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Headlights – Night Moves && SXSW Day Show Preview


Good news everyone,

Yesterday came an announcement that absolutely blew my mind.  The SXSW day show at First Ave this year is going to be featuring my favorite local band.  NIGHT MOVES !!!!  To make things better they are the 3rd act of 6, and they are on before Brother Ali, Doomtree, and Trampled by Turtles.  To make things even better, this is a 21+ show and it is free.  Here’s a slight recap of what I just told you.  Hopefully you can all make it (for those in the Minneapolis area) as this show is going to kick some major ass.  Here’s a recap of what I just told you:

Where:  First Ave and 7th Street Entry

When: 12pm (noon) Friday March 16th, 2012

FREE / 21+

Line-up:  Get Cryphy DJ’s  –  Prof  –  Night Moves  –  Brother Ali  –  Doomtree  –  Trampled by Turtles

Again, this show is going to be poppin’ with energy and pazzazz, and I will be throwing a full recap and review up a week from Saturday, so tune in then to hear how the show was.  Anyway, back to the track at hand.  “Headlights” is the first track off of Night Moves first studio album Colored Emotion.  It starts off with a phaser distorted guitar, similar to alot of their other songs.  The lyrics in this song particularly pop with the slower feel to the song.  Seriously, if you haven’t checked these guys out yet, you are about to miss the boat.  These guys really know how to write catchy music, and I find myself singing along to the entire album on regular occasion.  I feel like I’m babbling and if you haven’t stopped reading this post yet I thank you.  As always Listen, Rate, and Subscribe (with the Oxford comma).

~Brian

“Headlights” by Night Moves


Screen Test – The Envy Corps


I got a cool song I heard on the radio the other day for you guys.  The band, The Envy Corps, hail from our southern neighbor Iowa, and released this song “Screen Test,” off their 2009 EP “Kid Gloves.” The song’s got an upbeat electronic sound to it and had me hooked right from the start.  The Envy Corps have a lot of diversity in their songs. Some sound more quiet and acoustic, and then there are tracks like this with synths and other distorted sounds.  Have a great day and enjoy “Screen Test” by The Envy Corps!

-Ross

 “Screen Test” by The Envy Corps


Fire – Kasabian


Hello everyone, it’s with much personal pleasure that I bring this song onto the blog.  These guys are from Leicestershire, UK (which seems to be becoming a theme with my posts of late) and have been around for almost 15 years.  For anyone who is as addicted to watching the EPL every weekend, they’ll know this song by heart as it’s played behind highlights at half-time.  I had been listening to this song for years before I even looked up what it was.  I will say that after listening to this song behind the cheers and shouts from the crowds at The Emirates, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, etc. , this song isn’t quite as good without said cheers.  It still holds up though.  This particular track, “Fire” was released as part of their album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, which dropped way back in June of 2009.  I urge you guys to check these guys out as their one of my favorites at the moment.

~Brian

“Fire” by Kasabian


Kissing Families – Silversun Pickups


Hello again (3 for 3), today’s track is form the alternative rock group Silversun Pickups.  Although this song is very far from being a new track it holds a place very close to my heart.  The simple guitar chords and lyrics layered in front of this song make it simplistic bliss.  Nikki’s voice stretched over the drums and bass line make parts of this song almost seem ethereal.  The lyrics are particularly striking and as they mean different things to everyone, I won’t elaborate what they mean to me, you can discover what they mean to you by simply listening to this song.  These guys are awesome in concert and have a particular energy that not alot of bands these days have.  This particular song comes from their first ever release way back in 2005, an EP titled Pikul.  Give these guys a listen and post back with your thoughts.

 

Cheers,

~Brian

“Kissing Families” – Silversun Pickups


N.Y.E. – Dinosaur Bones


Hey all.  I got a sweet new band for you guys to listen to today. I went to the Ra Ra Riot show in Minneapolis the other day, and this band Dinosaur Bones from was the opening act.  The Toronto group put on quite the performance. I really liked their jam-band style when they performed.  This track, “N.Y.E.” off their album “My Divider” is my favorite that I have heard so far.  So go ahead, take a listen and tell us what you think.

-Ross

“N.Y.E.” by Dinosaur Bones


Kaleidoscope – Blink-182


For you Blink-182 fans, this old news, but if you haven’t heard…Blink-182 just released a brand new album today called “Neighborhoods.”  Even though the new material is a big change from their older stuff (much more alternative), I still think they have found a good balance of Tom, Mark and Travis’ musical tastes  This song “Kaleidoscope” is one of my favorites that I’ve heard off the new album. Travis lays down a fat beat, while Mark and Tom trade off between the verses and choruses. It reminds me a lot of the sound from of Mark’s old project,+44, and I really dig it. Enjoy Blink-182’s new song “Kaleidoscope” and the rest of their album.

-Ross

“Kaleidoscope” by Blink-182


Horses – Night Moves


Hey everyone, Tee-minus 3 hours until these guys rock the shit out of probably the smallest venue you’ll see.  That’s right a free show in the Whole at Coffman Memorial Union (University of Minnesota).  When I saw this show on their tour dates list, I went bananas.  I’ve made a post about Night Moves in July and how that is when I began to fall in love with them.   Their smooth synth and relaxed beats always seem to take me away to some place a bit less stressful.  This Track is off of their album “Colored Emotions” which I found for free download in July.  I hope everyone goes out to see these guys tonight, and all shows they put on in the future.  Much love to my favorite (Yes, you heard it) band to date.  Plus these guys are from right here in Minneapolis, which means everyone needs to go out tonight and buy as much merch as they can, and tell everyone they know how brilliant they are.

~Brian

“Horses” by Night Moves


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