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By Charissa Lock

Wherever you search for new music, go to that place.  This year has been slightly stagnant with blase albums and singles and there’s a possibility I have lowered my music standards this summer.  Even during my mini Minneapolis trip, my soul was scratching to be replaced in my vacuum of tunage upon my return, but I had little to offer it (if Vinyl Thief had not put out Fathoms I may have lost it).  Starving for something I could tap my foot to and not fall asleep to, I’ve been feeling like a fish out of water.

I opened this with a direction for you to find your music source.  My personal preference is Hypem for a few reasons.  The first being, the freshness is slathered all over this site and they even house a “Latest” section if the new “Popular” music is not quite new enough for you.  Another reason is the simplistic maneuvering and personal nature… you can quickly heart the song you love so that you can build your own playlist and choose to listen to tracks “sans remixes” style.  Their downfall?  My non-iPhone, cellular device is not keen on fluidly portraying streaming websites and there doesn’t appear to be an app for tablets.  Therefore, anytime I want to enjoy all the magic Hypem has to offer, I’m subjected to my laptop (which doesn’t get as much use during the summer).

Needless to say, I was refreshed like a baptized heretic in the Bible this morning as I pulled out the good ole’ laptop and let fresh new music envelop me.  I think I favorited the first five songs I heard, probably overcome with the joy of hearing new beats and melodies.  Of course, the twelve o’clock plans I made are now seeming way too early.

Here are some of my fabulous finds this morning:

Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” feat. Jess Glynne  - A hair tousling tune reminiscent to Whitney Houston with Katy Perry undertones set to electro pop goodness.

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Northeast Party House‘s “The Haunted” –  A little Gold Fields-like, with blasting club sirens perking up the rather chill attitude.

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Prelow‘s “Mistakes Like This” -  I was jamming to this song and the phallic line threw me every time.  The vocals and melody have won me over though I’m not usually into the mellow r&b of white dudes.

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Oslo Parks‘ “Twin” -  A duo from UK releasing their first track July 15th (talk about latest), this whispery electro track has great background synth melodies with a chorus that broadens their genre range.

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If Your Throat Isn’t Sore, You’re Doing It All Wrong: Say Anything’s Hebrews http://killingthecabinet.com/if-your-throat-isnt-sore-youre-doing-it-all-wrong-say-anythings-hebrews/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=if-your-throat-isnt-sore-youre-doing-it-all-wrong-say-anythings-hebrews http://killingthecabinet.com/if-your-throat-isnt-sore-youre-doing-it-all-wrong-say-anythings-hebrews/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:24:18 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14165 Hebrews 612 coverart If Your Throat Isn’t Sore, You’re Doing It All Wrong:  Say Anything’s Hebrews

By Charissa Lock

Say Anything is of the singing to nature, not just the listening kind.  The connection to every emotion displayed in full throttle throughout each piece is incomplete until you join forces.  Once your vocal cords begin to vibrate and you have left all proper behavior behind, you will experience Hebrews for what it is.  One of the best parts of Say anything releasing a new album is knowing they’ll be touring shortly after.  There is nothing that compares to Say Anything in a live setting.  Max writes these guttural and honest lyrics, tending to not follow politically correct word usage, set to the catchiest pop rock tunes – a perfect combination for every soul to belt out.

These song types with gang vocals and featured artists tended to be lost in their last Anarchy, My Dear.  The focus appeared to be on the evolution of their instrumentation and technicality, which every band tends to do in their lifetime.  With the stepping down of drummer, Coby Linder, in order to pursue other careers, the Say Anything fans of the world were quite nervous of what this would mean for the duo that had been creating music together since their high school days.  Due to Max being the lyricist and having the larger role in composition, hope was not all lost…just a little shaky.

Hebrews has unknowingly bled together the rock ambiance and catchy melodies from Say Anything (2009) and snappy lyrics with a more electronic backdrop of In Defense of the Genre (2007).  Once Max has a relatable story to preach, his lyrics seem to spill more effortlessly (I’m refraining from using his last name because all I can picture is a grunge chick discussing “Bemis” like they were best friends at a recent show…and frankly I’d rather not imagine her).  Fueling his creative senses of the more obtainable nature (unlike the ideology of anarchy, though it certainly is a valid concept), Hebrews spits and bustles the umbrella feelings of being an outcast whether by choice or by stereotypical force.  Things become a bit more specific with songs like “Kall Me Kubrick” and “Hebrew,” involving the minority in ethnicity, specifically the latter with the connection to Max’s own genetic background.  In Hebrew he cunningly extends, “They say to be a minority is melting in their pot but this soup is foul, I wear a scowl and pine for what I’m not,” when exploring the ignorance of those who feel superior others.

