Posts Tagged ‘rock’

“Light Side of the Moon” is the third track on Luna Achiary’s, or as I like to call her Miss Moon’s, newest album, More Human Than God. It’s certainly a play on words of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and later on we get another track title that mimics the English band’s– “Breathe.” But it’s not just the similarities in the words. Luna’s entire album lends itself to being the centerpiece at a vibey party where some hip chick wearing a full length skirt and a second-hand plaid button-up resides. There may or may not be drugs at this party. The girl has just removed a Pink Floyd LP (you choose)…next up, Luna Achiary’s More Human Than God. 

You’ve got to listen to this album from head to toe…no bathroom breaks. Ok, go ahead and go if you drank too much. This album flows; it transitions nicely, yet you never know what you’re going to get in the next 15 seconds. It’s an ocean. There are lulls and gentle waves and roaring tidal waves. The thing has you on the edge really. That’s what I love about Luna’s music. At the tender age of 24, she’s not afraid, and you can tell that through her music. She is experimental. She is the female Pink Floyd. I just looked up a female version of the name Floyd, and it doesn’t exist. Anyway. Pink Luna Achiary. Also, what the heck is she singing about?? She’s got a real nice boyfriend (who, by the way recorded and mixed this album, Johannes Raassina), but she’s talking about all this cray stuff in her lyrics that I’m pretty sure isn’t about him. 

Luna also has a pretty unique music video for her song, “Friends”. The video really captures the message she is singing. If you don’t listen to the lyrics you might not understand it. And thank goodness she’s not following trend and attracting attention with #twerking….but instead this

If you live in LA, make sure you come see her performing More Human than God live at The Joint. Judging from the last live performance of hers, this one is sure to be explosive. If you’re not in LA, support her creativity and get her album (link at the top).





….by buying the new RIBS EP tomorrow, May 29th, in any convenient location–iTunes, Amazon, or if you are in New England, you can buy it at Newbury Comics.

Live at TT The Bear’s

After two successful live CD release shows at Boston’s TT The Bears and NYC’s Public Assembly, it’s finally time for the rest of us to get our paws on a copy. The world is ready.

Their newest EP, entitled Russian Blood, will give you the RIBS fix you’ve been craving since British Brains. Just make sure you’re ready to pump up the volume, rock out and put this EP on literal Extended Play.

Until then, here is their last sneak peak till tomorrow. Track 4: Alarms

“Kiss” is the title of RIBS’ newest single off their EP, Russian Blood, which is due May 22nd. TELL is what you need to do. Listen to the song and tell all your friends about it. These guys deserve national air time. I truly believe they are the next great band that needs to be discovered outside of their hometown of Boston.

So go ahead. Kiss and tell. I give you full freedom to do it. Just as long as you start now.
Oh, and CONGRATS to RIBS. They have a big write-up in the Boston Globe

For a free download of their mp3 or the lyrics follow the links on youtube.

There’s no shame in being a little late to trends in the indie music scene just because there is so much, and it’s not as easily available to your ears (mainstream radio play) unless you are searching for it. Besides, it’s always cool to spread the ‘indie music love’ even if you’re several months late. Think about it: you get to listen to great new music, you seem totally rad to your friends because you turn them on to great new music, and it benefits the indie band that is most likely struggling still (even if it has been several months since the release…).
Side note: Is that a cracker with peanut butter or is it just a phantogram?

So, if you missed this ’11 underground hit, let’s rewind the time, and let me introduce you to Phantogram. The upstate New York duo’s 2009 album Eyelid Movies set their standard of excellence, and while I enjoy most songs on that album, their latest EP titled Nightlife definitely shines through.

Add a little Nightlife to your nightlife–driving in car with just the moon ahead listening to this sounds ideal:
Don’t Move

There are 5 more songs on that EP. Also, listen to these tracks off Eyelid Movies
When I’m Small
Mouthful of Diamonds
10000 Claps
Futuristic Caskets

I’ve made my move from coast to coast, so I’ll probably be writing about more west coast bands now, although this post bridges the gap.

Hello!  L dot A dot Californ-I-A


Reporting from Los Angeles’ historical music venue, The Troubadour.

Line up:

Line And Circle

This LA band of 5 started out lukewarm, but progressively got hotter. The audience started getting into it during the last couple songs. Even the band members seemed more energetic towards the end. They announced that a new 7″ would be available soon.


The Californian

Hear the name of this band and immediately you begin to think about what they’re going to sound like. What does a Californian sound like? This Californian captured Surf inspirations with a rock influence and a lead vocalist that sounds like a cross between Matthew Bellamy of MUSE and Brandon Boyd of Incubus. Can you imagine that? If not, go take a listen to The Californian. Musically, it was very interesting. Each song varied stylistically, yet all were vintage sounding. One song seemed to mimic a sitar while another was a slower rock ballad with a 50s vibe. Unfortunately, the only song title I happened to write down was “The Whole World Died Dancing”; a song that really showed the virtuosity of the lead singer’s voice. I think he mentioned they were also coming out with a new record.Image

Wye Oak

Baltimore band, Wye Oak, has been on my most “recently played” tracks on iTunes for quite a while now. I’ve written about them in previous blog posts, and was lucky enough to buy tickets for my father and I while still in NYC. The show was sold out. Let me just say that the live show exceeded my expectations. The album sounds good. It has the fibers of interesting, catchy, well written and studied playing. But it is woven loosely enough on their latest album, Civilian, that it could be considered by the listener as some sort of indie singer with an occasional swell of electric guitar. The live show rocked. Literally. Singer and electric guitarist, Jenn Wassner, was spot on even with a cognac glass full of whiskey. She shyly attempted stage banter–praising LA for it’s ‘sun, friendly people, t-rex tar pits and 30 mph dramatic car chases’. Her live musical performance out-shined the album; it was both dreamy and intense. Drummer and keyboardist, Andy Stack, made The Troubador shake and the audience rock out. Just by listening to the album, you’d never know that only 2 people were creating all of that music.

If you haven’t heard Wye Oak’s latest album (it came out in March 2011), do it, but if they are playing in your city, I highly recommend the live performance.