The Magic Whip: An Even More "Universal" Blur

Nostalgic Britpop fans have long been tormented by rumors of an unlikely Oasis reunion. It seems as though every few months either Liam or Noel tweets something that gets picked up by someone like Mirror as a sign of a pending revival for the band that cocained and temper-tantrumed their way out of existence in 2009. The other half of the so called “Battle of Britpop,” Blur, however, has given these nostalgic fans a big reason to rejoice with the April 27th release of The Magic Whip. Continue reading “The Magic Whip: An Even More "Universal" Blur”

Grouplove & Portugal. The Man @ Merriweather Post Pavillion

 

Photo Credit: Press Line Photos
Photo Credit: Press Line Photos

 

The music industry has always been characterized by its community. Artists, record labels, and even fans are always coming together sharing ideas, songs and experiences. Perhaps was there no place where this community was on fuller display than on this year’s Honda Civic Tour featuring Grouplove and Portugal. The Man.  As Hannah Hooper (AKA Lady Grouplove) put it during the tour’s September 12th stop at the historic Merriweather Post Pavillion, “All of us here on the stage are a bunch of best f**** friends just doing what we love to do.” Continue reading “Grouplove & Portugal. The Man @ Merriweather Post Pavillion”

The Hold Steady @ 9:30 Club

Photo Credit: Washington Post
Photo Credit: Washington Post

It was a cold, wet Monday in April. For the average person going about his or her routine, there was probably little to get excited about. But, even well before the scheduled 7:00 p.m. door time for their Monday night show at the 9:30 Club, The Hold Steady was building excitement for a performance that can only be described as transcendental. Continue reading “The Hold Steady @ 9:30 Club”