Guitar covers – F-BOD http://f-bod.com/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 06:42:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://f-bod.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/fbod-150x150.png Guitar covers – F-BOD http://f-bod.com/ 32 32 Eric Celerio Pays Tribute To Late Father Levi In Upcoming Album – Manila Bulletin https://f-bod.com/eric-celerio-pays-tribute-to-late-father-levi-in-upcoming-album-manila-bulletin/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 04:24:09 +0000 https://f-bod.com/eric-celerio-pays-tribute-to-late-father-levi-in-upcoming-album-manila-bulletin/ Eric Celerio New York-based musician Eric Celerio is releasing an album titled “Celerio By Celerio” as a tribute to his father, National Music Artist, Levi Celerio. The album, released under a distribution deal with Universal Records, will be released on October 7 on various digital platforms. Comprised of 13 tracks, this new album has strong […]]]>
Eric Celerio

New York-based musician Eric Celerio is releasing an album titled “Celerio By Celerio” as a tribute to his father, National Music Artist, Levi Celerio.

The album, released under a distribution deal with Universal Records, will be released on October 7 on various digital platforms.

Comprised of 13 tracks, this new album has strong flavors of jazz, Latin, neo-classical, soft pop and jazz juxtaposed with old man Levi Celerio’s timeless Tagalog classics rendered with a modern twist. Think Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Saan Ka Man Naroroon, Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal.

Eric Celerio grew up in New York, USA, from where he left the Philippines when he was 13 years old.

The distinguished son of Mang Levi, who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Queens College (he is a few units away from a Masters), Eric’s musical training spans a wide spectrum, from classical to pop and rock.

A musician working in New York, he performs at exclusive joints and other key locations such as Waldorf Astoria, Pierre, Harvard Club, Ciprianni, Trump Plaza and the Central Park Outdoor Gardens.

Much in demand for his artistry and virtuosity in New York where he made his mark, he also does back-up work for various artists, including artists Christina Aguillera, Lea Salonga, Nonoy Zuniga, Mike Hanopol, among others.

A multifaceted musician (producer, sessionist, performer), Eric won the Carnegie Recital Hall piano competition in the late 70s. Eric considers Art Tatum, Victor Borge, Bobby Enriquez and Chopin as his piano influences.

His guitar playing is influenced by Frank Gambale, Ywie Malmsteen and Al Dimeola. By wielding both piano and guitar, Eric imbued his own personal style marked by a larger-than-life showmanship and a humor that could be rowdy and recklessly irreverent.

Eric has three previous albums to his credit that capture his rare gift for music which he enthusiastically celebrates with every performance. “Celerio by Celerio” is available on various music platforms.

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Miley Cyrus sings with Def Leppard on the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Show https://f-bod.com/miley-cyrus-sings-with-def-leppard-on-the-taylor-hawkins-tribute-show/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:05:21 +0000 https://f-bod.com/miley-cyrus-sings-with-def-leppard-on-the-taylor-hawkins-tribute-show/ The Taylor Hawkins tribute concert brought a variety of musical highlights Tuesday night (September 28) to Los Angeles, serving as a culmination of the many influences that flourished in the late drummer’s mind. One of the highlights came when a trio of Def Leppard members stepped in to rock some classic tunes, with help from […]]]>

The Taylor Hawkins tribute concert brought a variety of musical highlights Tuesday night (September 28) to Los Angeles, serving as a culmination of the many influences that flourished in the late drummer’s mind. One of the highlights came when a trio of Def Leppard members stepped in to rock some classic tunes, with help from Miley Cyrus, Weezer drummer Pat Wilson and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Pat Smear. and Chris Shiflett and their support. singers.

The first of the performance came the group’s 1983 single “Rock of Ages” from the Pyromania album, but not without frontman Joe Elliott sharing an anecdote for the first time. “Thirty years ago, Phil [Collen] walked into a guitar shop in Laguna Hills and a 20-year-old sold him a bunch of guitar strings,” Elliott recalled. “And about four or five years later, we did top pops in England and this kid walks into the locker room, and [Phil] said, ‘What the hell are you doing here?’ He was playing drums for Alanis Morissette and it was Taylor Hawkins.”

The line-up led by Elliott, Collen and Rick Savage, along with Wilson, Grohl, Smear, Shiflett and the backing vocalists then released “Rock of Ages” in Hawkins’ honor. You can see a video taken by a fan of this performance below.

Watch Def Leppard, Foo Fighters + Weezer’s Pat Wilson Perform ‘Rock of Ages’

But that was just the precursor to adding a special guest to this lineup. Miley Cyrus was introduced to the crowd, then joined the collective to take on another Pyromania 1983 hit, “Photograph”, which served as the group’s single.

Cyrus, dressed in black with dark sunglasses, swapped voices with Elliott on the floor, the two simultaneously shouting their “whoa’s”. “I love you Taylor Hawkins. This was for you,” Cyrus said toward the end of the performance. Take a closer look thanks to the video taken by a fan below.

Watch Miley Cyrus perform “Photograph” with members of Def Leppard, Weezer + Foo Fighters

You can check out the full setlist for the night, as well as the performance video here and get a closer look at Van Halen’s performance led by Wolfgang Van Halen during the night here.

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HEART’s NANCY WILSON Releases TAYLOR HAWKINS Tribute Song “Amigo Amiga” https://f-bod.com/hearts-nancy-wilson-releases-taylor-hawkins-tribute-song-amigo-amiga/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 14:25:23 +0000 https://f-bod.com/hearts-nancy-wilson-releases-taylor-hawkins-tribute-song-amigo-amiga/ HEARTit is Nancy Wilson has published “Amigo Amiga”his tribute at the end FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins. All proceeds from the song will go to the non-profit organization MusiCares. Wilson told Consqueuence that she had started writing the night of Hawkinsis happening in March, with the title of the song being a combination of the […]]]>

HEARTit is Nancy Wilson has published “Amigo Amiga”his tribute at the end FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins. All proceeds from the song will go to the non-profit organization MusiCares.

Wilson told Consqueuence that she had started writing the night of Hawkinsis happening in March, with the title of the song being a combination of the nicknames the two have given each other.

“I heard myself in tears say ‘too soon, too soon’, which became a refrain in the song”, Wilson said. “I had quite a few sleepless nights trying to express it all. He was a wonderful friend and we always had funny nicknames for each other like ‘Amigo’ and ‘Amiga’ as well as ‘Luv’ and ‘Dahling’.”

