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.

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.

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.

NOW STREAM THIS! Nine Inch Nails entire set from Lollapalooza 2013

August 5, 2013 in Now Stream This!, Performances by rock6847

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This past weekend, Nine Inch Nails performed Stateside for the first time since 2009 at Lollapalooza. The 100-minute set could possibly be considered the highlight of Lollapalooza. Reznor takes original, standard tunes we have all come to know and love, pulls them apart and puts them back together in a most delicious way. If you couldn’t make the festival, here’s your opportunity to see what it was all about.

In ‘Sanctified,’ there’s a nice variation from the original that excludes guitars. Don’t worry, you won’t even miss the guitars. Reznor threw in some NIN favs like, ‘Closer’, ‘Hurt,’ and ‘Head Like a Hole, tossed in a few new tracks such as, ‘Came Back Haunted’, ‘Copy of A’, and ‘Find My Way,’ all of which are expected to appear on Hesitation Marks due September 3rd. If you love Nine Inch Nails, try to catch them on tour, as we expect to do the same.

Nine Inch Nails 22 song set @ Lollapalooza 2013:

‘Copy of A’
‘Sanctified’
‘Came Back Haunted’
‘1,000,000’
‘March of the Pigs’
‘Piggy’
‘The Frail’
‘The Wretched’
‘Terrible Lie’
‘Closer’
‘Gave Up’
‘Help Me I Am in Hell’
‘Me, I’m Not’
‘Find My Way’
‘What If We Could?’
‘The Way Out Is Through’
‘Wish’
‘Survivalism
‘Only’
‘The Hand That Feeds’
‘Head Like a Hole’
‘Hurt’

NOW STREAM THIS! Nine Inch Nails Performance at Fuji Rock Festival [a portion of it]

July 26, 2013 in Now Stream This!, Performances by rock6847

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Hesitation Marks won’t be released until September 3rd, but industrial/alternative rock band, Nine Inch Nails have already begun to perform and will kick off their North American arena tour this fall (RC will be there). Before the arena tour, NIN hit Japan’s Fuji Rocks Festival, today! The set was being live-streamed, in its entirety, on YouTube. Unfortunately, it wasn’t being streamed in the U.S.

The show began at 8:30 a.m. EST and according to Setlist.fm, NIN played the already released single, ‘Came Back Haunted’ from the yet to be released album, Hesitation Marks. This was the David Lynch-directed video we told you about a few weeks ago. See the video below, but take heed to this WARNING: This video has been identified by Epilepsy Action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.

Other previously unheard tracks from Hesitation Marks were debuted ‘Copy of A’ and ‘Find My Way.’

Until a take-down is ordered, a video has surfaced from the last half-hour or so of the set. Sadly, the new material was previewed earlier in the set, but at least you get some classic NIN to rock out to. So, world….. if you missed the streaming of Nine Inch Nails’ performance at Fuji Rock Festival this morning at 8:30 a.m. EST, here’s your chance to see it now.

NOW STREAM THIS! Wilco Covers It All at Solid Sound Festival 2013

July 23, 2013 in Festivals, Now Stream This!, Performances by rock6847

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Back in June, Wilco performed a 27-song all-covers set at their Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA. Wilco covered songs by The Beatles, Daft Punk, The Replacements, Pavement, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, The Kings, Neil Young, Yo La Tengo (w/ Yo La Tengo), Grateful Dead, Big Star, and Television. Download the entire recording here, courtesy of NYC Taper.

Until then, go ahead and listen to Wilco cover Television’s ‘Marquee Moon’ and Replacement’s ‘Color Me Impressed’ below, via NYC Taper.

