killingthecabinet http://killingthecabinet.com Tue, 02 Dec 2014 07:06:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 A Soothing Digitized Lullaby – Electric Youth’s Innerworld http://killingthecabinet.com/a-soothing-digitized-lullaby-electric-youths-innerworld/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-soothing-digitized-lullaby-electric-youths-innerworld http://killingthecabinet.com/a-soothing-digitized-lullaby-electric-youths-innerworld/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:00:58 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14600 CS2516814 02A BIG A Soothing Digitized Lullaby   Electric Youths Innerworld

By Charissa Lock

Synth pop has allowed itself, whether or not willingly, to slip into genres that it probably doesn’t belong, in minds that are incapable of delivering it with the proper attitude.  Yet, through the wind swept genre appears a duo that we recall from the Drive soundtrack (“A Real Hero”) and are courteously reminded of how synth pop should sound.  How it should make us feel, and whether or not like they want to admit it, the stage of timelessness is set and we could be in 1985 or in 2020, still making the same body sways and appreciating it the same way.

Electric Youth stems from the fated mystery of presently everlasting young love and have released their first LP, Innerworld.  The beautifully falsetto vocals of Bronwyn Griffin are as soft and flowing as synth pop females are supposed to be, yet so few are.  Ttracks like “All She Has Is You,” is delicately woven flowing along an eerie melody, bordering on creepy but never seeming to cross the line. It’s the darker whispery texture that sets the stage for this nighttime atmosphere.  Even the more upbeat tracks like “Runaway” and “Without You” are cast in a shadow while keying along on catchy choruses set to hearty synthesizer instrumentation.  Though I enjoy Griffin’s porcelain vocals, my favorite track would have to be  the instrumental intro “Before Life.”  The infinite nature that is pieced together key by key, instrument by instrument, inflates your soul leaving you weightless.  As long as you veer your eyes away from the album cover, which may or may not be created by your niece in her middle school graphic design class, this album is one to check out.

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Innerworld has a balance of daintily textured atmospheric melodies and the mysterious futuristic synthesizer foundation.  Bouncing off one another your experience with these twelve tracks could either be obtaining peace through meditative reflection or the fading of twilight into a morning where the loss of structure runs like a current through your veins.  Some more than others touch either of these heightened states of self, but in all instances you don’t want to just be driving or just be cooking, Innerworld requires more from you than that.

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TAGS: EOTO, “Alice’s Restaurant”, Conscious Alliance, holidaze, Montage of Heck, AOTY candidate – MD,

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Preview: STS9 at the Wiltern 11/21 http://killingthecabinet.com/preview-sts9-at-the-wiltern-1121/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=preview-sts9-at-the-wiltern-1121 http://killingthecabinet.com/preview-sts9-at-the-wiltern-1121/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:52:41 +0000 Aurora http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14585 event poster 3268702 Preview: STS9 at the Wiltern 11/21

Get ready Los Angeles, the best traveling dance party is headed our way this coming Friday! It’s Sound Tribe Sector 9 of course, and they’re hitting The Wiltern on November 21st. It will be their first show back to the City of Angels since the joining of new bassist, Alana Rocklin of sub-ID, and no doubt they will be in full-force. Doors open at 7:30PM sharp, so be there, not square. We’ve got Colorado native, Michal Menert bringing his “space jazz” to kick off the party. And, if you’ve never had the chance to catch an STS9 show before, trust this will turn the average TGIF into one of the best nights of your life. There’s no better time to get on board; the band is stronger than ever, with music and lights that never fail. So get ready, get hott, ‘cause rest assured you won’t walk out lookin’ the way you came in. Ow ow, let’s do this!

Check out our review of their 2013 Palladium show, the last we saw with Murphy on bass.

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Life is Beautiful Festival 2014 Wrap-Up http://killingthecabinet.com/life-is-beautiful-festival-2014-wrap-up/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=life-is-beautiful-festival-2014-wrap-up http://killingthecabinet.com/life-is-beautiful-festival-2014-wrap-up/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:00:53 +0000 matt http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14500 LIB Day1 34 1024x682 Life is Beautiful Festival 2014 Wrap Up

by Matt Downes with photos by Chase McCurdy.  Learn more about Chase here.

UPDATED: Did you like our photos?  See our entire collage here.

