Chris Cornell sang as if he were bearing the weight of the world.
Whether he was fronting the ferocious hard rock of Soundgarden or backed simply by an acoustic guitar, his voice — now silenced in a suicide — was spectacular by any reckoning. It was a voice that could sail above the grunge barrage of Soundgarden, with an attack to rival the band’s churning guitars; it was also a voice that gave modest acoustic ballads an existential gravity. At the bottom of its nearly four-octave range, Mr. Cornell’s voice was a baritone with endless reserves of breath and the seething tension of contained power. He couldn’t be more convincing than when he sang one of his definitive songs, “Rusty Cage,” with Soundgarden: “I’m gonna break my rusty cage and run,” he howled. See the rest of the article:
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Check out some music from bands I’ve been digging on!
See What You Started by Continuing – Collective Soul
One of my favorite CS albums of all time! 2015 release with the awesomeness we’ve come to expect from veteran Atlanta-based Collective Soul. New music due out in 2017! Anxiously waiting!
Live in a Freakin’ English Church – Bowling for Soup
Bowling for Soup members, Jaret Reddick and Erik Chandler perform an incredible acoustic set in…you guessed it…a freakin’ English Church. Incredible set list and the typical shenanigans we’ve come to love and expect from BFS. New album, Drunk Dynasty, dropped in the fall of 2016. Look for a review soon!
Above It All – Farewell, My Love
This band is unsigned. It’s a damn travesty! My favorite new band BY FAR! Rich rock music with theatrical influences. These guys helped me get through my My Chemical Romance withdrawals…and that’s tough to do! Full review upcoming, but in the meantime, check them out and show them some love! These guys deserve to land on a good label!
More soon… later, guys! XO, Jen
HIT SONG “SWEATER WEATHER”
CERTIFIED DOUBLE PLATINUM
Los Angeles outfit The Neighbourhood announce June & July tour dates following their debut appearance at Central Park’s Summerstage on May 20th, 2014. Supports acts for The El Tour Blanco will be Danny Brown, Travis Scott, 100s & White Arrows. The band will embark on their summer tour beginning on June 21 in Vancouver and running through July.
During the band’s worldwide tour, they unveiled new single “Honest,” part of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (out April 22). You can listen to the track HERE and watch the accompanying Lyric video . The film’s epic score was composed by Oscar®- and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six.
The Neighbourhood’s new project “#000000 & #FFFFFF” will be out later this year. Vocalist Jesse Rutherford says about the album, “”#000000 & #FFFFFF is a diary of songs that are inspired by our thoughts while on the road. It exposes our anxiety, rejoices in our achievement and expresses our ability to create whatever the fuck we want. It’s our freedom to explore popular music as we know it. It’s not us as a band… it’s us as a sound.”
Three tracks are available now, listen at Live Mixtapes.
Catch The Neighbourhood on tour.
A Bad Girl In Harlem cd
All you want is a funky rock ‘n roller? Look no further…New Politics is all you need! The alternative/rock/pop trio from Copenhagen, Denmark might be few in members, but it is HUGE in sound! They are definitely one of my favorite current bands and I was so excited for the release of their second album, A Bad Girl In Harlem. It may not be as raw as the first self-titled album, but it is filled with catchy hooks and a little something for everyone. The first single released, “Harlem”, is easily my favorite track on the entire record. With it’s “My Sharona” drum beats at the beginning and the energy that never lets up, you can’t help but dance and sing the lyrics at the top of your lungs. From the more poppy tracks like “Fall Into These Arms” and “Tonight You’re Perfect”, to the ballady “Stuck On You”, and the inspirational “Overcome”, this album offers a little bit of everything. “Die Together” sounds very Muse-esque and “Just Like Me” is more punk…yes, this album seems to be all over the place, but that’s one of the things I like most about it! No matter what kinda mood you’re in, they have a song to fit. Props to the boys, David Boyd, Søren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio, for a solid sophomore album and I know they will be around for a while. Pick up A Bad Girl In Harlem ASAP, and if you haven’t seen New Politics live, do yourself a favor…their shows are a very high energy, non-stop party, and David’s breakdancing skills are out of this world! Catch them on tour this summer with Fall Out Boy and Paramore!
