VOYAGES OF RC! Lily Allen w/ Samsaya: The Sheezus Tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach (9/9/14)

September 15, 2014 in Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

Photos and review by Derek Kearney

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Oh yes, it was “Lady’s Night” at the Fillmore last Tuesday night with various versions of Girl Power on display. The main headliner, Lily Allen, on her Sheezus Tour, showed a lot of sass that complimented her British cheekiness, while supporting act, Samsaya, performed power-kicking, shimmy shakin’ gurl music. The evening began early with Samsaya, and her one red-hearted eye, kickin’ in a nice rockin’ groove along with her band’s brand of power pop. In addition to the power pop, songs like ‘Stereotype’ and ‘Bombay Calling’ carried just a hint of Bollywood rhythms. Samsaya brought energetic, infectious grooves and pranced about the stage in her classic Converse All-Stars.

Once Lily Allen appeared with her sexy dance crew, she crept upon the stage to the slow, deep-bass beat groove of her anti-pop princess anthem ‘Sheezus.’ And, although the album has only been out for a few months, the crowd of Lily faithfuls sang right along. Her new album can definitely described as a pop upgrade and is more accessible to a broader audience. Despite the fact that she has returned from a lengthy child bearing break, as wife and mom of two, this didn’t stop her from expressing naughty-mouthed fun girl style. If fans were expecting to see a pop star in mom jeans, they’d be disappointed, as there was no hint of rust on the Fillmore’s stage. Rather, Lily looked lean and fabulous in her short mini-dress and black stillettos. This was the fun girl we all knew from the past, ready to party with the crowd. New songs, ‘As Long As I Got You,’ ‘Our Time’ (a personal fav), and ‘Hard Out Here’ blended perfectly with the older favorites such as, ‘The Fear,’ ‘LDN,’ ‘L8CMMR,’ and ‘Smile.’ Lily’s witty crowd banter, spoken with her strong Cockney accent, was more like that of a “former party girl.” She’s still that fun, cute BFF that we always hung out with and had a great time. And even though she’s officially all grown up, Lily can still throw a happenin’ party.

Hey Gene, Rock is ALIVE! Ty Segall w/ Wand and Plastic Pinks @ The Stage Miami (9/11/14)

September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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Ty Segall’s show at the Stage in Miami was a show we anticipated on seeing since the announcement was made in June. Supported by L.A.’s, Wand and Miami’s, Plastic Pinks, the night was perfect and The Stage in Miami, couldn’t have hosted any better. Security was relaxed and the bands, the audience and everyone working the night would have a superb experience.

When asked to describe Ty Segall, I am hard-pressed to do so in just one word. Rather, Segall can be best described as a mélange of garage/punk/psych/metal. He’s very creative and encourages everyone around him to join in his creativity. This couldn’t be more clear than it was that Thursday night.

The evening kicked off with Miami natives, Plastic Pinks. The Plastic Pinks have been gaining momentum on the local live music circuit and it seems that everywhere we go, they show up. They say that half of success is just in showing up, but I can assure you, they are more than that. We arrived shortly after they took the stage, but found ourselves comforted by their sound. The crowd hadn’t gotten too revved up just yet, but things were starting to happen.

To the delight of many, Wand took the stage and I found myself in front of the lead guitarist. Their guitarist and singer, Cory Thomas Hanson, encountered some technical difficulties and claimed it was the Miami heat messing up his strings. But, shortly after his tuning break, he came back and ripped it up. There were fans onstage, pillows being thrown and a fair amount of body surfing. I even got hit in the arm with a beer bottle. During one point, the bass drum was moving away from the drummer and Segall simply walked on stage and corrected the problem. Well into their set, Wand finally showed us what they were made of and the crowd wanted more. Giving us just one extra song, they did their thing and we were warmed up for Segall.

Segall’s latest release, Manipulator, is definitely his most produced album and a unique concept piece about a tech-friendly girl, Susie Thumb. Each and every song on the album is better than the next. We are simply addicted to this album. Finally getting the opportunity to see this album performed live was like eating the tallest ice cream cone on the hottest day at the beach.