Max breaks things down a little more personal, like we would expect differently, with the actual reaction of those who disregard him as an artist now that he has cleaned up, married, and has a child.  I in fact personally remember reading blog post reactions when Say Anything was released featuring the eclectically marvelous Sherri on a few tracks and lyrics were a bit more pop-like than past albums.  Say Anything “fans” were quite upset by all of this and there were quite a few wishing Max would go back to being off his meds and supplementing them with alcohol and drugs so that he could create music like Is A Real Boy again.  A pretty distasteful reaction and though I haven’t read many recent comments, I’m sure the birth of beautiful Lucy Jean was not celebrated by those who only have confidence when offering their opinions on a keyboard.  Max’s reaction to all of this?  “Judas Decapitation” of course.  Not just saying that there are people out there that suck, he actually throws in quotes by those who protest his happiness,

“I hate that dude now that he’s married.  He’s got a baby on the way, poor Sherri.  That’s not apropos. He’s not the wretch we know. Chop his family up, so we can feed them to the front row. Spike his fifteenth espresso with drugs so he’s convinced it’s a manic delusion to know true love. Be 19 with a joint in hand. Never change the band. Never ever be a …real man.”

He of course answers back in the chorus, which I’ll allow you to enjoy for yourself.  He continues with his personal fight back to haters in “Lost My Touch,” all of which he remains humble at most and other times a tad sarcastic.

There are many great artists who attach themselves to Hebrews, notably Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra and Tom Delonge from Angels & Airwaves and Blink-182.  All twelve tracks are sprinkled with featured artists, not necessarily duets but rather swirling background vocals, collaborated choruses, or heightened bridge solos. Unlike In Defense of the Genre, which also housed multiple artists, this recent album seems to be a tighter fit of vocals to the song, having a song that is missing a specific voice and needs that artist to complete the sound.

Say Anything has certainly upped the band’s anty on their latest album, inspiring a distaste towards a newer collection of haters.  Within Max’s ravenous lyrics, tempos are tampered with in comfortable transitions within songs opening up for delicious dynamics, the inclusion of the two minute- fifteen second “Boyd” displays a heavy rock anthem, and “My Greatest Fear is Splendid” is quirky and energetic sounding off with a fiddle solo.  Hebrews is exactly what we were wanting from Say Anything, keeping in perspective the beauty of finding, creating, and maintaining love outweighing the ugliness of an uncertain assumption.

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Boston Calling: Saturday Review http://killingthecabinet.com/boston-calling-saturday-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boston-calling-saturday-review http://killingthecabinet.com/boston-calling-saturday-review/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:00:47 +0000 matt http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14041 BC2 685x1024 Boston Calling: Saturday Review

by Charissa Lock  Pictures by Kate Lock (Yes, they’re sisters)

With the looming possibility of a torrential day, the sun peaked through the clouds as opener, Magic Man, was devouring the crowd’s attention.  The sun hung around as the bands played on, until it could stay no longer and let the rain filled clouds take control as The Decemberists took stage for their third show after a three year hiatus. Death Cab for Cutie silenced the rain to conclude the magical Saturday portion of the festival.

Check out our pictures from Saturday below and read my more comprehensive review of the festival here.

 

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The Rundown of Memorial Day Weekend’s Boston Calling Music Festival http://killingthecabinet.com/the-rundown-of-memorial-day-weekends-boston-calling-music-festival/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-rundown-of-memorial-day-weekends-boston-calling-music-festival http://killingthecabinet.com/the-rundown-of-memorial-day-weekends-boston-calling-music-festival/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:00:33 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14038 BC11 685x1024 The Rundown of Memorial Day Weekend’s Boston Calling Music Festival

by Charissa Lock

Since last Memorial Day Weekend’s Boston Calling, there have been a few upgrades and improvements as there would be for any newly created festival, particularly one in the heart of Massachusetts’ bustling capital.  From multiple food venues, separate press entrance, and volunteers helping those on the outside – trying to find the entrance to the inside, to the smaller things like wristbands for the press instead of stickers (though my iPod case is still strutting last year’s sticker) or multiple locations for alcohol purchases.  As long as great artists continue to be a part of Boston Calling, I will always attend for those who will continue to fix and create better ways of making a music festival a flawless experience, will continue having an even better event than the year before.

