The Asteroid’s Galaxy Tour Epitomizing Cool

One of my most anticipated shows (ever) occurred last Tuesday at the Bowery Ballroom.  Seeing The Asteroid’s Galaxy Tour tearing up the stage through their glamorous aura, and infectious spunk, made me as happy as Tom Cruise during his “jumping on the couch” incident on Oprah.  They played all their songs from their album Fruit, as well as, some new releases and a cover.  Before the band came on stage, I was anticipating their outfit ensembles because I knew they were a band that was comprised of individual fashionistas.  I was delighted with the band’s attire and always enjoy seeing two art forms of fashion and music collide into a flashy ball of goodness.

The lead singer, Mette Lindberg, confidently wore a stunning glitzy gold sequin top and pants as she entered the stage.  She allured the crowd with her elegant charm, chic persona, and model-esque looks, all of which few lead singers are able to attain.  Her voice hit each note as if I was listening to the actual album.  I was amazed by the pitch she could naturally reach as she belted some of the ending notes in “Push the Envelope.”  My life was complete.

The crowd knew the lyrics to all the songs and cheerfully sang along while swaying from the side-side and dancing to the beat.  When they played “Around the Bend,” the audience acted as if the band had announced they were giving away free Birkin bags.  Everyone went fanatic once they heard that first note of the song.  Once again, Mette worked the crowd as she got the audience to animately flail their arms, loudly belt the song, and embrace the spirit and vigor which the Danish pop band had to offer.

Amongst the other great songs they performed from their album (“The Golden Age,” “The Sun Ain’t Shining No More,” and all their other fabulous tracks) they surprised the audience with some additional melodies.  They performed their newly released song “Major,” which has instantly turned into a major hit.  They also played a cover of “Safety Dance,” from the band, Men Without Hats.  Essentially, The Asteroid’s Galaxy Tour has pushed the envelope when it comes voice pitch, fashion, and energy and embodies the inner city blues to the fullest.  If I owned a time capsule, I would take myself and this lovely band to the golden age, drink some Heinekens, and stay there forever and ever.

 

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Sully – Carrier review

Sully’s new album Carrier, consists of quite the eclectic assortment of sounds.  Buzzes, beats and buildups are an appropriate selection of words to describe the album.  There is a new instrument or beat sound featured in every track which make each song truly unique and individual in it’s own way.  It’s a mellow electronic album that isn’t fit for a club scene, but for a calm restaurant in an urban setting.  With a heavy ambient mood feel, it would be great for background music for a film as well.

“Let you” is a catchy track with simple lyrics and notable melodies.  How many variations can you say the sentence, “I wanna let you know?” According to this track, apparently several.  It’s clean, simple, upbeat and one of my fav’s on the album.

Another favorite is “Bonafide.”  The repetitive strain of piano keys played are musically pleasing, especially with the slow beat accompanying it.  The song definitely has a feel to it.  Infact, I could totally see it being used in a heavy dramatic scene in the film where few words are exchanged between characters and the focal point of the scene is the intense music and striking visuals.

Overall, the tracks on the album exudes a sense of late night mystery where all is quiet, dark, and eery.  While some artists have a cheery and sunny tone, Sully’s sound is the exact opposite.  It’s refreshing to have a contrasting sound such as Sully’s where not everything is based upon the high energy feel, but an easy tempo, soft and soothing beats.

DATSIK made my month

Friday September 30th was a night to remembered.  Playing at New York City’s Webster Hall, Datsik made a killin’ on the dance floor.  Coming on around 1am, the dance fiend crowd was waiting with heavy anticipation until the Canadian bred stepped up on stage and then to the tables.  The crowd, went, nuts.  That night, Datsik effortlessly stripped the energetic audience of their worries and problems facing them following the morning, and enraptured them into a two-hour set of absolute pure bliss.  Kudos to Datsik.

Datsik’s remix of Diplo and Lil Jon’s tune, “You don’t like me,” turned the (already maxed out) energy level of the crowd and switched it to hyper speed.  People wildly chanted the simple lyrics to the song while also forming a mini mosh-pit.  Although I’d never choose to be in one of the grimey and aggressive pushing battles, I’m always extremely entertained to watch from a close angle.  Mosh-pits are a necessity to any head banging, body shaking, hand waving, colorful lighting, bass-in-yo-face type show.

When Datsik dropped his remix of the Don Diablo’s ft. Dragonette, “Animale” track, I looked back at the pleased crowd and saw smiles sweeping across the large hall.  Between the perfect bass drops, singable melodies, a touch grime, and a couple womp womps, Datsik has nailed the recipe for the perfect track….”I guess he’s got his swagga back,” (even though it’s never left his side).