Life is Beautiful has firmly planted their flag in the garden of American music festivals.  The music was top-heavy and the food was incredible.  While getting to experience what the festival has to offer in its entirety is almost impossible, they have focused on creating a clean, safe and very different atmosphere from what other typical big festivals have to offer.  This is one experience that has to be be seen and heard in the first person. I will try and give you the low, medium and high-lights of the festival as best as I can.

Balloons were a theme of this years festival.  What balloon made it the most distance?

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Meh.

If you were a second year attendee, it took a minute to get a grasp of the grounds.  This won’t happen next year as I bet they’ll keep everything the same.  Maybe the maps need to be clearer or maybe I just needed to get the 2013 comparison out of my head.

I think they blew it with the Ambassador beer tents.  They were almost invisible and need to be in a higher traffic area next year.  I literally thought beer was a limited offering this year until around the middle of day two.  My bad kinda?

Big face with a missing singer

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Fun.

Watching Paper Route with their manager head bobbing a few feet away from the stage.

Returning again and again to the main stage culinary village.  Favorites were the lobster roll from the main culinary village, the sushi offerings from Nobu and the Freakshow cabernet sauvignon by the Huntridge stage. (check out my background photo on twitter)

Matt and Kim forcing you to put your dancing shoes on at the end of a very long festival Saturday.  kudos!

Rapper Ekoh put on a day show that drew a nice crowd at the Huntridge Stage.  It will be fun watching his ascent over the next couple of years.

The King among women?

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Best of.

Kanye West gave us a performance for the ages.  Chase, one of ktc’s photographers, said it best “We didn’t deserve what we saw”.  The setlist was filled with all the classics.

The Flaming Lips.  Yes, you were at Outkast right?  I understand, but the Lips made the festival “a complete circle”.

The Foo Fighters covering Tom Petty and The HeartbreakersBreakdown” for around 8 minutes.

Alt-J stating they’re thrilled to be in Las Vegas for the first time in awhile and were looking forward to attending the Foo Fighters performance the next night.

St. Lucia and The Preachers delivering opposite end sets

Best bathrooms of any festival I’ve ever been too (topping their setup last year).  Clean, efficient setup and tons of fresh sinks to stay free and clear of EBOLA.

Alt-J were gracious to their LIB hosts and told the crowd they were attending the Foo Fighters performance the following night.

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Regrets.

Did not have time in my schedule to personally see Phantogram, Echosmith, The Head and the Heart or Kacey Musgraves.

For the second year in a row, I simply didn’t partake in the Art part of the festival. #isuck

I heard whispers that the pre-party barbecue on Thursday night was outstanding.  Might do that next year too, but they need to lower that ticket to $99 to get more involved.

The indubitable Roots.

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Interesting.

Besides an outstanding introduction, Lionel Richie‘s set was boring in my opinion.  It made me all that more dedicated to seeing the entire Alt-J performance.

I stayed at the El Cortez which was right next to the entrance and while they had absolutely ridiculous security to get in and out of the hotel, the entrance was literally right outside the side door.  #epic

The best 90 minutes of the entire festival.  #lips

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Final Thoughts.

The lineup was curated with great care for the wide demographic that attended this festival.  I have nothing to back this up with other than personal opinion, but they need to continue to raise the bar for the middle of the lineup talent.  They did a GREAT job of allowing the headliners free reign to do what they want, but need to get some artists in there that have their machines moving a bit better.  This would’ve resulted in a sell out for sure.  Kids and kids parents finance these festivals. They also share their experiences prior, during and after the festival more than adults.  This social currency is what has made Coachella so freakin cool. 

I cannot wait for next year.  Definitely could see myself attending this festival every single year.  I hope Rock N Rio doesn’t interfere with their bookings!

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Day One, Day Two and Day Three photos can be found here!

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Special Thanks: Langdon + Flynn Communications!

Photos: All photos were taken by Chase McCurdy.  Learn more about him here.

 

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Concert Review: New Politics at The Fonda Theater November 1st, 2014 http://killingthecabinet.com/concert-review-new-politics-at-the-fonda-theater-november-1st-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=concert-review-new-politics-at-the-fonda-theater-november-1st-2014 http://killingthecabinet.com/concert-review-new-politics-at-the-fonda-theater-november-1st-2014/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 17:00:36 +0000 matt http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14506 New Politics Web 33 1024x682 Concert Review: New Politics at The Fonda Theater November 1st, 2014

by Matthew Downes with photos by Colin Rieser of Blue Kite Cinema

Rarely does a support band return 21 months later as the headlining band.  This was a special case.  We were introduced to New Politics through the incredible twenty one pilots.  Ya see, about 24 months ago these two bands hit the road in support of their new records and the story that followed is, like I said, rarely repeated.  Here we are at a sold out, but lightly packed floor, in November at the world famous Goldenvoice-owned-Fonda-theater for a night on the New Politics Everywhere I Go tour that featured way too many sponsors to name for this tiny blog (ok we named some at the bottom).

