The Horrible Crowes (Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem and Ian Perkins) released Live at the Troubadour this week. The album has songs from 2011’s excellent Elsie and full covers and singular verses. There is some light banter about the band’s formation, tramps, relationships, and being fancy sprinkled throughout the recording.
Fallon received some flack recently after his Tumblr post
entitled “Tonight You Have Broken My Heart.” In the post, he addressed the direction of Gaslight Anthem and the “play all the hits”/”BRUUUUCE” attitude of many fans after some specific incidents in July 2013. After reading the blog post (and the oddly awkward out-of-context pull-quotes
used in some cases), my respect for Fallon grew. Yes, nothing can live up to The 59 Sound
. But, artists need to grow. They cannot be expected to play every song you want to hear and every cover they performed once. Each release by any of his main-projects or side-projects is testimony to his growth and “don’t take people’s crap” attitude.
And the cover of “Teenage Dream” is ridiculously fun.
(Ed. Note: This blurb was written without a single reference to Bruce Springsteen and for that, I am proud.)
Deer Tick‘s quiet moments are often the most enjoyable, as seen in the song “Big House” from their latest release Negativity. The songs are all over the place. They go from raucous and drunk to easy-going and romantic. Another great release from this band that puts on one of the most fun (and destructive) live songs I’ve seen to date.
CHVRCHES released their anticipated debut album called The Bones of What You Believe. Another one of those electronic-pop”buzz-bands,” this release is just as expected. The songs are catchy and darkly danceable. For fans of that type of music, this will likely be a BNM (best new music).
Tim Kasher (of Cursive and Good Life) released a 2-song EP called Truly Freaking Out. It has the usual themes of drunkenness, anxiety, and aging. It never gets old (even when we do).
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