New Jersey’s Front Bottoms have been climbing the indie hierarchy since 2008. Through a cult-like fan base, an abundance of critical reviews, and an extensive touring schedule, they finally reached th…
Daft Punk vs Giorgio Moroder.
Manchester Orchestra performing a new song “The Ocean” at a show in California
Two Georgia and Japan shows and one North Caroline show? Ya, we were all a little disappointed when Neutral Milk Hotel announced they’d be touring again, but only giving us a tiny handful of dates.
Before we all start throwing down paychecks for stubuhub’d tickets and airfare, their booking agent Jim Romeo of Ground Control Touring, has been quoted saying, “People should know that they shouldn’t get discouraged if they don’t get tickets to these few shows,” he said. “There will be some more fall shows announced soon and a much longer and fuller tour planned for 2014 that will span the globe.”
For those of you who caught Jeff Mangum on his solo tour this past winter like I did, should know that even though it’s been years since their last tour and last album, In The Airplane Over The Sea in 1998, the guy’s definitely like fine wine in relation to time.
By substantially setting the bar for future shows I’d be attending in Portland, Alt-J carried out a performance that goes down as one of my favorites so far since moving here. Selling out the show months in advance, Alt-J held true to their hype as being one of the most listened to artists since the release of An Awesome Wave last year. “Alt-J is their own genre,” explains one of the show attendees upon asking them what category of music they would put Alt-J in. Coming from a band with lyrics containing references to Where The Wild Things Are, suspenseful music videos (if you don’t know what I’m talking about watch the video for “Breezeblocks”), and making the bill for almost every major music festival this summer, these college buds from Britain are keeping audiences buzzed.
Opening the set with “Intro”, there wasn’t much for the band to change up from their last show in Seattle (and any show for that matter) since a good portion of their debut album is played consecutively. Their set was pretty much the album with a few covers here and there and then a vivacious ending with “Taro”. Here’s the setlist:
(Ripe & Ruin)
Slow Dre (Kylie Minogue cover)
A Real Hero (College cover)
The community of Alt-J fans brought the greatest amount of energy that night at Roseland. Having a packed room (upstairs as well as the main floor) kept people close together, but that didn’t stop a good number of fans from dancing. Lead singer, Joe Newman, oozed sex appeal with minimal performance effort but nailed it in the sense that their music calls for his tranquil and harmonic vocals more than a rambunctious front man. Looking out into the crowd at various points during the show, I was able to feel everyone’s deep admiration to either some lyric in the album or the album as whole-especially when the mic was turned to audience at points during “Matilda”. Raising our triangles in the air when the band dispersed off stage made a perfect end to night.
Kevin Devine’s full set stream from Idobi Meltdown can be watched below by clicking “Read More.”
Coachella will be kicking off this weekend. Check out the set times below by clicking “Read More.”
Coachella Announces 2013 Lineup
Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit have each teamed up with Manchester Orchestra to release a very special 12-inch single for Record Store Day.
The release, which features the Manchester Orchestra/Grouplove collaboration “Make It To Me” and the Manchester Orchestra/Frightened Rabbit collaboration “Architect,” will be available Saturday, April 20 at participating independent record stores. For a list of participating stores, visit www.recordstoreday.com.
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