Song of the Day: Calliope Musicals – Echo Of The Whoos

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Editor’s note: This post was originally intended to be part of our SXSW coverage, but, y’know … looks like SXSW ain’t happening anymore. Damn shame. But on the bright side, Calliope Musicals are from Austin and they’re already there anyways, so chances are they’re still playing somewhere in the city during what would have been SXSW week. We shall see …

Austin’s Calliope Musicals seems like they would be a fun band. I don’t know much about them but this song “Echo of the Whoos” features whoooing, gang vocals and xylophones, all of which sound fun to me. They have a bit of an Edward Sharpe vibe minus the whole ‘this feels like a cult’ feeling.

It also sounds like music from the late ’00s which gives me nostalgic feelings . God I’m old.

Concert Review: The Strokes, March 5, Rogers Arena, Vancouver

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The Strokes played Vancouver last night for the first time in several years, and the city was ready for the New York five piece to return.

Well, at least half an Arena full of people were ready for them to return. The upper bowl at Rogers Arena was closed, but to be fair to a garage band who don’t put on a spectacular large venue show, the fact that they are playing an Arena shows how well regarded they are by so many.

They play a mix of Strokes songs from throughout the ages, including a good few from their iconic and genre defining debut This Is It, including “Someday”, “Soma”, “Hard to Explain” and “Take It Or Leave It.” The audience lap it up. When singer Julian Casablancas meanders around the stage, tipping over the monitors in a nonchalant manner and generally looking disinterested, the crowd remain undeterred by his lack of enthusiasm and stage presence. The mosh pit remained for every song, even the new ones, but expanded greatly for the early songs, as you’d expect. Even a slow improvised riffing ‘song’, three quarters of the way through the set, goes down well.

It seems throughout that the band would prefer to be playing a smaller indie-rock venue, intimate and cool. But they are of a size where that will never really happen again, unless they want to spend two weeks in every city they play to meet demand.

The last song, “Reptilia”, is epic. Crowd surfers fly over people’s heads. Many of those further back get their phones out and record it so they can enjoy the moment later, rather than enjoying it in the here and now.

The encore culminates in arguably the greatest low-fi indie song of the century,”Last Night.” Things get messy down the front, security look tense, but everyone survives. The Strokes were once widely considered to be one of the greatest bands on the planet – they are no longer that, but the sound they create together is as good live in 2020 as it was on record at the start of the 21st Century.

Song Of The Day: Myrkur – Ella

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We may have had some relatively mild weather over the last few days, but it is still March and as Shakespeare once wrote, “Winter’s not gone yet, if the wild geese fly that way.” Well, I certainly haven’t seen any wild geese lately, but it is snowing a bit outside right now, so that’s definitely a reminder that winter’s not quite through with us yet.

In keeping with the wintry theme, some music from one of the Nordic countries seems appropriate, which brings us to Myrkur. With her latest album Folksange (out later this month on Relapse Records), Amalie Bruun shifts away from black metal and immerses herself fully in traditional Nordic folk sounds.

And while Bruun may be walking along the beach throughout much of the video for “Ella”, it still fits in quite nicely with that winter vibe. Check it out:

Song Of The Day: Royce da 5’9″ – Mr. Grace

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It would not be surprising if “Mr. Grace” by Royce Da 5’9″ could be interpreted to have deeper meanings – after all, it is the opening track on an album entitled The Allegory.

But what if there are no punchy messages or revolutionary slogans hidden within? By merely depicting a life from birth to grave, it is in itself all the true content that one needs. Just the utterly vicious opening dialogue between a father and his son is blood-chilling enough.

Royce Da 5’9″ follows through with an evolving rhythm overlaid onto lyrics that to my ears paint a picture with the pace of a word a year – fast forwarding through a life. And as you feel the rhythm slow and ebb, “Death of the Dope Man” finally comes into view. It is a superb condensation of material and knowledge that you’d typically see in a 55 minute documentary, condensed into a track with great structure. I cannot wait to hear the rest of the album.

The Allegory is out now on eOne Music.


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