Monday, July 29, 2013

Concert Review: Twin Shadow

Listen here, kids: I heart the 80's and my love affair existed before you were even ALIVE. I mean, I was barely alive myself, but it doesn't matter. I have birth rights on that entire decade, and that means the big hair, the Cabbage Patch dolls (how semi-creepy and ugly are those things?!), and the ORIGINAL Transformers and GI Joe's. My lovely southern belle mother despaired that I could keep up with the boys so well, but I balanced it in in true Libra form by throwing a teaparty in the mix now and then. Since I love the 80's oh so much, I appreciate that alternative music is taking on a retro vibe and doing a throwback to some solid 80's sound---with a modern synth-pop twist of course. A band that is doing this in brilliant style is Twin Shadow. Recently, my man put together a surprise date and took me to the Grenada for a concert featuring Twin Shadow.

It was nothing short of a fabulous, entertaining night of great music. Twin Shadow has great energy and sounded even better live, which is always a nice surprise in today's overly processed tunes. Yes, they did retro with a flare, and they did it well. The Grenada is a great live venue, because what it lacks for in size, it makes up for in intimacy. It's easy to connect to the band on stage and really soak up the beats in full force. Lead singer George Lewis Junior connected effortlessly to the audience and filled the night with an excellent lineup of fabulous songs and amusing stories.

Twin Shadow pulled tunes from albums Forget (2010) and Confess (2012) and oscillated between high energy beats and sweet melancholy tunes with the greatest of ease. In short, it was a wonderful concert. If you're like me, and you're a music purist who loves the not-so-well-known band, check out Twin Shadow's music here. And don't forget to find us on bloglovin', facebook or instagram---because too much of a good thing can be fabulous.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Spotlight On: Daft Punk

Summer loving is in full force right now, and my life feels a little bit like a fun take on The Fast and the Furious. Any version of the movies 1-6, only I'd call it The Fast and the Fabulous, because life has been above and beyond amaaaaazing this summer. The only minor tragedy in this Utopian scenario is that I've been far, far too busy to throw together a music post or do anything remotely productive. Seriously, I have clean laundry that I've been intending to fold for two weeks now and I'm a mega neat freak, so therein is your proof of my too fast, too fabulous life. My current solution: just buy new clothes. I'll fold that stuff later.

There are some great albums out right now, but Daft Punk's might be one of the best so far. I've enjoyed the band oh so much since my lovah Samuel introduced me to them. They recently released a new album called Random Access Memories, and their solo track "Get Lucky" has appropriately scored big time on the charts. The album has a bit of a retro flare, but the elctronic music duo hasn't strayed too far from their traditional house/synthpop blend.

And if you're wondering about the mystery surrounding the band's gettup of disguises---most notably their robot masks---the Daft Punk duo claims they donned their robot masks "to merge the characteristics of humans and machines." Initially, the masks were to help the get get over a shy streak, but the band said seeing the masks "became exciting from the audiences' point of view. It's the idea of being an average guy with some kind of superpower." Who doesn't love an average Joe with superpowers? Am I right all you Marvel/Capcom/etc etc etc fans out there or amIright? Frankly, I've never listened to Daft Punk and thought their robot helmets or disguises made them seem like super heroes, but play on playah, play on.

If you haven't been swept up in the Daft Punk wave yet, check out their past albums and latest one here and don't forget to find us on Facebook :)