I’m heading to Chicago tomorrow afternoon for Lollapalooza and as a result I have been esepcially tuned in to any event related info that has been appearing in my inbox. If you’re also in the city this weekend and looking for something to do tomorrow evening, the Apple Store on N. Michigan (across from the Allerton Hotel) is hosting a free Lollapalooza kick-off show. Performing are new favorites Black Kids, along with Foals and the Kills. Flosstradamus will be DJing. Perfromances start at 7PM and, once again, it’s FREE.
“Loneliness, it is contagious…”
London is teeming with talent. To even attempt to sift through it all invariably proves cumbersome. When you’d rather not rely on the “indie” musings of mainstream media giants such as NME and, conversely, the obscure hipster rags prove too high and mighty – what’s a kid to do, really? I’ve taken to watching closely a chosen few, Captain Phoenix amongst them, that I’m keen on keeping up with. Although the band’s debut LP, Life.Temper.Riot, has been at least a couple of years in the making, their effortless and organic pop/rock charms certainly haven’t been lost on me. CP’s unabashed staving-off-adulthood anthems –“we drink to the sun, smoke to the stars”- seem to be an everlasting staple in my musical diet as I am indeed trying my hardest to stave off adulthood. After attending the band’s record release show this spring, I think I’ll stick around awhile…
I seem to have adopted an unfounded “holier than thou” attitude as far as my taste in music concerned. When did I, of all people, become too cool for John Mayer? As I recall, my teenage infatuation with Mayer included underage visits to the local clubs with my dad whenever John rolled through Minneapolis, weekend fly-aways to Chicago with my mom to see him perform, and, even though it pains me much to admit any fangirl proclivities I used to harbor, a bedroom filled with Mayer posters and various magazine clippings. Where did I go wrong? Although, now as a 21 year old, I’m allowed to look back on some of my teenage tendencies with at least modicum of disdain…and oh, do I ever…but Mayer will not go down in my personal history as one of the aforementioned musical mistakes. As far as I’m concerned, he remains a brilliant musician with an endless arsenal of guitar heroics. However, I seem to have neglected his brilliance in the past few years. Of course, I have nearly his whole catalog and have played much of it to exhaustion. Yet, for reasons unbeknownst to me, my bygone enthusiasm for him has waned. Whether it’s his celebrity shenanigans or the stadium and arena tours that simply don’t hold a candle to the years’ past smaller circuit shows, I just can’t be sure. Fortunately, I’ve been somewhat re-enchanted with his theatrics upon receiving a review copy of his new CD/DVD “Where The Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles.” I think I’ve turned a new leaf. In hindsight, maybe my mid-teens weren’t completely marred by blind, musical imprudence. I mean, he did go from a seemingly endless cycle of coffeehouses in Athens, GA to unspeakable international success – I suppose I have been known to pick a few. The video for John’s rendition of “Free Fallin” is posted below.
John Mayer – Free Fallin, video
“One day I’ll be gone, and I won’t be here to lie to myself.”
As a follow-up to last year’s post
about young troubadour Cory Chisel
, the boy with a voice of gold, Tuesday will see the release of the group’s new EP Cabin Ghosts
. Although the band calls the small town of Appleton, WI home, they’ve ventured across state lines enough times to make a considerable impression on local Twin Cities indie connoisseurs. For those interested locally, the band hits the Varsity Theatre on July 23rd with Joshua James – I wouldn’t miss it. Undoubtedly, Cory and his band stick to their signature folk musings and considerable adult alternative leanings without much deviation. It certainly seems to be working as the band is in the middle of a healthy 20+ date tour and just signed to an imprint of major label RCA.
Cory Chisel – Lovers and Friends
Cory Chisel – See It My Way