Archive for March, 2014

Setlist (Wednesday, March 26th)

Posted in Setlists on March 26, 2014 by occupyairwaves

The Black Keys – “Fever” – Turn Blue (Out May 13th!)

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

Arcade Fire – “Afterlife” – Reflektor

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

Bayside – “Transitive Property” – Cult

La Dispute – “For Mayor In Splitsville” – Rooms Of The House

Casual – “Spent” – Singles

Black Lips – “Boys In The Wood” – Underneath The Rainbow

Alabama Shakes – “Hold On” – Boys & Girls

The Dandy Warhols – “Country Leaver [Live]” – Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia Live At The Wonder

Coldplay – “Magic” – Ghost Stories (Out May 19th!)

Muse – “Madness” – The 2nd Law

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

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“Supermodel” – Foster The People

Posted in Album Reviews on March 25, 2014 by occupyairwaves

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I’m gonna go ahead and answer the question that is on everyone’s mind: No, there is no “Pumped Up Kicks” on Foster The People’s second studio album, Supermodel. However, the band’s frontman Mark Foster claims he didn’t even bother trying to write a song as big as the band’s prior multiplatinum hit. “I feel like trying to write a song in order to be a big hit is just not something I’m interested in because it’s not going to come from an authentic place of expression,” Foster said in a recent interview. You can’t blame the man. Nevertheless, the band’s second studio album is a pleasant listen.

Rolling Stone recently made the claim that Supermodel is “Passion Pit without the passion, Imagine Dragons without imagination.” This is true in the sense that the album’s big singles do sound like rip-offs of other bands. “Best Friend” sounds scarily like a Passion Pit jammer, and opening track “Are You What You Want To Be?” has verses that resemble a Vampire Weekend tune. However, it is difficult to agree with Rolling Stone‘s claim that this album lacks passion. Just listen to the album closer, “Fire Escape.” This somber tune sounds like it came straight out of Mark Foster’s dark closet of haunting secrets: “I am a fire escape, my spine is made of iron, my heart pumps that old red paint. Save yourself, save yourself…” It is hard to deny that some serious emotion went into this album.

In fact, Foster and bassist Cubbie Fink traveled to North Africa and the Middle East searching for the inspiration behind Supermodel. Talk about commitment to crafting an album! You can definitely hear the cultural influences fused into the band’s original sound.

Overall, it is true that Supermodel is by no means the best album to come out so far this year, nor does it contain a track that even remotely comes close to the smash hit that is “Pumped Up Kicks.” However, it is also true that Foster The People’s second studio album is a pleasant collection of indie rock jams, and friends of mine know that I’m a sucker for just that.

-Joe MacPhee

Recommended Jams: Are You What You Want To Be?, Coming Of Age, Best Friend

Setlist (Wednesday, March 19th)

Posted in Setlists on March 19, 2014 by occupyairwaves

Muse – “Animals” – The 2nd Law

Bayside – “Pigsty” – Cult

Manchester Orchestra – “April Fool” – Simple Math

Jimmy Eat World – “My Best Theory” – Invented

Broken Bells – “No Matter What You’re Told” – After The Disco

Bastille – “Pompeii” – Bad Blood

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

David Byrne & St. Vincent – “Who” – Love This Giant

Beck – “Blue Moon” – Morning Phase

Real Estate – “Had To Hear” – Atlas

River City Extension – “Vanessa’s Song Or Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger” – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

Young The Giant – “Crystallized” – Mind Over Matter

Saves The Day – “Eulogy” – Sound The Alarm

Alkaline Trio – “I Found Away” – Agony & Irony

Setlist (Wednesday, March 12th)

Posted in Setlists on March 12, 2014 by occupyairwaves

Young The Giant – “My Body” – Young The Giant

Broken Bells – “No Matter What You’re Told” – After The Disco

Bastille – “Pompeii” – Bad Blood

Five Iron Frenzy – “So Far” – Engine Of A Million Plots

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

Real Estate – “Talking Backwards” – Atlas

Band Of Horses – “Detlef Schrempf [Live]” – Acoustic At The Ryman

Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal” – Fleet Foxes

Mogwai – “Hexon Bogon” – Rave Tapes

The Fray – “Love Don’t Die” – Helios

Modern Baseball – “Going To Bed Now” – You’re Gonna Miss It All

The Front Bottoms – “Mountain” – The Front Bottoms

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

Tegan And Sara – “Living Room” – If It Was Me

Crime In Stereo – “Orbiter” – …Is Dead

Setlist (Wednesday, March 5th)

Posted in Setlists on March 5, 2014 by occupyairwaves

The Fray – “Love Don’t Die” – Helios

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

Taking Back Sunday – “Twenty-Twenty Surgery” – Louder Now

Boxed Wine – “Spies” – Cheap, Fun

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

Alkaline Trio – “The Torture Doctor” – My Shame Is True

The Doobie Brothers – “China Grove” – The Captain And Me

Brand New – “Mix Tape” – Your Favorite Weapon

Saves The Day – “At Your Funeral” – Stay What You Are

Bayside – “Big Cheese” – Cult

Billy Idol – “Dancing With Myself (With Generation X)” – Billy Idol

Casual – “Spent” – Singles

Dum Dum Girls – “Cult Of Love” – Too True

Eisley – “Currents” – Currents

Allison Weiss – “Making It Up” – Say What You Mean

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

Blink-182 – “Boxing Day” – Dogs Eating Dogs EP

“Helios” – The Fray

Posted in Album Reviews on March 4, 2014 by occupyairwaves

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In a world where popular rock music has been completely taken hostage by the likes of Imagine Dragons and OneRepublic, one band stands tall to battle this vicious monopoly. That band is The Fray, and their fourth studio album, Helios, was released last week, February 25th. Does the band succeed in thwarting the evil intentions of their adversaries? Only time will tell (But they probably won’t).

Although the album as a whole is not particularly anything special, it has some tracks that really stand out. Just like The Fray’s 2005 debut had “How To Save A Life” and “Over My Head (Cable Car),” and their 2009 self-titled release had “You Found Me,” Helios has two or three single-worthy tracks. The already released first single, “Love Don’t Die,” is a foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’ good time. The harmonies in the chorus are reminiscent of the Barenaked Ladies song, “Get In Line,” but they fit the attitude of the song very well. The second you hear frontman Isaac Slade’s distinct voice, you know you’re listening to The Fray. The very next track, “Give It Away,” is definitely the band’s funkiest song to date. If anyone has heard Maroon 5’s last good album (Hands All Over), they would know this Fray tune would fit perfectly on that album. The rich piano lines, congas, and cowbell certainly add to the grooviness of the track and make it that much catchier. The only other song that stands out on this album is “Our Last Days,” and this is classic Fray. The stomping bass drum keeps the song sounding modern, but it is highly centered around the piano and synth parts, just like “How To Save A Life” and “You Found Me.” The string outro is a nice touch as well.

All in all, besides these few big singles, much of the rest of the album is nothing special. Most tracks are either sappy ballads or an attempt at discovering a new sound. “Hurricane” sounds like the band’s attempt at a house rocker (which fails), and “Shadow And A Dancer” sounds like The Fray trying to be overly sophisticated with their lyrics like The Killers (a.k.a. “Human”). If you’re like me and only have The Fray’s other big singles on your iPod, then definitely stick to the three main tracks I mentioned above and avoid the rest of the album unless you’re a die-hard Fray fan. To end on a positive note, at least Helios is better than The Fray’s last album (Bonus points to anyone who can name a song off that album, or even what that album was called…).

-Joe MacPhee

Recommended Jams: Love Don’t Die, Give It Away, Our Last Days