Re taylorit’s death, Wilson said: “It’s such a painful loss – but I also feel taylor galvanized and re-energized rock ‘n’ roll with so many of his fellow musicians and fans united. It’s a new rebirth taylor and the OOO the family has gifted us all.”

Hawkins was found dead at the Four Seasons Casa Medina hotel in Bogota.

taylor joined FOO FIGHTERS in 1997. Before that, he played with the band Orange County SYLVIA and was also in the backing band for Airlock Jordan. He also toured with Alanis Morissette as his drummer.

Hawkins was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year as a member of the FOO FIGHTERS.

Nancythe first solo album of, “You and me”was released in May 2021 via keep the music going. The LP included the song “Party at the Ballroom of Angels” which featured a superstar backing band, including Duff McKagan of GUNS N’ ROSES and Hawkins.

with his group HEART, Nancy Wilson has recorded 16 albums, sold over 35 million albums worldwide and has four grammys applications. She had already released another album with just her name on it, “Live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop”which captured her playing a series of covers and new songs in 1999. But Nancy considered “You and me” his first real solo album.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Freddie Gibbs, OFF! & more https://f-bod.com/red-hot-chili-peppers-freddie-gibbs-off-more/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 20:54:48 +0000 https://f-bod.com/red-hot-chili-peppers-freddie-gibbs-off-more/ So many artists, so many songs, so little time. Every week, we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie” and talk about what’s coming out of metal. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We update a weekly playlist of […]]]>

So many artists, so many songs, so little time. Every week, we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie” and talk about what’s coming out of metal. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We update a weekly playlist of some of our current favorite tracks. Here is a daily summary with a bunch of interesting and recently released songs in one place.

FREDDIE GIBBS – “DARK HEARTED” (prod. JAMES BLAKE)

Freddie Gibbs shared James Blake-produced ‘Dark Hearted’ in his highly anticipated Warner debut $oul $old $separately. Freddie Gibbs and James Blake: two delicious flavors that go together well.

SPIRITWORLD – “DEATHWESTERN”

Metal hardcore band SpiritWorld have announced a new album, Deathwestern, due November 22 via Century Media. “Deathwestern” is also the name of the first single, and it’s a very fitting name for this song, which sounds like a spaghetti western score until it sounds like a brutal metallic hardcore song.

HOMEBOY SANDMAN – “SATELLITE”

Prolific underground rapper Homeboy Sandman has announced a new album produced entirely by Deca, Always Champion, scheduled for November 11 via Mello Music Group. Here is the first single “Satellite”.

LIL BABY – “THE WORLD IS YOURS”

Lil Baby was tapped to record the official anthem for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and he returned with “The World Is Yours To Take,” a rap remake of Tears For’s “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Fears.

BABY TATE – “THERE IS NO LOVE” (ft. 2 CHAINZ)

Baby Tate has announced a new mixtape, Mani Pedi, scheduled for September 30 via Warner. The new single “Ain’t No Love” is an R&B cut that nods to Ciara’s “Oh” and Usher’s “Love In This Club,” and it features 2 Chainz.

RED PEPPERS – “EDDIE”

“Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply affected and connected we are to artists until the day they die,” says Anthony Kedis of the new RHCP track. “Eddie Van Halen was one of a kind. The day after his death Flea walked into rehearsal with an emotional bass line. John, Chad and I started playing and very soon with all our hearts a song in his honor went off effortlessly. It felt good to be sad and to care so much about someone who had given so much to our lives. Although the song isn’t about Eddie by name, it is about his early days on the Sunset Strip and the rock n roll tapestry that Van Halen painted in our minds. At the end, our song asks that you don’t remember Eddie for his death, but for living his wildest dream The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ second double album of 2022, The return of the dream canteenreleases October 14.

CHE NOIR – “WASHING THE DISHWASHERS” (ft. BENNY THE BUTCHER)

Rapper Buffalo Che Noir has announced a new project, The last vestigesslated for October 26, and lead single “Wash The Dishes” is a boom bap that features fellow Buffalo neighbor Benny the Butcher.

ARMANI CAESAR – “PAULA DEEN” (ft. WESTSIDE GUNN)

More Buffalo rap: Armani Caesar has pushed back the release date of The Liz 2 due October 21 via Griselda Records, and the hazy, gritty new single features Westside label boss Gunn.

RAUW ALEJANDRO – “PUNTO 40” (ft. BABY RASTA)

Reggaeton star Rauw Alejandro has announced a new album, Saturn, scheduled for November. The first single is a sharp, modern reworking of “Punto 40” by Baby Rasta y Gringo.

JOY OLADOKUN & CHRIS STAPLETON – “SWEET SYMPHONY”

Rising singer/songwriter Joy Oladokun taps Chris Stapleton for her new single “Sweet Symphony.” She says: “‘Sweet Symphony’ is a song I wrote about the love I saw my parents share as a child. It’s about vulnerability, fear and ups and downs. lows that come from loving someone yourself so that someone else can accept you and celebrate you, that’s what it’s all about.”

GIVEON – “TIME”

R&B singer Giveon has shared a new song co-written by Drake, “Time,” which is used in the end credits of the upcoming David O. Russell film amsterdam.

STOPPED! – “D”

STOPPED! have shared the fourth and final jazz interlude track from their upcoming album Free LSDand that’s another doozy.

M. EAZI – “PATEK” (with DJ TÁRICO & JOEY B)

Nigerian-born, Ghana-based artist Mr. Eazi explores the South African house music subgenre of amapiano on this new club banger.

YG – “MANIAC”

YG’s new album I have problems drops September 30 via Def Jam, and it features Nas, J. Cole, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Moneybagg Yo, Mozzy, 21 Savage, BIA, HER, and more. New single “Maniac” finds its bouncy G-Funk revival in top form.

JON CASPI AND THE FIRST GUN – “RIDE THEM HIGH!” (ft. JESSE MALIN & DEZ CADENA)

Jon Caspi & The First Gun have shared a new version of their catchy punk song “Raise ‘Em High!” with the contribution of two punk veterans: Jesse Malin on guest vocals and Dez Cadena (Black Flag, Misfits) on guitar.

