NOW STREAM THIS! Advance listens to Temples, Tinariwen, Majesticos, Noah Gundersen, The Fleshtones and more!

February 10, 2014 in Now Stream This! by rock6847


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Go ahead and stream some new music in advance of their releases: There’s some Cibo Matto, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Temples, Noah Gunderson, Tinariwen and more. Most of the albums are expected for release on February 11th in the U.S.

1)     Temples, Sun Structures. “Like many young bands before it, the four-piece from Kettering in Northhamptonshire embraces — and proudly plays up — the influence of the Beatles and other ’60s legends, notably the Byrds. But Temples’ music claims its own place, weaving these inspirations into crazy-beautiful and richly idiosyncratic music.” (via NPR)

2)     Tinariwen, Emmaar. “How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen presents a product that is based on creativity and necessity. Tinariwen’s signature sound remains present with loping rhythms, low-rolling guitars and lyrics that are both political and poetic. This album reveals that a bit of Americana has crept into the effort, with appearances by guests like Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and Nashville musician Fats Kaplin.” (via NPR)

3)    Majestico, When Kingdom Come. “Majestico is the awesome-sounding moniker of Nashville’s Graham Fitzpenn, who’s spent the last several years carving out a local niche with a rambunctious blend of psych, garage, country, and folk… Though there’s a certain sense of gimmickery to Majestico and the record, there’s no denying the sheer raucousness, the kind of energy that grabs you by the collarbone and shakes you stupid for each and every glorious second.”(via Consequence of Sound)

4)     Noah Gundersen, Ledges. “Ledges spans 11 tender tracks and weaves together tales of faith, temptation, redemption, death, and doubt, offering the kind of perspective usually found in much older singer-songwriters.” (via SPIN)

5)     The Fleshtones, Wheel of Talent. “Perennial garage rockers the Fleshtones don’t care to slow down. Over the course of five decades together, the group has pumped out 21 full-length albums, and on February 11 comes No. 22, Wheel of Talent. Contemporaries of Devo, the New York Dolls, and New York City’s 1970s punk scene, the Fleshtones stay true to their signature style on Wheel of Talent: a fusion of roots-rock with copious amounts of fuzz.” (via SPIN)

6)     Speedy Ortiz, Real Hair EP. “Speedy Ortiz’s Real Hair EP moves beyond the knotty guitar-rock heard on the Major Arcana LP, drawing inspiration from Top 40 and R&B radio… The other songs on Real Hairmay in fact pull from the airwaves, but aptly named lead single ‘Everything’s Bigger’ amplifies the band’s signature blend of close-up vocals and chunky riffs.” — (via Pitchfork)

7)    Hurray for the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes.Small Town Heroes, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s sixth album, is about New Orleans. But it’s not about the Crescent City of yore. It’s about Alynda Lee Segarra, the band’s founder and sometimes sole member, missing the bar where she can play her guitar quietly in the corner. It’s about the place where she eats dinner on Monday nights. Segarra’s clear-eyed, street-level portrait of her city demonstrates exactly what’s most valuable and remarkable about Hurray for the Riff Raff’s music: its commitment to truth-telling.” (via NPR)

8)     Cibo Matto, Hotel Valentine “Cibo Matto has always been skilled at Trojan-horsing weird art within glossy, goofy songs (often about food), but the new Hotel Valentine isn’t so concerned with disguising its intentions. Though inventive in sound and frequently light in tone, it runs deeper conceptually, as Honda and Hatori build a collection of songs around the nebulous idea of a haunted hotel… Food isn’t entirely absent from these strange and colorful songs… but the creative palette is bigger and bolder, if not always brighter.” (via NPR)

VOYAGES OF RC 2013! The Discoveries, the Sights and the Sounds of 2013

December 25, 2013 in Now Stream This!, Performances, SO FLO ROCKS!, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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2013 was initially kicked off with what seemed like a truly intimate concert by Aaron Freeman, f/k/a Gene Ween. Aaron put Gene to rest and spread his solo wings to perform this one gig in South Florida. Our voyages continued with an exploration into the psychedelic sounds at Austin Psych Fest. Rewinding a bit into musical history, we caught the legendary trio, Crosby, Stills and Nash at Hard Rock Live Hollywood. Our 90’s alt rock roots would be shaken and stirred up a bit by the return of Filter to South Florida’s Culture Room. We watched the South Florida music scene blow up with amazing and talented musicians, supporting the efforts of one of our favorites, the Jacuzzi Boys.