Let me start off by saying I didn’t think there were that many Chipotle followers.  No, I’m not talking about an indie band, I’m actually talking about the Mexican fast food joint.  Food is essential for festivals and consequently the line for the bathrooms wasn’t as long as the line for burritos and tacos.  Though I wound up at a Chipotle for dinner anyways, I ended up leaving the festival and traveling to an actual establishment with tables and chairs (which is a really cool option for a festival, shedding more reasons why having it within a city is pretty sweet).   Besides Chipotle, there were other delicious food choices on site, for all types of eaters and really good ones at that; Flatbread Company, the inevitable hot dogs and sausages, wings, and Vietnamese to name a few.  With my lunch choice being the latter, the coconut chicken Banh Mi sandwich was divine and between that and the burrito, it was probably my healthiest weekend in awhile.

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As with the first Boston Calling, every band began right on time.  This year you were able to “see” the band preceding the one you just rocked out to, though in some cases you weren’t able to hear them.  With construction preventing their September set up of stages across from one another so that there wasn’t overcrowding, there was a bit of overcrowding for this spring event.  Yet, most festival-goers don’t find those types of situations all that frustrating since they’re there to get hot and sweaty and rock out with strangers and friends alike.  There sure were a ton of people there.  I thought last year was packed, but this certainly felt like a quarter of Boston was at City Hall Plaza.  Smaller bands, like Magic Man or Maximo Park (or others who played before 3) were able to impress the socks off of plenty new listeners, which is a big piece of what live music is all about.  At one point one of the bands made a comment about it being such an exceptional festival because there was only one band going on at a time, which forced everyone to listen to that band.  He wasn’t saying this to be arrogant; he was humbly accepting the position of having everyone be tuned in to one band at a time.  This also allows fans to not miss anything, though they may be far off and only catching the live performance via a screen while waiting closer to the other stage for the more favorited band.

I’m not going to go too much into each performance, I’d rather let the pictures do the talking (forthcoming in another post).  However, I do want to give a brief highlight/lowlight of Saturday.  First off, Boston-based Magic Man kicking off the Saturday show was an epic beginning.  During the performance I recalled their first Real Life Color album and found it quite impressive how they were able to switch from genius laptop composers of dreamy wonder to catchy pop heartthrobs.  Simply amazing.  I felt a little sadness for their former sound’s disappearance, but I know they have it in them to possibly drop hints of it here and there… and their new niche is quite lovely on its own.  The audience went ballistic over lead singer Alex Caplow’s carefree rocker stage presence and good looks and we were all moving right along with him and their upbeat songs.  Another highlight was Walk Off The Earth who probably did the best job of getting the peace and love atmosphere rolling for this city harbored festival.  They also threw a bunch of instruments back and forth on the stage causing cheers amongst the swirling of herbs and laid back vibes.

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Lastly, my lowlight would be The Neighbourhood.  You may be boo’ing me from afar because you sweat Jesse Rutherford’s neck tats or Nick Carter 90’s middle parted hairstyle he was rocking.  However, going into this performance blindly, I had no clue what to expect from this band, I just remember loving “Sweaterweather.”  Thinking it was a dude with a Mac and keyboard (yes, I live under a rock when it comes to certain bands), my jaw literally dropped as he came out all tatted up looking like a taller metalhead version of Jared Leto and acting just as cocky.  He put on quite a performance, grinding on stage to the shrill screams of many females in the audience and jumping off amps here and there.  That was my lowlight, and mostly because I was taken aback by his love for himself rather than the quality of music (it was a little boring but not dreadful).

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A Flawless Representation of Music: Sia’s “Chandelier” (music video) http://killingthecabinet.com/a-flawless-representation-of-music-sias-chandelier-music-video/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-flawless-representation-of-music-sias-chandelier-music-video http://killingthecabinet.com/a-flawless-representation-of-music-sias-chandelier-music-video/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 16:00:21 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14028 sia chandelier 480x269 A Flawless Representation of Music:  Sia’s “Chandelier” (music video)

By Charissa Lock

Sia – Chandelier …as soon as humanly possible,” was the text I received last week from our friend Matthew Downes.  I figured I should probably get around to watching it sooner rather than later if it indeed was that necessary.