INTELLIGENCE – MY WORK HERE IS MUTE”

Lars Finberg says “My Work Here is Dumb” is an amalgamation of Can and Steely Dan, and we can hear it. We could add The Doors to that too, because when he single “I’m a go downsizing”, it’s in a very “Mr Mojo Risin'” style, against a demented funk groove. The Intelligence’s new album, Lil Peril comes out next week.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL – “NEEDLE IN THE STORM​” & “SO ALONE” (JOHNNY THUNDERS COVER)

The Memphis Catholic School band rocks dark post-punk inspired hues and just released this single which was mixed and mastered by Shaun Durkan (Weekend, Soft Kill). The B side is a cover of “So Alone” by Johnny Thunders.

SG GOODMAN – “KEEPER OF TIME”

SG Goodman have just started their very first headlining tour, supporting their excellent second album Teeth marks, and in honor of that, she’s shared a new live video of one of the album’s standout tracks, the soaring and cathartic “Keeper of the Time.” “The keeper of time is our body,” she says. “This song is really important to me. It’s about how storing trauma in your body is going to impact all of your relationships. I’m ending the album with this because maybe it’s the root of everything. Maybe the root of all bad and all good is really what we’ve left unprocessed or the work we haven’t done within ourselves This song to me is about the aftermath of trauma, and I consider it a response to my song ‘Space and Time.'”

PEOPLE – “EVERYDAY STUPID”

The No Ones, the cross-continental musical encounter of Peter Buck of REM, frequent collaborator Scott McCaughey (REM, The Baseball Project, Young Fresh Fellows) and Arne Kjelsrud Mathisen and Frode Stromstad of Norwegian Teenage Fanclub I Was a King, have released their debut album in 2020, and they’re finishing work on a second as we speak. Although the details about it remain unclear, they have just shared their first single.

RAP FERREIRA – “MYTHSYSIZER INSTINCT” (ft. HEMLOCK ERNST, prod. KENNY SEGAL)

RAP Ferreira announced a new album, 5 In Eyes With Starsand you can read more about the first single here.

MORMOR – “GHOST HUNT”

Toronto pop art artist MorMor has finally announced his debut album, semblanceand you can read more about the first single “Chasing Ghosts” here.

LS DUNES – “2022”

LS Dunes – Anthony Green’s post-hardcore supergroup that also includes members of My Chemical Romance, Thursday, and Coheed & Cambria – have shared the second single and opener from their anticipated debut album. Past lives, “2022.” Learn more here.

CREEKS (BALANCE & COMPOSURE) – “FOR SELFLY REASONS”

Balance & Composure are no more, but lead singer Jon Simmons remains busy with his solo project Creeks, and you can read more about his new single here.

NOCTEM – “I AM ALPHA”

Spanish blackened death metal band Noctem release their sixth album, Credo Certe Ne Crason 10/28 via MNRK Heavy, and you can hear more about the new single “I Am Alpha” here.

GLORILLA – “TOMORROW 2” (ft. CARDI B)

The Memphis rapper GloRilla has been on a rapid rise since releasing her viral single “FNF (Let’s Go)” earlier this year, and now she has a song with Cardi B. Read about it here.

STEVIE NICKS – “FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH” (BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD COVER)

Stevie Nicks released a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” and she has a lot to say about the song as well, and you can read it here.

COURTNEY BARNETT – “LYRICS AND GUITAR”

Sleater-Kinney have detailed a new cover album from Dig mefeaturing various artists covering his songs, and shared the lead single, Courtney Barnett’s version on “Words and Guitar”.

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Death Cab for Cutie, Wynton Marsalis, Mapplethorpe Exhibition and Arab Film Festival https://f-bod.com/death-cab-for-cutie-wynton-marsalis-mapplethorpe-exhibition-and-arab-film-festival/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 10:02:52 +0000 https://f-bod.com/death-cab-for-cutie-wynton-marsalis-mapplethorpe-exhibition-and-arab-film-festival/ Death Taxi for Cutie Few rock bands, nearly 25 years into their run, are churning out albums as solid and fresh as DCFC just did with “Asphalt Meadows,” released two weeks ago to buzz generated by the single literally. cinematic “Here to Forever”. Frontman Ben Gibbard updated his middle-aged youthful poetic lyrics as impressively as […]]]>

Death Taxi for Cutie

Few rock bands, nearly 25 years into their run, are churning out albums as solid and fresh as DCFC just did with “Asphalt Meadows,” released two weeks ago to buzz generated by the single literally. cinematic “Here to Forever”. Frontman Ben Gibbard updated his middle-aged youthful poetic lyrics as impressively as his Seattle-raised band updated their live shows after a 2016 shift to solid new programming. San Francisco experimental rocker Thao of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is a fitting replacement for Low in the opening slot. (6:30 p.m. Friday, Surly Brewing Festival Field, 520 Malcolm Av. SE., Mpls., $40, axs.com)

CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER

Overlook

A gig at Giveon is a date, as the Long Beach baritone R&B balladeer sets a romantic mood with his conversational songs. His Grammy-nominated material covers a range of emotions – love, loneliness, insecurity, loss, pain and hope. Expect his hits “Heartbreak Anniversary” and “Like I Want You,” as well as his Drake collab, “Chicago Freestyle,” and his Justin Bieber hit, “Peaches,” plus a healthy serving of his first feature film, “Give or Take”, which was released this summer. With Jeneviève and Rimon. (8 p.m. Tue. Fillmore, 525 N. 5e St., Mpls., $72.50 and up, ticketmaster.com)

JON BREMEN

Minnesota Orchestra

To kick off its 120th season, the orchestra has invited the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to join them for a fascinating fusion of jazz and classical. William Eddins will conduct and JLCO frontman Wynton Marsalis will be on trumpet for a performance of his 2010 work, “Swing Symphony.” It will follow a concert opening performance of Leonard Bernstein’s symphonic dances from “West Side Story.” (8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.; $47-$135; 612-371-5656 or minnesotaorchestra.org.)

ROB HUBBARD

Comedy Cabaret by Stevie Ray

The menu at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters is quite predictable; the basement show is not. Unlike the Brave New Workshop performances, all Cabaret jokes are inspired by suggestions from the audience. When the audience is creative and the rotating cast is on fire – as was the case last week – it can be a magical evening. Laughs are even more likely when Ray himself stops to play. The comedy is pretty apolitical and clean, though a recent show proved performers can’t resist a good “ass” joke. (8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen. $23-$46. stevierays.org)

NEAL JUSTIN

‘Canary, Crimson, Then Emerald’

Carl Flink’s new work explores the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic as well as an imaginary future. It was supposed to debut last spring but was postponed, well, because of the pandemic. Now it is finally presented. This is also the second try for Black Label Movement, which is making its debut. Flink’s athletic physical and aesthetic project is set to music by Queen Drea and Greg Brosofske. (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-206-3600, thecowlescenter.org.)

