Sunday, November 11, 2012

Wow it's November!

Sorry I've been M.I.A. lately, and I don't have any good excuses either.  But I will sum up my recent concert going experiences with a few pictures.


I saw Keane at their incredible show in at the end of June.

Met Joshua Radin who put on an excellent show as always

Met Lifehouse at My 99.5 in the Coca Cola lounge





 Those were some of the highlights.  I've loved the music of Lifehouse since I was in Jr. High when I went through a Creed/Lifehouse phase.  It was totally awesome, and ever since I've been hooked.  The band did a Q&A in between songs and they seemed really genuine and humble.  They are coming out with their sixth album in December and a video of the new single is below.  I hope their tour brings them to Salt Lake.  There are so many albums that have recently released/or are coming out soon.

Madi Diaz- We Threw Our Hearts Into the Fire
Matchbox Twenty- North
A Fine Frenzy-Pines
Taylor Swift- Red (Love her or hate her, she's an excellent songwriter)
The Script-#3
The Killers-Battle Born
Lifehouse-Almeria
 



Saturday, June 2, 2012

Madi Diaz and Harper Blynn are coming to town!

We went to see Madi Diaz open for Rachel Platten a couple weeks back.  They played at Kilby Court, it was my first experience seeing a show there, and when people say the venue is small, they aren't exaggerating.  It was a great show.  We met Madi before she did her set, and got a picture with her.  Her set was awesome and we were two of maybe thirty people there.  We knew all of the words to her songs and it was fun to sing along with her when no one else knew who she was. It was just her and her acoustic guitar.  In memory of Robin Gibb she played Emotion, it was a fantastic cover. We talked to her after and she was so nice to us.  It was such a great show and the best part about it is that she's coming back with Harper Blynn on the 21st.  I can't wait.  My two favorite up and coming artists at Kilby court, the smallest venue on the planet.  Tickets are $6 so it can't get any better than that! I can't wait for this show! In other news, Dave Barnes, one of my faves from Nashville is coming to Orem on June 13th . I am going to make the trek to Happy Valley to see the show. Check out his music, I'm posting a couple videos.  Gotta love summer and all the concerts it brings. 



Sunday, May 6, 2012

Harper Blynn and other concert happenings

Recently I haven't been able to stop listening to a band called Harper Blynn, I originally heard about them when Ingrid Michaelson announced who would be supporting her on tour.  At first I thought Harper Blynn was a woman, but much to my surprise if you'll watch the video posted below it's four men. I love their sound, and can't get enough of their awesome hooks and vivid story telling. What's even cooler is that they just came out with a new album that you can download absolutely free, 13 tracks, no strings attached.  Check out the album at harperblynn.com.  I have seen a lot of shows that I haven't been that diligent in blogging about. They have been great experiences, but I haven't taken the time to document each one.  Last night I saw a band that I absolutely love, for the second time in four months.  Augustana came back to Utah and played a show.  Maybe 100 people were there, but they came and played as if thousands were there. They played a lot of new stuff, and seem like they are in a really good place as a band.  I hope they release a new album soon.
 Last weekend I went to see Snow Patrol.  I have loved this band since I first heard Chasing Cars on Grey's Anatomy.  They recently came out with a new album called Fallen Empires. This band can do no wrong in my eyes. I find it completely unreal that bands can come out with new albums that I love in their entirety. They put on a high energy show and were completely genuine and fun to watch.

There have been a lot of new albums released from bands that are worth mentioning.

Greg Laswell~ Landline
Eric Hutchingson~Moving Up Living Down
Keane~Strangeland (releases tomorrow)
Harper Blynn~Busy Hands
Train~California 37





 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Concert Event Calendar and Guster

I've always wanted a calendar that listed all of the concerts that were happening in Salt Lake, regardless of the venue and where you could buy tickets. So I did just that. I created a calendar of all the events. Keep in mind it's a work in progress and I'll be updating it as I find out about shows and as they are announced. So a few weeks back I went to see Guster. This band has been around for quite sometime, but I recently started listening to them and loving them. They are most well known for the song Fa Fa.  They were on tour promoting their new album Easy Wonderful.  The show was all acoustic.  It was wonderful.  They all looked that they were still having fun playing together even after many years of touring and writing music.  The drummer Brian is so talented.  His style of playing is unmatched by any other.  He plays mostly with his hands, which is unbelievable.  His hands must be bloody after hitting the symbols and all manner of drum during the show.  Before the show the band asked people to bring plants to the show do decorate the stage.  If you brought a plant you got to request a song.  Guster was so down to earth, people would request a song and the lead singer would say, "not that one, it's too hard".  They were hilarious.  They played some of my favorites, including Satellite, Backyard, Demons, On the Ocean, and so many more. The bassist was new to the band and since Salt Lake was the first show of the tour they were making it up as they went along which made it so entertaining to watch.  At the beginning of some songs they would decide which key it was in, who did what and just went for it.  One of the coolest things was that they all switched instruments at different points in the show.  If Adam was playing guitar on the next song he'd be on piano.  If Ryan played banjo on one song, he would switch to Guitar, or trumpet on the next.  The level of musicianship was out of this world. The show was perfect.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Music I've Discovered

During Christmastime, I got a bunch of gift cards for Amazon.com so I naturally bought music.  I have discovered some wonderful people either through other artists I like, or through some of my friends.  So here is a list of some people that I have been listening to as of late.  First off, Madi Diaz.  Joshua Radin recommended her to his fans on Facebook.  She's a great songwriter and she has a great voice. Some videos will be included below if you want to get a taste of the music.  The next person is Michael Rossback, his music is available on Amazon.com if you are interested, I think he's a mix between Gavin Degraw and Matt Nathanson.  The next musician is Milow, he is from Europe but has recently done a stint at the Hotel Cafe, Cary Brothers recommended him on Facebook.  He's had a few albums out and I can't get enough of him.  Jose Gonzalez, is a super talented Swedish man who I discovered from two different soundtracks.  I quite enjoy his guitar playing, he used pick patterns mostly and his vocals are tremendous.  Below is a video of one of his songs, set in the hills of San Francisco, it's totally awesome.  A band called Needtobreathe have also caught my attention.  The amazing thing about youtube is that there are a million or more people who have videos that are great, and now we have access to see all kinds of music and listen to artists we never could before.  That is just a taste of the music I have been listening to lately.  I love discovering new music!






Augustana

A little while ago I went to see Augustana in the Venue, the band that's mostly know for singles like Boston and Sweet and Low.  I really have liked all the albums that they have produced and I was really excited to see them.   The band that opened for them was called Graffit6, who originate from the UK.  I love going to concerts because you see new acts that aren't very popular yet.  Graffitii6 has a new album out called Colours.  Augustana put on a excellent show, and they even played my favorite song 20 Years!  As I was researching the band, I found out that they have had quite a few member changes along the way.  I think the only original member is Dan Layus, the lead singer.  The lead guitarist had a striking resemblance to my brother in law, and the drummer and bass player are brothers.  And when Dan was introducing them to the audience he got them mixed up.  Unfortunately after Augustana had released their self titled album, Epic records dropped the band for poor record sales.  I really liked this album and it's a shame that album sales make or break you in the music industry. I guess that's why a lot of people are independent. After the band was dropped from Epic, the band announced that they would continue touring and making music.  I've included some videos of my favorite songs for your enjoyment.  The Graffiti6 song below was featured on Grey's Anatomy.