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Mumford & Sons’ final U.S. Tour show @ Terminal 5
If you think you’re in love with Mumford & Sons and if you listen to Sigh No More on repeat quite often(or maybe even just sometimes), then please take this one piece of advice and see them live the next chance you get. Your affection will grow tenfold. (And if you have not listened to them yet, what on earth are you waiting for?!)
Their sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York last night, which was the final show of their U.S. tour, was wild. The entire crowd was literally pounding the floor and walls begging for more by the end.
Aside from the fact that they sounded quite amazing, the next best part of the show was that it was so easy to tell, from the look on each of their faces, how humbled they were. They gave so much love to their fans. And the packed crowd was not hesitant in the least to show just as much, if not more, love right back.
They opened the show with “Sigh No More” and ended it on a very high note with “The Cave,” playing all of the songs from their album, along with a few new ones, in between.
Mumford & Sons welcomed the opening acts, King Charles and Cadillac Sky, back to the stage for a proper farewell to the tour from all of its participants, which was just about the cutest thing ever. It was quite obvious that all the dudes are total best friends forever.
The Mumford crew said that now that the U.S. tour has come to a close , the band will be headed back into the studio to record their next album fairly soon and that once it’s finished they’re looking forward to getting back out on the road.
Can’t wait to see what they do next! It’s gonna be gooooood.
8:17 PM EST
TMM Feature: Guitars
Kenric McDowell and Shanna Hill-McDowell are not only husband and wife but also each make up one half of the psychedelic country-folk band Guitars. The fact that they’ve ultimately ended up making music together is just one part of their unique and spontaneous story.
“We had been wanting to do something but what we did was more like performance art and it slowly developed into a more musical structure,” said Kenric.
The duo traveled to the jungles of Peru to work with a Shaman and decided to tie the knot upon their return to Brooklyn. Shortly after, they moved to a more rural landscape in upstate New York, where they wrote and recorded their first full-length album, “Soundtrack to Your Future Nostalgia.”
“We were like, ‘Let’s leave and go to the mountains!’ That’s when we recorded the record,” said Shanna.
Their name, Guitars came about as a sort of joke, while the two were making fun of a burger restaurant with the overly literal name, “Burger.”
“We were talking about this burger joint that’s called “Burger…” said Kenric.
“And it was so obvious. So we were like, ‘Oh, what if there was a band called Guitars?’ and that’s what happened,” Shanna said, finishing Kenric’s sentence.
The two say that artists like, Daniel Johnston and the Silver Jews, who they consider “intimate” and “honest” are among some of their biggest inspirations.
“I think artists that also think of themselves as writers are big inspirations for us; like David Berman is a good example because he also published poetry,” said Kenric.
They also site some older artists like Fleetwood Mac, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and Nina Simone as some of their favorites.
As far as live performances go, the band toured around the U.S. over the summer and during most of last year. Recently, they have been involved in a music project called The Sonic Medicine Wheel Ceremony Show, which is a series of performances by various artists in Bushwick, Brooklyn that take place at astrologically significant times.
“Beyond the fact that they’re friends of ours, we really like the music alot. It’s become a community for us and we sort of share the music that we’re making with each other,” said Kenric.
The duo’s future plans involve the release of a new EP in January and an upcoming live performance as a part of the Sonic Medicine Wheel Ceremony Show on December 21, at the Numu Loft in Bushwick.
“Because it’s the Winter Solstice and a full moon, we’re putting together a big show,” said Shanna.
7:04 PM EST
TMM Feature: Cosa Nostra
With a music scene that always has something interesting to offer, Long Island, New York is home to plenty of well-loved bands and musicians and up and coming, local band Cosa Nostra have been playing their way across the island making their mark as a part of the current scene.
Despite dealing with a few minor lineup changes along the way, the five piece alternative pop-rock band has been playing together for about four years now and they have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon.
Now with a steady lineup, Cosa Nostra recently completed their first full-length album titled “What You Believe In,” which will be released in the very near future. The band had the opportunity to work with noted industry professionals who have previously worked with some of the bands and artists that the guys of Cosa Nostra cite as inspiration.
“We’re lucky to work with a bunch of fun people who are really passionate about making music and recording music and who have given us tips and given us advice on how to better ourselves,” said guitarist and vocalist Sean Murphy.
The band has certainly come a long way, with the album having been a work in progress for about two years. The guys say they’ve learned a lot and that the collaborations have helped them to grow as musicians and as a band.
“We’re really starting to figure out what sounds best and what people want to hear and what makes a song sound good because it’s a song and not because there’s a lot of stuff in it,” said keyboardist and vocalist JJ Hoeffner.
In addition to wrapping up the finishing touches on their album, Cosa Nostra recently played a show at Long Island’s Karma with bands Just Surrender and Thieves and Villains. The band’s next step forward includes a show where they will share the stage with The Ataris.
“We’re really looking forward to playing with The Ataris. We all listened to them in high school and they are a band that we all like,” said drummer Derek Santo.
The November 7th show is also at Karma in Patchogue, New York, a stage that the guys of Cosa Nostra are well acclimated to.
With high hopes, a positive outlook, and a busy schedule ahead the band is excited to keep moving onward and upward as they continue to make a name for themselves.
“We really want to get our name out there, tour, and try to take Cosa Nostra to the next level, which is from being a local band to being a national or regional band,” said JJ. “But it’s a work in progress right now. It’s something we’re working for.”
Aside from writing, recording, and playing live shows the guys are also working hard to connect with fans through social networking.
