Thursday, June 28, 2012

I'm on fire and now I think I'm ready to bust a move

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing a band live that I was really looking forward to seeing, The Front Bottoms, and another band that I vaguely know, Motion City Soundtrack, at Union Transfer in Philadelphia. There was another band in-between, The Henry Clay People, but they were just not enjoyable to watch - the vocalist's voice was too whiny for my taste, and his performance antics were annoying and unpleasant (I mean, really... who chokes his band mate with the chord of his microphone?).

The Front Bottoms perform at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Photo by Ashley Campbell/Times Herald Staff.

The Front Bottoms were exactly what I hoped for. When a band can sound almost identical to their recordings live, I'm always impressed, and the New Jersey-natives did just that. Interactions with the crowd - including having everyone mimic a part of their track called "Maps" because they couldn't get their Macbook to play the soundbite - were more than enjoyable. Though more than half of the audience didn't seem to know them at the beginning of their performance, everyone seemed to fall in love with them by the end (and I just managed to fall in love with them more).

Motion City Soundtrack performs at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 . Photo by Ashley Campbell/Times Herald Staff.

After The Henry Clay People put a bit of a damper on the evening (trust me on this one - half of the audience went to the lobby during their performance), Motion City Soundtrack brought energy and excitement back as soon as they hit the stage. While I don't know much of their music myself, the majority of the concert-goers did, and I appreciated what the Minnesota band had to offer as much as their fans. Vocalist Justin Pierre shared tidbits of stories behind certain songs and decorated a bear that was thrown on stage with a bra that came from the same place. My favorite parts of their set was hearing "Everything Is Alright" from their 2007 release Commit This to Memory and "The Future Freaks Me Out" from their 2002 self-released debut I Am the Movie

Motion City Soundtrack was a really fun and energetic band to see live, and I'm sorry I haven't stuck around at shows they've played in the past.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Girl power is making a comeback

Today the Spice Girls reunited for the first time in public since 2008 to announce a musical based on their song "Viva Forever." According to The Associated Press, the musical will debut in London this fall and tells the story of four friends who enter a television competition which not only tests their talents, but tests their friendship as well.

If this show doesn't come to the United States, I will be most upset.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Starting Line are counting down, but to what?

I was directed to Philadelphia-based band The Starting Line's website today by Times Herald Community Engagement Editor Terry Casey because something is up. Knowing that I'm a fan of the band, I'm assuming he thought that I might know what's up or that I'd just simply be interested in knowing what he saw - a countdown.

According to their website, they're counting down to something, and in 20 days and some hours, that something will be revealed. What will it be? I have no idea, and a Google search failed to enlighten me any further. The only thing I know is that the countdown ends on the 10th anniversary of their release of  "Say It Like You Mean It."

Either way, I'd rather be surprised. And I'm hoping it's counting down to something awesome.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

I've developed a love for an artist two years late again

Ever start to really like an album an artist released two years after it was originally released? Well, I don't know about you but that tends to happen to me more often than I'd like it to. I know it's not necessarily a bad thing (especially since people that jump on bandwagon really rub me the wrong way), but it makes me wonder why I didn't really enjoy it in the first place.

That being said, reincarnated Swedish singer Robyn is who I'm currently hooked on. Her album, "Body Talk," which was released in three parts in 2010, has been the only thing I've allowed my iPod to play. The track I just can't seem to stop repeating is entitled "Call Your Girlfriend" and has a fun music video to accompany it.

I'll just leave that there and go listen to her album some more now.

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