Since 2004, this Cincinnati-based band has been rocking out venues and entertaining ever-growing audiences with their jazzy-rock alternative beats.
On June 25, Foxy Shazam took over Buffalo’s Town Ballroom, drawing in fans of all shapes and sizes for the same reason: to listen to Foxy’s new and old music, while watching one helluva show.
Foxy isn’t the kind of band that takes their places, strums their strings, beats their drums, sings their notes and then calls it a night. No. Schuyler Vaughn White does handstands while playing his keyboard, Alex Nauth dances all over the stage while playing his trumpet, Daisy Caplan and Loren Daniel Turne hold guitars above their heads, Aaron McVeigh bashes his symbols off of Eric Sean Nally head who was endlessly flipping and rolling and jumping around the stage while singing songs from all of their albums.
It wasn’t just a concert, it was a full-blown show. And the crowd in the pit was just as amped up as the band was.
They started their set with “Gonzo”, the single off of their newest album with the same title. Starting out with their most recent hit got everyone’s attention right off the bat, and they kept the show going with energized hits from their 2014 album.
As they concluded that set, they announced that it was just an intermission. And sure enough, Foxy swarmed the stage once again, with new outfits and whole new vibe, throwing the audience back to their last album “The Church of Rock and Roll” with hits like “The Streets” and “I Like It”. But they took it even further back to their 2010 self-titled album with “Only Way To My Heart” and “Bombs Away”, as well as songs off of their 2008 album “Introducing Foxy Shazam” like “Yes! Yes! Yes!”.
No one can say that this show lacked variety of any sorts.
Nally’s vocals were right on key. They had accuracy, energy and passion — everything a vocalist should possess. Better yet, he was all about getting the audience involved by singing directly to them, talking to them between songs and plugging the city of Buffalo into his dialogue. Right on, Eric!
Even those who may not have been die-hard fans, or maybe had not heard their music before at all, were definitely entertained throughout Foxy’s performance in June at The Town Ballroom. If given the chance to witness these guys live, it’s definitely worth the money.]]>
Gaining Ground Media’s own Kaitlyn Affuso got to speak with Daisy from Foxy Shazam about their surprise release “Gonzo” and their inspirations.
GGM: You’re going Gonzo, huh? Why? What is the “gonzo” that inspired this album?
Daisy: We’re going GON50 because life is inherently GON50, and we have surrendered
to living it to the fullest for better or worse. Thus, the inspiration is
life itself, to answer the second question.
GGM: Aside from the direct inspiration, what do you think sets “Gonzo” apart
from the past albums, especially from your last album, “The Church of Rock
Daisy: I think the biggest difference between the two albums is that there are
different songs on each of them.
GGM: Alright, guys, favorite son and why?
Daisy: The parenting books tell you that that you’re not supposed to pick a
favorite and you’re a bad parent if you do. Are you trying to tear my family
GGM: What was the biggest struggle in writing/recording this album? What was
the easiest aspect of its making?
Daisy: The biggest struggle was being true to ourselves creatively no matter what
the cost. It was also the easiest part, once we got past how hard it was.
GGM: In comparison to Foxy’s past work, where do you rank this album?
Daisy: I think you should go back to that answer about having favorite kids. If
there was a parenting book for bands, they would tell you the same thing
GGM: You guys assembled the band back in ’04… do you find that you’re
stringing along the same fan-base from day 1, while adding new fans along
the way? Or do you think, in recent years, you’ve created a whole new
Daisy: I think we’ve retained most of the fans we had at the beginning and added
new ones. I generally see familiar faces year after year in addition to the
new ones. They feel like family after a while. It’s a nice feeling.
GGM: What bands do you find inspiration in? Who/what has helped you guys form
the band into what it is today?
Daisy: Our tour mates Larry and His Flask had their van stolen with all their gear
and belongings inside. They were back in action within 48 hours with smiles
on their faces. it was insane and a total inspiration how deft they were in
handling that situation. That inspired us greatly.