There’s several developed subgenres of dubstep (brostep, moonbahton, filthstep) and Dastik covered a handful of them that night.  His variation of tracks was a solid variety which appealed to all.  I know people always question the future of dubstep and where is it going to go next, or if it’s going to last as a staple in electronic music.  Judging from Friday’s utterly insane crazy-licious dubstapades, I think it’s safe to say, dubstep will be here for the long haul. Thank gawd. I’m also thanking Datsik for providing me with one hell of the rage-your-face-off night. Gracias.

#dubstep4life

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Slow Club – Paradise review

Slow Club’s second album, Paradise is a reminder to all that relationships can bring us happiness.  This indie pop England duo knows how embrace those percussions and are not afraid of being open.  It’s surprising that there are only two members in this band considering the whole lotta sound they produce.  Slow Club reminds me of an English version of Mates of State-a male and female ensemble pop duo with harmonizing melodies.

There are certain elements which make Paradise stand out.  The echoing voice affects can be heard in throughout the album, which produces a relaxed yet emotive feel.  Their notable percussion sound is also heard throughout, especially in the upbeat track, “Two Cousins.”  Pianos, percussions, and a playful sound, what more could a listener ask for?

Another noticeable track is “Gold Mountain.”  Forget about the percussions, through the harmonization, retro and romantic sounds, positive and passionate lyrics, and slow chords and echoes, make this acoustic song a great one.  Whether it’s a heavily rainy day in the dead of winter or a mellow sunny one in the height of summer, this track strikes a chord that can fulfill either.

A faster tempo tune is “If we’re still alive.”  Epitomizing the indie rock sound, this track is cheery and delicious.  “Where I’m waking” is another flirty upbeat number that touches on body language in a number of ways.  I guarantee this contagious melody will be stuck in your head after the second you devote a moment to this fun song.

Fortunately, Slow Club will be performing two nights in a row in the Big Apple.  Once on November 3rd at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and the following night at Brooklyn’s Rock Shop.  Come get your fast moves on with the Slow Club.

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Peter Wolf Crier – Garden of Arms review

Hailing all the way from Minnesota is the soft spoken yet powerful voice coming from Peter Wolf Crier.  And no, this is not a simple band that addresses children’s fables, but touches on the affects of past relationships and (the never so simple thing), life.  Coming back with a load of experiences under their belt, Garden of Arms is the second album released from the dynamic duo Peter Pisano and Brian Moen.  With frontman Pisano’s applaudable high-pitch voice, and Moen’s measurable percussion arrangements, this indie-folk pair pushed the envelope in more than one way.

Right away, the album begins with a strong beginning, starting with (cutting to the chase) “Right Away.”  The song’s catchy chorus talks about falling in love at first site and finding commitment.

Speaking of commitment, many of their songs have similar themes of love, loss and the overall rocky roads of relationships.  Regardless of the state of mind you are in, you would be able to relate to at least one of the songs during some point of your life.  Their is a swarming of emotions embedded within the Garden of Arms, and it sounds like all they need is a helping hand within their “garden.”  Aside from the metaphors, the folkish sounds of love, loss, and hope produce a personal connection for the listener.  Check them out at the Mercury Lounge in New York September 30th.  Enjoy!

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Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse review

Thundercat’s new album The Golden Age Of Apocalypse, is stricken with the ultimate variety of sounds.  The album leaves the listener in a state of content through it’s melodic collaborations with tones.  Layered with several jazzy undertones, powerful harmonies, and yet simple lyrics, it resonates a plea to an endless summer.

The track, “Daylight,” was filled with light electro bass, as well as, high pitched chimes.  With only one simple sentence throughout the song, “open your mind, daylight,” it had a powerful impact.  The dreamy sounds soothed the mind and catapulted it into a modern psychedelic journey.  This is a clear indication that sometimes, less means more.

Another noticeable track was “Is it love.” Once again, continuing with the dream-sounding theme, the song evokes an airy sensation that reverberates throughout.  Towards the end of the track, the theme completely turns direction and sounds like background music from a 1960’s romantic film.  Symphonic string instruments are played for a brief time before it introduces the final chapter of the track.  This represents variety at it’s finest which is a pure reflection of the quality of the album.

“Jamboree” was another favorite.  The mixed tempos and active key changes made this instrumental-only track stand out.  The different instruments and broken rhythms creates a mysteriousness because it was hard to guess what was going to come next within the song.  It’s always nice when the listener is challenged in one way or the other.

The instrumental layers of the album create the prime recipe for a perfect show.  With a hint of psychedelia, a touch of jazz, and a pinch of light lyrics, creates the unique sound to these Thundercats which would (obviously) be a fabulous live show.