Through more than half of “Chandelier” you are watching in disbelief as the absolute freeing nature from both song and video have your senses so solidly captivated.  It is only then that you can actually regain consciousness and acknowledge that you’re watching a music video in your house on your couch.  Of course, that might not even happen until the screen goes black.

I had the distinct pleasure of not having heard the song until the visual magic was unveiled in front of my eyes empowered by Sia’s powerhouse vocals.  I must say, it was a toss-up of which piece was taking control, since they were so effortlessly entwined, and if anything was off just one bit (girl’s age or hair length, camera movements and angles, etc.) the song would have been given the upper hand.  Yet, there was nothing to correct only to be fascinated with.

It’s not just the flawless ability of Maddie Ziegler (11 year old dancer, actress, etc. appearing on “Dance Moms”), or the phenomenal choreography that spirits this video into the top spot for 2014.  Of course, those pieces are essential in order for you to feel in the gut of your stomach the feeling we find so hard explaining.  A combination of yearning and appreciating of Zielger doing exactly what our soul desires upon the bold emotion sucking our breath away in music such as “Chandelier.”  That intensity our body feels listening to a song bursting with the ideology of letting go is unable to really have an outlet for it.  Typically we just let it smooth itself out and though we carry a piece of it with us, mostly it just vanishes as quickly as it came.  But it’s with other artistic outlets, such as painting, dancing, singing, or even writing that we can let those energies out.  Sia chose dancing as her emotional channel for her newest release.

The vision of Ziegler catapulting or moving with such soft fluidity around a dungy apartment floods my soul with the idea of that person being inside each of us.  That’s my soul ricocheting, drifting backwards onto a couch, and gliding around with such elegance as I’m introduced to the pop song of the year “Chandelier.”  It’s exactly what I would do, if I could, when hearing something so powerful.  Ziegler is able to portray exactly how we’re feeling at that very moment in time with no constraints and in such a beautiful way.  Viewing her as my inner self, I didn’t gain a sense of concern or even question a young girl dancing contemporarily to ideas that are older (i.e. drinking). Instead, I’m so grateful that she has the distinct ability to take all of my energy and emotion and let it pour through her in perfect lyrical movements.  It’s art in the purest sense.

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The music video for “Chandelier” has already over 5 million views since it’s release on May 6th and I personally haven’t watched a music video more than once in quite some time.  And on my fourth watch, I still get chills and an outpouring of connection.   Sia’s sixth album (1000 Forms Of Fear) is set to release in June and if the other songs are on the same caliber as the one featured here, I’m sure you’ll be hearing all about it.

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An Explosion of Independent Female Subtleties: Ingrid Michaelson’s Lights Out http://killingthecabinet.com/an-explosion-of-independent-female-subtleties-ingrid-michaelsons-lights-out/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-explosion-of-independent-female-subtleties-ingrid-michaelsons-lights-out http://killingthecabinet.com/an-explosion-of-independent-female-subtleties-ingrid-michaelsons-lights-out/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 17:08:05 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14001 Ingrid Michaelson Lights Out 2014 1200x1200 1024x1024 An Explosion of Independent Female Subtleties:  Ingrid Michaelson’s Lights Out

By Charissa Lock

“Girls Chase Boys” pulls you in fairly quickly with its simplistic descending piano melody and just as simplistic but equally cheeky and fun vocal melody.  The verses especially strike my fancy as Michaelson’s vocals swirl so easily from the top to the bottom of her range.  Just “checking out” the rest of her sixth album I found myself going back to the fourteen songs during the start of my spring vacation.  The multitude of catchy melodies that all individualized themselves was impressive, from the slower ballads to upbeat foot-tappers, I was on the Ingrid Michaelson train.

Michaelson’s voice isn’t the most unique.  It does have a deeper base (without going all Lana Del Rey) that we don’t much hear in the pop world.  However, that’s not what does it.  Rather its in her effortlessly  transitioning her range throughout melodies which allows your attention to stay fixed to the movement of the song.  Of course, that’s what all great singers are supposed to do, but having this ability and using it naturally and not forced is a pleasantry to one’s ears.  Because she can travel so fluidly in her range, staying ears perked and breath held, you’re conscious of her every move.