Watch Foxy Shazam’s newest video “Tragic Thrill:
Catch Foxy Shazam and Larry and His Flask on tour:
Jun 25 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
Jun 27 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Jun 28 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
July 12 Cincinnati, OH Bunbury Music Festival
Jul 26 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Jul 28 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
Jul 29 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Jul 31 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
Aug 1 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
Aug 2 Sacramento, CA The Assembly
Aug 5 Spokane, WA The Hop
Aug 7 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
Aug 8 Seattle, WA Neumos
Aug 9 Vancouver, BC Venue
Aug 11 Boise, ID Neurolux
Aug 12 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Aug 14 Sioux Falls, SD Orpheum Theater
Aug 15 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
Aug 16 Davenport, IA River Roots Live Festival @ LeClaire Park
People parked their cars all along Outer Harbor Drive in Buffalo, parading into the open lot on the water, where boats began to anchor and the drinks started to flow, all anticipating last night’s entertainment.
With their opening act being The Cults, who sing “Go Outside” were a decent opening act, despite some dullness. It was a peaceful act to be listened to on a perfect day; however, it seemed as if only half of the band had their hearts into it. Rather, it looked like the bassist and one guitarist was literally about to fall asleep. But hey, maybe it was just a tough day…
Vampire Weekend made their entrance with pounding rap music, the drop-down of a floral canvas background and a big mirror, which displayed different light shows throughout their set.
As a fan of Vamp Wknd from years back, it was more exciting to hear songs from their past albums rather than just from their newest album “Modern Vampires of the City” that was released in May of 2013. That being said, when they rocked out their hit single “Diane Young” from the 2013 album, the crowd went nuts, and vibe from the stage to the audience was prime.
The second and third songs played were “White Sky” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” both off of older albums. Whether the songs they performed were new or old, the crowd was electric, and that’s what made it that much more fun — the crowd wasn’t filled with many band-wagoners. It was clear they were fans from the beginning, too.
Other songs they performed were “Campus,” “Oxford Comma,” “Giving Up The Gun,” and “Horchata,” with the whole crowd singing along to the oh’s and ah’s and the reoccurring lyrical line: “Here comes the feeling you thought you’d forgotten.”
Better yet, Ezra Koenig’s vocals and guitar riffs sounded as if they were straight off the track, but the band made room for some improvisation and instrumental solos. Rostam Batmanglij (guitarist, keyboardist, backup vocals), Chris Tomson (drummer) and Chris Baio (bassist, backup vocals) all had just as much energy and accuracy as Koenig. Listening to these guys play live created such nostalgia, splitting listeners in two, putting them in the past and the present all at once.
From the moment the alarm clock screeches to the last ounce of resistance your eyelids have fighting to stay awake, we are surrounded by an overwhelming presence of technology, traffic, and buzzing bright lights. If you are like the majority of folks your head is buried in your cellphone any chance you get, living vicariously through social media. We have a constant itch to feel connected. However, when it comes to figuring out what we should be connected to, we seem misguided. When was the last time you stopped and watched the sun rise or set? Listened to the birds chattering back and forth? Or actually felt the rain or the warming sun on your skin? Maybe that’s what we’re missing in our day-to-day life. A calm, a reset.
Meet your new travel guide and engineers of escapism, Vacationer. This electronic pop 4-piece out of Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY is sure to let your mind slip into an adventure without even having to leave your couch. The band consists of Kenny Vasoli (bass/vocals), Matthew Young (vibraphone/backing vocals), Ryan Zimmaro (drums), Michael Mullin (keyboards/backing vocals) and Greg Altman (guitar/backing vocals). With a soundscape full of “simple, clean ingredients” layered with eccentric, tropical sounds, Vacationer has stepped off the beaten path and wandered into a genre all their own. A truly refreshing, feel good sound.
Vasoli (formerly of pop-punk band The Starting Line) started this new project out anonymously in hopes of preventing “past life fans” from forming any preconceived notions about a band with his name plastered all over it. He admits the genre change can be “a hard pill to swallow” for die hard TSL fans but was hoping his anonymity would help people to go into it with an open mind. “I just wanted to be able to keep acting my age and try something completely new.”
