park. Though no date has been set, an LA City Councilman stated that the tree would be replanted.
Posted 23 July 2014 by Paula Iwamoto-Schaap  Add comment
Jul 23 Bono: “Why would Any One Want Another U2 Album?”
Through it all they were a fountain of, even costing me a couple of friendships with mutual acquaintances along the way, and I need them and am beyond excited they will be back. So Bono the answer is: we want another U2 album if only because it is much more fun picking on you than on Chris Martin
Posted 23 July 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Jul 23 “22 Jump Street” Reviewed
The comedy has a very funny ending credits with short coming attractions of supposed sequels they go to “cooking school, flight school, fireman school, as foreign exchange students and at dance school ” according to Mashable here. It is funny, the movie is pretty funny in a harmless sort of way
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Jul 23 10 Songs: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
o To 100/The Catch Up – Drake – Drake sucks on stage and can drag over an album but when he drops a single and when it is out of the blue like “Started From The Bottom” and this very well rhymed state of the Drake (he is sick of apologizing to girls) he is in a whole other league – A
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Jul 22 Be Here Now: Snap Shot Reviews Of New Album Releases 7-22-14
Go Down In History – Four Year Strong – This emocore masterpiece is the bands greatest achievement, with only a handful of tracks they maintain a heavy standard throughout the 16 minutes, and the more you listen the more there is to hear – ALBUM (EP) OF THE WEEK – A-
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Jul 22 How To Get Kicked of Warped Tour (For A Day)
Word is out that Volumes, a band you’ve never heard of, were booted off the MI date by Kevin Lyman himself. The reasons are vague but it seems that the kids had a wild time at a Walmart. This includes trashing the store and reportedly pissing on it as well, there was also some speak of coke snorting but hey man.. whatevs.
Posted 22 July 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Jul 22 Paul Foglino, Jack Grace And Tom Clark At The Treehouse At 2A, Sunday, July 21st, 2014, Reviewed
Underlying whatever you might think Tom Clark is doing at the Treehouse every Sunday, with free concert at a lovely loft like space with windows looking down on the East Village like it is Lincoln Center’s Allen Room gone downtown what he is doing is managing the flux of time
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Jul 22 Leslie Stevens At The Grand Ole Echo, Sunday July 20th 2014, reviewed
She was bringing something fresh to the game, and managed to captivate the audience with her adorable personality, her uplifting and ascending tunes and her high-pitched voice dolling up over the pedal steel and layered guitars.
Posted 22 July 2014 by Alyson Camus  Add comment
Jul 22 MTV VMA Nominations… Same Ol’ Thang
We at rocknyc should really have our own awards show- we have a wider range and more snarky opinions and if it were my category, it’d be “The Artists Who Pissed Me off The Most”, let me tell ya kids, that’d be one long nomination list.
Posted 22 July 2014 by Helen Bach  Add comment
Jul 22 Jungle’s “Jungle” Reviewed
The two songs that open Jungle “The Heat” and “Accelerate” are serious keepers, and if by “Platoon” you’ve kinda gotten the point, better repeating this album when necessary, the sound is samey, the horns, synths, falsettos, and strings, all a touch manufactured, but that doesn’t make them any less perfect.
Posted 22 July 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment
Jul 22 Must See: Jimmy Page In Conversation This November
I’d love to see Page bring out the Zep catalog on stage one more time but he has a huge problem, who do you get to play Page? Adam Lambert? Eddie Vedder (right attitude, wrong key). Anyway, buy tickets for the November 3rd conversation at the 92nd Street Y here.
Posted 22 July 2014 by Iman Lababedi  Add comment

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Last Salute To The Blank Generation: My Top Seven Songs Of the ’70s

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7. “Blank Generation,” Richard Hell and the Voidoids. In 1959, Bobby McFadden, who provided the voice to Franken Berry in the ‘70s, and poet Rod McKuen released a novelty single titled “The Beat Generation,” about the low budget hipster lifestyle. Richard (Meyers) Hell reworked the tune, playing “Blank Generation” in an early version of Television and with the non-Petty Heartbreakers in 1976. Released with the Voidoids in ’77, law school graduate Robert Quine provided the razor sharp guitar while Hell howled about being “God’s consolation prize.” The tagline, “I belong to the blank generation,” became the battle cry for the CBGB’s punk rock crowd. The perfect angst anthem for self-designated outcasts.

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Fall Out Boy’s “Young Volcanoes” Reviewed

Fall Out Boy is on a freakin' roll.

They released a new tune called "Young Volcanoes" and it is the best tune that they've released out of the three.  First of all, the entire aspect of the sound is adorable.  It sounds like they're young FOB again, and Patrick even laughs in it- they're having fun, and it's really evident.

It's certainly the most catchy song I've heard in a while.  It's definitely a new sound, and has a more well-rounded feel than "Phoenix" and "Light Em Up".  I take back what I said about "Phoenix"- because this will be THE song of summer 2013.  It has a hint of pop pizazz but is most certainly "indie" enough for the other fans.  It just makes you feel happy, which is really nice.  It has the freeing vibe that was kind of lost in the last album or two they released; FOB always felt super contemporary and just like they knew what teens wanted to hear.  Folie was a little too mature for a lot of fans to appreciate, so now that they've fallen back into their niche, it's clear that this is their true element.

Patrick sounds young again (circa Cork Tree), and you can sense the enjoyment in his voice; it's almost like you can envision him dancing around in the studio.  The instruments are upbeat and peppy, and have a wholesome feel.  It's like the entire band got together and knew exactly what they wanted and it's like somehow you can feel like they bonded over this tune.  Everything about it is gorgeous.  The composition is a little similar to some other radio-tunes from the past, but that's to be expected.  Besides, FOB did it a thousand times better.

Also, if you kind of fangirl when you hear new stuff about them, I'm sure you've already swooned about Patrick's little giggle.  It's so genuine and relatable.  They aren't rock stars with this song- they're just like regular people, having a friggin' BLAST.  

It's a beautiful feeling to have Fall Out Boy *really* back. Listen

 

Manic Street Preachers, “Motown Junk” Reviewed

Back in my day if you were a fan of Manic Street Preachers you were a preppy ass poser.  In the very late 1980s you could go one of two ways, the filth of 'hardcore' or the 'artsy' intellectual punk thing and MSP were the later.

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