The 1975- Two Nights in Denver

Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, Colorado
May 6th & 7th

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What you’ve all been waiting for.

Starting off with that agonizing ten-minute hum, the crowd anxiously talks amongst themselves, each with hearts beginning to beat faster and faster.  The noise crescendos, the iconic rectangle glows of bright pink, then the quick burst of light, silence followed by “go down, soft sound..” as the colorful static engulfs the screen.  Inside of the crowd you don’t notice it, but standing at the back of The Fillmore the screams become almost ear piercing as the four band members casually walk on stage amidst the fog and intensifying lights.  The 1975 audio crescendos, another bright pop of light, silence….

The show has begun.

Following a similar setlist as performed over the last year, the band pumped up the crowd with Love Me as the opening number, followed by a mix of songs from their self-titled album The 1975 and I Like it When You Sleep. After seeing the band perform multiple times over the years, I still can’t help but get goosebumps and flushed cheeks as I watch their masterpiece unfold in front of thousands.  Hearing and seeing their song iliwys live for the first time this weekend was indescribable.  I might have shed some tears watching it on their BBC Live Lounge symphony performance, but in person the feeling it brought was complete happiness.  Watching the boys all bob in sync while performing such a defining song was electrifying.

The 1975 without a doubt take us on an emotional journey as their set creates pieces of art combining the lights and the music.  The backdrop of the video screen, the four pillars and the three hanging rectangles gives the audience context to put with the songs and incredible images to hold on to well after the show is over.  The band’s performance over the two nights in Denver holds constant in their musical talent and ability to capture the attention of every single person in the sold-out venue.  Matty Healy’s voice whether singing, ranting or just talking has a way of connecting each person to whomever they are standing next to.  With wide eyes and open ears, every fan has been impacted by the brilliance of Matty, George, Adam and Ross.  Beyond just their music, these four musicians have created a bubble for us to revel in and thrive on.  They have been able to convey a message of love, lust, confusion and acceptance to youth around the world, which is so important in today’s time.  They have defied the rules of rock and roll and have become their own genre of entertainment.  There are no limits with this band, they have surpassed the expectations of everyone and continue to climb up a ladder only they can extend.

Music for Cars can’t come soon enough.

Listen on Spotify and iTunes. Watch on YouTube.

 

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Openers for The 1975- Colouring & Pale Waves

Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, Colorado
May 6th & 7th

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Colouring

It didn’t take long for the opening band Colouring, to take ahold of the crowd. Within seconds of their first song Symmetry the audience was swaying back and forth.   The four-piece band of Londoners have figured out their balance of synth and real instruments, supported by frontman Jack Kenworthy’s smooth vocals.  Their set goes from pop, to interludes of synthy-dubstep, to an emotional ballad with Kenworthy on the piano.  Each song more captivating than the last drew in the ears of listeners in Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium and had everyone whispering to fellow concert goers to find out the name of the band.  Their small following of fans is sure to blow up after this tour.

Colouring, signed to Interscope Records, have recently released a new single called The Wave, in addition to a music video for their song Heathen.

Listen on Spotify and iTunes. Watch on YouTube.

 

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Pale Waves

If you could hand pick the perfect opener for The 1975, it would be Pale Waves. With their nineties goth look in combination with their familiar sounding pop songs, the band brought the patient audience one step closer to The 1975.  The Manchester natives easily excited the crowd with their set mainly filled with songs that are yet to be released, ending with their hit single There’s A Honey.

The guitar riffs, synthetic beats and catchy lyrics made it inevitable for anyone to stand still as Pale Waves embraced the stage as their own and warmed up the audience for memorable night. Take a few minutes and watch their new music video on the Pale Waves Vevo, for a quick taste of what their live performance is like, you’ll be hooked in no time!

Listen on Spotify and iTunes. Watch on YouTube.

alt-J: A five minute ride titled 3WW

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Within seconds of the new single, the bass sets in and alt-J fans are sure to fall faint at heart to that familiar humming. It’s been quite a while since alt-J has released new music and to listeners’ satisfaction 3WW is just a precursor to their new album Relaxer, which will be released on June 9th.

This track while harmonious with their past records, has a different quality to it. There is more of an acoustic and raw feeling between the instrumentation and the vocals, giving the song an essence of tribal music with the beating of the bass drum and plucking of guitar strings.  While romantic and somewhat erotic at the same time, the lyrics left me confused after the first listen, but my first instinct with any alt-J song is always “what the heck did they just say?”  Their incredible ability to mesh together so many sounds, elements and mysterious lyrics is mind-boggling and addictive.