SHEILA REGAN

Marcus King

With a pre-pandemic schedule of 200 shows a year and albums produced by Warren Haynes and Dan Auerbach (including this year’s surprisingly taut “Young Blood”), this baby-faced bluesman has built a considerable and burgeoning reputation. . The singer/guitarist isn’t innovating, but his energetic, gritty approach does justice to the blues-rock track blazed by early ZZ Top, Paul Rodgers and Gov’t Mule. With Neal Francis, Ashland Craft and Dean Delray on the Young Blood tour. (7:00 p.m. Sun. Palace Theatre, 17 W. 7th Place, St. Paul. $37.50 and up, axs.com.)

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Dinosaur Jr. & Stereolab

The last week of September 2022 could pass for the first half of the 1990s at First Ave next week, when two of the most influential bands of that era perform two nights apart. Classic-era lineup “Bug” by fuzz-rock trio Dinosaur Jr. with Lou Barlow of Sebadoh on bass made one of their best albums to date with last year’s “Sweep It Into Space” (8 p.m. Monday, $30). Divorced Stereolab executives Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier are once again on tour with their dance-rock band Tame Impala, for only the second tour since the death in 2002 of bandmate Mary Hansen. (8 p.m. Wednesday, $35-$40, both First Avenue shows, 701 1st A VN, Mpls., first-avenue.com)

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Bokyung Byun

This young Korean has quickly become one of the most famous classical guitarists in the world. After becoming the first woman to win the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, last year she added the grand prize of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Competition for Concert Artists to her trophy. She is known for mixing her repertoire between old and new works, which she will do when she opens the Minnesota Guitar Society season. (7:30 p.m. Saturday; Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Av., St. Paul; $10-$25; mnguitar.org.)

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Twin Cities Arab Film Festival

The 16th event is back with in-person screenings at the Walker Art Center and the Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis, with virtual options as well. The festival opens with “Memory Box,” a Berlin Film Festival hit, a Lebanese comedy-drama in which a pile of memories sends a mother and daughter on a surprising trip down memory lane. Comedies and dramas from Chad, Algeria and Morocco also explore identity, rebellion and love. (Times and locations vary, September 28-October 2, $5-12, mizna.org.)

CHRIS HEWITT

“Robert Mapplethorpe: Out of the Studio”

American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is known for his black and white celebrity portraits, nudes, self-portraits and still lifes of plants that evoke the body. This exhibition features another slice of his photographic oeuvre, images he took outside his Manhattan studio between 1976 and 1987. Taken in Los Angeles, on Fire Island in New York, London and Puerto Rico , these images evoke a free-spirited nature. Portraits of Patti Smith and Lisa Lyon, artist David Hockney lying and yawning, boys jumping in water, sculptures of Greek statues, a single cactus leaf, a swaying palm tree and many more. (Ends October 8. Weinstein Hammons Gallery, 908 W. 46e St., deputies. Opening hours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. and by appointment. Free. 612-822-1722 or weinsteinhammons.com)

ALICIA ELER

saturday tacos

One of everyone’s favorite portable foods is in the spotlight for the Taco Tour on Lake Street. Sample tacos from taquerias, cafes and restaurants. Family activities include competitions, a Zumba class, and shows by Musica y Baile and others. Learn Spanish during bilingual story time and fill your empty stomach during the taco contest. (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday free. Lake Street between Clinton and 19th Avs. S., Mpls.ledcmn.org/tacotour2022/.)

MELISSA WALKER

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STS9, Lettuce, Medeski Martin & Bois, Cool Cool Cool [Recap/Photos/Videos] https://f-bod.com/sts9-lettuce-medeski-martin-bois-cool-cool-cool-recap-photos-videos/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 23:55:53 +0000 https://f-bod.com/sts9-lettuce-medeski-martin-bois-cool-cool-cool-recap-photos-videos/ STS9, Lettuce, Medeski Martin & Bois, Cool Cool Cool [Recap/Photos/Videos]Brooklyn comes to life returned to The Brooklyn Mirage Saturday for its 2022 edition with a potent mix of new projects, rare collaborations and nationwide touring heavyweights including STS9, Salad, Medeski Martin & Woodand Cold Cold Cold. Check out recaps, videos and lists of each performance below and scroll down for an extensive photo gallery […]]]> STS9, Lettuce, Medeski Martin & Bois, Cool Cool Cool [Recap/Photos/Videos]

Brooklyn comes to life returned to The Brooklyn Mirage Saturday for its 2022 edition with a potent mix of new projects, rare collaborations and nationwide touring heavyweights including STS9, Salad, Medeski Martin & Woodand Cold Cold Cold. Check out recaps, videos and lists of each performance below and scroll down for an extensive photo gallery from the night away.


Cold Cold Cold

As the sun set behind the lavish courtyard walls, Cool Cool Cool kicked off the music marathon night with an eclectic dance party. Directed by Craig Brodhead (guitar, keyboards), Chris Browers (trumpet, keyboards), Michelangelo Carubba (drums), Shira Elias (singing), Sammi Garet (singing) and Greg Sanderson (saxophone) alongside special guests nate edgard (bass, The Nth Power) and Collin Miller (guitar, vocals, The Brother Nature), the new but familiar line-up presented its components with selections from the members’ various projects. Highlights included renditions of Swatkins and the positive agendathe sparkling “Gotta Give It Away” by, which features Brodhead and Carubba, the soul-funk anthem of Elias “NAH”, the sweet candy “With You” by Garett, and the electronic bent of Brodhead DJ Yesman creation, “Tied Up”.

Related: Cool Cool Cool: Turkuaz Cinematic Universe’s New Avengers [Interview]

As well as celebrating a contemporary peer with a run through Xavier Lynn“Make It Thru” by, Cool Cool Cool filled in the remaining slots of their debut setlist with covers of Graham Central Station“Hair”, Sly and the Family Stoneof “Sing A Simple Song”, and a long reading of Marvin Gaye“Baby Don’t You Do It” in the style of The group‘s recreation, “Don’t Do It”. A cover of MacFleetwood Rumors the classic “The Chain” – a resonant selection for this particular group of musicians – finally ended the set.

