Archive for February, 2014

Setlist (Wednesday, February 26th)

Posted in Setlists on February 26, 2014 by occupyairwaves

Bastille – “Pompeii” – Bad Blood

Young The Giant – “Mind Over Matter” – Mind Over Matter

Haim – “The Wire” – Days Are Gone

Modern Baseball – “Your Graduation” – You’re Gonna Miss It All

Broken Bells – “After The Disco” – After The Disco

Taking Back Sunday – “Miami” – Louder Now

Against Me! – “Miami” – Searching For A Former Clarity

Will Smith – “Miami” – Big Willie Style

Dum Dum Girls – “Under These Hands” – Too True

Bayside – “Pigsty” – Cult

The Menzingers – “In Remission” – Rented World (Out April 22nd!)

Boxed Wine – “Spies” – Cheap, Fun

Muse – “Supermassive Black Hole” – Black Holes & Revelations

Garbage – “Automatic Systematic Habit” – Not Your Kind Of People

The Static Jacks – “Wallflowers” – In Blue

Setlist (Wednesday, February 19th)

Posted in Setlists on February 19, 2014 by occupyairwaves

The Counting Crows – “A Long December” – Recovering The Satellites

Young The Giant – “Crystallized” – Mind Over Matter

Boxed Wine – “Dayglow (Why Can’t We Stay)” – Cheap, Fun

Raymond Strife – “Lori Johansson” – Self-Loathing Egomaniac

Against Me! – “True Trans Soul Rebel” – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Title Fight – “Memorial Field” – The Last Thing You Forget

Casual – “Monsters In My Bed” – Singles

Talking Heads – “Once In A Lifetime” – Best Of Talking Heads

Dum Dum Girls – “Are You Okay?” – Too True

Paramore – “Pressure” – All We Know Is Falling

Dads – “Boat Rich” – Pretty Good

Broken Bells – “The High Road” – Broken Bells

The Shins – “Australia” – Wincing The Night Away

Best Coast – “The Only Place” – The Only Place

Sublime – “Boss D.J.” – Robbin’ The Hood

Smashing Pumpkins – “Cherub Rock” – Siamese Dream

Crime In Stereo – “Bicycles For Afghanistan” – The Troubled Stateside

“Metropole” – The Lawrence Arms

Posted in Album Reviews on February 19, 2014 by occupyairwaves

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The new Lawrence Arms release, Metropole, is a wonderful explosion of brooding punk rock with anthemic choruses and incredibly thought out lyrics akin to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska album. The track “Seventeener (17th And 37th)” would be at home on the classic Larry Arms release, Apathy And Exhaustion, and serves to move the record to a less chaotic tempo and move things on to the next chapter of the record. The song details the woes of growing old and dying alone and features heartfelt lyrics such as: “Yesterday I found the black in my beard had turned to white and the pretty girls that used to smile at me just stared straight ahead.” Aging uncomfortably is a central theme to this record and is the subject of my favorite song on the album, “The YMCA Down The Street From The Clinic,” as well. The lyrics on this track discuss the foibles of a man who is drifting in the world in a seemingly aimless way and has the most Springsteen-esque lyrics on the record. The album ends with the gnarly track, “October Blood,” which serves as a perfect summation of the record with lyrics about death, love, and the snowy Chicago winters. This is a great winter record sure to get many spins from me.

-Matthew Koerner

Recommended Jams: The YMCA Down The Street From The Clinic, Seventeener (17th And 37th), October Blood

Setlist (Wednesday, February 12th)

Posted in Setlists on February 12, 2014 by occupyairwaves

*** 100th Show Extravaganza! ***

Say Anything – “Do Better” – Say Anything

Casual – “Poison Counter” – Singles

Less Than Jake – “Bless The Cracks” – See The Light

Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?” – AM

Green Day – “2,000 Light Years Away” – Green Day

Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams” – Rock ‘N Soul Part 1

The Static Jacks – “Wallflowers” – In Blue

Against Me! – “Unconditional Love” – Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Bruno Mars – “Runaway Baby” – Doo-Wops & Hooligans

The Menzingers – “Burn After Writing” – On The Impossible Past

Muse – “Big Freeze” – The 2nd Law

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “The Janitor Revealed” – Wig Out At Jagbags

Matt Costa – “Sunshine” – Songs We Sing

Beck – “Blue Moon” – Morning Phase (Out February 25th!)

Circa Survive – “Get Out” – Blue Sky Noise

Taking Back Sunday – “What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?” – Louder Now

“Bad Things” – Bad Things

Posted in Album Reviews on February 7, 2014 by occupyairwaves

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So it turns out professional snowboarder and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White DOESN’T just snowboard all day… He is also the guitarist in a rock band known as Bad Things, whose debut self-titled album dropped on January 21st. I can safely say that it is the first decent rock album of the year (Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me! wins best punk album so far, and Springsteen’s new album… just no). The album rips open with the band’s big single, “Anybody,” which sounds like indie rock-fueled Foo Fighters. Most songs on the album have this basic sound, with heavy guitar riffing, vocals dripping with reverb, and very catchy choruses highlighted by pitch-perfect harmonies. Every so often you’ll run into a slow rocker, like “Caught Inside” and “Bury,” or you’ll stumble across the occasional dance beat, like on “Saturday Night,” arguably the big standout on Bad Things. It is very easy to tell the band drew on plenty of influences during the writing of these songs. “Lonely Eyes” has an intro not unlike those of Kings Of Leon, and “Lost Feeling” has that unmistakable throwback ’60s rock n’ roll revival sound like Jet’s Get Born. All in all, the songs may deviate here and there, but each one rocks hard in its own way.

-Joe MacPhee

Recommended Jams: Anybody, Fool, Saturday Night