Then, check out a few videos:

Setlist:
The Boys Are Back in Town (Thin Lizzy cover)
Cut Your Hair (Pavement cover)
In the Street (Big Star cover)
New Madrid (Uncle Tupelo cover)
Dead Flowers (The Rolling Stones cover)
Simple Twist of Fate (Bob Dylan cover)
Ripple (Grateful Dead cover)
Who Loves the Sun (The Velvet Underground cover)
And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles cover)
And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles cover) (And Your Bird Can Sing was … more)
Psychotic Reaction (Count Five cover)
Tom Courtenay (Yo La Tengo cover) (with Yo La Tengo)
James Alley Blues
Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks cover) (with Lucius)
Waterloo (ABBA cover) (with Lucius)
(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding (Brinsley Schwarz cover)
Marquee Moon (Television cover)
Happy Birthday To You (Mildred J. Hill cover) (to Pat Sansone)
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Blue Öyster Cult cover)
Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young cover)
Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)
Surrender (Cheap Trick cover)
Color Me Impressed (The Replacements cover) (with Tommy Stinson)
Kingpin
Thank You Friends (Big Star cover)
Encore:
The Weight (The Band cover) (with Lucius)
Roadrunner (The Modern Lovers cover) (with Yo La Tengo)

VOYAGES OF RC! Marilyn Manson Gets Freaky at The Fillmore Miami Beach (7/21/13)

July 22, 2013 in Performances, SO FLO ROCKS!, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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Theatrics, thrashing guitars, wobbly keyboards and an audience clad in all black can best describe last night’s concert by “former” shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. Having seen Marilyn Manson opened by Danzig at the Sunrise Musical Theater over twenty years ago, I can credibly state that time has taken its toll on the the pied piper of goth. A little bit softer and somewhat less theatrical than what I remembered from that show in July of 1992, Marilyn Manson, at 44, can still put on a entertaining show.

The crowd, swelling with fans made up in stage make-up, adorned with piercings and tattoos in various places was ready for Marilyn Manson to take control. And, the costumes, did I tell you about the costumes?! Truly, it was a delight for the eyes to see what people could come up with for this show. Torn fishnet stockings, high heeled shoes, boots, skirts, shorts, pasties under fishnet tops, smudged black eyeliner on both men and women, face makeup and so much more! The show hadn’t kicked off, yet the spectacle had already begun.

Before Manson (f/k/a Brian Warner) took the stage, Hollywood, California’s Picture Me Broken performed a short, but sweet set. The most notable song title, ‘Skin and Bones,’ was introduced as a track that was meant for “anyone who has struggled with addiction.” Lead singer’s, Brooklyn Allman’s “showmanship stylings” sincerely complimented the likes of Marilyn Manson. While everyone was enjoying the opening act, they were eagerly anticipating the arrival of Marilyn Manson.

After Picture Me Broken, a black sheet was unfurled from the lighting to disguise the stage before Manson’s arrival. Casting only a shadow, Manson approaches the black sheet from behind before it’s removed to reveal a stage adorned with oversized occult-related double crossed symbols and a leather-clad, make-up laden Manson.

Marilyn Manson, if you didn’t already know, is an American industrial metal band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The current members of Marilyn Manson are the eponymous lead singer, guitarist Twiggy Ramirez (who previously played bass), bassist Fred Sablan and touring drummer Jason Sutter. If you were a die-hard Manson fan, as it seemed most of the audience was, he played everything they wanted to hear. But it wasn’t until ‘The Dope Show’ that all things Manson would come flooding back. While it was difficult to see him writhing on the stage floor, he appeared to be doing this at least a few times. Manson’s set included numerous quick set changes, with the stage turning black and the lights slowly coming back on. The intense theatrics continued as he managed to pull out props before every song. Whether it was a feather boa, a top hat or walking on stilts with polio styled crutches, the props kept coming.

Lead guitarist, Twiggy Ramirez, performed a few memorable guitar solos. But the most endearing part of the performance was watching the interaction between Manson and Ramirez. During one point of the show, Manson stood atop Ramirez and purportedly humped his head and towards the end of the show, Manson lovingly caressed Twiggy’s face, just as you would a young offspring. Given that their relationship is a long one, their interaction was refreshing to see on stage.

What wasn’t refreshing, was seeing 40 plus year old men continuing to propel their bodies into each other (and us) for their own entertainment. Regardless of your gender, it’s really not enjoyable to have sweaty, drunk men rub their body jizz all over you. The 90’s called, they don’t want moshing back!

Returning to the true entertainment of the evening, Manson appears with his back facing the audience, adoring himself before a dressing room mirror. Off to the side of the mirror was a bunch of red, white and blue balloons that he ultimately carried in his mouth towards the audience and set free as the band kicked into a Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” Two words, “entertaining showmanship”.