Introduced by their mustached manager as “The Manipulator Band” from Jupiter (the planet in outerspace), Segall was joined by Emily Rose Epstein on drums, guitarist Charlie Mootheart and bass wielding Mikail Cronin. We had most recently seen Cronin solo at Austin Psych Fest this past May and as a Floridian, this was such a treat to see him again in the span of several months. As soon as the first note of ‘Manipulator’ began to play, the crowd whipped into a frenzy. The wave of people became so intense at times, it was a little difficult to concentrate on the band, but it was Ty Segall and nothing could interfere.

‘The Manipulator Band’ proceeded to play most of the new album. At one point, Segall walked out onto the crowd, allowing them to hold his ankles while he played an intense solo. In addition to the new album, other highlights included ‘I Bought My Eyes’, ‘Say Goodbye’ and ‘Girlfriend’.

Overall, I can’t remember a show in recent memory that has been as exciting and enjoyable as this one. Ty, thank you for making your way back to the South Florida. We can’t wait to have you back again.

Our recap video of the evening:

Our video for Ty Segall – ‘It’s Over':

VOYAGES OF RC! An Evening at Churchill’s Pub w/ Crocodiles, Jaill, The Jellyfish Brothers and Plastic Pinks (8/23/14)

August 28, 2014 in Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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On the evening of Saturday, August 23rd, Churchill’s Pub, a veritable bastion for raw music in South Florida and a place I like to refer to as home, hosted a splendid evening. Our friends at Strutter USA Productions put together a fabulous lineup that included local and not-so-local talent. The evening would kick off with some of Miami’s finest, Plastic Pinks and The Jellyfish Brothers, followed by Milwaukee’s Jaill and San Diego’s Crocodiles. We arrived just as Plastic Pinks were wrapping up their set. As would be expected, the crowd was a bit mellow, but the evening was just getting started.

Plastic Pinks include June Summer (lead vocals), Augie Pink (rhythm guitar), Luigi Toni La Rocca (lead guitar), Charlie De Jesus (bass) and Nicholas Ochoa (drums). What we did hear was some rather raw, yet ear-splitting garage rock. As they finished up with a request from the crowd of ‘Aaa-Oh-Aah,’ our only regret was that we hadn’t arrived sooner.

Next to arrive on the scene, The Jellyfish Brothers with brothers Alvarez – Gregorio (vocals/synth) and Eduardo (drums), as well as Kc Toimil (bass). Toimil arrived just in time for their set, after performing at Gramps w/ her other band, Snakehole. The set was short, but sweet, as Churchill’s continued filling up with a crowd eager for more. Gregorio took the bold move of replacing the guitar with his synthesizer, giving their set something more akin to Ultra than Churchills.

Third band in the lineup, Milwaukee natives, Jaill, were next up. Made up of Vincent Kircher (lead vocals/guitar), Johnathon Mayer (guitar), Michael Skorcz (synthesizer) and Josh Evert (drums), Jaill kicked some serious ass. With the exception of three tracks, ‘Waste a Lot of Things,’ ‘ Everyone’s Hip,’ and ‘The Stroller,’ the majority of their set included tracks from their most recently released album, spinning regularly in our spaces. We anticipated seeing them perform live and they were certainly a treat. Speaking of treats, a group of people closest to the bassist continue to offer him (and later, the guitarist from Crocodiles) a variety of things. The bassist politely declined most offers, but eventually gave in to accepting some clear liquids in an unmarked glass bottle. Everyone was so eager to hear more after allegedly completing their set, that they indulged the crowd and continued performing a few more songs.

