Back in March I saw We Were Promised Jetpacks for the third time. I’m always impressed when I catch their live show, but I was doubly impressed with some of the new stuff they were playing. There was a joy to it that you don’t find in their first two records. The beats were very nearly danceable, and I was immediately excited for what was to come on their next record. That release comes out this week, and it does not disappoint.
There’s still a lot of dark brooding all over Unravelling, but it isn’t as straightforward as In The Pit Of The Stomach or These Four Walls. As much as I love those records (so dear to me, honestly), they are a bit redundant. The new album blasts off into directions you probably never thought We Were Promised Jetpacks would ever attempt to go, and they succeed at every turn. This is their finest album and it isn’t close. Continue reading “We Were Promised Jetpacks-Unravelling”
This year I was forced into a more active role in the visual media department of Music.Defined. Kari, who took the majority of the pics for us in 2011 and 2012, had to be out of town a lot so I ended up taking pictures at a lot of shows I normally wouldn’t have. Hopefully she’ll be able to shoot more often in 2014, as … Continue reading Top Concert Photos Of 2013
For those of you who think Travis is just a legacy act, touring behind the strength of the one hit they had in the States back in the 90’s, I really think you should reconsider. While they haven’t maintained the commercial success that came along with their chart-topping hit “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?,” they never stopped making music together and have put … Continue reading Travis At The Vic 9/27/13
Last night I saw The Airborne Toxic Event for the fourth time in as many years. I’m hoping that number gets a lot higher in the years to come. Their set is always a pleasure to cover because they seem to enjoy performing for a crowd just as much as the fans enjoy seeing the band. At one point last night Mikel Jollett said that … Continue reading The Airborne Toxic Event at The Vic 9/18/2013
Earlier this year, in April, I had the great pleasure of catching a set by Kitten when they opened for The Joy Formidable at The Vic. Their stage presence was immediately noticed as they ripped through songs from their other recent EP Cut It Out. Chloe Chaidez tore the stage apart as she shimmied, shook, and snarled across every inch of the boards. Backed up … Continue reading Kitten-Like A Stranger EP