Since their 2012 debut release “Gone” Vacationer has stayed busy on the road spreading their good vibes and escapism. Fast forward two years later, with nearly a year off writing, the band is scheduled to release “Relief” – their second full length with Downtown Records available June 24th. Working with Matt and Grant from Body Language, Vasoli and the other members of Vacationer have collaborated to bring us yet another headphone trip.
Sonically, “Relief” will parallel “Gone” while incorporating the live feel of the band, and some deeper sounds to give the record more depth. This time around listeners can expect more energy on the record. After taking cues from the audience at their live shows, Vacationer has made a conscious effort to bring that same energy to the record by adding the band to the recording process. And as if the music didn’t already paint a colorful picture in your head, they’ve taken cues from classical soundtrack composers like Martin Denny and Percy Faith to add an even more whimsical, cinematic sound to this record.
Vacationer has an energy and spirit all its own. Vasoli says that “it’s supposed to be a reminder to relax and enjoy life.” He is humble in acknowledging that they realize how fortunate they are for the life they live and not everyone is that lucky. Their goal is to offer up any sort of relief to anyone they can. There are three things in life that are important to him that the he wants the music to portray: love, relaxation, and exploration. Love being the “purest form of euphoria” and something everybody wants; relaxation which is something that everyone needs to be reminded of; and exploration — which Vasoli admits isn’t for everyone — but the music surely will take you on a journey, and provide the escape that we often need to be reminded of.
Check out “In The Grass” off of Relief by Vacationer:]]>
St. Patrick’s Day brought more than green beer this year, and we have Skrillex to thank for that.
Though “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” served as a classic guilty-pleasure album, with a lot of the tracks sounding really similar, such as the album-titled track and “First of the Year,” Skrillz revives himself and mixes up his dubstep on his new album “Recess,” each track having a mood of its own.
Starting off with “Fire Away” featuring Ragga Twins, it gives off a Reggae-vibe, and goes with today’s idea of running away from all you have for something new. “Fuck this place that we call home… take me with you when you go…” And instead of a d-d-d-d-drop the bass moment, it curls into a chill beat, with high tones and an echoing of vocals. It’s dubstep serenity.
Then comes the track “Recess,” starting off with a street beat and chanting that lead us into a Jock Jams throwback, introduced to the year 2014 and injected with bass drops. “Don’t let us stop…”
Each song has a good beat, no doubt. They even have more words than just “Call 911 now!” “Stranger” features KillaGraham and Sam Dew — definitely lulling lyrics and smooth tones.
“Dirty Vibe” is dance, plus dubstep, plus rap, and features Diplo, G-Dragon and CL.
Oh, that’s another thing, every song features another artist, mixing danceable beats to lyrics and stirring in a bass drop. It’s music you can work out to, dance to or daydream to.
What more could you want from Skrillex?
“Recess” is definitely an album that will be tuned into summer 2014. Reach out for it and lose yourself in it.
The Devil Wears Prada frontman Mike Hranica commented, “We’re very excited to continue touring 8:18 and to have the opportunity to play new songs, as well as getting the chance to play for a beneficial cause. We’ve always tried to make a point to play charitable shows and be a part in helping out; we’re all grateful to have that with the Take Action Tour.”
Throughout the tour, The Devil Wears Prada will celebrate their new record 8:18 which arrived everywhere to critical praise this past fall. The stunning 8:18 was executive produced by Killswitch Engage’s Adam Dutkiewicz and produced by the band along with producer/engineer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot). The Devil Wears Prada is: Mike Hranica – vocals * Chris Rubey – lead guitar * Jeremy DePoyster – rhythm guitar, vocals * Andy Trick – bass * Daniel Williams – drums.
Since 1999 Hopeless Records has been supporting non-profit organizations under the Sub City banner with charitable albums, tours, and events, including the Take Action Tour! Now a registered 501c3 non-profit organization itself, Sub City continues the mission of connecting bands, fans and the causes they are passionate about. Since its inception, Sub City has raised more than two million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations!