Cool Cool Cool – “Don’t Do It” (The Band, partial) – Brooklyn Comes Alive 2022

Setlist: Cool Cool Cool | Brooklyn comes to life | The Brooklyn Mirage | Brooklyn, New York | 09/17/22

Set: Gotta Give It Away (Swatkins & The Positive Agenda), NAH (Shira Elias), Don’t Do It (The Band), With You (Sammi Garett), Hair (Graham Central Station), Make It Through (Xavier Lynn ), Sing A Simple Song (Sly & The Family Stone), Tied Up (DJ Yesmann/Craig Brodhead), The Chain (Fleetwood Mac)

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Medeski Martin & Wood

Medeski Martin & Wood are as adored as they are elusive, and the anticipation in the crowd had reached fever pitch by the time the organist John Medeskydrummer Billy Martinand bassist Chris Wood took the stage for their first show since 2019.

Reuniting for a rare performance to celebrate their 30th anniversary as a group, Medeski Martin & Wood made a dramatic reminder that if you give them a room – or an outdoor courtyard in this case – they can do the rest. Over the course of a 90-minute set, the illustrious trio embodied their trademark avant-groove style, deftly building up the tension with free improvisations before dropping into deep instrumental funk grooves that drew cheers from the crowd over once. “Start-Stop” was the best example of this, but the tension and release pattern was pervasive throughout the performance.

Related: Do Something: The Medeski Martin & Wood Story [Interview]

Audiences, though mostly too young to have known the trio in their heyday, were thrilled when the band recounted MMW earworms including “Coconut Boogaloo”, “Nocturnal Transmission”, “Just Like I Pictured It ” and “Shacklyn Knights”. The energy was electric, and the band really felt it. “Really great to perform at the Medeski Martin & Wood reunion… hard to beat 30+ years of chemistry,” John Medeski said in a social media post after the show. “I hope it happens again!!”

Medeski Martin & Wood – “Start-Stop” – Brooklyn Comes Alive 2022

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Medeski Martin & Wood – “Queen Bee” – Brooklyn Comes Alive 2022

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Setlist: Medeski Martin & Wood | Brooklyn comes to life | The Brooklyn Mirage | Brooklyn, New York | 09/17/22

Ensemble: Philly Cheese Blunt, Night Marchers, Coconut Boogaloo, Shacklyn Knights, Last Chance to Dance Trance, Henduck, Just Like I Pictured It, Start-Stop, Nocturne, Big Time, Nocturne Transmission, Queen Bee

Note: the setlist may be incomplete

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Salad

Although the individual members of the avant-garde funk sextet Lettuce have all delivered memorable sets at Brooklyn Comes Alive in years past, this year marked Lettuce’s first official performance at the festival as well as the group’s first-ever show at Brooklyn. Mirage. The group, made up of Adam Deish (drums), Adam Shmeeans Smirnoff (guitar), Erick “Jesus” Coomes (low), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone), Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet) and Nigel Room (keys/vocals)—met the moment with an inspired set that incorporated the intricacies of electronic and hip-hop styles under the glow of the venue’s sprawling LED video wall.

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A rare “Phyllis” opening, reworked with a new intro, featured a tribute to the Brooklyn legend The notorious BIG via a detour pronounced by “Only You“, Biggie’s 1995 collaboration with 112. The venue really came to life during “House of Lett” when the massive LED wall behind the stage first lit up with visuals extrapolated from 2016. Favorite: a funk odyssey. A spraying “Trapeze” (raise2018) and a diabolical gallop through Unify the crown jewel “Vámonos” followed with a reinvigorated goal.

Despite the fact that the singer/keyboardist Nigel Room was dripping appropriately New York Knicks gear, he insisted on taking things to the district with an electrifying run through chuck brownthe Go-Go-fied version of sneaky stone the unmissable “Family Affair”, a fitting choice to celebrate the intertwined creative bonds represented at Brooklyn Comes Alive. A gigantic “Let It GOGO” rumbled from there, shaking the foundations of Brooklyn’s live music oasis.

Hall took over the mic to lead the group through an updated rendition of their “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” cover that made its way into D’Angelo Territory “Brown Sugar”. Throwback jam “Squadlive” and a syrupy, syncopated “Gravy Train” set up the band’s unique approach to The Clark sisters“It’s going to be alright”, the energy of the gospel surging over the sea of ​​furious lost in the LETT sauce. To drive it home, the squad charged through a bombastic version of “Madison Square” with a dubtronic jam and a triumphant climax – the crunkological coda appropriate for a Herculean homecoming.

Lettuce – “House of Lett” > “The Flu” – Brooklyn Comes Alive 2022

Setlist: Lettuce | Brooklyn comes to life | The Brooklyn Mirage | Brooklyn, New York | 09/17/22

Ensemble: Phyllis > House of Lett > The Flu > Trapezoid > Vámonos, Family Affair (Sly & The Family Stone) > Let It GOGO > Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Tears For Fears, Remixed), Squadlive, Gravy Train, Everything’s Gonna All is well > Madison Square

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STS9

The Brooklyn Mirage stage was very hot as STS9 emerged for their festival closing set, but the livetronica stalwarts managed to raise the temperature even higher with their two-hour performance.

The group, made up of hunter brown (guitar), Alana Rocklin (low), jeffree lerner (percussion), David Phillips (keys) and Zach Velmer (drums) – led the masses of the Mirage down a winding road with extended versions of “Big Basin”, “Frequencies Peace 1 > 2 > 3”, “Like I Do” and “Arigato”. A performance highlight followed with a primal “Move My Peeps” > “New Forms” > “Move My Peeps” that cut through a panic of drums and bass to the crowd’s audible elation.

After a powerful “Potamus”, an enveloping “20-12” and a driving “Be Nice” seemed to match the grandeur of the room’s dizzying visuals, STS9 brought proceedings to a climax with an emphatic “Scheme” > “Rent “.

STS9 – Brooklyn Comes Alive 2022

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Setlist: STS9 | Brooklyn comes to life | The Brooklyn Mirage | Brooklyn, New York | 09/17/22

Set: Big Basin > Frequencies Peace 1 > 2 > 3, Like I Do, Menacer > Arigato, Move My Peeps > New Forms > Move My Peeps, Potamus, 20-12, Be Nice, Scheme > Rent

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Check out the photo galleries from the music marathon night below courtesy of Andrew Blackstein and Ken Spielman. Thank you to everyone who came and came alive with us at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2022!

