Monday, October 22, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Wolf Gang w/ Atlas Genius - Stage AE - 10.29.12 - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Wolf Gang and Atlas Genius will be making an appearance next Monday, 10.29 at Stage AE. Wolf Gang will be headlining the evening just coming off a tour supporting Coldplay. The band come by way of London began by lead vocalist Max McElligott while taking a year off from studying social anthropology at the London School of Economics. He recorded what would be the debut album for the band entitled Sugeo Faults which was released in June of last year. The album features a mix of indie, alternative and symphonic rock being produced by legend  Dave Fridmann. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual, just email us at pghmusicreport@gmail.com with your name to enter. 



Opening for Wolf Gang will be Australian based band Atlas Genius. The band is touring behind their debut EP, Through The Glass, which was released in June via Warner Brother Records. The album is filled with shimmering pop melodies and infectious, soaring vocals that compliment their wistful, warm spirit.
The group sold more than 50,000 downloads of their breakout single, “'Trojans',” before they were even by any label. “From their press:



In November 2009, the members of Adelaide, Australia’s Atlas Genius set about building a studio where they could write and record music for their newly formed band. For two years, brothers Keith, Steven, and Michael Jeffery devoted their days to constructing their dream studio and spent their nights performing songs by The Police, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at local pubs to pay the bills. “We really got down and dirty with dry walling and literally laying the floorboards, and at the same time we were taking a couple of days a week to focus on writing songs,” recalls Keith, Atlas Genius’s vocalist/guitarist. The studio was designed and outfitted by the brothers with the help of their father (who comes from a music and engineering background). Once the studio was complete, the first song that Atlas Genius finished was a song called “Trojans,” which they wrote, recorded and produced in collaboration with their friend Darren Sell. After many weeks tweaking the song, Michael insisted that the song was ready to be heard outside of the studio walls. Within an hour, “Trojans” was on the Triple J Unearthed Website, SoundCloud, and for sale via TuneCore on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify worldwide.


Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets can be found here and are $12. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Xavier Rudd - Carnegie Music Hall - 10.29.12 - Show Preview - Concert Preview

Singer, songwriter Xavier Rudd will be appearing at the Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead next Monday, 10.29. The Australian creates his music with a variety influences and instruments including Aborigine culture, contemporary guitar with the didgeridoo, stomp box, percussion and other devices. Rudd just released his seventh studio album entitled Spirit Bird that was released this past June. The new LP combines soft, melodic vocals with unique instrumentals to create a sound that is all at once inspiring and heartbreaking. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us at pghmusicreport@gmail.com with your name to enter.



From his press:

"Spirit Bird" is the sprawling title track from Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd's seventh studio album, set to drop on June 5th. The song was constructed in two sections over the course of as many years, Rudd says. The first part came during a trip to Kimberley country in northwest Australia, where he encoutered a mob of red-tailed black cockatoos, a rare site up close.

"One old-woman spirit bird locked eyes with me," Rudd recalls, "and began to creak and groan her message of time passed and changes to her country and the fear in her heart. It was all very heavy, and as she looked through me with her eyes and passed this message I felt like I sank into the earth, and my mind was racing with imagery of things that were clear, but that I had never seen previously on my journey. Almost like I was looking through someone else's eyes with someone else's memories. That night I wrote the first half of 'Spirit Bird' in the sand on a sacred beach. It poured out of me and was quite emotional."



A few years later, Rudd had started recording, and while sitting by a lake in Canada he started plucking at the first part of the song, and the second half came right then and there. The next morning, he awoke to the news that the Australian government had taken that land at James Price Point in Kimberley. Police had forcefully removed protesters and longtime land owners from their homes so construction could begin on a proposed gas plant. "It just so happens that at the exact time as that was happening," Rudd continues, "spirit was ripping through me on the other side of the world by a fire in Canada, and the result was the completion of the song 'Spirit Bird.'

