Music Bite: 55th Annual Grammy Nominations Revealed

December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

LL Cool J & Taylor Swift at last night's nomination event.

LL Cool J & Taylor Swift at last night’s nomination event.

It’s that time again – where every music fan and critic wait anxiously to hear the list of Grammy nominations! For the 2013 awards show, the nominations are refreshingly diverse and well-deserved.

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and The Black Keys lead the pack this year, with six nominations each.

Some highlights from the list include Miguel’s “Adorn” for Song of the Year, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange for Album of the Year, Calvin Harris’s “Let’s Go” for Best Dance Recording, and Jack White’s Blunderbuss for Best Rock Album.

The 55th annual Grammy Awards will premiere live on CBS at 8 p.m. EST on February 10, 2013.

View the nominations after the jump!

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Austin City Limits Lineup Announced! Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, & The Black Keys Will Headline

May 23, 2012 § 1 Comment

After many awesome music festivals this year – with more to come – Austin City Limits will be the one closing out the year. The predominately rock music festival will take place on October 12-14 in Austin’s Zilker Park.

Headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Neil Young and The Black Keys! Other performing acts are: Big K.R.I.T, Childish Gambino, AVICII, Florence + The Machine, The Roots, M83, Iggy and the Stooges, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, Band of Skulls and more!

Check out the full lineup here!

Click here for tickets and more information! 

Music Bite: Black Sabbath, Jack White & The Black Keys to Headline Lollapalooza 2012

April 12, 2012 § 2 Comments

Couldn’t get tickets to this weekend’s Coachella? Don’t worry, Lollapalooza’s lineup is finally here! The music festival taking place  in Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3-5 boasts major headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath and Jack White!

The headliners are dope, but other acts like The Weeknd, Bassnectar, Justice, Frank Ocean, J. Cole and more will definitely make this year’s festival the one to watch!

Click here to get your tickets!

Photo Courtesy of: Lollapalooza

The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg To Headline Coachella!

January 9, 2012 § 3 Comments

Coachella is beefing it up big time for this year’s festival with an impressive line-up and – for the first time – show dates that expand over two weekends, April 13-15 and April 20-22.

The line-up is a music lover’s dream – featuring acts like The Black Keys, Afrojack, Cat Power, Radiohead, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Azealia Banks, Bon Iver, Florence + The Machine, AVICII, Beirut….should I go on?

Check out the line-up for yourself below!

Will you be attending Coachella this year?

Photo Courtesy of: Energetic Pulse

The Black Keys Claims “Rock and Roll is Dead”

January 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

It looks like musicians are finally realizing how draining the Pop-specific industry has become. Drummer Patrick Carney of indie band The Black Keys recently told Rolling Stone,

Rock and roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.

Getting even more passionate, Carney continued:

“So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit – therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world. Fuck that.

“Rock and roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don’t like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit.”

Being the avid Rock fan that I am, it is refreshing to see some of my favorite bands – including Kasabian – speaking out against the slow death of Rock and Roll.

Check out more excerpts from the band’s interview here!

What do you think? Is Rock and Roll really dying?

[Source: NME]

Photo Courtesy of: Mog.com

The Black Keys – El Camino: Album Review

December 21, 2011 § 2 Comments

I know I know, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys released their seventh studio El Camino on December 6. I planned to review it right after but ran into some trouble after the indie rock band refused to stream the album on Spotify.  Being the huge fan that I am, I purchased the album so I can finally review it. Two days or two weeks late, who cares? The album stills sounds the same – like Rock N’ Roll heaven.

El Camino opens with the killer “Lonely Boy”. The rumbling Quentin Tarantino- esque track has a more upbeat and refined sound that I’m not used to from the more gravely band. But the duo, alongside Danger Mouse, make it work. Following is “Gold on the Ceiling”; with its fuzzy distortion and gospel-like harmonious chorus, it makes for a playful song.

There are many sonic surprises throughout El Camino and “Little Black Submarines” is the first. The track flaunts the band’s take on the Johnny Cash’s vintage sound with a touch of Led Zeppelin blues flair. But it does a complete 180 and becomes a thrashing riff-filled banger that is very reminiscent of Seventies arena-rock.

Both the rhythm and vocals of “Little Black Submarines” are mellow and stripped down:

“A broken heart is blind.”

“Money Maker” is the perfect soundtrack for a gritty bar fight in Nashville. The filtered vocals become blurry between the dirty riffs, creating a funk vibe.  “Run Right Back”  is the band’s very sassy second promotional single that is over way too soon. Its twangy riffs mimic the sourness in Auerbach’s voice:

“She’s the worst thing I’ve been addicted too, oh no…”

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