Great young bands from all over the world would grace the stages of our favorite venues. Grizzly Bear put on a spectacular visual and sensory experience for us at the Fillmore Miami Beach. We saw new venues hit the scene with great local and regional talent, as Jacob Jeffries and others performed at C&I Studios in Ft. Lauderdale.

The young and the old would tour together for Americanarama at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, as we witnessed one of the highlights of our concert going experiences for the year. Doing nearly a 180 on genres, we watched Marilyn Manson get freaky at the Fillmore in Miami. We swelled with pride as our local favorites, Jacuzzi Boys, opened for Metric at the Fillmore.

Our support of the local music scene would take us as far as West Palm Beach, where we enjoyed a variety of local talent at Respectable Street’s 26th Anniversary Block Party on Clematis Street. Continuing our exploration, we traveled to one of our favorite tiny venues and celebrated the release of the Jacuzzi Boys’ self-titled album, along with the burgeoning careers of new bands, like Shark Valley Sisters at Churchill’s Pub in Miami.

Never a dull moment during 2013, we returned our support to bands that begun in the 80’s and caught Depeche Mode as they filled the Sunrise BB&T Center.

Certainly, another highlight event for us was the unique pairing of Jeff Beck with Brian Wilson at Hollywood’s Hard Rock Live. Opinions and emotions about this show were all over the place, but regardless of what anyone may have thought, the show was magical.

The year wouldn’t come to a close without seeing some more amazing acts. Dr. Dog returned to South Florida, but the experience everyone anticipated was the impromptu announcement that Arcade Fire would perform before Halloween as The Reflektors in Little Haiti’s Cultural Center in Miami. November brought us an eclectic triple header with Blowfly, Jacuzzi Boys and Torche at Churchill’s Pub in Miami.

2013 would slowly wind down with a few more memorable performances by Nine Inch Nails at the BB&T Center, along with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and a few members from the band, Night Ranger, for a charitable gig to raise funds for the Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital.

And finally, 2013 would be topped off like a cherry on a sundae with 80’s alternative favorite and former Smith’s member, Johnny Marr at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale.

Our 2013 wrap-up also includes a compilation of all the new releases we found compelling enough to include in year-end playlist. We broke all the playlist rules and included over 255 tracks of 2013’s new, original releases. See the Spotify playlist below.

As always, Rock Cousteau will remain on the scene, keep our noses clean and continue to dive into the depths of the musical ocean to expose only the greatest sounds for your listening pleasure.

VOYAGES OF RC! Marr is Now – Johnny Marr’s Messenger Tour Finale @ The Culture Room (11/26/13)

December 22, 2013 in Now Stream This!, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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As I sit here, writing a long overdue review of the Johnny Marr concert at the Culture Room, I am reminded of a show that really captured the essence of concert going. We’re talking about Johnny “fucking” Marr, not just some fellow with one hit, but co-writer and member of the legendary and controversial 80’s alternative band, The Smiths. What made them controversial wasn’t their existence, but their break-up and subsequently, their disappearance from the music scene altogether. Out of The Smiths, Morrissey was born. You heard very little about Johnny Marr, but if you continued to keep up with him, you would have known that he was a “player” in so many bands, (Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs) ultimately landing firmly on his feet with a solo gig. There’s so much history behind this musician that’s rarely been discussed, as Morrissey has always grabbed the headlines and robbed the spotlight from this talented musician.

Fast-forward to Tuesday, November 26, 2013, The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Hundreds of Gen-X’s milling about, anticipating the arrival of legendary Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr. Sprinkled about the scene were younger fans that were either introduced to The Smiths from aunts/uncles/parents or other grown-up figures that cared to share the importance of attending a show with Johnny Marr. The audience was eager, but what could they expect? Would Johnny Marr portray the “stuck-up, better-than-all-get-out” persona that Morrissey tends to emote when he performs live? The answer is a resounding, “NO”.

Performing at his last gig on The Messenger Tour, Ft. Lauderdale fans would get the most genuine and gracious host to perform, for what seemed like, a private concert. Even more appealing was the fact that he would fulfill every Smiths’ fans’ dream of hearing all their favorite songs. Denial for Marr was not an option. It seems that Marr was committed to making sure everyone would walk away happy. They’d walk away happy to hear the tried and true tunes, ultimately laying the foundation for presenting his new tracks off his latest album, The Messenger.

