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[CONCERT REVIEW]: WBRU’s Birthday Bash at Lupo’s (11/13/13)

Night One of 95.5 WBRU’s 44th Birthday Bash offered several memorable live performances.  Beginning with local openers Torn Shorts, the four-band bill proved to be a worthy decision by those in charge at WBRU.

Torn Shorts started the party with a brand of alt rock quite reminiscent to any or all of Jack White’s projects.  A few of their songs included extended jams, which added to the performance quality in a positive manner.

Contrary to the potential bewilderment from the name Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., the next band was an extremely fun live performer.  Their band name suggests that it might be one guy, perhaps playing on the acoustic guitar or using a one-man band body kit. This was indeed not the case and the group proved to be quite energetic.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. easily worked up the crowd and resurged an enjoyable atmosphere.  It helped that the group was clearly having fun performing for this audience full of WBRU listeners.  Besides the energy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., highlights of their set included the songs “Don’t Tell Me” and “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dance Floor).”

The second-to-last act of the night was California’s The Colourist.  This was the indie rock group’s first performance in Providence. The female drummer cracked a joke regarding at least one of her band mates thinking Rhode Island was actually a tropical paradise. In terms of The Colourist’s set, they were able to impress the crowd with their catchy tunes.  They were the right band to fill the direct support slot in this concert’s lineup.

Young the Giant rounded out the bill, hitting the stage at 11 PM. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia showed his full vocal potential on Wednesday night, hitting notes many men should not even attempt to try.  Despite the disappointment of new material overload in their set list, Young the Giant demonstrated their perfected performance skills.  Their energy and positive vibes permeated the audience’s senses and heightened the power of the atmosphere orchestrated by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and The Colourist.  Gadhia also managed to offer a humorous anecdote as he jestingly singled out an audience member “nursing his beer.”  He ended his little lecture with “Man up; drink it down!”

It would have been nice to hear more tracks off 2010’s Young The Giant and perhaps a cover or two rather than the excess of songs from the forthcoming album, Mind Over Matter. However, judging from how those five or six new songs sounded live, this new record should steer the band clear of the sophomore slump and should be one worth promoting over a lengthy touring cycle.

Overall, WBRU threw an awesome show in honor of the radio station’s 44th year in existence.

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Artist of the Week [4/5/13]: Fitz and the Tantrums

Despite having a sound reminiscent of 80’s pop-rock (e.g. Hall & Oates), Fitz and the Tantrums easily appeal to today’s generation.  There seems to be a growing music scene that relies heavily on 80’s musical influences.  Although it is a strange occurrence, it is indeed refreshing to know that there is hope in today’s music industry.

Fitz and the Tantrums’ forthcoming CD, More Than Just A Dream, will surface on May 7th for North America.  Judging by the first single, “Out Of My League,” it should be an easy and enlightening listen.  The echoing lead vocals and gang vocal chorus combined with falsetto “ooh”s and an 80’s retro melody make for a catchy tune.

For Boston area fans, the group will perform at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, June 28th.  After watching a live performance of Fitz and the Tantrums on Palladia, it can be expressed that this band will be worth the $25 ticket.  According to the video footage, they have fantastic stage presence and perfectly interact with their audiences.

Five songs to check out are “Out Of My League,” “Moneygrabber,” “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” “L.O.V.,” and “Dear Mr. President.”  Excluding “Out Of My League,” all of these songs come off of the band’s debut full-length album, Pickin’ Up The Pieces.  While the new single sounds like an 80’s song, as previously discussed, the other four suggested focus tracks revert back to the 70’s. They all sound like something Kool & The Gang or Earth, Wind, & Fire might have written.

For more information on Fitz and the Tantrums, check out their website.


Artist of the Week [3/1/13]: Young the Giant

Indie rockers Young the Giant have come a long way since their inception in 2004. Based in Irvine, California, the band has gained an increasingly large fan base and a sense of success from their 2010 self-titled debut along with an extensive touring cycle.

While the debut album’s singles, “Cough Syrup” and “My Body,” received a good amount of radio airplay, it probably wasn’t until they supported Incubus on their Fall 2011 North American tour that Young the Giant really blew up across the nation.

By spring of 2012, Young the Giant had already expanded their fan base enough to sell out club venues across the U.S.  This wasn’t too surprising, though, as their musical style is diverse and versatile enough to reach a multitude of audience demographics.  They incorporate elements of jam bands, alternative rock, and indie composition styles to make a very eclectic sound.

Lead singer Sameer Gadhia has a vocal style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra with a higher-pitched rocker’s delivery.  Take those vocals and add guitars, bass guitar, drums, tambourines, piano, and an unlimited supply of energy, and the result are Young the Giant.

According to the band’s Twitter several months ago, they are currently in the process of making their sophomore effort.  With a ground-breaking album like 2010’s Young the Giant, fans can only hope that there will be no sophomore slump for these still up-and-coming indie rockers.

New England fans will be intrigued to know that Young the Giant will take part in this year’s Boston Calling Music Festival, alongside The National, Of Monsters and Men, Ra Ra Riot, and others on Sunday, May 26th.  The festival is a two day event, beginning on Saturday, May 25th.  More information can be found on the festival’s website.

Five noteworthy Young the Giant songs for new listeners to check out are “Apartment,” “My Body,” “I Got,” “Cough Syrup,”  and “Your Side.”  All five tracks can be found on the band’s self-titled debut album.  Each song has a different sound and vibe and is equally amazing in its own right.


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