VOYAGES OF RC! The Reflektors (a/k/a Arcade Fire) @ Little Haiti’s Cultural Center, Miami, FL (10/24/13)

October 29, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This!, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

The Reflektors a/k/a Arcade Fire
As I listen to Arcade Fire’s new album release today (Reflektor), I am immediately drawn back into the their most recent live performance at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami the Thursday before (10/24/13). The first track, Reflektor, is rich, full and filled with an infectious sound that you can’t help, but groove to. Seeing this track performed live, well, there are few words to really describe the energy. The energy that flowed through my veins as I danced, moved and grooved. Reflektor, perhaps one of the most anticipated albums of 2013, continues to delight the ears, but as with any fabulously talented band, the live experience brings much more to the table.

On Monday, October 14th, we received the announcement that Arcade Fire would perform a very special show at Little Haiti’s Cultural Center on Thursday, October 24th. It wouldn’t be too long before we’d find a way to be there. The event would be put together by our local “world music” organization, The Rhythm Foundation, a wonderful organization that supports great music from all over the world. This performance would be part of their series, “Big Night in Little Haiti.” The band wouldn’t be performing as Arcade Fire, but rather, as The Reflektors. Not only would they perform under a different band name, but the band requested that everyone dress up either in a costume or formal wear. To address their requirement, I complied and dressed in both.

Shortly after the announcement of the show in Little Haiti, the band announced another show the day before at a smaller indoor venue, Mekkah. We had already committed to the Thursday show and left it at that. Frankly, we were over the moon about being able to see them in Florida for the first time, regardless whether it was the first show or the second show. This was ARCADE FIRE, in our own hometown of Miami. The anticipation of seeing this band in our own backyard was more than anyone could handle and the buzz in South Florida was beyond anything I think I had ever seen before.

So, here comes the night, a night filled with masks, painted faces, costumes and formal wear. Fans were willing to give in to temptation and this definitely made the evening that much more colorful. The show was called for 7pm, but the band didn’t actually hit the stage until well after 9pm. Before they get onto the stage, there is a full-on Haitian parade, what they refer to as “Karnaval”. The parade includes the Haitian flag being waved high atop the heads of the audience, a few drummers, dancers, children on shoulders and very simple trumpets. As I listen to ‘Here Comes the Night Time,’ I am quickly reminded of the Karnaval and all the energy swirling around me. Getting sucked into it all becomes second nature. See the video below.

Shortly after the Karnaval, The Reflektors take their rightful spots on the stage and the crowd is overwhelmed with joy. They kick off the show with ‘Reflektor’ and of course, the crowd goes wild with excitement. By this time, it had become a butts-to-nuts situation, but everyone was willing to accept this. Despite the tight spot we’d all willingly succumb to, we were happy, smiling fans. At one point, things got so tight, a man chose to climb a dividing wall and we all screamed, “Spiderman!”. The set was short, but seriously sweet, including tunes from Reflektor and a few from albums past. Régine Chassagne, who is of Haitian decent, and Win Butler both made heartfelt pleas to the audience to support initiatives meant to help the folks in Haiti become more self-sufficient. They shared with the audience that a portion of the proceeds from the show would go to this truly worthy cause.

While the evening would definitely take a toll on everyone’s workweek, we all knew we had witnessed something special and felt the human connection between artist and audience.

VOYAGES OF RC! Jacuzzi Boys Album Release Show w/ Kenny Millions, Rat Bastard and Shark Valley Sisters @ Churchill’s Pub Miami (9/7/13)

September 12, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This!, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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The excitement was brewing as we entered Churchill’s Pub last Saturday night. Excitement over the fact that Jacuzzi Boys’ 3rd album would be released in just a few days, excitement that they would perform before all their adoring fans, and excitement that Shark Valley Sisters would fill our ears with pleasant tunes. As we have been following the Jacuzzi Boys, we have noticed one thing, this band is getting better every single time they perform. Miami’s own has been gaining traction all over the world, as their eponymous 3rd album has been streaming on Pitchfork Advance and they continue to be the focus of attention in a few mainstream publications. Below, you’ll find our photos capturing all the fantastic moments throughout the evening.

But before Jacuzzi Boys would hit the stage, Miami’s freaky merchants of rock, Kenny Millions and Rat Bastard, got a chance to shake their tail feathers for us all. These Miami legends shared their signature sounds with loud saxophones and guitar noise, all well complimented by hardcore porn streaming at their backs.

Between sets, DJs Tom Tuna and Regurgitate spun some awesome sounds, as person after person continued to flow into Churchill’s. Shark Valley Sisters, a duo comprised of Rob Elba and Fausto Figueredo, would sandwich the freaky merchants of rock and the “Hot Tub Boys”. Rob and Fausto would shed their previous membership in Load and The Holy Terrors to create this new punk republic in Shark Valley Sisters. Although we have seen them perform in their previous incarnations, this was our first live exposure to Shark Valley Sisters. There might not be enough adjectives to describe our first impression of this band, but “awesome” pretty much sums it up. SVS is simply a stunning punk rock duo with just the right amount of attitude. SVS is a drummer and guitarist, that’s it. One thing ring trues with these guys, they LOVE what they do. Prince and the Punk combines a variety of old-school sounds with original flava-flave. Just listen and you’ll come to your own conclusions. Below, you’ll get a chance to listen to their debut album, Prince and the Punk.

Churchill’s Pub, otherwise known as the “birthplace” of the Jacuzzi Boys, was prepared for an onslaught of sound, as the audience gathered together gracefully to see what might possibly develop this time around. Everything felt complete, as the crowd continued to swell, Diego set up the fog machine, and the Jacuzzi Gals took their rightful spot on the stage alongside the band.