Often notable vocals can trump catchy melodies, but the fourteen tracks on Lights Out are filled with great sing alongs where you’re wanting to stomp over those who have doubted you with stilettos and a pair of schnazzy eyeglasses (“Afterlife”).  She instinctively spreads the independent and confident woman charm whether or not that’s even the meat of the song,  Take “Warpath,” how could you not want to appropriately Willow Smith along to the chorus and wish for that one moment you had black leather pants.  Clapping along, you easily fold into character, nevermind the fact that it’s one of the most submissive tracks.   Michaelon’s slower tracks fan out from darker landscapes (“Handsome Hands”) to emotional lyrical [“Ready To Lose (feat. Trent Dabbs)] where along the spread appears a Fevers-esque “Open Hands (feat. Trent Dabbs).” All extremely delicate and soft with a wide range of emotional outputs attached.  Actually, now thinking about it, I can picture this entire album being performed by dancers with different specialty backgrounds, wouldn’t that make a lovely show?

As you noticed, there are a few guest singers on Lights Out .  Trent Dabbs, a singer-songwriter out of Nasvhille is featured on two tracks and the brains behind “Girls Chase Boys.”  Chris Martin-esque vocalist Mat Kearney also joins Michaelson for “One Night Town,” and he remains on my list of artists I know from somewhere, but I can’t quite put my finger on where.  Releasing his own album ( I Was Going to be an Astronaut) this year, Greg Laswell softly provides the other half of a duet on “Wonderful Unknown.”  Of course you’ve heard of the infamous duo, A Great Big World, where in this case you can actually hear Ingrid’s vocals, unlike their “Say Something” where the fact that Christina’s name is included as an artist is pitiful.   Last but not least, Storyman closes out the list of guest appearances and will accompany Michaelson on her upcoming tour.

If there are any criticisms, they lie in a track that has such wondrous potential.  “Time Machine” has so many great qualities; trendy hooks, the brief pre/post-chorus horn fad, piano-solo-into-strings bridge, even a stomping/clapping transition into the final chorus.  Okay, so you probably see the problem already.  There are too many good things going on here.  In some cases, there is too much of a good thing.  This one song, should be broken up into two and the best part (the horns, obviously), should take an exaggerated role.  If I could rip apart and put back together this track, I would in a heartbeat, and Lights Out would certainly be closer to the top albums of the year.  Besides my personal frustration with this one track, I can compensate with the other wistfully emotional and heavily we are women songs.

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New Video Release: Brittney Bouchard “I Will Be Yours” http://killingthecabinet.com/new-video-release-brittney-bouchard-i-will-be-yours/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-video-release-brittney-bouchard-i-will-be-yours http://killingthecabinet.com/new-video-release-brittney-bouchard-i-will-be-yours/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:25:37 +0000 Aurora http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14004 brit bouch New Video Release: Brittney Bouchard I Will Be Yours

Last week, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Brittney Bouchard released a video for her latest single, “I Will Be Yours,” my personal favorite track of hers so far showcasing elements of  The Lumineers and even, I hate to say it, Taylor Swift. As much as I love the chanty, folk pop tune, the video is just as endearing; Brittney glows as the host of a fabulous cocktail party complete with an array of costumes and a flirtatious budding romance in the end. Download “I Will Be Yours” on iTunes here!

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Boston Calling Soft Preview: Saturday 5/24/2014 http://killingthecabinet.com/boston-calling-soft-preview-saturday-5-24/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boston-calling-soft-preview-saturday-5-24 http://killingthecabinet.com/boston-calling-soft-preview-saturday-5-24/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:53:44 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=13992 Screen Shot 2014 04 24 at 6.24.44 PM Boston Calling Soft Preview:  Saturday 5/24/2014

by Charissa Lock

Last Memorial Day Weekend, I knew exactly what I would be doing months in advance.  No cook outs for this girl, I was headed to Boston’s first music festival.  Amongst the significantly below average temperatures and pouring rain, my plans were never deterred, for the line-up consisted of bands I was not going to miss.  Some of which I had seen before (fun., Young the Giant, Of Monsters and Men) and others I had on my must see list (MSMR, Matt & Kim, Youth Lagoon).  In fact, there were so many artists I planned on watching, anxiety rushed through my veins as I realized you had to pick and choose, since going back and forth between stages was close to impossible as crowds had stationed their grounds for some time.

