The Cat Empire – The Royale – Boston – 4-16-15

I’d like to think that Boston is special, and it is, but when it comes to The Cat Empire I feel they must get the same reaction wherever they go. The Royale had a feel last night that, to this observer, reveals itself far too infrequently in the world today. It was perfect harmony among a great diversity.

Photo courtesy of Sarah at http://mymonotonouslife.com/

Photo courtesy of Sarah at http://mymonotonouslife.com/

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Before its Reborn, Revisit Heroes

Heroes is being reborn and Heroes: Reborn is literally the title. I loved the concept when it was first born in 2006. A new way to look at human evolution and super powers and in humans, a reimagining of the Marvel and DC universes combined if you would. Wolverine as a teenage girl, but instead of adamantium claws she’s uses her icy blue eyes to cut bad guys. They even play the daddy issues card having the cheerleaders be adopted by a version of Stephen Trask.  (Not going to lie that all seems a little closer to plagiarism than a reimagining to me the more I explore, let move on before everyone gets in trouble.) Imagine Rogue as being able to hold her absorbed powers forever. Nightcrawler not only being able to teleport in real time, but also in space time. It’s not original, how could it be, but it is certainly fun, or it was.tumblr_nqu2vaW9Pl1uzx8k4o1_1280 Continue reading

The Fratellis – The Paradise – Boston – 9-19-15

I usually know where I “find” a band because it’s usually as the opening act at a show I go to. That is easily the number 1 way I find bands. On occasion there is a terrestrial radio happenstance, maybe a podcast and sometimes Rock Band has led me to the water of a band I drink from regularly. That being said I have no idea how I found The Fratellis. I’m guessing it was on Providence’s 95.5 WBRU. Brown’s college radio station and easily a very transformative station in my musical adolescence, as if I’ve ever left that stage….

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So I’ve watched from afar as this band I’ve supported through album sales alone has had their single blow up in the way few singles ever do. Being featured in an Amstel Light commerical and as the Chicago Blackhawks home goal anthem will help with that. That changed Saturday Night as they were in town, I was in town and I wanted to make it point to see if their wall of sound on the albums was capable of being reproduced live by just 4 guys.

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