They kicked off the night with what I think is their biggest song, played some covers and closed out with “Harlem” to a crowd that reminded me of being at Vampire Weekend show; screaming girls everywhere.  They announced at the show that they’re gonna release a new record in February and that this show was the best of the entire tour.  Two things to be very happy about.  We had fun, curious to see if they’ll be back for that 2nd weekend in April. #GV

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By Maggie Brawley

This past Thursday, Oct. 16, marked my seventh year in Los Angeles, and as a self-proclaimed, ‘west-sider for life,’ what better way to shake it up than to head to the opposite side of town? East/West battles aside, I’m always appreciative to get out and experience subculture of any sort. The east side of Los Angeles was once a heavy, crime-centric area, which oddly converted to a trendy, hipster capital. It certainly upholds it’s current reputation, and this night wasn’t shy in the slightest of representatives. Everyone was piling in at the Echoplex to catch rising star, MØ. Naturally, it was a homogenized display of trends, but this time was ode-specific to MØ and her foundation of references to youth culture.

For those unfamiliar, is a Danish badass, with some ridiculously sultry vocals. Being one of the many twenty-something starlet’s currently on the rise, there’s just something different about MØ. Maybe it’s the Euro-flavor she brings to the table, but with talent of that caliber, it was clear from the get-go she was going to bulldoze through any barriers between her and the masses. And like many entertainers of the western world, there’s no shortage of re-appropriation of cultural artifacts. But, MØ somehow maintains subtle delivery, the references are overt, but not shoved in your face with purpose of commentary. Instead, it’s as if she’s never taken her hair out of that scrunchie since the first time she styled it that way… while rocking out to the Spice Girls of course. It’s who she is, it’s apart of her youthful memories connecting her to many of us.

After a lifetime of studying musician biographies, or never missing a Behind The Music episode, naturally I’m waiting for the climax of every narrative. So, when I first discover an artist that is breaking onto the scene, I instantly go into probe mode. What is their story? What led them to this point? Who is behind the production? Who’s writing this? What’s the influences behind their aesthetic? Nowadays, one’s break could damn well be from anything. In the thick of Network Society, the fame myth or notions of what deems the American Dream are now elevated to an entirely new dimension. MØ has a throw back feeling though. Once upon a time it used to be the glory days of flyers and total word of mouth, not mediated communication. MØ’s roots are Euro, underground punk rock, only for her to have evolved into a progressive pop-star. In fact, MØ is a perfect representation of a progressive pop-star, just enough accessibility, just enough acquired taste.

I recall the first time Aurora told me about her. Aurora is the queen of discovering new music and emerging artists. Girlfriend probably watched over 1000 videos last year, and she’s very much in tune with what’s coming, and also what I’m going to dig. She told me about the brand new video of this chick she’d been following for a bit, except this time she came out with a song produced by Diplo. It was filmed in our Venice backyard, and it captured my attention with it’s eccentricities similar to the way Grimesbreakthrough video did. Everything about her blew me away. I liked her look too. She stood out. She wasn’t your conventional beauty. She was different and had this positive power about her. This was before her EP, Bikini Daze was even released. Now, a full-album later, we watched MØ jump from 40k likes on Facebook to 200+k in a very short period. And, after seeing her live, there is reason for this madness.

The Echoplex is notorious for late sets, but we were there early to catch the opening act, some talented jam buddies of mine, HOLYCHILD. They’ve been on tour with MØ for the past month. The line was already building, and it makes sense considering HOLYCHILD fits right into the Silverlake scene. They’re a reliable pick with their spunk, catchy hooks, and new songs containing some pretty dope electro-beats. I went to a few shows this past week, all of which had dual drummers, HOLYCHILD being one of them. This worked especially well for their set. The crowd was loving front lady, Liz, and her partner in crime, Louie brought solid musicianship to the table. Holy or not, this is a natural birth, and they’re without a doubt some playful, indie-pop children of Silverlake. De Lux was the mid man, with a sound similar to Talking Heads meets Chris Isaak vocals. There’s a lot of seemingly tropical, sonic elements happening these days, which felt to be the case here. It got us dancing as the crowd thickened deep underneath the club’s incredibly low ceilings.