In this track, we get both vocals from Gus Unger-Hamilton and Joe Newman, but we’re also graced by the appearance of Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice. Her voice combined with Newman’s made me feel like I was sitting on a floating cloud while looking up at a star filled sky, followed by the quiet trickle and splashing of water that brought me back down to earth to continue relaxing for the remaining 40 seconds of the song.  In my opinion, the best way to really listen to this track is to close your eyes and let 3WW take you on its purposeful journey.  I couldn’t imagine a better title for their new album, because this single immediately put me into a serene state.  The odds are looking high for yet another amazing album from alt-J.  All we have to do now is wait.

 

Listen to 3WW on Spotify and iTunes

The Japanese House – Live

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Globe Hall- Denver, CO
March 1, 2017

This time around The Japanese House has the spotlight all to herself, stepping out of the shadow of her fellow label mates and mentors, The 1975. Singer-songwriter Amber Bain, small in stature and a seemingly timid personality, sure knows captivate a room with her music.  Between Bain’s layered harmonies, the synthesizer and the effortless chords coming from her ice blue guitar, the crowd was inevitably swaying side to side or bobbing their heads along with the beat, myself included.  The Japanese House started and ended with two of her staple songs Clean and Still from past EPs, with old and new mixed in between.  Bain’s talent definitely makes up for the low budget set up, and once they started playing I hardly even paid attention to the eye-watering smoke machine that continuously filled the room. Bain and her band mates got into their groove right off the bat and it felt like everyone was just hanging out and enjoying a chill evening.  The fans all sung along, carrying Bain even when she slipped up on her lyrics—which she recovered quickly from—followed by an easy-going laugh.  She seemed very much in her element and the audience was loving it.

Her new EP Swim Against the Tide is such a complement to her sound and the crowd was excited to revel in what she had to offer on her headlining tour.  Even with all the technicalities within her indie/electronic pop songs, Bain seamlessly replicates her recorded sound into her live performances.  There is an undeniably dreamy quality about her voice and her mysterious lyrics keep you on your toes (dancing of course).  Face Like Thunder was a fan favorite here in Denver, but really you can’t go wrong with any of The Japanese House songs.  Amber Bain is paving a nice path for herself with her unique sound and attention to musical detail.  She has so much potential and I personally cannot wait to see what she will put out in the future.

 

Listen to The Japanese House on Spotify and iTunes

Love is in the air with Lana Del Ray’s new single

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Lana knows how to make us go crazy—crazy for her music. Her new song Love takes listeners on a trip down memory lane, as she effortlessly serenades us with reflections back to the simpler times of being a young and carefree teenager. It seems as though Lana has taken a different perspective in Love, as opposed to her typical “live fast, die young” vibe.  In this single she breaks things down with a more mature sense of the world and of love.

As always, Lana’s voice is definitely the dominant sound on the record, but the soft and subtle instrumentation gives the song that nostalgic feel that permeates deep into your soul. Lana’s ability to mix the old with the new brings us through the decades in a matter of minutes.  It’s as if your sitting on a bench with your sweetheart in the 50’s and then in a blink of an eye you’re in 2017 sitting at your desk listening to music.  The video for Love adds to this mixture of the past, present and future and keeps us locked into a dreamy Lana state.

In her ode to young love, Lana has given us four minutes of tranquility in this ridiculous world we’re living in right now. Keep ‘em coming Lana because we are more than ready!

 

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Hottest Record in the World- The 1975’s Cover for Charity- Sade’s By Your Side

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No disappointments here. The Brit Awards nominated band has delivered pure gold for our ears once again. Released today on BBC’s Radio 1, the By Your Side cover has got me feelin’ some type of way.

The 1975 had big shoes to fill as Sade is considered one of the most influential British musicians. But as it seems, the boys can do no wrong—fans are already unleashing their love for the song all over Twitter.

Although the auto-tune was a bit surprising, by the end of the song I completely understood that the cover wouldn’t have been as wonderful without it. The details of each synth sound and sax interlude clearly makes this a cover by The 1975.  While it might not seem as cohesive with their normal sound (if you can even say that they have a normal sound at all) it works so unbelievably well.  Could this be a hint towards what their next album or EP will be like?  Only time will tell, and in the meantime, you’ll find me listening to By Your Side on repeat for weeks. Cheers to the boys for another success.

 

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Look out! This wave is sure to catch you by surprise.

Dirty Hit’s new band, Pale Waves is coming in strong debuting their new single There’s a Honey.  With the undeniable 80’s pop feel to the song, in addition to Matty Healy and George Daniel’s style of production, you’re sure to be singing along the first time you hear There’s a Honey.  The groovy guitar riffs, catchy chorus and iconic drumming brings back memories of when MTV actually aired music. The look of the indie-pop band may be on the edgier side, but their sound is without a doubt delving into the pop world of music.  Keep these four musicians on your radar because Pales Waves is here to stay and make their mark on the industry.

Embarking on a tour with label mates, King Nun and Superfood, you can find Pale Waves on the dates below.

Listen to There’s a Honey on Spotify and iTunes

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