Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Scene Aesthetic, Back Booth, 8/30

I always figured that there are bands who sound good in the studio and then terrible live. The landscape is littered with them, from straight up pop to some of the more manicured alternative stuff out there.

On the other side, you've got just the opposite out there. Average sounding studio albums that don't communicate a band's intensity or integrity. I think TSA falls into the latter category.

Not basing this on any actual experience with their shows nor any research. Nor will I do any (since most audience generated recordings of live shows on YouTube sound like crap anyway).

Just get that feeling of acoustic energy that gets let loose during live shows. Should be a lot of fun.

I kind of want to go in cold to see if I'm right. If not, I get to go back to BB, which is a great venue.

Oh, and The Color Fred opens. How awesome is that name?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

SoS at Firestone, 8/4

As luck would have it, I got to see Alexandrah of the Solillaquists of Sound perform twice in two nights last week, at Vibe (a Mills 50 event) and with the Legendary JCs.

I don't know where to begin trying to describe how talented she is, so I won't. Needless to say, she is. And from what I've heard of SoS, they are as well. I guess I could start there.

Their upcoming show at Firestone on August 4 is also their "No More Heroes" album release party. Trying to figure out where to get tix in advance ($10 adv/$12 day off).

For more music, check out their Myspace page.

Monday, June 29, 2009

OBC Music Festival Wrap Up

I may be naive, but in general, Orlando Brewing Company seems like one of the best kept secrets in town. There are a lot of best kept secrets in Orlando. But this one has really good beer, so it should not be so best kept anymore.

Here's my rundown on last Saturday's Brew-N-Groove music festival or whatever it was called:
  • Great vendors. Although the placement of said vendors could have been better. It was a little awkward of a layout for them away from the stage and around the corner for the most part. On the plus side, got to hang out with some cool organic food dudes that are at the Audubon Park market on Wed nights.
  • Fantastic beer. Again, if you haven't been there yet, go.
  • Solid lineup. We were there for the JCs, but the other bands were good too.
  • Date night. Had a sitter, what's more romantic than that?
  • Weather. Not super hot.
  • No peeps. This is good if you want short beer/restroom lines and plenty of room at the stage, but it was a little disappointing. Market the crap out of this!
Talked to Eugene from the JCs prior to the show. Along with trying on my glasses (and going partially blind), he shared his thoughts on his favorite venues in town, old Will's (cause that's where they got their start) and HOB (cause it's a good room). Also talked Plaza a bit, will have to check it out.

Next opp to see Gene and the JCs is at Back Booth on August 7.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Movement, Social, 7/23

From the had to check this band out because of the name category comes The Movement at the Social on 7/23. Yes, I'm four years old.

As it turns out, they could be a great live show. Albums are solid from what I've heard, their latest from 2008 is below. Seem to have a good following as well, so high hopes for their reggae vibe.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Downloads from CMJ

Everyone needs new music, and since I refuse to get caught up with Pandora and it's ilk, I usually take a very manual approach to finding MP3s along the interwebs. Good place to start is CMJ's blog, which is chock full of musical information including free downloads.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

UPDATED - Brewery Music Festival, Orlando Brewing Company, 6/27

This snuck up a bit. The Orlando Brewing Company (awesome) which hosts live music by local bands on weekends (awesome) is hosting a music festival on Saturday, which could be pretty awesome.

Some info from Crystal at OBC:

$10 in advance / $12 day of Event.

Outside Stage:

Sonic Playground: 3:15 - 4 pm

Token Gamblers: 4:45 - 5:30

Mr. Robert Johnson: 6 - 6:45

The Human Condition: 7:15 - 8:30

Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England: 9 - 10

The Legendary JC's : 10:30 -12 am

Inside Stage (Acoustic): Bob "Stormcrow" Sanders: 5 - 6:30 pm Sarah Purser: 7:30 - 8:30

There will also be local art/craft vendors and food vendors on site.

JC's are the headliners, and it'll be a great show assuming it's less then 100 degrees next weekend.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Joey Cape and Jon Snodgrass, Will's Pub, 6/26

Already talked up opening act Cory Branan in a previous post. Couple of other acts on the bill as well, Joey Cape and Jon Snodgrass. Along with having a rich history of fronting punk rock bands, both sound pretty solid on their solo albums below, and it appears that the three of them collaborate on a few songs in some kind of singer-songwriter threeway of love.

Check out Remember My Name from Snodgrass and The Ramones are Dead from Cape.

Plus it's at Will's on a Friday night for $10!