Five Year Mission – Shore Leave
This is one great 5 man band. Lumpy was lucky enough to catch up with them in this year at Gen Con 2014 and can’t wait to see the Gen Con regulars again next year.
The members of the band are:
Noah Butler – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Andy Fark – Percussion/Songwriter
Patrick O’Connor – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Mike Rittenhouse – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
Chris Spurgin – Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vocals/Songwriter
George Harrison’s Final Show
If you want more information about this, check out the post about it at Open Culture.
If you enjoy George Harrison you may also like The Apple Years which is available at Amazon
Sick of Sarah is Touring
I was so thrilled to get this news. These ladies are awesome musicians. Having seen them live before, I expect nothing less than some great concerts. Nonetheless, I will let them fill you in.
You can find out more about these girls at their website and they are listing the tour dates on their Facebook page. If you wish to hear how they sound live, check out the interview and concert recording Lumpy got back in 2011.
Who Hits 50!
The Who is releasing a special 42 song, two disc definitive set to celebrate 50 years of making music. The last track on the collection if titled Be Lucky and references Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. While definitive sets have their place, it is nice to see the extra track. You can find out more over at Pitchfork. Check out the video for Be Lucky after the break. The release date for Who Hits 50! is 27 October, 2014.
Perfect for Gen Con, A Star Trek Themed Quintet
While I am into Star Trek, these five men take it to a higher level. Not only did they form a band which pledged to do one song for each episode in the original series which, quoting Fark, “Is one song plus a whole butt-load more” but they also are insanely popular to the point where they just returned from playing the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. I confess that I felt a tad jealous when I heard they got to meet William Shatner.
Powerful and Moving – Speak to Me by On the Run
This band contacted us some time ago. However, due to having the best problem any music reviewer could have, that being too many submissions and not enough listening time, I am just now digging them out of my inbox. On the Run is an alternative rock/rock band from East Freedom, Pennsylvania. The quintet has a very powerful and engaging sound. I won’t say much about them because I am sure you will decide to like them if you only give them a listen. I will say they crank out some great work on the guitars. The members are:
- John Ross Green – Vocals/Guitar
- Ryan Weaver – Guitar/Vocals
- Paul Johnson – Guitar
- Tyler Miller – Bass
- Brian Fisher – Drums
Many Musicians to Join the George Harrison Tribute Concert
While John was my favorite of the “Fab Four” as a soloist, there is a strong argument that George may well be the most respected as a singer-songwriter. The simple fact that the man settled for one or two tracks competing with the Lennon-McCartney duo certainly says much about his commitment to the group. Regardless of how I feel, it is clear that many musicians have tons of respect and admiration for the man.
Pitchfork.com reports that Brian Wilson, Wayne Coyne, Weird All, members of Weezer, Cold War Kids and more will all be performing at the show. All proceeds are going to Sweet Relief. Sweet Relief is a non-profit that provides monetary support for struggling musicians.
After the break, there is a video of the DVD of a previous tribute concert to the former Beatle. I have a friend who is a total Harrison fanatic and she was kind enough to let me watch the entire set. I can say two things about the work. First, it is amazing how much his son looks like him. So much so that it actually confused Paul. Second, it is an excellent line up and performance. The boxed DVD set has a lot of material, all of which is very enjoyable.
From Columbus, Ohio – The Slang
There is much to like about this band from Columbus, Ohio. To start with, I feel The Slang is a great name for a band. I also really like the EP cover. Stuff like that, however, does not make a band good or bad.
The band is the work of John Bobo, who is the songwriter, plays several instruments and vocalist, and John Newsome is the bassist. They are currently touring their EP with additional members Matt Thiedt on guitars and keys and Michael Dillon on drums.
Musically, this alternative/power pop band has a sound reminiscent of the late 90’s; energetic, loud but not noisy, and a wall of sound. I am not 100% certain but I believe it was also a requirement of the 90s that every song had a keyboard in it. Furthermore, in that era, 9 out of 10 bands and radio stations were “alternative”. While I poke fun at the era, I still turn the volume up when music from it plays… admit it, you do too.
Compositionally, they don’t blow me away. In a good way, they have a typical late 90s sound. They cover that style exceptionally taking “the same old thing” and making it fresh, vibrant and alive.
Technically, the work is exceptional. It was recorded at The Cutting Room. The EP is well produced and mastered having been done by successful, seasoned engineers. (Mixed by Mark Needham, who has done work for Imagine Dragons and Tokyo Police Club, and mastered by Brian Lucey, who has done work for The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.)
This Duo Makes Some Seriously Awesome Noise
Lets be frank and honest, distortion is noise. The reason they are selling so many distortion pedals is because so many of us love that kind of noise. Frankly, I like what one of the band’s members had to say very much:
“One of the things that makes rock ’n’ roll great is its little imperfections and riding on the edge of disaster, knowing full well that any second it could all just fall apart.” – Vinny Piana
Hard, Edgy and Strong
If you like hard-driving rock with edgy lyrics and an attitude, you are going to love Diamonds & Demons, the sophomore work of Paul Maged. The release date is 23 September. The seventeen track work is less than a minute from what will be one hour of good listening. It is an awesome sophomore showing for this artist. I guarantee you that you shall find more than one track to fall in love with. I am also certain, you will have a very hard time picking a favorite track. The album will give you an hour of great listening.
I will also insert my warning to the listeners here. Not all of his material would be considered safe for work. There are some explicit lyrics. Considering the hefty subject material he covers I am not surprised and don’t feel that the language is in any way inappropriate.
A Great Sound – The Road Heavy
The Road Heavy just released their second track, the title track, The Devils Grin and I think it rocks. While I have not heard much from this new band, I have not heard a track that I didn’t love. I can tell you that we should all be keeping and eye and ear out for this up and coming band. They do some serious kickass rock. They have a nice thick hard, Skynard-like sound. You can find out more about these guys at their bio or better yet, catch them on tour.
You can find them on the e-world at:
We became aware of this artist because of Indie Music Bus. If you are an indie musician, you may wish to check their site out.