A Night With The Quin Twins, Tegan And Sara

Tegan and Sara
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
March 26, 2010

Tegan and Sara Chicago 6

The twins Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing music together since the age of 15. Yet this is the first major time in their career when the two have collaborated and actually written together. Whereas most teenagers are lost in the turmoil that is young love and the pressures of growing up, Tegan and Sara were chronicling their teenage lives in their high school’s makeshift studio. Over the next few years, tender lyrics like, “Got time to wander to waste and to whine / But when it comes to you / It seems like I just can’t find the time” would form into the album that jump started their future career.

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Australia’s An Horse Kicks Off Tour In Chicago

An Horse
Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
June 7, 2009

An Horse Schuba's TavernKate Cooper (lead vocals, guitar)

Completely blown away by Australian duo An Horse is one way to describe how I felt after the band’s show in Chicago last Sunday night. I honestly had no idea that two voices and two instruments could sound so good live! With Kate Cooper showing off some impressive guitar skills and Damon Cox rocking out on his drum kit, I fell in love with my now new favorite band An Horse and their insanely catchy indie pop songs. The band kicked off their U.S. tour opening for Telekinesis at Schuba’s Tavern starting their set with “Camp Out,” the first song from debut record Rearrange Beds. Near the end of An Horse’s set, Kate and Damon gave in to the crowd’s requests to play “Postcards,” which was used in a Mercedes-Benz TV ad last year. I looked up the commercial on YouTube and I have to say, the song was the perfect choice for this car spot. Although the lyrics to “Postcards” do not necessarily relate to the Mercedes-Benz ad’s tagline, the music matches the trendy vibe for sure. If I had the money, I would want to buy that car. I wish I could have seen An Horse perform with former tourmates Tegan and Sara, as well as Death Cab For Cutie. Those would have been great shows and unfortunately I missed out on them. Make sure you catch Aussie duo An Horse in a city near you on their current U.S. tour. Trust me, one day Kate and Damon will be playing festivals like Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. They are the next big thing, so take a listen and enjoy!

An Horse Schuba's TavernDamon Cox (drums, vocals)

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Mission Accomplished: Longwave Play Aragon Ballroom

Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
March 28, 2009

Longwave Aragon BallroomSteve Schiltz (vocals, guitar)

“We have always wanted to play this venue ever since we saw a show here for the first time years ago,” exclaimed singer Steve Schiltz of Longwave in between songs in the band’s set.  Well, guys…Congratulations!  You made it!  I had no clue what to expect when Longwave walked out on stage to begin warming up the crowd for headliners Bloc Party at the Aragon Ballroom last weekend. However, as soon as the four-piece band from New York finished their opening number, I then understood why Longwave was chosen as the support act for the Bloc Party tour.Their sound is reminiscent of Bloc Party, which I believe is a very good thing. When you think about it, the majority of the crowd was at the show to see Bloc Party. So if you happened to get there early enough to watch the opening band, as a fan of BP, you’d probably hope that the support band would sound similar to the headliner you came to see.

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I have Longwave’s latest album Secrets Are Sinister, but had not listened to it before going to see the band last Saturday. I know, I know – I feel like a horrible person for not checking them out earlier. But honestly, sometimes seeing a band perform their music live before listening to their record can really affect whether I like the songs or not. That being said, I was quite content watching Longwave perform live in concert for the first time. It gave me the opportunity I needed to just chill out and take a listen to their music. And now the guys in Longwave have a fan in me.

Please remember, whatever I say here is just my honest and personal observation from the show. Do NOT take anything I say to heart. You could totally disagree with me, and that is fine! Now that I got my disclaimer out of the way, I want to make a few remarks. First of all, I thought the lead singer of Longwave (Steve Schiltz) sounded just like Ben Gibbard, the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie. For me, that was a plus, because I am a big fan of Death Cab. Second of all, I thought Schiltz looked very much like Chris Martin from Coldplay (if Chris had a fro). That was also a plus, because I am a huge fan of Coldplay.  Thirdly,  like I said before, Longwave’s sound and style reminded me of Bloc Party. Obviously, this is a plus because it made waiting for the headliner to come out that much more enjoyable. I can never understand why so many support acts on tours sound NOTHING like the headliner. One more thing: The guitarist for Longwave (Shannon Ferguson) was not in attendance for the Chicago show because he was about to become a daddy. Now that to me is a damn good excuse to miss a show.

Longwave Aragon BallroomSub for Shannon Ferguson (guitar)

Longwave Aragon BallroomMorgan King (bass)

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*Not photographed: Jason Molina (drums)

My Morning Jacket releases exclusive iTunes “Live from Las Vegas at the Palms” EP

Rockers join releases by Gavin Rossdale, Death Cab for Cutie and The Bird and the Bee as a four-part series recorded inside Studio at the Palms

LAS VEGAS – January 14, 2009 – Fans regaled this week when indie rock band My Morning Jacket released (January 13), exclusively on iTunes, live tracks recorded last year inside Studio at the Palms – the Palms Casino Resort’s state-of-the-art recording studio. The release is part of the iTunes’ “Live from Las Vegas at the Palms” series which finds today’s most influential artists performing live throughout the celebrated resort.

“We’re excited to bring a piece of Studio at the Palms to fans across the world with these releases – not many people get to experience the studio on this level. It’s like eavesdropping on your favorite artist during their recording session,” said Palms Owner George Maloof.

Previous exclusive iTunes releases found artists such as John Legend, Hinder and Wolfmother performing live in The Pearl Concert Theater, The Lounge and other areas of the resort. The newest series finds rocker Gavin Rossdale, indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie and electro-pop indie duo The Bird and the Bee jamming live inside Studio at the Palms. These exclusive tracks are available at www.itunes.com.

Studio at the Palms is responsible for some of the biggest hits in the music industry since opening its doors to artists more than three years ago. Releases including Maroon 5’s It Won’t Be Soon Before Long, LL Cool J’s hit single “Baby,” Panic at the Disco’s Pretty. Odd., Britney Spears’ Blackout and Celine Dion’s Taking Chances have all been produced in some capacity at Studio at the Palms in the past year.

Additionally during this time, producer and writing duo Tricky Stewart and The Dream have spent countless hours calling the studio home while working on recordings for Mariah Carey (“Touch My Body”), Mary J. Blige (Growing Pains), The Dream’s own album Love/Hate, Usher (“Moving Mountains”), Gym Class Heroes (“Cookie Jar”) and countless others. By the close of the first quarter of 2009, more studio releases from the duo will include Ciara’s highly anticipated new release, singles from Beyonce, The Dream’s sophomore studio album and other recordings from Jamie Foxx, Lionel Richie and others.

For information on the recording studio, please visit www.palms.com.

My New Favorite Artist = Ingrid Michaelson

So my Music Publishing teacher came into class after returning from SXSW raving about how his new favorite artist is this girl named Ingrid Michaelson. He proceeded to tell us that he attended a panel discussion in Austin during the music festival where Ingrid’s manager was a guest speaker. He then told us that Ingrid’s manager and lawyer were geniuses when it came to the deals they established in Ingrid’s music career. After breaking down her royalty collections from her CD sales and comparing that amount to what Ms. Michaelson would have received if signed to a major label, I was hooked. I had to know everything about this singer/songwriter who is now a millionaire from doing everything herself without the “help” of a major. So of course I jumped at the chance to interview her and ask her how she pulled it off. Read on to hear what Ingrid Michaelson has to say about the music industry and what it’s like to be the “girl who’s doing it all by herself.”

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