This Memorial Day Weekend, I also know what I’ll be doing.  Returning to Boston City Hall Plaza to sing, dance, and re-energize my soul along with the throngs of other music buffs.  Yet, this year it will be a bit different.  The headliners are quite satisfactory; Jack Johnson (Friday),   Death Cab for Cutie (Saturday) and Modest Mouse (Sunday) and those directly preceding; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (Friday), The Decemberists (Saturday, eh), and last but certainly not least by any means imaginable…Brand New (Sunday).  Yet, it’s those that will be playing throughout the morning and afternoon Saturday and Sunday that I pretty much have never heard of.  Last year, it was in those bands I was most excited to see for we had covered about three quarters of them on our here before even knowing they’d be on the list.

Some research on these 2014 baby bands (including those who seemed to have slipped through my fingers) is absolutely required.  I will also have the opportunity to be introduced to something magical that I had not been expecting, and that is one of the greatest parts of seeing live music.

So far my research has locked me onto Ontario five-piece band Walk off the Earth.  A blissful blend of OAR meets The Mowglis, I’m enjoying my first listen of their 2013 release R.E.V.O.  A multitude of instrumentals storm through each track and the upbeat care-free nature poses for a pleasant reaction.   You know how sometimes you hear cheery tracks and then after watching a lackluster video you feel spited?  No worries here, this bunch brings a heavy good feeling vibe for sure as seen in their “Summer Vibe” video.  Don’t even try refusing the automatic transportation to an imaginary beach.  Walk off the Earth seem to be knee deep in a North American/European tour this spring, making the crucial stop in Boston.

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After participating in the essential SXSW experience, the next band, which evidently is from my neck of the woods, has a killer single that rings on the fresh and unique sound we all long to hear.  Magic Man’s ”Paris” feels like something you would hear from a band three years in the post initial EP  stage (as a settled five-piece grouping that is).  Yet, this Bostonian quartet delivers the professionalism and knack for completeness in their first EP as a whole, invoking the pop-ish sound you hear on You Are Here.  Their internet broadcasted Real Life Color that Alex Caplow and Sam Vanderhoop Lee created three years prior (2010) is that obscure basement synth pop, that I personally find intoxicating.  However, branching out and adding members, they have become a majestic synth pop band gearing up for Boston Calling among other shows throughout the Americas into the Summer opening for Panic! At The Disco.

Charming Jenny Lewis is the final artist that has gotten my attention on the earlier side of Saturday.  You may have heard “Completely Not Me,” her most recent endeavor with Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) for the HBO Girls premiere in early January.  More on the experimental side than her previous ballads on 2008’s Acid Tongue, I’m intrigued to hear where she’ll go with her music on her upcoming 2014 release that should be hitting our ears at some point this year.  Memorial Day Weekend will suffice for my anticipation and I’ll make sure to let you know where music has taken Ms. Lewis.

Sunday is sure to be filled with similar artists housing interesting backgrounds , catchy tunes, and anticipated releases.  That research will begin shortly…

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Charlotte Sometimes at Room 5 4-11-2014 http://killingthecabinet.com/charlotte-sometimes-at-room-5-4-11-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charlotte-sometimes-at-room-5-4-11-2014 http://killingthecabinet.com/charlotte-sometimes-at-room-5-4-11-2014/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:00:26 +0000 matt http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=13976 CS 3 679x1024 Charlotte Sometimes at Room 5 4 11 2014

by Matthew Downes with photos by Chase McCurdy (learn more about Chase here)

26 year old Charlotte Sometimes stormed into the secondary localchella scene at Room 5 for her EP release show this past Friday April 11th.  She’s got a little bit of buzz behind her with love from MTV and Idolator.  Most notably her appearance on The Voice is what broke her anonymity.  It’ll be interesting to see where she goes from here, so make sure to follow her on her website, Facebook and twitter.  Check out our pictures from this LA performance below.

