First a few reminders, then some random rock thoughts.
We reviewed the latest release from Lovedrug, Wild Blood today. Check it out here: Wild Blood Album Review
And, in case you missed it, we had a fun interview with David Uosikkinen, the drummer from The Hooters. Read about his latest project: In The Pocket
Some thoughts on some of the better new music I’ve been listening to lately:
- I know I mentioned this before, but Provo Utah’s Neon Trees has absolutely nailed it with the first single off of their forthcoming Picture Show album. “Everybody Talks” is a great song that truly highlights Tyler Glenn’s excellent vocals. The full album hits the streets in late April.
- Civil Twilight’s “Fire Escape” brings back memories of early U-2 Bono with a different sound. The song is excellent with or without the Bono feel. The South Africans’ album will be released on March 26th.
- While we are comparing new music to legendary rock icons, let’s chat about Chappo. It’s quirky stuff, but damn, it’s addictive. And, Alex Chappo conjures up good memories of the great Neil Young. Check out “Come Home“
- I love Shinedown’s “Bully.” It’s an excellent song with a powerful and timely message. This should be mandatory heavy rotation in all high school cafeterias.
- Walk The Moon had a great, fun, passionate song with last year’s release of “Anna Sun“ They signed a major label deal and truthfully saw all of the life get sucked out of the song. It’s getting more airplay, but they wrecked the song.
- From the “I Can’t Believe I Love This” department. Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)” – this one continues to grow on me.
- The Boo – “I Want Revenge.” Yup, there’s good reason it reminds us of Green Day. It’s Billie Joe Armstrong’s family project, featuring sons Jakob and Joe, as well as his wife Adrienne on vocals. It’s a blast, but unfortunately not yet available on iTunes.
- Yukon Blonde’s “Stairway” is another fun poppy alt rock tune, this one from North of the Border.
- “Not Your Fault” from AWOLNATION is another one that keeps growing on me. Aaron Bruno’s vocals are distinctive and carry the song.
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra meets Abba and it’s a beautiful thing. Finland’s Nightwish tears it up with their classic metal and their powerful “Storytime.”
Lots of good new rock these days, and with a bunch of albums headed our way, it only promises to get better.
As for some of our Veteran Cosmic Rockers, the Moody Blues have started their 45th Anniversary tour! They are in Florida this week for anyone interested in checking them out. Back in the day, they put on a pretty good rock show, and their collection of rock classics is quite deep. Moody Blues Tour Dates
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, a quick shout out to the best Irish band in the country: Black 47. They’ll be in their second home of New York City this weekend. Another damn good Irish band is Flogging Molly – here’s our review of their recent show in Orlando.
Rock On! – Cretin