Reviews

Kenny Endo & Hiromitsu Agatsuma | Japan Society | NY, NY | Review

One obvious advantage to living in New York City is how spoiled we are musically. Every major musical act plays shows here, small acts you might not get the chance to see elsewhere, week long residencies, combinations of musicians you won’t ever see play together again.  The sheer amount of great music any given night is staggering.

Umphrey's Brings The Thunder to Red Rocks

Rage. Rest. Repeat. This was the motto printed on flyers around Boulder promoting Umphrey's McGee upcoming Red Rocks show, and it was the one the band adhered to faithfully on Friday night. Mixing in a high-energy varied set list with their unique, dynamic musicianship, Umphrey's proved why they are one of the best live bands, jam or otherwise, performing today. 

The Silent Comedy | Friends Divide | New Music Review

The Silent Comedy is no laughing matter. Set to release the six-track EP Friends Divide on June 10th, The Silent Comedy has been fermenting nicely in San Diego’s local bar scene. Their previous album Common Faults sold over 14,000 copies. They have been accumulating a cult-like following, impart due to their ruckus live performances which have fondly been dubbed a “Whiskey Tent Revival”.

Camera Obscura | Desire Lines | New Music Review

To start, Camera Obscura introduces Desire Lines with a brief, sweeping overture (simply, “Intro”) that hints at the structured dreamscape to come—not that any future tracks on the record revisit the string arrangement procured here; I mean to say that this short, overwrought musical construct belies the band’s aspiration to sublime grandeur in obvious subtext. But that’s all just intellectualizing what amounts to a barely a half-minute movement on the album.

The 4onthefloor | Spirit of Minneapolis | Review

I remember back a couple years ago I was spending New Year’s Eve at this little ski hill pub up in New Hampshire, and there was a live band heading up the evening from a corner stage. They were good too, playing your standard classic rock fare of the Stones, Petty, and the like.

Rachel Brown | The Darby | New York, New York | Review

Singer-Songwriter Rachel Brown made her appearance in a weekly residency at the Darby in NYC last Thursday night and if you’re looking for a slam-dunk date spot idea, look no further. Never having been to the Darby before, I was very impressed at what I found: a chill, elegant spot with a modern, more youthful jazz club atmosphere .

Filligar | Larimer Lounge | Denver, CO | Review

About 40 devoted fans stuck it out through two very mediocre bands to hear Filligar on a Tuesday night at Larimer Lounge.  The rock quartet is made up of three blond brothers: Johnny, Teddy and Pete Mathias with their childhood friend Casey Gibson.  They formed in Chicago in 2000, and have released 4 albums.

They’ve been named one of music’s “Next Big Things” by SPIN Magazine and listed along with Wilco, Delta Spirit, and Heartless Bastards as “One of America’s Top 8 Live Acts” (Boston’s RSL music blog).

The Hollows | Neverending Show | Review

Along the lines of Woody Guthrie’s this Land Is Your Land, The Hollows came together from a few regions of the United States.

Donna the Buffalo | Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday | Review

Sweet. Swirly. Pure. If you want to get with any of these words musically, Donna the Buffalo offers these sounds and feelings in each and every song.  The band’s new album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, drops 6/18/13 featuring founding members, songwriters and lead vocalists Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins. Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday offers 14 tracks to get you in a nice state of mind.

Los Amigos Invisibles | Repeat After Me | Review

I first discovered the Venezuelan dance-pop band Los Amigos Invisibles through their Grammy-winning 2009 album Commercial, which represented a conscious effort to reach out to a wider, more global audience than their previous work had attracted. As I listened through their discography, they quickly became one of my favorite bands. If you like funky, danceable rhythms mixed with catchy hooks in a jazzy, tropical ambience, Los Amigos are definitely a band for you.