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Ghost Beach, Fete Ballroom, Providence (4.11.14) http://killingthecabinet.com/ghost-beach-fete-ballroom-providence-4-11-14/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ghost-beach-fete-ballroom-providence-4-11-14 http://killingthecabinet.com/ghost-beach-fete-ballroom-providence-4-11-14/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:00:59 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=13967  Ghost Beach, Fete Ballroom, Providence (4.11.14)

by Charissa Lock

After having seen New Yorkers, Ghost Beach headlining in their hometown of Brooklyn at the popular bowling alley, I was prepared that their Providence show opening for a couple of bands I hadn’t heard of was not going to be as wild.  Not really expecting their energy to be up there, but knowing their live sound was sincere and comparable to recorded sound, I was absolutely looking forward to the event.

Ghost Beach’s energy and stage presence blew the acts to follow out of the water. I enjoy feeling like everyone is hanging out and having a good time, including the artist on stage.  To me, it’s supposed to feel like you’re in it together, rather than being sung to.  The headliner, The Sounds, put on an awkward performance for those in the audience ignorant of their style.  Maja Ivarsson was so into her performance that it made me, never having heard of them before, feel uncomfortable as she was spazzing out and giving “I’m a rock star” squishy lip faces to the crowd.  It’s definitely her thing, and that’s fine for those who love the band, but I’ll pass.

The room hadn’t filled up yet, but Josh Ocean, Eric Mendelsohn, and their drummer didn’t let this put a damper on their polished sound and extensions on some songs.  They displayed the same amount of energy and conversing with the audience I recalled from seeing them a little less than a year ago.  Yet, of course this felt more personal and as it does in some circumstances, it didn’t feel awkward at all.  Ocean kept pumping up the audience, wanting us to have as much fun as they appeared to be having.  And this worked.  People became more relaxed, danced a little more, and by the last couple of songs were enjoying all the wonder Ghost Beach has to offer.  I don’t think anyone wanted them to end, except maybe the gentleman in the patch-covered studded leather vest.

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The chosen tracks that were enthusiastically unraveled were great picks.  My shock came when “On My Side” started up and instantly I went into “don’t-ever-forget-this-moment” mode and I let lose, as much as I could being one of the only singing in the room… Their set was too short for my liking, but that’s what happens when you see a stellar band open for not as stellar headliners. These fellows offer an explosive time through their delightful upbeat, reggae electro pop sound tossed with Ocean’s similarly upbeat and pleasant personality.

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The Process of Selection http://killingthecabinet.com/the-process-of-selection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-process-of-selection http://killingthecabinet.com/the-process-of-selection/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=13955 confusion The Process of Selection

By Charissa Lock

What do you listen to when you’re not sure how you feel?  Where do your frustrated fingers scroll through your alphabetized library?  Towards the first half of the alphabet, or down past the P’s?  Maybe you have a certain music destination that is always waiting for you for those moments of uncertainty or a playlist perhaps designed for your present condition.

The next stage that follows is what you want your reaction to be when you can’t really make sense of whether you should feel relief and peace or overcome by a barrage of more questions than having answers for. Screaming out to The Used or rapping Lil’ Wayne’s heaviest of gangster squalls may be just the right amount of outpouring since you’re pretty much unsure of everything swirling around your brain anyways.  Will this solve the problem?  Or make you feel better afterwards?

Or you may also want to have notes and melodies try to solve and figure out your feelings for you.  We all know they can.  It’s happened before when you hear a song and realize, “yes, that’s what I need to do in my life,” or “that’s the exact decision I need to make.”  It’s pretty empowering to the song you’re listening to, but it’s not always consistent.  Of course when you try to conduct fate’s symphony by putting all the right pieces together yourself, typically nothing much good comes out of it.

I try to match my dominant feeling and mood with my music choices when I’m in a muddle of emotional turmoil.  Yet if my mood keeps switching, this can end up with scrolling up and down my A-9’s and leaving me with an extra splash of indecision that is not very welcomed at this point.

Living life in an organized mindset, I think I need to come up with a plan.  Why not listen to something on the angrier side to cast out the negativity and roll out any unwanted irate tidbits I may or may not know were swelling up inside?  Something real mouthy, maybe a favorite Say Anything Bemis extraordinaire from …Is A Real Boy.  Step two would be throwing on a butterfly feel good epic powerhouse classic that will forevermore makes your soul melt and hairs on your arms stand up.  I’m presently thinking The Naked and Famous I Kill Giants,” or “In Rolling Waves,” you have to pick something that won’t care about your mixed emotions because it will take any “feeling” you have and throw it into oblivion for those two, three minutes.  I think at this point your mind is then ready to pick up on the truth of your heart.  You may just need to let the tears flow, Nick Drake is already on the brain before you even reach towards the music device.  The relief could also be transformed into complete happiness and all you will need is a familiar and favorite album of all time or a newer electro pop tuneage that sparks ear-to-ear grinning.