Completing a few more quick set changes, Manson performs Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams.’ Standing almost 10 feet tall on stilts, with those crutches I mentioned earlier, on an eerily smoky set, Marilyn showed off his vocal range and ability to cover other people’s songs.

‘Sweet Dreams’ ends and the band disappears briefly, as stage hands began setting up his famous “podium”. Manson eventually appears behind the podium as an anti-government leader on a set covered with the band’s well known Antichrist symbols for ‘Anti-Christ Superstar’. There seemed to be a few glitches in the performance as Manson leans over the podium and begs the stage hand for one of the microphones that dropped off too far away. Despite the hiccup, he quickly regains the superstar vibe.

While it wasn’t the last song, Manson kicks off the next song with “I’ll tell you what, this is the last song of a 163 god damn shows…..This is where it starts and this is where it ends, baby. The Beautiful People.” The show nearly ends with a hard-core performance of ‘The Beautiful People,’ as white confetti swirls around the Fillmore like a blizzard. But, before calling it a night, they pull out one more track for this homecoming performance, ‘Irresponsible Hate Anthem’ and Manson does the scariest thing, ever. He attempts to play guitar. This is where it really ends.

1. Angel With the Scabbed Wings
2. Disposable Teens
3. No Reflection
4. Little Horn
5. The Dope Show
6. Rock Is Dead
7. Disassociative
8. Personal Jesus
(Depeche Mode cover)
9. mOBSCENE
10. Crazy on You
(Heart Cover)
11. This Is the New Shit
12. Sweet Dreams
(Eurythmics cover)
13. Antichrist Superstar
14. The Beautiful People
15. Irresponsible Hate Anthem

NOW STREAM THIS! My Morning Jacket on CBS Sunday Morning (6/30/13)

July 2, 2013 in Now Stream This!, Performances by rock6847

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If you missed My Morning Jacket on CBS Sunday Morning we have the full interviews for you below! Watch Serena Atlschul catch up with MMJ at sound check at Madison Square Garden, and her visit to the Kentucky farm that helped give birth to their sound. After checking out the interviews, check out our recent coverage and review of their performance at AmericanaramA.  If you have a chance to catch them on the AmericanaramA tour, we highly suggest you do.

Finding the Right Note 

 

“Wonderful (The Way I Feel)”

 

Fans

 

VOYAGES OF RC! Crosby, Stills & Nash at Hard Rock Live Hollywood, FL (5/12/13)

May 25, 2013 in Now Stream This!, Performances, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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Crosby, Stills and Nash recently played Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL (5/12/13) and Rock Cousteau was there. While a majority of the crowd was probably in their fifties and sixties, the music had a youthful energy transporting everyone back forty years. Heads were bobbing, toes were tapping and it was clear that everyone was having a fabulous time. The band was tight, playing nearly two hours of their classic hits with soaring harmonies, inserting warm tales of the past between songs.

Crosby continues to sing like a bird, Nash hits all the right notes, and Stills voice, while rough around the edges, made up for it with some slick guitar work. Highlights were: ‘Almost Cut My Hair’, ‘Wooden Ships’, ‘Just a Song Before I Go’ and the Buffalo Springfield chestnut ‘Bluebird’. As the encore, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” came to a close, they bid us adieu with a simple, “Good night, Hollywood.”

1. Carry On
(Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover)
2. Marrakesh Express
3. Long Time Gone
4. Southern Cross
5. Déjà Vu
(Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover)
6. Our House
(Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover)
7. Helplessly Hoping
8. Girl from the North Country
(Bob Dylan cover)
9. Triad
(Jefferson Airplane cover)
10. Just a Song Before I Go
11. 49 Bye-Byes
12. Bluebird
(Buffalo Springfield cover)
13. Almost Cut My Hair
(Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cover)
14. Wooden Ships

Encore:
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

LATE NIGHT ROCKS! The Black Angels perform ‘Don’t Play With Guns’ on Conan (5/20/13)

May 21, 2013 in late night appearances, Performances by rock6847

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Last night, The Black Angels performed their phat psychedelic track, ‘Don’t Play With Guns’ on Conan. Stream it below.

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