Well after midnight and into the darkness, Crocodiles ascends upon the stage. Before starting the set, guitarist Charles Rowell takes his guitar, plucks a few strings and sets it in front of the amp to create a beautiful mélange of reverb. This tasty-taste of what’s to come intrigues me and, as a fan of theirs long before they arrived in Miami, I am looking forward to what else Rowell’s got up his proverbial sleeve. Crocodiles, comprised of founding members, Brandon Welchez and Charles Rowell, return to officially begin their set and the mosh pit begins. Halfway through the set, Welchez and Rowell lock lips and fortunately for us, we have that image digitally preserved forever (see above). The set begins with their 2010 album release, Sleep Forever, they play ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Stoned to Death.’ Rowell accepts a beverage and creates a “beer bottle slide,” eventually chugging it and throwin’ it down. For sure, this was the prescription for all the week’s ills. We are eternally grateful to Strutter USA Productions, the bands and Rat Bastard for providing South Florida with evening filled with random dancing, good friends and great guitars.

Highlights: experiencing the beer bottle slide thrown atop my head and bearing witness to Rowell’s super-star guitar skills.

Plastic Pinks
Sunnyside Rabbits
Tell Me Now
Livin’ On the Coast
Save Me
Fui
Toe Trippin
Kelly
Aah-Oh-Aah

The Jellyfish Brothers
Take Me On
Patches
Cool Feeling
I’m So Sad
Try
I’m a Shadow

Jaill
Pickin My Bones
Just a Lovely Day
Change Reaction
Symptoms
Waste a lot of Things
Everyone’s Hip
Got an F
The Stroller
Chocolate Poison Time
Getaway

Crocodiles
Mirrors
Stoned to Death
Cockroach
Jet Boy Jet Girl (Elton Motello Cover)
Neon Jesus
Me and My Machine Gun
Gimme Some Annihilation
Marquise De Sade
Refuse Angels
I Wanna Kill

VOYAGES OF RC! Tori Amos: The Unrepentant Geraldines World Tour, Fillmore Miami Beach (8/24/14)

August 27, 2014 in Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

Unrepentant Tori Amos Spreads Her Gospel
By: Derek Kearney

 

After years of masculine devotion from afar, I was finally able to personally experience all that is Tori Amos, live and in glorious color. After getting over the intimidating femininity of her first album, “Little Earthquakes” (which I eventually became man enough to love), I have been a devotee since her second album, “UnderThe Pink”. I always wanted to see her live, but I never had the nerve to see her on my own without the camouflage of female accompaniment, nor could I ever find someone who loved her as much as I did in the social circles I occupied. Finally, I connected with a lovely, Cuban fairy-girl who loved her beyond earthly reason and we vowed to go together one day where I can free the feminine side of my soul, undauntedly! As a diverse and hip crowd of all ages, the loyal masses gathered at the Fillmore to bear witness to their Scarlet matron of femininity. And, despite my expectations, there were far more men than I ever expected, men like me and even men not like me at all there. But, as expected, the majority of the crowd were of the fairer gender, ready to lip-synch and sing the lyrics of Tori songs that have become part of the soundtrack of their lives.

Before Tori emblazoned the stage with her presence, we were treated to the cozy folk songs of Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou, while a majority of the crowd was still either lounging in the lobby or making their way to their seats. The English couple harmonized to their acoustic guitar, strumming in a very soothing and unobtrusive way that didn’t interrupt what the unsettled crowd was up to at that time. Their pleasant guitar-plucky-jingle-jangly songs such as “A Proud Surrender” typified their entire set and we witnessed the chemistry that lead to their marriage and partnership. Even though they hadn’t captured the attention of the still gathering crowd, I was happy about their good fortune in joining Tori on this tour.


Photos: Derek Kearney

Alas, when Tori takes the stage to her lovely song ‘Parasol,’ my favorite song from “The Beekeeper,” I finally have my Tori virginity gently plucked away from me. She appears to be more stately and serene from the imagery I previously envisioned, a young, writhing chanteuse at her piano in live videos. She is now fetching and very becoming in her grey leather pants and super funky wedge shoes. And her voice, truly as angelic as ever… God, she is mesmerizing! There was the “totally Tori” bi-piano straddling that she manages so well, a unique playlist that included a wide array of songs from her 14 album catalog, and the highlight for me, covering two of my favorite songs: ‘Tear Drops’ by the Cocteau Twins and a Tori-ized version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billy Jean’ during the Lizard Lounge portion of her show that included pre-recorded musical accompaniment. The excited, yet polite, crowd sang along with Tori, knowing all of the lyrics and punctuating the set with the occasional shout-out of “We love you TORI!” turning the Fillmore into one very large, cozy living room of love. Only until the last song before the encore, ‘Cornflake Girl,’ did the crowd choose to stand en masse. All her truly loyal fans knew that this was their window of opportunity to rush to the stage and dance along, a ritual I was not familiar with, as I watched my friends disappear and make their mad dash towards the stage.