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About five till eleven, the lights finally dim and we were greeted by MØ’s drummer, slamming away as the rest of the band joined. Of course everyone went nuts as soon as we were delighted with the presence of the one & only, MØ. The second she opens her mouth, you realize she’s on another level. It was clear after following her that her development was not overnight; however, it does seem like a natural progression. Her evolvement is right on schedule, and the talent smacks you in the face. The songs and the sound are there. Her inherent badass-ness just nicely ties it all up with a big ‘ole scrunchie.

It was just six months ago that we caught MØ at The Troubadour where it was clear that her fire had been lit and was about to take off. With an upcoming SNL debut as a feature on Iggy Izaelea‘s new single, we can say goodbye to the dance party we started with MØ at her after party in LA. Or will we? MØ is one of many that makes cultural references of youth by paying homage to her childhood influences and she definitely banks conceptually off of this, but the thing that feels different when being apart of her audience is the connection. She’s not disconnected from her peers at all. It makes sense that her roots stem back to an underground punk-rock scene in Denmark. She’s just a leader of the riot. And, just as some random chick and I looked at each other nodding in awe, who said, “She just doesn’t know how good she is.” The funny thing is, homegirl loves the camera. She is almost glued to the front of the stage, preferring to be near the front-goers, and in need of the exchange of warmth. In true Leo fashion, she’s a smooth sailing star, and she does her damn thing. And, of course, what always remains to be of the upmost importance: the music is awesome.

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In between songs, she posed to the audience that she had a question for us. I assumed what was next was some rehearsed line, instead she wanted to know if anyone had a hair tie. And well, there ya go. That’s MØ. She has no idea what a disconnect from her peers even means, and that’s what elevates all that enormous talent to the next level. Living in Los Angeles equates to having the luxury of a surplus of live music, and seeing someone live for the first time becomes the ultimate test. There often lacks an authenticity. Especially in Los Angeles where insecurities run rampant; it borders on defying everything performing is all about. And, the bigger the rise, the more disconnect from their peers. Entertainment yes, but without the connection, what is there? Without the consideration of the audience, what is there then? If you don’t give a damn about who you are speaking to, then seriously what is there? MØ is right there amongst her greater collective, standing proudly, and in true punk rock form, embracing identity in the face of her kindreds, her peers. And, the talent and the music are good enough for her to take it all the way. She brings us back to what it’s all about. Her gifts are in the best light and she’s living out her purpose. She’s a star, but she knows, none of that shit matters, because she can’t lead with no pack.
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Don’t Miss Music: Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas, NV 10/24-26 http://killingthecabinet.com/dont-miss-music-life-is-beautiful-festival-las-vegas-nv-1024-26/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dont-miss-music-life-is-beautiful-festival-las-vegas-nv-1024-26 http://killingthecabinet.com/dont-miss-music-life-is-beautiful-festival-las-vegas-nv-1024-26/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:56 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14386 Life+Is+Beautiful+Festival+LIB LOGORGBDATEPLACE01 copy Don’t Miss Music: Life is Beautiful Festival Las Vegas, NV 10/24 26

by Matthew Downes & Charissa Lock

Big music names headline the Life is Beautiful festival that will surely draw in folks from afar include Foo Fighters, Outkast, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys and Skrillex.  Yes of course you must consider the close to 70 other artists in the lineup, where you’ll see “Matt & Kim” tucked away in the top quarter of the list or “Misterwives” in the bottom quarter that could be the pull for some.  In its second year, Life Is Beautiful Festival (LIB) has done a pretty fantastic job of signing on bands that are distinctive or haven’t performed in Las Vegas in years or ever…alongside another fantastic list of chefs, speakers, and artists that you can peruse. Looking at the music lineup, a few stand out that I’ve either been meaning to see, am intrigued by their stage presence, or am using this performance as a measuring stick.

 On October 16th Mø cancelled due to unforeseen scheduling errors.  Her replacement is Vacationer.  

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*Note the record on her nightstand within the first thirty seconds of the video. #kitten #Chloe

What hasn’t been said about the artist Mø yet?  Besides her hairstyle, which can easily be put off as her unaffected-by-what-others-think attitude, she heightens the pedestal of the female “indie” pop artist.  Of all the girls (Lorde, Charli, Sky, Elliphant etc.), she is in my opinion simply the most unique.