As he thanked the crowd for coming out, Gabriel’s signature locks streamed over his eyes and he shot into a set that would include a healthy mix of the new and old. As the evening continued, space inside the venue would diminish and various dance moves would ensue. At some point, Diego was motioning for someone to get a bottle of champagne so he could spray the crowd, but the message didn’t get across clearly and ultimately led to someone at the bar spraying the stage, the band and some of the audience with a bottle of champagne. Sometimes, communication gets lost.

Why did this show mean so much to us? What made this show so important? This “event” was simply an acknowledgement to ourselves and the rest of the world that rock music has found a place in South Florida and we are a point on the map where music lives.

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For more great insight into Jacuzzi Boys’ new album, check out the album review here on Consequence of Sound written by one of South Florida’s finest writers, David Von Bader.

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! NRT Playlist for August 20, 2013 Streaming on Spotify

August 29, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This! by rock6847

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Various sounds, new artists and great discoveries are just a few of what we found on August 20th’s new music releases. These treasures are just what you were looking for. There’s even an album by actor-turned-musician, Adam Goldberg and it’s quite good! Check out our Spotify playlist that includes new releases from: Blue October, The Goldberg Sisters, Crocodiles, Ski Lodge, Pure Bathing Culture, Diarrhea Planet, White Hills, No Age, The Kissaway Trail, Washed Out, Alexander Von Mehren, Laura Veirs, John Mayer and Braids. Enjoy the new sounds!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! NRT Playlist for June 18, 2013 Streaming on Spotify

July 7, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This! by rock6847

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July 18th brought out some of the most eclectic sounds we have heard in a while. We had to dig deep into that musical ocean to pull out these treasures. Most of the bands we found this week were some we had never heard of before, and stumping our unit at Rock Cousteau is not that easy. We were happy to see local band Beach Day release their new album and Tauk, a band we met and spoke with at The Hangout 2012, release their sophomore effort, Homunculous. Check out our Spotify playlist that includes new releases from Primal Scream, Holy Folk, Beach Day, The Mantles, Heliotropes, Tauk, Empire of the Sun, The City and Horses, Hospital Ships, Sigur Ros and Rusty Truck. This might be the best summer playlist, yet!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! NRT Playlist for June 11, 2013 Streaming on Spotify

June 29, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This! by rock6847

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While not necessarily the most dynamic New Release Tuesday on record, we can attribute the weak output to “summer” and leave it at that. Despite the minimalism, we were able to find some of best of the new releases for June 11th. This week, we include Andrew Stockdale (of Wolfmother), CSS, Strangers Family Band, Black Sabbath, Sonny & The Sunsets, John Vanderslice, Mick Harvey, Matthew J. Tow and Pacific Air. If you dig into this collection, you might just find something you never knew existed before. Be sure to follow us on Spotify for access to all our playlists. Explore the depths of music with us and see what happens!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! NRT Playlist for June 4, 2013 Streaming on Spotify

June 20, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This! by rock6847

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June 4, 2013 included a handful of great new music releases from bands we have anticipating for months and from some bands we never thought would put out another album, ever again. Check out our Spotify playlist that highlights some of the best new tracks from Queens of the Stone Age, Portugal. The Man, Filter, Big Black Delta, Said the Whale, The Olms, Camera Obscura, City & Colour and We Are the City.

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! NRT Playlist for May 28, 2013 Streaming on Spotify

June 6, 2013 in New Release Tuesday by rock6847

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Something hot, something rockin’ and somethin’ blue. These are few of the sounds we picked out, just for you. Releases from May 28th include sounds from many new bands and even an established one, too! Sounds we think you might enjoy come from: Public Service Broadcasting, The Altered Hours, Alice in Chains, King Tuff, Tijuana Panthers, Hooded Fang, Mount Kimbie, Tricky, Brazos, Damien Jurado, The Veils, CocoRosie, The Front Bottoms and Laura Marling. Great sounds, from great artists.

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – NRT Playlist for May 21, 2013 Streaming on Spotify

May 29, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This! by rock6847

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Looking for something new, something spicy or something fresh? Check out the new releases for May 21st. Barely any veteran bands made our list this week. Releases include: Daft Punk, Shannon and the Clams, Dirty Beaches, Radical Dads, Saturday Looks Good to Me, Majical Cloudz, Ten Kens, Open Air Stereo and Club 8. Enjoy the stream and tell us what you think. Better yet, tell others what you think.

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! New Music Release playlist for May 14, 2013 on Spotify

May 23, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This! by rock6847

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Our May 14th New Release Tuesday playlist on Spotify is ready for you! This week’s playlist includes releases from Wild Nothing, Killing Joke, The Boxer Rebellion, Pure X, Wampire, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Black Sabbath (single), Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood and Small Black. Vampire Weekend’s album Modern Vampires of the City was also released, but is not presently available for streaming on Spotify (sorry).

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY! NRT for April 16, 2013 Streaming on Spotify

April 23, 2013 in New Release Tuesday, Now Stream This! by rock6847

flaming lips terrorWe are definitely blessed with a fantastic assortment of releases in music for the week of April 16th. The choices were plenty and exploring the depths of music has never been so exhausting. But, for you, our readers, it is an honor and our pleasure! This week in music brought us releases from The Flaming Lips, Born Ruffians, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Dead Confederate, Life Coach, Iron & Wine, John Parish, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Highest Order, Fall Out Boy, Gemma Ray, JJ Grey & Mofro, Paramore, The Thermals and Jessie Ware. If we are missing anyone, it is because they are not on Spotify and for that, we apologize. Enjoy the playlist, listen with your ears fully open and follow us on Spotify.

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