Overall, this was a religious calling and I finally got baptized. I have finally seen Tori Amos, live.

Tori Amos Setlist The Fillmore, Miami Beach, FL, USA 2014, Unrepentant Geraldines Tour

Derek Kearney is a freelance photographer and avid concert goer.  We welcome his initial contribution to Rock Cousteau.

The Gospel Tour Helps Us Say Goodbye to Summer @ Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL (8/15/14)

August 22, 2014 in Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

VOYAGES OF RC! Panic! at the Disco, Youngblood Hawke and Walk the Moon @ Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton, FL (8/15/14)

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What better way to say goodbye to summer than to have a party with a few thousands friends and three fun bands. The day began with a threatening thunderstorm and the future of the evening rested solely in the hands of mother nature. To our delight, the skies cleared to make way for a glorious evening with Panic! at the Disco supported by Youngblood Hawke and Walk the Moon. The Gospel Tour would go on!

The first time we saw Youngblood Hawke live was at Hollywood’s Arts Park two years ago. They entertained the crowd back then and they did it even better this time around. The ever-enigmatic, Sam Martin, hopped around from place to place on the stage, really giving the audience every bang for their buck. It felt like a sort of homecoming of sorts to see Alice Katz, Tasso Smith, Nik Hughes, Omar Ahmed, Sam Martin and Simon Katz all together again. The set was a short one, only 7 songs, but the anthemic nature of each song made them seem much greater. All the members of this very happy band seemed to be enjoying themselves and it hardly seemed like work.

Before Walk the Moon took the stage, the excitement over the anticipation of seeing Panic! at the Disco had almost turned dangerous, as the audience was given a stern warning to “step back!”. Everyone listened and the show would continue as scheduled. I wasn’t as familiar with Walk the Moon, although I had heard their single, ‘Anna Sun’ at least once before. Nicholas Petricca, the lead singer and keyboardist, gesticulated his way throughout the set, while Eli Maiman took front and center stage showing off his guitar skeeels. Again, this would be a very short set for Walk the Moon, racking up a total of 8 songs.

Finally, the part of the evening that everyone was waiting for had finally arrived. Once Panic! at the Disco hit the stage and began with ‘Vegas Lights,’ the crowd went wild and the energy didn’t stop until the final song, ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’. The lead singer, Brendon Urie came out in a suit and undressed until the only thing visible was his hot, sweaty abs and a pair of pants. The ladies were swooning and in typical “hot lead singer” fashion, a bra eventually landed upon the stage. While I’m not the biggest Panic! fan, I think they made a fan out of me that night.

Check out the entire setlist via Spotify (less a few songs and covers by the original artist) and Setlist.FM below.

Youngblood Hawke Setlist Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL, USA 2014, The Gospel Tour

Walk the Moon Setlist Mizner Park Auditorium, Boca Raton, FL, USA 2014, The Gospel Tour

Panic! at the Disco Setlist Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Boca Raton, FL, USA 2014, The Gospel Tour

VOYAGES OF RC! Austin Psych Fest 2014 @ Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX (5/2/14 – 5/4/14)

July 16, 2014 in Festivals, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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Join us on a photographic journey of our voyage of The Austin Psych Fest 2014 at the beautiful Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX, May 2nd through May 4th. Our second year in attendance at this festival was filled with great musical memories inspired by bands that include: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Quilt, Graveyard, The Fresh and Onlys, The Black Lips, Kadavar, The Zombies, Woods, Brown Sabbath, The Black Angels, Pure X, Zombie Zombie, Jacco Gardner, Moon Duo, Bardo Pond, Bombino, Temples, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Medicine, The Horrors, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Golden Dawn Arkestra, Charlie Megira, Christian Bland and the Revelators, Secret Colours, Cosmonauts, Toy, Mikal Cronin, The War on Drugs and Pink Mountaintops. New friendships were made, new sounds were heard, but most importantly, great music was played! If next year is anything like this year, we are all certainly in for a treat! After the photos, check out a few videos from the Fest. See you next year!