“We want to make sure that we’re always being looked at by people who are into our band and into our music so they can always be up to date, and come out to shows, and buy shirts, and support us, and really help us do what we wanna do, which is get out there and play.”
11:15 AM EST
TMM Feature: :papercutz
by Katie Rosenbrock
Beginning with Portugal native Bruno Miguel, :papercutz is an ambient, electro-pop music project, striving to offer listeners a collection of tunes with a unique sound, differing from some of the more typical artists of the same genre. One listen to any track easily proves the authenticity and originality behind :papercutz’s music, making it hard to argue that there is anything out there quite like it.
However, Bruno insists the project’s written claim to originality is just a part of the bio, which to him is a “necessary evil.” He’d rather listeners skip the written words and head straight to the music.
“For now I’m happy that we’re not a copy of anything out there or at least that I’m aware of,” said Bruno.
Like most who are passionate about making music, Bruno’s interest was sparked at a young age. He studied classical music as a child and began writing his own material as a teenager while playing in a band.
“Early on I got interested in mixing live instruments with electronic music and
I’ve sort of been following that path ever since,” said Bruno.
When it comes to electro-pop music, :papercutz has certainly made a mark and with such a distinctive name most wouldn’t expect that the music project would have trouble standing apart from the crowd.
However, Bruno says he added the colon and the “z” as a small tweak to set :papercutz apart from a book publisher who also happens to go by the same name. Fortunately, what remains completely and one hundred percent exclusive is the meaning behind it.
“It’s an analogy between the detail we try to impart on our music with the ancient art of paper cutting, cutting forms out of paper, just like cutting out possible music forms,” said Bruno.
:papercutz most recent album is titled Do Outro Lado Do Espelho, which Bruno says roughly translates to “from the other side of the looking glass.” The album is a kind of follow up to the :papercutz debut album titled Lylac.
“I decided to follow up on this idea that I had been nurturing for a while: having ‘Lylac,’ our debut album, remixed in full but with a specific orientation this time, expanding or heightening all of the ambiences and textures that are tucked underneath the songs,” said Bruno.
In 2008 :papercutz traveled to London to accept an award from The People’s Music Awards, which is one honor among many that the group has received. Yet, Bruno remains humble and focused on one thing, music.
“Awards are cool and can open some doors but at the end of the day I feel
that the most important thing will always be the music you make and the way
listeners react to it,” said Bruno.
More recently, Bruno completed several :papercutz remixes that he was asked to work on for various different projects. One for UK group Codes in the Clouds, one for Erased Tapes, and another for and upcoming Chinese project called Fragile.
“We’re also currently working on a new original (sophomore) album with an expected release in early 2011. That and its promotional tour will be our greatest challenge for the coming year and probably our greatest ever,” said Bruno.
And as a side note, with all discussions of :papercutz aside, Bruno would like to recommend that anyone who finds the opportunity to travel to Portugal, makes a point to visit Casa da Musica.
“Seeing music is in order,” said Bruno.
11:42 AM EST
Review: ‘Let the Sun In’ by Aaron Shanley
by Katie Rosenbrock
Aaron Shanley is an acoustic pop-folk artist from Belfast, Ireland, where he has already made a name for himself as a distinguished alternative rocker. Recently, Shanley made a visit to the US and Canada for a North American tour and then returned home to Ireland for a sold out Oct. 25 album release show for his debut album Let the Sun In.
Released through Shanley’s own independent label, Love Gum Records, Let the Sun In showcases a charming collection of acoustic, alternative rock songs. The title track boasts romantic lyrics, catchy chords, and a delightful mix of piano that sets a similar theme for the rest of the album, each track emanating an inviting and calming tone.
Tracks like “Ana Came Along” and “Sarah Rose” feature more of Shanley’s folk sounding characteristics, while songs like “Coming Down” and “Go Easy” showcase Aaron’s beautifully captured acoustic-pop sound. “Cotton Fields” is my favorite track on the album and definitely my first recommendation for anyone new to Shanley’s tunes.
Let The Sun In is definitely a worthwhile listen and I’m looking forward to keeping my eye on Shanley and certainly will not be surprised to see his name and music to continue popping up around the international music scene.
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[photo by and published with permission from Josh Darr]
by Katie Rosenbrock
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“From shows played in the mountains of Japan and on the beaches of France, to the waterside in Brooklyn at New York’s Governor’s Island, it seems like Local Natives have already conqured it all since their 2009 release of their debut album Gorilla Manor. The band has no plans of slowing down, as Local Natives guitarist and vocalist Taylor Rice recently shared with me. He also chatted with me about their upcoming show at Webster Hall on October 29th, the band’s recent trip to Europe, an awesome outlet for fans to remix their songs, and a surprise encounter with the legendary David Byrne of The Talking Heads.”
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I promised you a more articulated and detailed SoCo review and it’s now up on Joonbug! Click to read!
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“Reigning from Los Angeles, California, Local Natives are certainly not local or native to the Big Apple, but the crowd at Governor’s Island Saturday night, welcomed the band as one of the cities own.”
“Young Man (Colin Caulfield) broke onto the music scene when he began uploading covers of his favorite songs to YouTube. Several notable covers later and a rather flattering acknowledgement from Dearhunter front man, Bradford Cox, Young Man is set to release his debut EP titled “Boy” on August 31. I recently caught up with Colin to talk about his distinguished YouTube presence, a sold out show with Local Natives at Governor’s Island, and his debut release”