Performing not just one Smiths tune, but six, he gave the kids what they were hoping for. Furthermore, he did so happily and with an extremely tight band backing him up. He even threw in one of this author’s favorites from Electronic, ‘Getting Away with It’. Every song was something you wanted to hear. Some of his solo effort highlights included, ‘The Crack Up,’ ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Generate! Generate!’. All these tracks seriously highlight the immense talent that lays in Marr’s path. We should only be so lucky to have him return to South Florida again.

So, you ask, was it a good show? Sincerely and truly, yes.

Johnny Marr Setlist Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA 2013

Check out an additional review of the show by our good friend, David Von Bader, right here.

NOW STREAM THIS! Aaron Freeman Puts Gene Ween to Rest

November 16, 2013 in Now Stream This! by rock6847

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Via his Bandcamp page, Aaron Freeman releases demos that represent the final writings and music of his beloved alter-ego, Gene Ween. While having announced the “unofficial” death of Ween last year via a Rolling Stone interview, with this proclamation, he puts the finishing touches on an official burial of Gene Ween in an effort to allow his inner “FREEMAN” to emerge. We have, and always will, support Aaron as an artist, a musician and a human being. As stated on his Bandcamp page, “after 20+ years of near-fatal drug & alcohol abuse (thankfully culminating with intensive but successful rehab), AARON FREEMAN (aka Gene Ween) was left in a dire financial situation. All proceeds will go directly to Aaron, as he continues down the path toward creative freedom and personal health.” Aaron provides his fans with a two word personal statement: “Stay tuned.”

LATE NIGHT APPEARANCES! Lorde Debut Appearance on Late Night with David Letterman (11/12/13)

November 14, 2013 in late night appearances, Now Stream This!, Performances by rock6847

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It is with great delight that we watch Lorde’s career flourish here in the States. Her success is grounded in the fact that she is talented, exciting to watch and just plain beautiful. Her music is dark, sincere and thoughtful. Lana Del Rey, take notes. We appreciate artists becoming successful on something more than looks alone. While she continues to promote her debut album, Pure Heroine, New Zealand native, Lorde performed on Late Night with David Letterman (11/12/13).

Lorde chose to kick-off her Letterman appearance with the second single off the album, ‘Team.’ In addition to the appearance on Late Night, Lorde performed for the new Live on Letterman webcast at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, which features a half-hour set from the artist and a few more tracks from the album, including ‘Buzzcut Season,’ ‘Ribs’ and ‘White Teeth Teens’. Both performances are below.

NEW SINGLE! Lorde covers Tears for Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ for Hunger Games Soundtrack

November 13, 2013 in New single, Now Stream This! by rock6847

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As fans of movie soundtracks, we are so pleased to learn that the official soundtrack for the new Hunger Games film will include a worthy list of artists including The National, Santigold and a bunch of others who lend their talents for Suzanne Collins’ adaptation. Now another song, this one by 17-year-old Lorde, covers Tears for Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ with an extremely dark twist on the tune. The mood of the tune accurately meets the dark, cinematic mood of Catching Fire, the second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy. The film will be in theaters on November 22nd, but as always, the soundtrack is released sooner on November 19th. Listen to Lorder’s cover, below.

VOYAGES OF RC! Blowfly, Jacuzzi Boys and Torche – An Eclectic Triple Header! @ Churchill’s Pub, Miami, FL (11/8/13)

November 10, 2013 in Now Stream This!, Performances, SO FLO ROCKS!, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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On the heels of their U.S. tour w/ Wavves + King Tuff, but before heading off to Berlin in the morning to kick off their European Tour, Jacuzzi Boys gave their hometown fans a treat for the eyes and ears at Churchill’s Pub in Miami. The evening would include an eclectic trio of funk, garage and metal bands, in that order. Folks were pumped not only to give their favorite local band a heroes welcome, but a hearty send-off, too. Having followed the Jacuzzi Boys for some time now, it comes as no surprise that they would put an evening of this magnitude together.

As we enter Churchill’s, Blowfly, Jacuzzi Boys and Torche are selling their merch by the entrance; people are milling about, swapping stories; and the alcohol is flowing. Before the JBs take the stage, we get the rare opportunity to get down and get funky with everyone’s favorite dirty, funk band, Blowfly. Having been a secret Blowfly fan for all these years, we were overjoyed to be a part of their special album release party forBlack in the Sack. Mr. Blowfly, a 74 years young, gets the chance to show this youthful crowd what it’s like to gracefully age, “funky style.”