Making final judgements about artists’ work in the first 2, 3 or 4 years of their career is basically stupid.  By year 6 they start really dealing, writing and singing about their own grief, begin creating their own identity and probably have positioned themselves into or carved out a genre accepting of them and hopefully found a handful of mainstream opportunities that have or are about to create a bountiful career; or its long over.  Whether its 5, 6, 7 or 10 years, the ones that survive the tumultuous music business are the ones who TRULY make it.  Luck helps the few and far between, while style and timeless songs last forever.

Mø hasn’t done any of these things; yet. She just happens to pull off the” I don’t really give a fuck” (#IDGAF) and “I’ve got some good songs” outlook.  This being the case, a live performance would be an experience to say the least.  I am MOST looking forward to see what she can bring to her first live performance in the city of sin. 

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First time I saw this guy was in Las Vegas at the Life is Beautiful lineup announcement at the Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl back earlier this year.  Bumping into him at the end of the concert I was able to shake his hand and wish him luck. Within a few days of adding him on Facebook we had a conversation about how his career was going and where he was headed.  He has a small, but rabid fanbase and somehow you just can feel his potential. He reminds me of Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, if that’s your flavor, but only by vocal presence so don’t judge a book by its cover.  This super accessible, young, white rapper seems to be genuine.   Hope to see you in a few years to check in on everything EKOH, for now I’ll see you next weekend.

Catfish and the Bottlemen 

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I don’t know much about the English band Catfish and the Bottlemen. Pretty sure I found them on some weird blog somewhere about their album Balcony coming out and I listened to one song. With their sound reminding me of other bands from the UK; Twin Atlantic, The Kooks, a less electronic Morning Parade you can see why I’m sucked in.  Purposely and accidentally going into this blind, I’m hoping their live show inspires me to go out and grab more of their recorded stuff.

Priory 

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Warner Bros. is behind the duo from Portland Oregon.  You might’ve heard their summer Dancehall crasher “Weekend” (see above) or if you’re a hardcore Nylon follower, their new single “Put Em Up.”  Their story is unbelievable…you need to go read their bio, if you can find it.  I haven’t seen them live yet and have to say I’m looking forward to hearing the lyrics “Hell yeah I just got paid, it’s time to get this started” lyrics that speak to every working class citizen worldwide.  If they go on Friday at 5pm, it’ll be a perfectly executed gig by Priory’s agent and the talent buyer of LIB.

P.S. They go on at 3:30 to 4:10pm on Friday, close-a-freakin-ough,

Bear Hands  

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The team that’s behind this artist (agent 1, agent 2, label, management & publicist) are considered industry royalty.  Bear Hands have been around since 2010 and it appears they have done a lot of things right to get to this point.  Another band I don’t have much insight on, mostly faith that they’ll delivery something spot on live.

Look forward to my insight previewing the entire event on Thursday of next week!

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Gerard Way at the Fonda Theater October 14th, 2014 http://killingthecabinet.com/gerard-way-at-the-fonda-theater-october-14th-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gerard-way-at-the-fonda-theater-october-14th-2014 http://killingthecabinet.com/gerard-way-at-the-fonda-theater-october-14th-2014/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:36:23 +0000 matt http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14405 GerardWay TheFonda 5 1024x1024 Gerard Way at the Fonda Theater October 14th, 2014

by Matthew Downes with images provided by Chase McCurdy

My Chemical Romance told a generation of kids that it was ok to “not” be ok.  Front man Gerard Way, of MCR, is back in a new band all his own.

Last night, October 14th, was the 2nd coming out party for Way in Los Angeles as he headlined the world famous Troubadour on Monday the night before.  Tuesday was no different as kids and fans alike filled the also-stellar Fonda Theater in Hollywood.  Any famous musician often will find pushback from their fans when they don’t play the hits, but Gerard stood firm performing entirely new stuff.  I am 100% on board with this as he’s carving out something entirely different on his debut, Hesitant Alien [Reprise Records] (Out Now!).

New chapter and maybe similar stories and “I’m ok” with that.  If radio can give him a little push Gerard might be famous twice.

He’s on the road for awhile too.  Tour Dates

Tune into TBS tonight (Wednesday October 15th) at 11:00/ 10:00c to catch his performance of “No Shows” on Conan! 