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Mykki Blanco, Will Sheff, Rhett Miller, Dehd and more https://f-bod.com/mykki-blanco-will-sheff-rhett-miller-dehd-and-more/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:22:16 +0000 https://f-bod.com/mykki-blanco-will-sheff-rhett-miller-dehd-and-more/ So many artists, so many songs, so little time. Every week, we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie” and talk about what’s coming out of metal. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We update a weekly playlist of […]]]>

So many artists, so many songs, so little time. Every week, we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie” and talk about what’s coming out of metal. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We update a weekly playlist of some of our current favorite tracks. Here is a daily summary with a bunch of interesting and recently released songs in one place.

DROWSE – “FAKE IN HELMETS”

Drowse, the shoegazy and slowcore project of Kyle Bates (not to be confused with the Philly hardcore band of the same name), releases a new album dive in Nov. 11 via The Flenser. Debut single ‘Untrue In Headphones’ is named after Burial’s listening experience Fake on a train, and it’s a hauntingly beautiful slow-motion with guest vocals and guitar from Madeline Johnston, aka Midwife, Kyle’s Flenser labelmate.

MAKAYA MCCRAVEN – “THE FOUR”

Jazz great Makaya McCraven has shared another taste of his anticipated new album In these times (due 9/23 via International Anthem/Nonesuch/XL), and “The Fours” pushes the boundaries of jazz, incorporating hip hop beats, modern classic flourishes, and more, and it’s the kind of song that subtly engulfs you.

FRAN – “SO LONG”

Chicago musician Maria Jacobson released her debut album as Fran, A private photo, in 2019, and now she’s back with her first new music since then. “So Long” is a beautiful indie folk track with just a hint of country twang.

COLD MEGA (ANGEL DU$T) – “SWINGIN’ THE DOG”

Angel Du$t/Trapped Under Ice frontman Justice Tripp recently released his self-titled debut solo album as Cold Mega, and now he’s shared another song from the project, a jangle pop track that’s not not too far from the last Angel Du $t album.

ROZI PLAIN – “AGREEMENT FOR TWO” FT. ALABASTER DEPLUME & KATE STABLES

British musician and This is the Kit bassist Rozi Plain has announced a new album, Price, which will be released on January 13 via Memphis Industries. The lead single, “Agreeing For Two”, features vocals from This is the Kit frontman Kate Stables (who also appears in the video), and saxophone from Alabaster DePlume. “This song started when I spent a week on the Isle of Eigg writing new music,” Rozi explains. “Primarily it’s about thinking about how easy it can be to unknowingly make decisions on behalf of other people, thinking that you might know what’s best or what’s right for a situation where , maybe, that’s just what was easiest for you. I love the saxophone line that Alabâtre Deplume added – brings a bit of his heart and his hope.”

DECHEVELED CUSS (TERA MELOS) – “TV”

Disheveled Cuss, Nick Reinhart’s solo project of Tera Melos, shared “Remote Viewer”, a sweet indie pop song from his upcoming second album In the couch.

GO – “RED”

Philly’s Goings signed to Refresh Records, and their debut single for the label is “Red,” a dose of mathematical indie pop in the vein of stuff like Minus The Bear and Maps & Atlases.

FISHXGRITS – “JERNT” (ft. CURREN$Y)

Rapper FishXGrits has announced a new project, Against the current of the worlddue October 10 via self-release, and new single “Jernt” features Curren$y, whose permastone delivery contrasts nicely with FishXGrits’ self-tuned verse.

AA WILLIAMS – “THE ECHO”

Dark singer/songwriter AA Williams has a new album, As the moon restsdue out October 7th via Bella Union/PIAS, and here’s the eerie and ethereal new seven-minute single “The Echo.”

RAMBO – “DEFY EXTINCTION”

Philadelphia hardcore supergroup RAMBO — vocalist Tony Croasdale, guitarist Andy Wheeler (Reagan Squad), bassist Bull Gervasi (Policy Of Three, Four Hundred Years) and drummer Jared Shavelson (The Hope Conspiracy, None More Black, Paint It Black — have returned and announced that their first album in over 15 years, Defy extinction, out November 4 via Relapse. Here is the title track Riot.

BLACK ANGELS – “THE FALLING EMPIRES”

Austin’s big shrinks, the Black Angels, release a new double LP desert of mirrors Friday and shared another preview before dropping everything. “‘Empires Falling’ is a critical and thoughtful plea that examines humanity’s repetitive art of violent mass destruction,” the band states. “As we say in the chorus, ‘history repeats itself’. We live in a desert of mirrors, where it’s hard to tell right from wrong, up from down, or truth from lies. as we navigate these times where the fate of humanity is refracted and reflected from one state of panic to another. The world is a “bleeding animal” and we are exhausted, polarized and “pleading from street to street.” bloody street”. History has proven, time and time again, that without a drastic metamorphosis of our leaders, of politics, and ultimately of ourselves…”

MYKKI BLANCO – “PINK DIAMOND BEZEL”

The latest single from Mykki Blanco’s long-awaited new album Stay close to the music is “Pink Diamond Bezel”. “I always hope to create a new chemistry for my sound and throughout my career I’ve experimented with how far I can take rapping – from production to music choices to inspirations,” says Mykki. “A lot of my new album and last year Broken hearts and restful sleep is a break from everything I had done in the past and I hadn’t really done a hip-hop track in years when I wrote “Pink Diamond Bezel”. The song feels like the love child of Pharrell Williams and the Neptunes as well as Jack White. When I think of the vibe of ‘Pink Diamond Bezel’, I picture a stretched limo driving through snow-capped mountains, drinking Kahula and cream with a group of friends in cashmere sweaters, very après-ski – then nowhere does a shaman appear in the middle of the road, the car stops – a spell is cast, the road catches fire and we are forced to kneel down begging the forces of nature! I had fun creating this song, it’s flirtatious, it’s sexy and punchy and the second half is pure psychedelic rock mayhem.”

