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quick notes


I was in a cab the other day and I heard this song. It  drove me crazy because it was so familiar, and I found myself humming it but had no idea what it was. The Lumineers! I downloaded it (and everything else I could find by them) and now I can’t stop listening! Can’t stop! Turns out it was from a bing commercial, but they have a pretty unique sound I can’t get enough of.. shouting back vocals, a kick drum banging, and  a sort of talk and echo that sometimes sounds almost gospel. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out! I assume this song will be everywhere soon enough, it’s so catchy with just the right hooks! The songs Stubborn Love and Flapper Girl are must listens… (Click on Never go Back)

I’m still not sure I LOVE this new album, The Lion The Beast and The Beat. It’s got some good tracks, but I’d be lying if i didn’t say I was the teensiest bit dissapointed in Grace’s new album. I am used to them knocking my socks off every time, so maybe my expectations were too high, but it’s not my favorite. Weather it’s been blues, folk, rock, or pop, I’ve been so impressed. They always sound out of this world, Grace has a voice I think I could listen to all day, everyday. Perhaps I just don’t love the 70’s dance vibe, but I can appreiciate they’ve taken on yet another genre. I like that they’re all over the board, and kind of unpredictable, but this time it didn’t translate. I may just need a few more listens to connect, after all, they’re one of my favorite bands and I can’t have that kind of letdown looming over me! Check out the song Runaway as well, it’s growing on me…


June 19, 2012 at 4:07 am Leave a comment

one is one too many, one more is never enough

They. Freaking. Rock. OMG. OMG.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals put on a fantastic show at House of Blues Friday – I am seriously in total awe of them! Such a great band! Im becoming more obsessed! It’s probably unhealthy! We snagged front row spots – never seen a show that close before! Really love seeing shows at House of Blues! We got to be right in the action, and it was totally worth it being there an hour early when they came out. Grace had on this sparkly white flowy dress <pardon my huge girl crush> she looked like a rocker goddess!  I am not kidding! They are very entertaining to watch, they all look like they’re having a blast, dancing around and really just enjoying their adoring fans. They played most of my favorites, including her new single with Kenny Chesney ‘You and Tequila.’ Check it out! Man, she’s got killer pipes!

June 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm 1 comment

she’s got the medicine that everybody wants

I’ve been a little lazy with the blogging but, omg – I went to see Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (finally!) and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (you’re nobody unless you have ‘& the’ in your name) last weekend at the Congress theater for the Chicago Blues and Bluegrass festival, and have to say, I had a blast!

It was definitely an interesting take on a music festival, which to me usually means sunblock, tank tops, and lots of sweaty bodies, but being that it’s December in Chicago, they get points for…uh, making due? We unfortunately didn’t get there in time to see some of the smaller local bands, to which I might have had a different opinion, but it was a good attempt to put a whole lotta bands and a whole lotta fans in a sizable venue. It was a little unorganized, my miller lights ranged from $6 – $9 depending on how nice the bartender was feeling at that particular moment, and I’m pretty sure there was only one restroom in the whole place. The lines were horrendous, but all things considered, it could have been a port-a-potty.

To no surprise, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals killed their show. I’ve been obsessing about them for a while now, and if it’s possible, I like them even more after seeing them live. Grace obviously has some amazing pipes, a voice so powerful and emotional, you are a blown away a little more each time you hear it. I’d kill to have a voice like hers. I’d also kill to have legs like hers. It’s pretty unfair how much she has going for her, she’s such a talented musician and in addition, drop dead gorgeous! (um, I’d like just one of those charming characteristics, thank you) but she honestly pulls it off so well, you just have to sit back and appreciate her. (Sigh). She started off on the organ, rocked out on an electric guitar, moved to an acoustic guitar, and danced her little heart out. (Sigh). The band is pretty dynamic, which they’ve proven by their three albums that are all so different, but still have the same addictive bluesy tones and heartfelt harmonies. I initially started listening to them because I liked their bluegrass, more folky sound, but now often find myself craving their raw, edgy rock songs. Either way, they’ve certainly caught my attention, and certainly put on a great show! Unfortunately they only played for an hour, but managed to make the most of  it playing a few hits and one new tune. I was psyched I got to hear ‘One Short Night’ my favorite song on their new cd, and finished it off the the oh so catchy tune ‘Medicine.’ Hopefully they’ll come back to town soon so I can hear ALL their fabulous music! Can’t wait to see them again!

In between acts The Shams played a short set, they were actually pretty decent, but quickly lost the attention of the crowd. It’s hard to be the middleman. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros finally came on (an intense stage presence, all 10 of them) and kicked it off with their hit 40 Day Dream. There was a lot going on up on that stage, and although I enjoyed it, I was a little overwhelmed. I wasn’t quite sure where to focus my attention. Don’t get me wrong, they sounded beautiful, but there seemed to be some disconnection between what was going on the stage, and the crowd. It’s possible Grace set the bar too high with her high energy, (or that I’m so obsessed nothing comes close) but the Zero’s seemed to have lost the spark. They did have a few high points – one of them being when Alex Ebert went shirtless – another when they played their hit song ‘Home’ and everybody went nuts. Not a single person in the crowd was quiet – EVERYBODY was on their feet singing and dancing around like a bunch of free-spirited hippies. They finished off their show with a few new songs, one where Ebert asked the crowd to take a knee (uhhh, on that floor? no thanks) and one long beautiful instrumental melody. They’re a talented herd of musicians, weather or not they’re a good act. Overall though, I enjoyed both shows, and I’ll definitely be interested to see what these bands do in the future!

December 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment



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