Now in its twelfth year, the Take Action Tour will help benefit the Living The Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides hope and inspiration to children and young adults afflicted with life threatening diseases. Their vision is to share a rich, rewarding, Living The Dreamexperience that they’ll never forget. The foundation will bring a different fan out to select tour dates where they will have their Dream Day with the band. The Devil Wears Prada will be participating in fulfilling Dream Days with fans throughout the duration of the entire tour and have already participated in one, which can be viewed HERE. What’s more, ten percent of the cost of each ticket sold is donated to Living The Dream and Sub City to help further this cause making each person attending an active participant in making the world a better place. For more information on the Living The Dream Foundation & Take Action please visit www.livingthedreamfoundation.org and www.takeactiontour.com.
12 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
13 Pomona, CA The Glasshouse
14 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What
17 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
18 Odessa, TX Club Patron
19 Corpus Christi, TX La Hacienda
21 Nashville, TN Rocketown
22 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
23 Jacksonville, FL Murray Hill Theatre
24 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
25 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
27 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
28 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
29 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
30 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
01 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
02 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
The 2014 season at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY kicks off with MODEST MOUSE and BRAND NEW on Saturday, May 24th, 2014.
Modest Mouse was formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington and over the last decade has become the indie rock standard, and one of the few bands capable of treading the narrow path where massive popularity is possible without sacrificing their longtime fans.
The band released their first full-length album, This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About, on the Up label in 1996. With the release of their second album, The Lonesome Crowded West in 1997, the band’s status reached new heights with a legion of fans and critical acclaim. In 2000, Modest Mouse was signed to Epic Records and released their third album, The Moon & Antarctica. In 2004 came the release of their breakthrough album, Good News For People Who Love Bad News, which included the hit “Float On” and has sold over 1.5 million copies and earned the band two Grammy nominations.
Modest Mouse released We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, on March 20, 2007 and immediately entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #1. Most recently the band released the EP No One’s First, And You’re Next and also reissued Moon & Antartica on vinyl.
Date: Saturday, May 24th 2014
Time: Gates: 5:00pm, Show: 7:00pm
Ages: All Ages
Tickets: $42.00 in Advance
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 10AM
Charge by phone: 888.512.SHOW
In person: Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown Chambers of Commerce,
Gree Toad Bookstore (Oneonta),
State Theatre Box Office (Ithaca)
more outlets TBA
All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice.]]>
Main Street in Buffalo lures in a vast array of people, holding something to cater to anyone’s interest, and this past Thursday, Record Theatre sang out to music-lovers.
CD’s, vinyls and posters plaster the walls, signs advertising local events and shows paint the bulletin boards, and an assortment of music rest in the aisles of shelving throughout the store. Genres range from current hit sensations, such as Macklemore and the more “underground artists” like Bon Iver, and reach all the way back to musicians like Johnny Cash, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Different people from the streets skitter in from the snowy, cold Buffalo evening, all flipping through the alphabetized music as they make their way to the back of the store.
Vans Warped Acoustic Basement Tour took over Record Theatre on Main Street, with Transit headlining, and Hit The Lights, Front Porch Step and Brian Marquis, former guitarist and vocalist of Therefore I Am, opening.
Despite being the opener bands, they did not go unheard. The crowd, zig-zagged through aisles of CDs and records, had their hands in the air as they sang along to almost every song of Front Porch Step, and swayed back and forth to the guitar and harmonica melodies of Brian Marquis.
Marquis said his solo project is only the start to new things to come for him in his lifetime of music. Having been in the band Therefore I Am for almost four years, he appreciated working in a group, but wanted to do some further exploring.
“Towards the end of the band, I felt as if I needed to have another creative outlet that was all my own,” Marquis said. “Being in a band is great, but sometimes you need something that is all under your control: musically and decision-wise.”
He said while the democracy that comes with being a member of a band can be great, a solo project allows for complete independence, which is what he wanted to achieve.
While working on his solo project, Marquis collaborated with Vans Warped Tour and created the Acoustic Basement Stage in 2012, which was a fulfillment of one of his personal goals – filling in his free time with more music-related jobs, rather than “crappy part-time jobs.” While the stage is going into its third year come this summer, the entire tour just began last year, making this its second annual.
“The music industry has changed quite a bit, in my lifetime especially, and I think the fact that I”m still doing it and still happy doing it, helps me realize that this is what I really need to be doing,” he said.