RHETT MILLER – “HEART ATTACK DAYS”

“I wrote the lyrics to the verse that started ‘Heart Attack Days’ in an apartment in Dallas’ Lower Greenville neighborhood,” says Rhett Miller. “I hadn’t been back for a while and was amazed at how much the place had changed. The few remaining examples of the kind of funky rental houses where my friends and I lived in the 90s were either abandoned or being demolished. I watched the sun go down over a half-destroyed duplex, and couldn’t help but make a song of the feeling it inspired, a bittersweet longing for a bygone era. “Heart Attack Days” is a little less American and a little more new wave than you might expect and is part of Rhett’s new album, The misfitout this Friday via ATO.

WILL SHEFF – “IN THE HEART” FT. CASSANDRA JENKINS

The final single from Okkervil River’s Will Sheff debut solo album Nothing in particular is “In The Thick Of It”, a melancholic ballad on the piano with the voice of Cassandra Jenkins. “In the thickness of it is a song about moments of grace in the frenetic middle of things,” Will says. “I wrote it remotely with Will Graefe on a frenetic flight from Los Angeles to the desert. Zac Rae is leading the charge on the piano and I’ve asked Cassandra Jenkins to sing the song with me. I had this big music video planned, but then everyone who was supposed to do the music video got COVID. So I borrowed a camera and sang the song while walking my dog ​​Larry through some of our favorite places in town. We had a great time and only spent $200.”

DEHD – “EGGSHELLS”

Dehd begin their fall tour next week and as a reminder, they have shared this sweet yet very catchy new track accompanied by a stylish video directed by the band’s Emily Kempf and Kevin Veselka.

THE CACTUS FLOWERS – “TELL ME IT’S NOT TRUE” (BOB DYLAN COVER)

Minneapolis duo The Cactus Blossoms will release an EP of Bob Dylan covers, If it’s not for you, on September 30 and they just shared the lead single, their version of 1969 Nashville Skyline’s “Tell Me That It Isn’t True.” “I’ve always loved the raw emotion of the song…you don’t know if it’s just jealous and delirious or if it’s really seeing someone else,” says the band’s Jack Torrey. “That vagueness and seriousness in the lyrics seems universal in a way.”

MEN IN WOOL – “WHY DO THE PARTIES HAVE TO END?”

The Woolen Men of Portland are back with a new standalone single that finds their Wire-influenced style still going strong.

JOHN CARPENTER – “THE PROCESSION”

Here is the first track released from John Carpenter’s score at the next Halloween ends. Get it on an exclusive limited edition Blood Splatter vinyl in our shop.

ANGEL OLSEN & STURGILL SIMPSON – “BIG TIME”

A collaboration between Angel Olsen and Sturgill Simpson has been in the works for a long time, and the pair of stellar country singers turn Angel’s “Big Time” into a fantastic duet. “It’s crazy to write a song and then watch someone else you really admire sing your words; kinda shakes it all up,” Angel said. “I already loved the song, but hearing Sturgill’s version of ‘Big Time’ made me smile from ear to ear, it made it come alive on a different level.” Learn more here.

BILLY NOMATES – “THE BALANCE IS GONE”

It’s the new single from Billy Nomates’ second album, out in January.

TORCH – “IT NEVER STARTED”

Torch is set to begin an East Coast/Midwest tour with Meshuggah and Converge, followed by a West Coast and South tour with Meshuggah and In Flames, and lead singer Steve Brooks recently said that these would be his last tours with the band. Now they have released a new song, “It Never Began”, which you can read more about here.

KEIJI HAINO & SUMAC – “A COILED CABLE TORN IN THIS CABLE SINCERITY CANNOT BE CONTAINED”

Keiji Haino & SUMAC have announced a new collaborative album, In this youthful apocalypse, our golden blood to shed will never leave usand you can read more about the 9+ minute lead single here.

TRIBULATION – “HAMARTIA”

Tribulation has shared their first new song with new guitarist Joseph Tholl, and they say more new music is on the way. Learn more here.

CITIZEN – “A PASSING THING” & “I DON’T LOVE YOU”

Citizen has released a deluxe edition of the big 2021 Life in your glass world with two new songs, and you can read more about them here.

KELELA – “WASHED”

Kelela is back with their first new song in five years, “Washed Away.” “I love a banger, but for the first point of contact out of my break, it felt more honest to lead with ambient heart control,” she says. Learn more here.

ALGIERS – “BITE BACK” (ft. BILLY WOODS & BACKXWASH)

Alger is back with a new single, “Bite Back”, a six-minute track that deals with “black resistance, psychological operations and police oppression” and where lead singer Franklin James Fisher exchanges verses with two of the the most innovative voices of underground rap, Billy Woods and Backxwash. Learn more here.

Looking for even more new songs? Browse the archive of new songs.

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The Siouxsie And The Banshees Albums You Should Absolutely Own https://f-bod.com/the-siouxsie-and-the-banshees-albums-you-should-absolutely-own/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 00:10:50 +0000 https://f-bod.com/the-siouxsie-and-the-banshees-albums-you-should-absolutely-own/ From the southeastern suburbs, the so-called Bromley contingent of London’s ’70s punks – including the eventual songwriting partnership of singer Susan ‘Siouxsie Sioux’ Ballion and bassist Steven ‘Severin’ Bailey ( with friends Simon ‘Six’ Barker and Simone Thomas) – stood behind the Sex Pistols during their infamous December 1976 teatime television incident. In fact, it […]]]>

From the southeastern suburbs, the so-called Bromley contingent of London’s ’70s punks – including the eventual songwriting partnership of singer Susan ‘Siouxsie Sioux’ Ballion and bassist Steven ‘Severin’ Bailey ( with friends Simon ‘Six’ Barker and Simone Thomas) – stood behind the Sex Pistols during their infamous December 1976 teatime television incident.

In fact, it was a 19-year-old Siouxsie – with her obviously sarcastic flirtation with Bill Grundy eliciting the 53-year-old’s chilling response: “We’ll see each other later, okay?” – which led to Pistols guitarist Steve Jones unleashing his volley of fruity language. Things went downhill quickly for the Pistols’ public profile, but the Sioux left a compelling and indelible mark.