Blowfly’s drummer, wearing a glittery mask, gives Blowfly a warm welcome and eventually, he emerges from the back of Churchill’s wearing his signature cape and mask. As he ambles to the stage, we are all mystified by this wise, yet truly captivating man. His eminence takes the stage and we are all completely at his mercy. While preferring to serenade the ladies, this demented James Brown makes a point to connect with both males and females in the audience.   Imagine Michael Jackson and Clash tunes with the most explicit lyrics you can think of.  Yes, that’s Blowfly.  Our live music experiences were enhanced by the performance of songs like,  ‘Funky Party,’ ‘I Believe My Dick Can Fly,’ ‘Rap Dirty,’ and my favorite, ‘Should I F*ck That Big Fat Ho.’  His lyrics are totally hysterical and we couldn’t stop laughing for almost the entire set. See the videos below. Simply the perfect preamble to the Jacuzzi Boys.

Ahhhh, the Jacuzzi Boys. Danny, the bassist, and I spoke a bit about the previous tour and I asked him about what he thought were his most memorable stops along the way. While immediately recalling New York and Chicago, he was admittedly reluctant to specify just one city and said they were all pretty awesome. He mentions that they are leaving for Berlin, in the early morning, to kick off their European tour. I was slightly amazed that they were pulling off this late night venture at Churchill’s before heading off to Europe in the morning for their 30 day tour. When asked what city he most looked forward to getting to, he quickly replied, “Paris”. Paris just loves the Jacuzzi Boys and they have shown their love of this endearing band with sold-out shows. We look forward to hearing all about their travels upon their return.

Fans begin to congregate around the stage before the JBs take their spot. The Jacuzzi Gals seem pleased that they can return to their comfort zone, stage left. Everything is fitting neatly into place. The Jacuzzi Boys get better and better with every performance. This show was no exception. Gabriel’s guitar licks were tight, Danny’s bass was phat and Diego’s percussive skills were right on. The JB’s played may of their classic tunes and sprinkled in tunes from their excellent and the latest self-titled album. The crowd was rowdy and momentum continued to build up as the set went on.

Watching the Jacuzzi Gals dance on stage brought a “virtual” tear to my eye, but watching dudes stand on stage in front of the band to take pictures with their cell phones, not so cool. Did I mention the huge mosh pit that developed during the set? It would hardly have been a surprise if fists began to fly, but narry a hand was aggressively laid upon another. Was I scared? Absolutely not! I found it simply exciting to be a part of this human experience and I couldn’t thank Churchill’s Pub enough for what I thought was one of the most entertaining nights of my life.

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

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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.

NOW STREAM THIS! Arcade Fire – Reflektor

October 24, 2013 in Now Stream This! by rock6847

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It’s one hour and twenty-five minutes of pure heaven! Advance streaming of Arcade Fire’s album, Reflektor is happening now! Great way to prepare for tonight’s performance at Little Haiti’s Cultural Center. Okay, just got goosebumples. Pre-order your copy now, here.

NOW STREAM THIS! Advance Streams of Cass McCombs, The Dismemberment Plan and Cults

October 7, 2013 in Now Stream This! by rock6847

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Cass McCombs writes, records and releases music. On his latest release, Big Wheel and Others, planned for release on October 15th, he releases 19 tracks at a whopping 85 minutes total play time. Listen to the advance stream here via NPR Music First Listen and enjoy! Do the artist a favor and if you like what you hear, buy it next week.

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Uncanney Valley is the first album for The Dismemberment Plan since 2001. This eclectic rock group from the heart of our nation’s capital in Washington D.C. has come back together after a split in 2003 with Uncanney Valley, due for release on October 15th. Uncanney Valley is more “fun” than “funky” and focuses on singer-guitarist, Morrison’s desire for lyrical achievement, something we like to call “Intelligent Rock”. The arrangements are fluid, yet disconnected at the same time. The disconnection is a welcome alternative to connected sounds we would normally expect. Stream the entire album by clicking here at NPR Music and please support the band by purchasing this album upon its release.

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Cults duo, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion are still making great music using nostalgic pop sounds from the 60’s. Cults new album, Static, is due out October 15th, yet you are fortunate to get a healthy listen to the album a week before the release. The album is simply a breath of fresh air. Stream the album on NPR Music now. Be sure to support the band and purchase the album, if you like it as much as we do. You can also watch a video and listen to more of Cults below.

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