Monthly Archives: October 2011

Concert Review: Milo Grene @ Lincoln Theater

Milo Greene, Lincoln Theater, DC, Marlana Sheetz, 1957, The Hello Sessions

This marks a first for Rarity in Form; I’m reviewing an opening band. I believe, unequivocally, that Milo Greene will be the next big thing, and very soon. I had originally come to see The Civil Wars (review coming), who was headlining for the night, but after doing my homework, I was just as excited to see Milo Greene.

They were incredible, end of story. I have never seen so many concert goers awed and speechless following a performance. After their set, the intermission lobby was buzzing on Milo. Eager new fans rushed the merch table to meet the band and grab their EP. I am guilty of lingering to catch a glimpse of the multi-talented and breathtaking Marlana Sheetz. It’s not fair that few expected that type of performance but it was all made up for at the end of the set as the audience rose to give the band a standing ovation. Unheard of for an opening band. This was a special moment for the group and the audience could feel it.

Milo Greene’s set showcased the four tracks from this year’s EP, The Hello Sessions. 1957 and Silent Way are perfect examples of the strength and potential of this band. Their sound is so cohesive and addicting. On stage, Milo Greene is a continuous back and forth chess match. Minus the drums, just about every band member gets a crack at their instrument of choice and even lead on the vocals. I’m not 100% on this, but I’m pretty certain that Marlana played three instruments in one song, now that’s some talent.

The surprise of the set came midway when Milo Green busted out an amazing cover of Sufjan’s Chicago. My days will now be spent scouring the internet for a copy of the cover.

Bottom line, you have to see Milo Greene live. I can’t wait for them to come back around as headliners. Check out my previous post to listen to Milo Greene’s EP.

Live song from Lincoln Theater after the jump!!!

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Music Video: M83 – Midnight City

Is this what I’m going to feel like during the M83 concert next week at Black Cat? Did you see that little girl launch that trailer? Not going to lie, that was creepy… in an awesome sort of way.

The video is centered around a group of kids that are being holed up in some sort of institution. It takes the arrival of their “chosen one” to lead them to freedom and take them back to the city that glows. In the end, the kids use some pretty serious telekinesis to bring midnight to their city/institution.

Morning Tunes: Peaking Lights

Peaking Lights, 936, Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)

If you are looking for some solid tunes to start the day with, I have your remedy. I’m not really sure what it is about Peaking Lights that wipes the sleep from my eyes but every track off their album 936 puts me in an unstoppable rhythm. The post-psych / dub-pop sound structured around Indra Dunis’ hypnotic vocals and looped instrumentals creates a catchy, addicting atmosphere.

Tiger Eyes (Laid Back) is usually what I kick off the work day with. If you want to know what Peaking Lights is all about, this song has it all.  The light, airiness of the drum beats and simple keys gives the song a perfect balance. I highly recommending taking your morning cup(s) of coffee with Peaking Lights for the rest of the week. Chao.

Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)

All The Sun That Shines

Album Review: Loch Lomond – Little Me Will Start A Storm

Loch Lomond, Little Me Will Start A Storm, Elephants & Little Girls

One apt phrase to describe this band’s sound: pure Pacific Northwest bliss. Loch Lomond have been making solid headway on the indie folk scene since their 2003 debut. Now, with Little Me Will Start A Storm this group out of Portland has put it all together.

Strange and creative; inventive and unique; foreign and familiar. Lomond builds passionately on the rising and falling emotional tide fluctuations throughout each song. In Elephants & Little Girls, Ritchie Young tells a tale of dreams remembered only to be forgotten just as quick. This play leaves you with a brief sense of longing for some far off truth. Almost without notice, that feeling is replaced and the dream is relived.

This back and forth is paramount throughout the album. An overarching lively joyousness is manufactured out of a deep, brooding undertone that never fully surfaces. The use of differentiated stings and keys in I Love Me provides a refreshing yet sorrowful contrast to the upbeat tones of Elephants and Blood Bank.

Little Me Will Start A Storm clearly offers Lomond’s most complex and instinctive project to date. The six part folk instrumentations and vocal harmonies create a multi-faceted, thoughtful sound that resonates throughout. The band’s ability to seamlessly change the featured instruments song to song adds to the mysterious ebb and flow. The end result is a complex mixture of talent that highlights Lomond’s maturation process. Do yourself a favor and give this album a listen, it repays immediately and generously.

Elephants & Little Girls

Stream M83 “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”

M83, Hurry Up We're Dreaming

Folks, hurry on over to Urban Outfitters ‘Features’ for an exclusive stream of M83’s upcoming double album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. The good people over at UO include a pretty solid interview along with the music.

If you’re lucky enough to find tickets to either of M83’s two sold out Black Cat shows, don’t pass up the opportunity. I have no idea how all of these new tracks will translate into a live performance but, boy, am I looking forward to the show. Hope to see some of you there on October 28. Chao.

Phantogram – Don’t Move

Phantogram, Don't Move, Nightlife

I think it’s about time I fill you guys in on Phantogram.  This duo from Saratoga Springs, NY is composed of the incomparable Sarah Barthel (vocals and keyboards) and Josh Carter (vocals and guitar). Their debut, Eyelid Movies, was a perfect meld of their trip-hop fueled beats. Phantogram’s spaced out synths provide an off balanced yet rhythmic elctro-beat that keeps you coming back on tracks like When I’m Small and Mouthful of Diamonds.

In Don’t Move, you hear the maturity that has been developing throughout Phantogram’s early career. The sound has a happier, lighter flow. I feel like everything is more in sync and there an understated confidence in the single. Impressive. That confidence might have something to be with being named a “must see act” for several top music festivals this year. This single comes off the upcoming mini-LP, Nightlife, which is set to drop November 1.

If you live in the DC area, man o man are you lucky! Phantogram will be playing @ Black Cat DC on Wednesday November 16. This is going to be a dynamite show.  How could you pass up the chance to witness the supreme talent of the super sexy Sarah Barthel. She’s easily my No. 1 crush on the indie music scene. So get your tickets now so we can dance our faces off to Phantogram.

Phantogram – Don’t Move [audio|titles=Don’t Move|artists=Phantogram]

More tracks after the jump…

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