Song Of The Day: No Joy/Sonic Boom – Triangle Probably

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After a few years of doing her thing in the standard rock band setup, No Joy’s Jasamine White-Gluz is branching out into other forms of music-making for her latest release, a collaboration with Sonic Boom aka Pete Kember. The resulting EP, unsurprisingly entitled No Joy/Sonic Boom, takes things in a more electronic, spacey direction, as anyone who’s heard Kember’s previous output as Sonic Boom would expect.

The video for “Triangle Probably” seems to be made up of just a bunch of weird, random computer animation stuff, including a cursor that appears occasionally on screen. Check it out below:

Concert Review: Albert Hammond Jr, April 3, The Horseshoe

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Albert Hammond Jr, March 17 2018

I’ll admit that it was a little surprising to me that Albert Hammond Jr’s latest release Francis Trouble is already his fourth solo album. Sure, I get that he’s been doing the solo thing for awhile, but four albums? That really snuck up on me. Then again, The Strokes’ first album – released all the way back in 2001 – still feels like a relatively recent album to me if I don’t think about it too hard. Damn, I am old. Regardless, it is his fourth album, it’s quite a good album, and his tour behind said album took him and his band to the Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday night.

Opening his set off with a snippet of The Doors’ “The Soft Parade” playing over the PA (“You cannot petition the Lord with prayer!”), Hammond and his band took to the stage and put on an entertaining, high energy show for a packed house at the Horseshoe, full of lots of catchy melodies (“Tea For Two,” “Muted Beatings” and “Set To Attack” being the standouts of the night) and a fair bit of dual guitar harmonies.

Over the course of the night, Hammond proved himself to be a highly charismatic frontman who really knows how to work a room – I guess all those years of playing big festival headliner shows with The Strokes have really paid off.

Song Of The Day: Anna Burch – With You Every Day

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Anna Burch, March 15, 2018

During the Panic Manual’s recent trip to Austin for SXSW, Detroit’s Anna Burch was high on my list of acts to catch and she certainly did not disappoint.

In his review of Burch’s show at Cheer Up Charlie’s, Gary described her sound as “light and airy” yet also “twisting and turning.” Her just released single “With You Every Day” probably leans more towards the light and airy aspect of her sound, and while not as immediately catchy as “Tea Soaked Letter” or “2 Cool 2 Care” (both also featured on Burch’s Quit The Curse album), it’s just as memorable in its own way. Check it out:

Song Of The Day: Sugar – Tilted

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The Easter weekend is upon us, which got me to thinking – what are the great Easter songs? Unlike Christmas, there aren’t really that many noteworthy Easter songs (with Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade” being an obvious exception).

So in lieu of an actual Easter tune, we give you “Tilted,” one of the tracks off of Sugar’s 1993 EP Beaster, which was released right around Easter 25 years ago. And even though 25 years have passed, it still sounds as vital as ever.