In February 2013, Fall Out Boy announced that the hiatus was over and a new album was coming…and I shamelessly squealed like a school girl. Fall Out Boy has been my absolute favorite band for the last decade and I had been hoping and praying for this announcement since the hiatus started in 2009. It was a long wait, but so worth it! Save Rock and Roll is the best album I have heard in a long time! I have heard several people complain that this album isn’t “true Fall Out Boy.” While it is completely different from the band’s 4 previous studio albums, it is still FALL OUT BOY! I think the band has matured and the music has matured with them, and it has just gotten better! Patrick Stump is still the most amazing vocalist ever (that boy can sing anything and make it sound good!) and you can still find bassist Pete Wentz’s personality in the lyrics. Joe Trohman’s guitar skills are still awesome and Andy Hurley is still the heart beat of the band. Combine all of that with the best producer around, the genius that is Butch Walker, and you get musical magic! The album is still considered pop-punk/rock but it offers so much more than that. From the soulful, Adele-sounding Just One Yesterday (featuring Foxes), to the more hip-hop sounding The Mighty Fall (featuring Big Sean), there is something for everyone on this album. If you are alive on the planet, there’s no way you haven’t heard the first single released from the album, My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up), which has already gone platinum, and it has been followed with the releases of The Phoenix and Alone Together. Other favorites from the album are Rat a Tat (featuring Courtney Love) and of course, Save Rock and Roll (featuring Sir Elton John…how awesome is that?!). There are even a couple of nods to some old-school FOB songs in the lyrics, like “I will defend the faith, going down swinging…” from Save Rock and Roll. So, while this album isn’t exactly “old FOB”, it is still Fall Out Boy and I am beyond excited that my boys are back and making bad-ass music that makes them happy! Go pick up the album, you won’t be disappointed!
L.A. based Cosmic Suckerpunch lives up to it’s name with standout spacey rock hooks is rooted in funk and colored in starry style. Honing their live performances around LA, it wasn’t long before the band was performing in legendary L.A. venues The Viper Room and the House of Blues and big name festivals Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and SXSW. They are now confirmed for this year’s Life if Beautiful Festival!
Their latest EP Breathe succeeds in it’s infinite ability to continuously stun and surprise you.
Don’t miss: “Glad You’re Here Now” – AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD NOW!https://soundcloud.com/cosmicsuckerpunch/glad-youre-here-now
The Los Angeles Alt-Rock Powerhouse Releases New EP
Featuring the FREE Track: “Glad You’re Here Now”
For the past few years, the independent Los Angeles rock band Cosmic Suckerpunch has set the Hollywood concert circuit ablaze with their spine tingling guitar licks, satirical lyrics and jaw dropping performances. Now fresh off a successful Spring Tour, which included four shows at SXSW 2013, they have just been added to the inaugural Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas with headliners The Killers, Kings of Leon and Beck.
When its the end of December and its 79 degrees out, why wouldn’t you want one of the most anticipated concerts of the year to be outside at an amphitheater in sunny Florida. The latest edition of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featured an all-star lineup including Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire, I See Stars, and Attila. Suicide Silence was supposed to be a direct support act on this tour, but due to singer Mitch Lucker’s untimely death, I See Stars stepped up to give the fans the they deserved. Read the rest of this entry
The latest edition of the Jager Music Tour featured female fronted hard rockers Halestorm and In This Moment. The last stop of the tour landed in Orlando Florida at the Hard Rock. Playing to a nearly sold out crowd, the rowdy fans were ready for a night of head banging. After a forgettable opening act, In This Moment took to the stage with high hopes from the crowd. Unfortunately, their set was more performance art than concert, with many awkward silences and pauses while Maria changed costumes or crew members brought out odd props. Read the rest of this entry
A$AP Rocky recently concluded a nearly 2 month trek around the US on his highly anticipated Long Live A$AP Tour, with special guests SchoolBoy Q and Danny Brown. On one of the final stops in Orlando, the totally sold out crowd formed lines out the door and city blocks long just trying to squeeze in and see the show. Danny Brown got the crowd lit up (pun intended) and ready for School Boy Q. A rather forgettable set by Q left the crowd chanting “A$AP” for nearly 40 minutes while the rapper prepared for his entrance. Read the rest of this entry