Check out the video for “No Shows” and our pics from the Fonda show below…

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Two Aussies, four lads from Ohio, and a group of New Yorkers http://killingthecabinet.com/two-aussies-four-lads-from-ohio-and-a-group-of-new-yorkers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=two-aussies-four-lads-from-ohio-and-a-group-of-new-yorkers http://killingthecabinet.com/two-aussies-four-lads-from-ohio-and-a-group-of-new-yorkers/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:00:20 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14374 riptide vance joy Two Aussies, four lads from Ohio, and a group of New Yorkers

By Charissa Lock

It’s on the dancing waves in my head that are giggling with the options that are allowing them to flutter and sway that gives me the pleasure and passion for writing this. As Misterwives‘ single “Reflections” has been mesmerizing me for months now, Walk The Moon‘s “Shut Up and Dance” knocked me off my feet upon its first appearance only a week ago or so.

To say I’m obsessed with these songs would be closest to the truth as I crave to listen to each of these on repeat. No matter how many times I hear “All my friends are turning green,” I belt out along side Vance Joy and beam at the giddiness “Riptide” has provided me. As I’m a typical album listener (shocking),I’ve been seduced by catchy pop beats in under four minute increments, batting their eyelashes of melt-your-heart melodies and making passes via foot stomping tempos or incomprehensible vocal intonations (that would be Miss Sia).

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My delight in the indie folk multi transitional, insatiable sing along “Riptide” are equal in passion as New Yorkers Misterwives’ “Reflections.”  The dance-your-face-off pauses to ear-candy-vocal drops of Mandy Lee provide a wonderland of “I’m Every Woman“-esque emotion and movement commanding you to blast off your tuchus.  Now I should probably learn the lyrics so I’m not sounding like a dying animal every time I hear this track.

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Continuing with the female vocals, let’s move on to the chills inducing, lump in your throat caused by the lovely Australian, Sia Furler.  The bleeding honesty in the dips and extensions of her voice is the radiance of emotion, thick and powerful.  Her entire album (1000 Forms of Fear) is soaked in these unbelievable vocals backed up by these instrumental hooks and transitions drilling your soul in a complete epic experience.  Yet, my theme seems to be these jumpy beats, so consequently I’ve been rangled in by her track “Hostage.” This song is a conglomeration of fun and though you still get to hear the wonder of those raspy intonations, it’s only a slight dusting compared to other tracks which are more powerhouse and less “fun.” So I guess what I’m saying is…jam out to “Hostage,” but don’t forget to listen to the other eleven.

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And of course, we cannot forget the possibly-more-popular-than- “Anna Sun” track, “Shut Up and Dance,” by those charming Walk The Moon boys.  In all seriousness, this extremely anticipated single has the ability to blast into mainstream stardom with its direct flirtatious conversation and unexpected chorus transition (well at least on the first listen, it’s not where I thought it was going and I was pleasantly surprised!). The melodies and instrumentation are typical of WTM, but if this is your first time hearing them, you’ll be knocked off your feet with the freshness of modernized 80s dance with an indie twist.

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Loving these tunes has been quite a backstage dance party.  Solving the annoyance of Youtube not allowing you to listen and do anything else on your phone/computer/iPad, I created a playlist on Spotify of these fancy tracks among others that keep your mood perky and feet light.  Since this has all taken place on a Sunday it’s inevitably titled “Sunday Funday” for not only the enjoyment of myself, but others as well.

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TAGS:  fall fun festival, fall down festival, Broseph E. Lee, so many October concerts,STS9 @ The Wiltern 11/21

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Boston Calling: Fall 2014 Summary http://killingthecabinet.com/boston-calling-fall-2014-summary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boston-calling-fall-2014-summary http://killingthecabinet.com/boston-calling-fall-2014-summary/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:00:36 +0000 Charissa http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14314 DSC 1077edit 685x1024  Boston Calling:  Fall 2014 Summary