FESTIVALS! Austin Psych Fest 2014 Lineup, Schedule and So Much More (5/2-5/4) Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX

April 12, 2014 in Festivals, Voyages of Rock Cousteau by rock6847

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The 7th Austin Psych Fest is happening soon! Rock Cousteau is delighted to be a part of this exciting festival for a second year in a row. The fest takes place Friday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 4th at the Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX. The daily lineups and day tickets have been released! If you can only go one or two days of the festival, single day passes are available for $60 per day, links below. Weekend passes are also still available for $150, along with Deluxe Upgrades, Camping Passes and Camping Rentals.

FULL TICKET OPTIONS HERE.

The performance schedule for each day has been revealed!  Click here for the full schedule.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 2

PURCHASE FRIDAY PASSES

THE DANDY WARHOLS • THE BLACK ANGELS • THE ZOMBIES • BLACK LIPS • LIARS • GRAVEYARD • ONEOTRIX POINT NEVER • WOODS • KADAVAR • PEAKING LIGHTS • THE FRESH & ONLYS • LA FEMME • WHITE HILLS • QUILT • SHANNON & THE CLAMS • KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD • AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR • GAP DREAM • CHRIS CATALENA & THE NATIVE AMERICANS • PERHAPS • ROGER SELLERS • HOLLIS BROWN • EAGLE’S GIFT

SATURDAY, MAY 3

PURCHASE SATURDAY PASSES

THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE • THE HORRORS • OF MONTREAL • UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA • AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS • MONO • MEDICINE • TEMPLES • BOMBINO • ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE • DEAD MEADOW • THE GOLDEN DAWN • MOON DUO • BARDO POND • THE OCTOPUS PROJECT • JACCO GARDNER • ZOMBIE ZOMBIE • BOOGARINS • DESTRUCTION UNIT • YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN • BARN OWL • PURE X • MORGAN DELT • STEVE GUNN • MARK MCGUIRE • CIRCUIT DES YEUX • DAHGA BLOOM • RESIDUELS • MIRROR TRAVEL • ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO

SUNDAY, MAY 4

PURCHASE SATURDAY PASSES

LOOP • PANDA BEAR • THE WAR ON DRUGS • TOBACCO • MIKAL CRONIN • PINK MOUNTAINTOPS • EARTHLESS • SLEEPY SUN • TOY • BO NINGEN • HIGGINS WATERPROOF BLACK MAGIC BAND • TERAKAFT • COSMONAUTS • KIKAGAKU MOYO • SECRET COLOURS • GREG ASHLEY • CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS • GUARDIAN ALIEN • LORELLE MEETS THE OBSOLETE • JOEL GION & THE PRIMARY COLOURS • DOUG TUTTLE • MIND OVER MIRRORS • CHARLIE MEGIRA • FANTASMES • THE YOUNG • THE GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA • BONE FUR AND FEATHERS • THINK NO THINK

Please note that lineups are subject to change.

Check out our photographic coverage from APF 2013:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

The Austin Psych Fest boasts 3 fantastic stages: The Reverberation Stage, Levitation Tent, and Elevation Amphitheater, all named in homage to the godfathers of Austin psychedelic rock, The 13th Floor Elevators. Experience some of the world’s greatest psychedelic bands at the Ranch and enjoy the Elevation Amphitheater that sits upon the banks of the Colorado River. Click here to buy your tickets and we hope to see you there!

Find out more and keep up with APF via these social networking sites below:
FACEBOOK • INSTAGRAM • TWITTER • YOUTUBE • FLICKR • SOUNDCLOUD • SPOTIFY

Finally, don’t miss our exquisitely prepared playlists below that include all the artists, except for a few that don’t exist on Spotify:

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.

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.

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