Beatles LOVE Review

LOVE 5th Year Anniversary

Like millions of others, I’ve had a special place in my heart for the Beatles since I was four when we used to listen to them as we played in our backyard. Same goes for Cirque Du Soleil, having seen five shows starting with Mystere in Vegas when I was 11. So naturally I’ve been excited about finally seeing the two collide in LOVE, the Las Vegas sensation that is now on its five year anniversary.  To say I wasn’t disappointed would be a tremendous understatement, as the music, costumes, acrobatics, stage design, and overall show simply blew me away, coming off as an incredibly deserving tribute to the Fab Four.
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Beatles LOVE Review

Frankie Rose Review: Interstellar

Frankie Rose
Interstellar

^^(awesome cover art, by the way)

Looking for a slower-paced, angelically beautiful, minimalistic-ly brilliant, guitar trembling, synth slamming album that is soaking wet with reverb and will even get you to bob that head occasionally? No, I’m not talking about M83‘s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, but if you’re looking for the female version of it with half the tracks and teensy bit less complexity, yet no less sincere, than look no further than former Dum Dum Girl, Frankie Rose’s second solo album, Interstellar.
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Frankie Rose Review: Interstellar

Oscar Recap: Sponsored by The Strokes

84th, Academy Awards, Oscars

This year’s Academy Awards was all about the magic of the movies.  Perhaps inspired by the likes of The Artist, Midnight in Paris, and Hugo, The Oscars wanted to cash in on some sort of nostalgic virus that seems to be going around Tinseltown these days.  Hey, let’s get Adam Sandler to talk about his inspiration for getting into the movies, and making timeless classics like Jack and Jill and Grownups.  There was just a lot of sappy reminiscing to go along with all the circle sessions that have become a Hollywood standard.

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Oscar Recap: Sponsored by The Strokes

LxListening: Under the Covers

Woman, under covers

On “Codeine“, Jason Isbell sings “If there’s one thing I can’t stand, its this bar and this cover band”.  I’m not sure which he hates more; the bar or the cover band.  But in the right situation I love both of these things, and find reason to disagree with Mr. Isbell.  So, for today’s installment of LxListening I have decided to pick out 5 recent covers that deserve a little recognition.

What makes a good cover you ask me?  In my opinion, a good cover doesn’t try to reenact or mimic the original song, instead trying to take a new musical angle.  This can be anything from completely changing the arrangement, to changing the style of the music, to changing the pace.  Sometimes, a cover may be so ironic (as you’ll see below) because of who is singing it that it deserves a little attention.  Either way, check out a few of these gems below and decide for yourself whether you think there is any added value to these cover songs.  Enjoy.
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LxListening: Under the Covers

Top Ten Thursday: Dynamic Duos

PB & J

The week of Valentine’s Day, we did a breakup songs list and nothing else relating to love. This week, we have given off a couples barrage with reviews of Sleigh Bells and Tennis, two duos, and now this list. While most bands are five, the Beatles were the Fab Four, and three is a magic number, two can no doubt still kill it in rock & roll. Here is our top ten musical duos.

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Top Ten Thursday: Dynamic Duos

Tennis Review: Young & Old

Tennis
Young & Old

Yesterday, Wes discussed the duo of indie rockers Sleigh Bells releasing their sophomore album, Reign of Terror. Well, last Tuesday (notable for being Valentine’s Day) another indie duo and a married couple, known as Tennis, also released their own sophomore effort, Young & Old. The lo-fi somewhat-surf-rockers did well last year, releasing their debut album Cape Dory on the notably awesome indie label Fat Possum Records. The album was subtle, but great, and received fairly positive reviews, but was still a bit underrated IMHO. Something tells me that this album on the whole will be received in a fairly similar fashion.
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Tennis Review: Young & Old

Sleigh Bells Review

Sleigh Bells

Reign Of Terror

Reign of Terror Album Cover Art

From the opening ear-shattering moments of “Tell ‘Em” to the last menacing moments of the title track, listening Sleigh Bells’ debut front to back was like being blind-sided by a Rock shovel and loving every moment of it. On Treats, the New York duo pioneered a bit of a new sound, with their music being what it would sound like if a cheerleading squad discovered heavy metal or Black Sabbath crashed a crazy train into M.I.A. So because of the astonishment found with their debut, I expected their follow up, Reign of Terror, to fall way short of the debut since it would lack the novelty of hearing their sound for the first time. And while Reign of Terror is indeed more of the same, it is no doubt another really good record, full of plenty of excellent moments, but also its handful of redundant ones.
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Sleigh Bells Review