Clean your slate before getting to the brunt of the confusion.  Remove the angry and get in a vulnerable state before you can pinpoint what you need the music to do for you.  And it will.  That’s the beauty of human nature; we transfer energy in everything we do.  The process of good music will always result in a connection with someone at some point in their lives and can be re-used at any time, for it is always welcomed and forever appreciated.

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Riveting in All Things Rock: Manchester Orchestra’s Cope http://killingthecabinet.com/riveting-in-all-things-rock-manchester-orchestras-cope/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=riveting-in-all-things-rock-manchester-orchestras-cope http://killingthecabinet.com/riveting-in-all-things-rock-manchester-orchestras-cope/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=13931 Manchester Orchestra Cope Riveting in All Things Rock:  Manchester Orchestra’s Cope

by Charissa Lock

Single “Top Notch” easily sums up the characteristic of the fourth album.  Constructed by one of the only alt rock bands out there blessing our ears with modernized silky and distorted guitars, Manchester Orchestra has taken a different approach than previous release Simple Math, ceasing the tightrope balancing of genres and deciding to plug in to their harder and messier sound.  Yet, the production is so well executed you hear every note change.  Three seconds in and salivation ensues.

It’s not just about those zippy and grainy solos though, Manchester has chosen to shorten the distance the solos generally travel, which to them is an evolution change, but to fans may be disappointing.  Right when it all gets out of control, they leave you hanging at this almost unreachable level of intensity. In some aspects they have the right idea, not prolonging moments that are already doing their job.  Of course, to rock enthusiasts we never want that moment to end.  In lieu of conciseness, nothing else seems to be shortchangedAndy Hull never ceases to leave you in a boring moment within his stories and melodies, which are so catchy and emotionally ravishing, you quickly realize Cope [Loma Vista Recordings, Favorite Gentlemen] (Out Now! GET IT HERE!) is a grown up Means Everything To Nothing.

Having that weighty rock sound does cast a shadow over the entire album, so that the first one or two listens everything just tends to roll through without sparking specified significance.  But please don’t let this be your deciding factor, roll this through one more time and you’ll be able to separate and get cozy with these juicy tracks.  Once you start catching on to the individual melodies of each song, you absolutely will fall head over heels, fighting over what you favorite song may be…belting out with Hull during the multiple opportunities he allows…picking up on the pauses, drum rolls, guitar solos.  Cope is an under 40 minute chance to be completely consumed by articulately composed and emotionally uncontained head thrashing rock.  Of course I’m not comparing this to anything close to hardcore rock, since Manchester tends to follow a mainstream-like pattern in their construction and Hull’s vocals always brings us to a lighter side before letting his feelings overrule the chorus or transitions.

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The guitar-work is so sexy, whether a filthy raw kind (“Trees”) or silky and smooth (“All I Really Wanted”).  Bringing things back to the sound we’re accustomed to from them, they’re able to fine tune and implement texture to catchy hooks and tasteful melodies.  Top tracks on this album are tricky, for there’s such rich and thick movement throughout you wind up obsessing over the entirety.   If I had to choose one that has slid into my soul at first listen and I find radiant from start to finish, it would be “The Ocean.”  Unlike Pitchfork, a recurring name of a rock track doesn’t persuade my love or hate towards a song (unless you’re Marina and The Diamonds – I won’t ever be able to take “Bubblegum Bitch” seriously).  The verses are typical Manchester with their assumed and never dissatisfied build-up, followed by a perfectly casted chorus, throwing your head back with tingling spreading throughout your body as you’re sucked into every ounce of Hull’s emotions.

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Take a deep breath in, and slowly exhale the fiery brilliance Manchester Orchestra has to offer in their latest album.  A must listen for 2014,  and a must see as they’re already underway their spring US tour.

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TAGS: Boston Band, Loving this record, Sold out House of Blues, Silent Farewell – Today or tomorrow, “Girl Harbor”

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