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John Petrucci Says Dream Theater Can Play All Rush Songs https://f-bod.com/john-petrucci-says-dream-theater-can-play-all-rush-songs/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 00:21:24 +0000 https://f-bod.com/john-petrucci-says-dream-theater-can-play-all-rush-songs/ dream theater John Petrucci recently spoke to the guitarist for an interview and claimed that Dream Theater is able to play all the songs of Rushthe musical catalog of. Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci and John Myung are big fans of Rush, and they’ve said many times how much the band has influenced them. When they […]]]>

dream theater John Petrucci recently spoke to the guitarist for an interview and claimed that Dream Theater is able to play all the songs of Rushthe musical catalog of.

Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci and John Myung are big fans of Rush, and they’ve said many times how much the band has influenced them. When they formed Dream Theater in 1985, the trio began their musical career in covering the songs of Rush and Iron Maiden. They even decided on the name Majesty for the band after agreeing that Rush’s “Bastille Day” ending was majestic.

For most of his childhood, John Petrucci took up the guitar and was committed to improving his abilities. At that time he was influenced by progressive rock and heavy metal bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden and of course Rush. After embarking on a musical career with Dream Theater, he covered the songs of these groups on several occasions.

In a recent interview with Guitarist, John Petrucci recalled when he got his first guitar with his own money. Petrucci said he was a teenager at the time, and he started playing guitar at age 12. Looking back on those good days, the guitarist said he still played with John Myung in Dream Theater after meeting when they were both 12 years old.

According to Petrucci, he would play with everyone at that time. A friend of his was into metal, so he played songs with him from bands like the Scorpions and Sabbath. Another was a Hendrix and the Dead fan, so they jammed to their songs. After recalling that he was in a band called Centurion, Petrucci also said he and Myung knew every song of Iron Maiden and Rush.

Talking about the first guitar he bought with his own money, John Petrucci told Guitarist the following:

“I was a teenager then. I mean, I started when I was 12, it was probably a few years later when I was about 14. It’s funny, I was playing with John Myung at the time, and we still play together in Dream Theater – he’s the bassist – and we met when we were 12.

I would jam with everyone At that time. One guy was really into metal and old bands like The Scorpions and Sabbath, so we were jamming to all that stuff. And then I had a bunch of guys who were totally into Hendrix and The Dead, so we were jamming on that kind of stuff.

He then continued:

“There was also a band we called Centurion, and we played covers, from Mötley Crüe to Rush, Iron Maiden… John Myung and I learned every Iron Maiden song and every Rush song.

Apparently, John Petrucci and his childhood friend and bandmate John Myung have been covering Iron Maiden and Rush songs since they were teenagers. Since they started listening to Rush at a young age, it’s no surprise that Petrucci and Myung knew the band’s songs by heart.

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The kids are fine: backseat driver – The Cavalier Daily https://f-bod.com/the-kids-are-fine-backseat-driver-the-cavalier-daily/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 00:54:25 +0000 https://f-bod.com/the-kids-are-fine-backseat-driver-the-cavalier-daily/ As they relax on the lawn on a particularly sunny day in Charlottesville, three members of the college band Rear seat driver sat down with the Cavalier Daily to dive into their experiences as longtime players in the Charlottesville music scene. Backseat Driver has a long and complicated history. Andrew Robinson, vocalist and lead guitarist […]]]>

As they relax on the lawn on a particularly sunny day in Charlottesville, three members of the college band Rear seat driver sat down with the Cavalier Daily to dive into their experiences as longtime players in the Charlottesville music scene.

Backseat Driver has a long and complicated history. Andrew Robinson, vocalist and lead guitarist and fourth-year business student, and Ladson Ellis, vocalist and rhythm guitarist and Class of 2022 alumnus, were members of several different bands before choosing their current band. John Leo Luecke, bassist and fourth year student, was the last member to join.

“We had the same four people in two separate groups, but they had two different styles,” Robinson said. “We ultimately decided to just form one band and stick with the backseat pilot name and have some combined influences.”

The band also features two other members, Peter Wellman and Jonathan Danis, drummer and keyboardist respectively, who were unavailable for an interview.

Due to their long-term involvement in a number of different college bands, Ellis and Robinson are very familiar with the Charlottesville music scene. They believe this has contributed significantly to the success of their group.

“There are so many bands here,” Ellis said. “It almost creates a level of competition where we constantly push ourselves to be better.”

The incredibly different musical interests of the band members allow Backseat Driver to float outside of genre categorization. Robinson loves “everything from classic ’60s and ’70s rock,” while Ellis cites The Pixies and Weezer as major influences on his music.

“[The Pixies] don’t focus so much on perfection and the whole thing,” Ellis said. “It’s just more like what works.”

Luecke loves classic artists like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder, as well as new musicians like Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean because “their writing styles are so unique and groundbreaking.”

Ellis and Robinson write the majority of the band’s original songs. According to Ellis, Robinson’s specialty is “complicated chord structures – the more musically theoretical kind of stuff”, while Ellis is more influenced by the fast-paced nature of punk music. He also claims that the best songs come out when they work together, and they are often helped by Luecke and Wellman during jam sessions.

“I think the best writing we get is when Andrew comes to me with something and then I change it up and we change it together,” Ellis said.

Right now, Backseat Driver has half a dozen original songs in their back pocket. One of the band’s favorite songs is called “Alone Tonight”.

“It’s about jealousy and freaking out and following horrible circular thoughts in your head,” Ellis said. “It’s like when you’re with a girl in a bar and she’s talking to another guy and the whole point of the song is to feed off crazy thoughts of jealousy.”

When it comes to their covers, the members of Backseat Driver like to put their own spin on more classic rock songs. Robinson cites their cover of the Beatles song “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” as an example of this.

“I love this song the way we do it because it’s so much better than the original,” Robinson said. “It’s almost like a hard rock song.”

Although the band sometimes prefers to play their original songs exclusively, they have received advice from local band AFTM on the importance of covering crowd favorites.

“We’ve been playing ‘Free Bird’ since we started,” Ellis said. “One of the AFTM guys was talking to me after the set and he said, ‘There are bands that play ‘Free Bird’, and there are bands that don’t play ‘Free Bird’. But you have to play “Free Bird” until you get to the point where you can stop playing “Free Bird”.

The members of Backseat Driver are currently working on a demo of three original songs which will be released on Spotify. Robinson thinks the band has “a lot of promise” and all the members agree they want to keep playing together for years to come.

“Our goal right now is to release something. I’d love to do everything, get the record deal, tour…we’re kind of all into it,” Ellis said.

The members of Backseat Driver look forward to a future of lively concerts and growing audiences, even after they quit playing “Free Bird.”

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