by Charissa Lock featured image by Kate Lock

What we know for sure about Boston Calling:  One, they never cease to make improvements on the experience while not messing with those factors we love about the festival and Two, the weather sticks up a middle finger at least one out of the three days.  It was for this latter common occurrence that resulted in attendees, staff, and artists seeking shelter at the warnings of a tornado on day two of the festival.  Fortunately, I was unable to make this day and was saved from the queasy stomach and worry that such a situation would inevitably deem.  However, in my search of how everything was being handled and the safety of all, Twitter users were sharing either the disappointment of waiting to see Lorde or their welcoming of festival goers to their cousins apartment nearby, etc.  Not sure if you’ve noticed this or not about social media, but typically if there’s something negative that happens it’s usually that negative that is shared.  Therefore, it became my understanding that the way the situation was handled by all of those in charge of getting people to safety was done with efficiency and respect.  For if things were handled inappropriately, or scrambled, that would have been all I found on Twitter.  I find this very rewarding for a downtown city festival to be successful at their first emergency type of situation.  Needless to say, no tornado touched down and all was clear minus some slight wind damage (at the festival any ways, other parts of Massachusetts had greater damage).  The most amazing part was, when I went the following day, there was virtually no word of it by the crowds.

Now about those improvements…Samuel Adams included their Octoberfest additions to this fall event.  They had Sam Adams beers stations set up around with pre-poured drinks just waiting to be purchased and consumed.  There also was the inclusion of a lawn area that I of course didn’t realize until I was leaving the festival (yeah, I know).  There were modern lounge areas, giant games of jenga, artistic structures, and screens showing the video feed of the live bands.  This of course was nestled after the food trucks that offered delicious meals from the previous festival as well as some newbies.  On the safety side of things, the check-in was also a little more secure for media, as our IDs were checked this time, which felt more secure.

As for the reason why I went in the first place, the music was excellent.  The combination of artists that rocked the stage on Sunday were phenomenal.  And even coming from the point of view of a diehard fan to a few of the bands, it was in the eyes of those who hadn’t experienced the bands before that confirmed my notion that this was an epic line up.  My goosebumps seemed to explode after twenty one pilots’ “Trees” concluded and my recovery wouldn’t begin to take place until after hearing and seeing the euphoria of first time observers.  Male and female, young and old, everyone was in disbelief at the intensity of that incredible duo, and to think that they hadn’t even experienced one of their more personal shows.  The festival also brought the Matt Healy/The 1975 maniac teenagers, which was something in itself to be bombarded with.  I mean, he didn’t disappoint with those vocals and guitar solos, but he also seemed to be proving that his band was of the genius side and they made sure to heighten the bar on each of their songs so that my “I love this one live!” just became the summary of their set.   My favorite unknown-to-me band was Lake Street Dive who was having a blast on stage, while Scarlet Johansson/Jessica Biel look alike lead singer Rachael Price crooned away with her soul melting vocals.  I also enjoyed the performance of San Fermin with the in sync and energetic nature of the horns and other instrumentation.  Besides my lack of interest in the male vocals, I would say this was a band I’d take away with me from this experience.

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This past Friday (9/19) Boston Calling announced their presale $110 for a three day pass, which has already been sold out.  This only means one thing…we’ll be hearing their Memorial Day artist announcement in due time.  This also means that the running of artists I’d like to see perform will begin in the back of my head, and as in the past, more than half of them will be on the list.

Check out some amazing photos from the festival brought to you by: Kate Lock.  CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL! Featuring some of our favorite artists here at killing the cabinet including twenty one pilots, Spoon (P.S. that’s Britt in the featured image), Lake Street Dive and The 1975!

TAGS: BAWHSTIN, Red Sox suck, Now I Can’t Hear You, I wonder if Alt-J will be at Spring Boston Calling, Ty Locks!

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ØV the Kid: And Now We Know. http://killingthecabinet.com/ov-the-kid-and-now-we-know/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ov-the-kid-and-now-we-know http://killingthecabinet.com/ov-the-kid-and-now-we-know/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:00:38 +0000 Aurora http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14333 olivver1 1024x751 ØV the Kid: And Now We Know.

By Maggie Brawley

It was about twenty minutes after nine, and I officially began to get antsy standing amongst a crowd of some very youthful faces. Olivver, aka The Kid, whose band was teasing us from behind closed curtains, was opening for Lovelife at The Roxy on Sunset. It’s always the best catching newer acts that you know are going to be big, except this wasn’t exactly ØV’s first go around. Olivver, fka as Bryan Sammis, I discovered is the former drummer of the mega popular band, The Neighbourhood (hence the teens). I initially stumbled upon his solo work while Lovelife was co-hosting ALT 98.7 on a Sunday, and they were introducing their friend and collaborator’s song, “Lucy (Hurt People Hurt People).” I freaked out when I heard it and that’s pretty much what I did when The Kid hit the stage playing it as the night’s opener.