Show begins at 7:30p with doors at 6:30p. Tickets are $25 and can be found here.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Dinosaur Jr - 10.24.12 - Mr Smalls - Show Preview - Concert Preview


Legendary indie rockers Dinosaur Jr will be making a stop at Mr Smalls next Wednesday, 10.24. The band just released their new LP I Bet On Sky this past month. It's their third album since reforming back in 2005 and their tenth studio recording. The trio of Lou Barlow, Murph and mainstay J Masics have been recording now for over 27 years and their new album demonstrates that experience and knowledge. Receiving solid reviews, I Bet On Sky is heavy on head bobbing rythms and lyrics. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us at pghmusicreport@gmail.com with your name to enter. 



From their press:

There is nothing quite like a Dinosaur Jr. album. The best ones are always recognizable from the first notes. And even though J tries to trip us up by smearie been laughed out of the tree fort. The trio's early shows were so full of sonic chaos, such a weird blend of aggression and catatonia that we all assumed they would flame out fast. But the joke was on us.

I Bet on Sky is the third Dinosaur Jr. album since the original trio – J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph – reformed in 2005. And, crazily, it marks the band's 10th studio album since their debut on Homestead Records in 1985. Back in the '80s, if anyone has suggested that these guys would be performing and recording at such a high level 27 years later, they would have been laughed out of the tree fort. The trio's early shows were so full of sonic chaos, such a weird blend of aggression and catatonia that we all assumed they would flame out fast. But the joke was on us.



The trio has taken everything they've learned from the various projects they tackled over the years, and poured it directly into their current mix. J's guitar approaches some of its most unhinged playing here, but there's a sense of instrumental control that matches the sweet murk of his vocals (not that he always remembers to exercise control on stage, but that's another milieu). This is head-bobbing riff-romance at the apex. Lou's basswork shows a lot more melodicism now as well, although his two songs on I Bet on Sky retain the jagged rhythmic edge that has so often marked his work. And Murph...well, he still pounds the drums as hard and as strong as a pro wrestler, with deceptively simple structures that manage to interweave themselves perfectly with his bandmates' melodic explosions.

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $25 and can be found here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Blake Mills w/ Fiona Apple - 10.21.12 - Stage AE - Show Preview - Concert Preview


Blake Mills will be opening for Fiona Apple next Sunday, 10.21 at Stage AE. Known mainly as a session musician supporting the likes of Cass McCombs, Lucinda Williams, Jenny Lewis and Band of Horses, Blake just released his debut solo album entitled Break Mirrors.The twenty five year old songwriter released the casual, intimate record back in 2010 after recording it in between tours with other bands. For this tour, while opening for Fiona Apple, he is also supporting her on guitar during her set. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us at pghmusicreport@gmail.com to enter.



From his press:

At 25, the Venice-based musician has already stacked up a career’s worth of gigs as a session and touring guitarist, playing with a diverse array of musicians that span from Lucinda Williams to Fiona Apple. Artists of all kinds seek out Mills when they’re looking for something extra special. When producers like Rick Rubin need a guitarist, Mills is the first call. His flawless technique, uncanny confidence, and unique interpretation of every piece of music he touches has turned Mills into one of the most in-demand players in the music business. It’s not just the notes he plays, it’s often the notes he doesn’t. There’s something singular about discovering a truly great record before the rest of the world calls it their own. For an ever-increasing number of music fans, that’sBreak Mirrors. The original intention of the album was to serve as a calling card for Mills to get session work. But despite the low-key nature of its release, friends and fellow musicians began testifying about the strength of the album. Within months, as burned CD’s and cassettes were passed around, that small group of fans quickly turned into a mass of believers. By the end of 2011, a handful of web sites and bands were hailing Break Mirrors as one of the year’s very best.



Blake Mills is often compared to legends like Ry Cooder, Jon Brion, even Beck and Elliott Smith. Flattering as comparisons are, Mills has already carved out his own unique musical identity. There’s a real visceral and antagonistic edge to his personality that, when augmented with the elegance of his musicality, yields an uncompromising vision. It’s not always easy and it doesn’t always end up the way one might expect, but when it comes to Blake Mills one thing is always true: it will be extraordinary.