With that, he finds truth in the ever-growing role of social media, when it comes to promoting and sharing music. Audio Tree, a Chicago-baded music company, well known for their concert series Audio Tree Live, worked with Warped Tour on the video and audio recording. What made the product so successful is how they were always conscious of intertwining their love for music into their work.
“It really is nice to have people that are passionate about what they’re doing and passionate about really high-quality content, and I think Audio Tree is achieving that,” Marquis expressed.
As more artists and companies, such as Audio Tree, collaborate, Marquis can only hope for the tour to progress.
“We’re looking to branch it (Acoustic Basement Tour) out, do some tours, maybe go international,” he said. “…so far so good.”
Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. In anticipation of the tour, BTBAM has released a short video that was recorded during their most recent North American headline tour at the end of 2013. The video, as the band describes is: “The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a BTBAM show. Let’s switch off together.” The video was produced, filmed and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones & Wes Richardson, with editing done by Raymond McCrea Jones, and visual FX by Wes Richardson. Watch it now at youtube.com/btbamofficial.
VIP mega bundles are available now exclusively via SHOWstubs.com! Additional limited (25 per city!) VIP packages are also available now on SHOWstubs.com and general admission tickets are available at your local box office and/or venue website. The tour begins February 20th!
Between The Buried And Me‘s ambitious concept album, “The Parallax II: Future Sequence,” was the North Carolina-based band’s highest Billboard chart position (#22) since their inception in the early 2000′s. The album also landed the #3 spot on Billboard’s Hard Music Album chart, as well as #8 on the trade magazine’s Rock Album Chart, at #5 on Billboard’s Indie Label Album chart and at #10 on the Billboard Indie Retail Album chart. Additionally, the album landed at #18 on Guitar World Magazine‘s top 50 albums of 2012 list.
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
Tour w/ Deafheaven, Intronaut, The Kindred
02/20 West Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
02/22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
02/24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
02/26 Montreal, QC Corona Theater
02/27 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie’s
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop’s
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
It has a bit of a Ben Folds feel, stirred in with some punk rock. It’s the album played when things in life are at their worst, and it’s a prescribed dosage to sulk in the sadness but also to rise above it.
A Great Big World’s newest album, “Is Anybody Out There?” featuring the single “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera, offers a range of tracks to cater to either mood when it comes to getting through the worst of times.
Signed by Epic Records, the New York-based duo – Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino – starts the album off with two upbeat tracks, “Rockstar” and “Land of Opportunity”, both delivering optimism when it comes to figuring out life in all its chaos.
It’s the third track, however, where the album really gets strong. “Already Home” dedicates itself to a significant other, the one that makes up his “half of the whole”. It’s of the complications in commitment and is the first track to be painful to relate to yet satisfying due to it being dead on.
“If only New York wasn’t so far away; I promise the city won’t get in our way,” Axel and Vaccarino sing, wishing to get through the difficulties in the long distance relationship. “When you’re scared and alone, just know that I’m already home.”
They give their listeners’ hearts a break with “I Really Want It”. With a vibe similar to that of The Format, A Great Big World emphasizes their belief in individualism in this track, as well as others, such as “Everyone is Gay”. It’s a humoristic way of embellishing the idea of living life to all it has to offer as well as tossing out the fear of being whom you really are.
The sulking only continues with “Say Something” (both the original version and the single featuring Aguilera), a song that is so painfully relative to a breakup that it just may sting a little. “You’re the one that I love, and I’m saying goodbye. So say something; I’m giving up on you…”
It’s that song you want to blast in your car and sing at the top of your lungs, but you know it will only result in a continuous sadness for an unknown amount of time afterward and maybe even a speeding ticket for not paying attention to the road. (Too specific, maybe?)
Similar to this vibe is the track “I Don’t Want To Love Somebody Else.” Self-explanatory, right?
But then there’s “You’ll Be Okay” and “Cheer Up!” and even “Shorty Don’t Wait”. Not only are these tracks just as relatable, but they may pick your spirits up a bit.
Best advice to take into consideration after buying this album: End your lonely night drive with one of the upbeat tracks, and keep the sulking to a minimum… “you’ll be okay.”