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It was weird enough to see that RZA was featured on “Take A Fall For Me”, a song from James Blake’s new album Overgrown. It’s even weirder to see that RZA joined James Blake during his live performance at Coachella over the weekend. RZA made things even more weird by bringing a girl on stage and rapping his verses to her. It was slightly strange and definitely a little awkward.

Watch the performance below.
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Yesterday was brutal hot, over 100 degrees in many places. It didn’t stop me and some music hungry Brooklynites from heading to the Williamsburg Waterfront to rock out with Death From Above 1979.

The Drums were announced as a surprise opener only a week ago or so to my delight. Their music has practically been the soundtrack to this summer for my friends and I. They played a lot of new material such as the catchy new single, “Money”. Some new stuff really seems to be playing true to a 80s new wave sound. They played most of their debut album, notably leaving out “Let’s Go Surfing” and “Down By The Water”. I think part of this attributes to the new direction that the band hinted at on some of the new songs. I had a great time swaying to their set. Not sure how the rest of the crowd enjoyed it since it’s sort of an odd pairing considering the music that comes out of Death From Above.

Immediately as Jesse Keeler & Sebastien Grainger took the stage they teased us with the beginnings of “Turn It Out”. You’d be lying if you said that you couldn’t feel the tension of the crowd waiting to be released. As soon as these guys started rocking, a full on mosh pit was going strong in the front. Who can blame the fans, we’ve been waiting nearly five years for these guys to come back with a tour.

I watched the first two or three songs right behind the pit, snapped a few photos, then couldn’t resist and joined in myself, with my friends following. We spent the rest of the set in there and can’t imagine the show without doing so. For such a hot day, it’s incredible that everyone kept dancing/moshing for the duration of their set. Things were steadily pretty crazy, but it truly hit the fan when “Romantic Rights” came on. It was hot, sweaty, and crazy in the pit, but it was contagious fun as well.

I don’t think the band has any plans to get back together, but I can live with that now because last nights concert was straight up fun. It was as rock and roll as you can ask for. It was hot, sweaty, and half the time I was out of breath and bracing my surroundings. I wouldn’t want it any other way with DFA1979. The band seemed to be having a lot of fun, and it seemed like they haven’t missed a beat even after spending so much time apart.

In summary, last night I saw two bands: One who have been taking a big chunk of my present (The Drums), and another who took up a big chunk of my past (DFA). It was an odd eclectic mix that may not have worked for others, but it was a great contrast of my musical past and present that added up to an awesome summer night.

Here’s a setlist I snagged post show:

Check out more photos and videos after the jump:
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[video] The Tins – Spies (Live at Brighton Music Hall)

By Will Oliver, July 12th 2011 — with 1 comment

The Tins will soon be making their return to the musical world, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing some demos of new songs – and they’re sounding incredible. One of the new songs is the very memorable “Spies” which I haven’t been able to shake since my first listen.

The Buffalo, New York natives should be ones on your radar after “The Green Room”. If you don’t know who they are, then get to know them. Here’s a fantastic live performance of the new song that the band played at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall while opening for The Blow:

You’re gonna want to hit replay.

[new] The Morning Benders – I Wanna Be Your Man (Live)

By Will Oliver, June 21st 2011 — with 5 comments

The Morning Benders twitter stream has been full of wonderful updates about the recording of their new album. The band played a new song this weekend at the free concert, Make Music Pasadena. The song is called “I Wanna Be Your Man” and you can watch/listen below thanks to a video that a fan uploaded. It sounds very Paul Simon to me. As expected, the band is exploring new territories. I like it quite a lot. Take a listen:

 

The band also covered Prince’s “When You Were Mine”. You can watch that after the jump:

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[new] The Kooks – The Saboteur

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2011 — with 1 comment

Things start out real nicely for “The Saboteur”, the new single from The Kooks. It’s no bullshit guitar riffs blaring loud with a catchy crunch. But somewhere along the middle the band slows it down and that’s where it lost me. The Kooks are at their best when they deliver catchy power riffs backed with a catchy chorus. They keep a nice pace at certain points of this new single but things get lost in the process.

For a band like The Kooks I think less is more. This single is alright but I think it would have done them better just to expand on the vibe that the beginning of the song flirted with.

[mp3]: The Kooks – The Saboteur

What do you think?

“The Saboteur” is taken from the bands upcoming new album, Junk Of The Heart, which drops on September 13th via Virgin Records.

The Kooks stopped by FlyTV to debut three songs from the new album, along with “Jackie Big Tits”. Watch all three after the jump:
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[Watch] Coldplay Play 4 New Songs Live

By Will Oliver, June 7th 2011 — with 7 comments

Coldplay is making big strides towards their return to the musical world. First we heard their new single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”. Now they’ve been revealing more new songs at their recent festival performances. The four new songs that they’ve been playing are titled “Hurts Like Heaven”, “Major Minus”, “Us Against The World”, and “Charlie Brown”.

I’m wasn’t quite sold on the new single, but these new songs are making me look forward to LP5 again. Thanks to youtube, you can watch/listen to all four new songs below:

Hurts Like Heaven:

Major Minus:

Us Against the World:

Charlie Brown:



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