All of his music is eclectic and of a natural pace. There’s no rush here, but it’s still cohesive and has solid momentum. The songs are dope, and the production translates well to the stage. The genre is somewhat ambiguous (which I dig), but the music still serves, so whatever. There’s some melodic R&B elements, electronic elements, and some serious sensuality taking place. He performed “Attica ‘71,” one of my favorites, and his band killed it. He knows what he’s doing and he’s got the swag to pull it off; ØV is a thinker and he’s crafty. There’s all kinds of conceptual blueprints happening, whether in his videos or Now You Know t-shirts; needless to say, there’s substance behind the product. It’s original and clever, and I like it.

One may have assumed that it was Bryan’s decision to detour away from The NBHD with desires of doing his own solo thing, but the night of the show indicated otherwise. It’s never quite that simple after all. There was no bitterness in tact, nor arrogance, instead he has a quiet confidence that seems to be simply moving on with life. That’s not to say it was an easy process. He closed the show with a candid sentiment just before playing his song, “Not Going Home.” Bryan opened up about the pain associated with change following the highs of success, and the crisis of identity experienced at the end of a profound life chapter. His last words summed up his decision after leaving his band to either ‘go home… and kill myself,’ he abruptly stated, or to go and keep making music. It was quick, but clearly not lacking in extremity; it felt necessary. It certainly hit home for me. It’s emblematic of a cultural myth of success while poignantly reminding that it is indeed fleeting. However, the phoenix will rise again, because if there was anything the night told us or for us to know, it is… The Kid has heart and he’s following it. So, Olivver’s star is rising, because he and his music are actually really good.

So yes… now we definitely know.

Big ups to Travis Keaster for the photos! @keast_infection

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TAGS: ØV @ Bootleg 9/24, ”Keep it Sacred“, Mojo b crush in, the bold & the restless icon smile ØV the Kid: And Now We Know.

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Lovelife at the Roxy 9/18 http://killingthecabinet.com/lovelife-at-the-roxy-918/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lovelife-at-the-roxy-918 http://killingthecabinet.com/lovelife-at-the-roxy-918/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:30:39 +0000 Aurora http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14317 lovelife1 682x1024 Lovelife at the Roxy 9/18

By Mojo

Lovelife sold out The Roxy on Sunset this past Thursday night. It was a crowd of mostly teens and the industry. Even if their name doesn’t ring a bell, if you’re a listener of ALT 98.7, then you’ve probably heard their song, “Your New Beloved” without knowing. But it was the single, “Nova” off of their new EP, Silk Road that everyone was loving on this night. The band is spunky and uniquely colorful, and still quite a tight unit. The synthpop fed the young souls and everyone was beaming. Lovelife’s music is solid and befitting of the Los Angeles scene. It was no surprise they cashed the place out. Keep on truckin’ guys, ‘cause I think you’re going to be just fine.

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Photo Credit: Travis Keaster

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Up Next: The Lees of Memory http://killingthecabinet.com/up-next-the-lees-of-memory/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=up-next-the-lees-of-memory http://killingthecabinet.com/up-next-the-lees-of-memory/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:00:56 +0000 matt http://killingthecabinet.com/?p=14295 BwEI54ZCEAAiTox Up Next: The Lees of Memory

by Matthew Downes

Every year we get older and every year the responsibilities get a little bit bigger.  While the former seems to be something that’s not in my future plans the latter is heavy.  Just when I think I don’t have time for music that weight is lifted by a Wizard or in this case, a Davis.

Its been many years since I saw Superdrag in Philly at a pizza place called Nicks I think?  I was maybe 19 or 20 years old. Someone snuck me in and John Davis (lead singer, producer, guitarist for both Superdrag and TLoM) was sitting at the bar writing his setlist on torn yellow legal paper (see pic below).  You might remember them MTving hard with their single “Sucked Out”.  I remember them delivering a deep set of tracks that captured a powerful sound reflecting 30 or 40 years of rock history.

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20 years later he’s singing “I want you to stay right where you are, Little Fallen Star” for a new band and still sounds unbelievable.  They call themselves The Lees of Memory.

“I can’t stop the world from trying to break your heart.”

You should buy their record.

I love their music.

Everything’s a little bit lighter.

 

TAGS: Guitars Drink Cymbals, Stars, Symbols, Love, Memories, Hurt, Deep Tracks, Loyalty

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