Doors are at 7p with show beginning at 8p. Tickets can be found here. More information about Blake can be found at these sites. 

www.blakemillsonline.com/
www.myspace.com/breakmirrors


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Dodos w/Calexico - 10.14.12 - Mr Smalls - Show Preview - Concert Preview

The Dodos will be appearing at Mr Smalls opening for Calexico next Sunday, 10.14. The band played here last September at Mr Smalls presenting a memorable show. At the time they were touring behind their new album No Colors, so be expecting new material at this concert. Back in 2008 they made our #1 best show seen for that year. The duo is very much a percussion driven band, with front man Metric Long strumming intensely on his guitar while belting out rhythmic lyrics. We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual just email us with your name to pghmusicreport@gmail.com to enter. 



From their press:

The drums hit you in the chest first, spraying your speakers like swift gunshots. But then Meric Long’s finger-picked chords kick in, cascading across Logan Kroeber’s brass knuckle beats like only the best Dodos songs can. This forward motion feeling has driven the duo since 2005, but several key changes lift their fourth LP (No Color) to another level. For one thing, the band reunited with Portland producer John Askew, the man behind the boards of the Dodos’ first two full-lengths, Beware of the Maniacs and Visiter. Having an old friend around was like adding an honorary third member; a voice of reason who isn’t afraid of vetoing ill-fated ideas.



The main focus of No Color was to bottle the frenzied folk approach that’s been there since the beginning. And it works damn well, from the dagger-drawing dynamics and brain-burrowing choruses of “Black Night” to the hairpin turns and splashy percussion of “Good.” And then there are the songs that’ll make you want to dub old episodes of 120 Minutes, including the instrumental break of “Don’t Stop” and the sneak attack solo that weaves its way around the steely rhythms of “Don’t Try and Hide It.”

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $20 and can be found here

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Good and Bad Live Acts - The List


Haven't had a chance to write much lately, but have a little time this evening. If you saw my tweets from a couple of weeks ago, you know I was gushing over the Metric show at Stage AE. Let it be known I am definite Emily Haines uberfan. It got me thinking about artists that I have seen on multiple occasions which   have never disappointed, and those who disappoint every single time. Here is a short list.

Never Disappointed

1) Metric - Admittedly I have a grade school crush when it comes to EH and this band. But honestly, seeing them five times, they have never let the audience down. EH is constantly jumping and dancing always showing off the best gams in the biz. They always put the crowd into a frenzy, boogying on the floor and most of the time singing along. This time I noticed a good portion of the audience didn't appear to recognize their excellent new album Synthetica. But this didn't deter the crowd showing their passion by bouncing constantly to each song.

2) Arcade Fire - Been lucky enough to see this act a few times and I don't know that they could ever put on a bad show. Constantly interchanging instruments, all members singing in unison, they are the definition of a 'family band'. Providing energy, sweat, tears and a perpetual flow of emotion, AF provide every audience member all sorts of fervor during their shows.

3) Dismemberment Plan - Saw these guys over seven times back in the day. And they put on one of the best, entertaining live shows. No schtick, just pure indie rock at it's best. It always is a good time, usually in a small venue. If you have the opportunity to see them at a reunion show, make sure you do.

Most Disappointing

1) Animal Collective - Seen these guys a couple of times and walked away from both shows. While creating some of the most diverse, appealing LP's in the last decade, their live concerts make you want to put a gun to your head. You can read my feelings more here.

2) Andrew Bird -  I absolutely loved his breakout LP The Mysterious Production of Eggs. I really wanted to like AB, but he constantly disappointed me live. I saw him over five times and he is just awful. Boring, boring, boring. The last time I saw him I wanted to walk onstage, demolish his pedals, trash his phonograph and destroy Doss's drum set. Oh, I am exaggerating. He just isn't good.

3) Spoon - I love these guys. Really do. But something about their live show just makes me say afterward "meh". For the money you have to pay to see them, their should be more energy, more interaction, more anything. They just don't do much for a $25 fee.