September 21, 2010

As with all electronic music, it’s difficult to predict exactly what a “live” show will entail. Does it feature a full band rocking out on keyboards, guitars, and drums? Or an ex-bassist shuffling through Ableton, periodically hitting a cowbell?

ATG favorites Miami Horror avoided the latter at U Street Music Hall on September 11th, playing a nearly flawless set at a venue that brilliantly complimented their sound. The Australian quartet displayed full control over their arsenal of disco-influenced jams, and gave us the opportunity to catch up with them for a few minutes after the show (video above).

MP3: Miami Horror – “Summerfest ’86”

– Stephen

*Special thanks to Jacob Zverina for shooting/editing the video

But Your Line Around My Neck Keeps Pullin’

June 22, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve walked into a concert and come out utterly amazed.  Twas the case with Annuals‘ show at DC9 last weekend, by the end of which my jaw had dropped several times over.  It’s hard to define exactly what I heard given that the North Carolina six-piece’s repertoire pretty much runs the indie gamut, but regardless of whether they were dropping bright pop-rock like “Confessor,” alt-country jams like “Always Do,” or nascent epics like “Brother,” Annuals pulled it off with plenty of panache and cohesion despite barely being able to fit on stage along with their instruments (and that’s saying a lot with two drum sets).  Definitely check these guys out if they’re playing in your neck of the woods, and make sure to grab the quirky calypso jam “Loxtep” (from their latest Sweet Sister EP) as well as the aforementioned set closer “Brother” below.

MP3: Annuals – “Loxtep”
MP3: Annuals – “Brother”


You Are My Dream

June 8, 2010

I hate the term “chillwave” as much as the next guy, but after checking out MillionYoung at DC9 last night, a foray into the pseudo-genre will be necessary for just this one post.  I knew very little about Mike Diaz’s project before the show, having only dipped my toe into his collection of homemade ambient electro-pop, but it only took a few songs to realize how well it translated to the stage.  Diaz’s beats take on a whole new energy in the live setting, keeping those dreamy soundscapes but backing them up with enough energy to get everyone in the room moving.  He also proves that there’s more to the man behind the laptop, keeping an animated stage presence while manning multiple instruments at a time.  The DIY feel of his recorded material permeates into his live performance, giving it a nice touch of charm, although I can only imagine the types of jams Diaz will be dropping once his music gets some better production.  All in all, a fantastic show.  I wasn’t quite the sweaty mess that Zack was after Passion Pit, but I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend a Monday night.

Head over to MillionYoung’s website to grab his Sunndreamm EP, and if you like that make sure to check out the Be So True EP as well.

MP3: MillionYoung – “Feel the Same”
MP3: MillionYoung – “Cynthia (Letting Up Despite Great Faults Remix)”


All Things Go @ Kid’s Inaugural

January 22, 2009

Concert reviews have been somewhat of a rare occurrence here on All Things Go, but every once in a while Zack and I get to go to a show that we just have to write about.  It’s these shows that force you to look in the mirror and ask yourself: “Who am I really?”.  It’s these shows that encourage you to look back at what you’ve done in life and question whether you’ve been true to yourself.  It’s these shows that change who you are as a person.  That’s why All Things Go would like to thank the Jonas Brothers for encouraging us to look deeper into our souls and learn who we are as people.

It’s safe to say that the place to be this weekend was the nation’s capital.  With manifestations of Obamania at the corner of every street in the district, Washington was more alive than it had ever been in recent history in the lead up to the inauguration of our nation’s 44th president.  And as is usually the case every four years, there are plenty of inaugural events and balls that occur in the several days surrounding this momentous date.  One of these was the Kid’s Inaugural, a Disney-hosted concert held in honor of American military families.

On the night of this event, the Verizon Center was abound with hordes of little children, all absolutely psyched to see Miley Cyrus and the Jo’ Bros.  The concert also included performances by The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift‘s Bow Wow, rising Disney stars Corbin Bleu and Demi Lovato, and appearances by Jamie Foxx, Usher, Rosario Dawson, and the one and only George Lopez.

Although Zack and I got pretty pumped up by all the performances that night, our awkward attempts at dancing to Miley Cyrus and making cat-calls to George Lopez were shrouded by the shrieks and screams coming from the thousands of Disney-ites in attendance.  But you can’t blame these kids for being so excited — several of the night’s performances were legitimately entertaining.  The event kicked off with a four-song set by Miley Cyrus, which included the ever-popular “See You Again” and a duet with Billy Ray Cyrus which, to our chagrin, was not a father-daughter rendition of “Achy Breaky Heart.”  The remainder of the night was filled with a slew of celebrity appearances and performances, most of which were fine and amusing (although Demi Levato’s second song, “La-La Land,” closed out with a pretty-awesome-but-I-guess-you-had-to-be-there breakdown).

The musical highlight of the night was by far the Jonas Brothers.  Would I have been furious if they didn’t play “Burnin’ Up”?  Yes, incredibly.  Fortunately, I didn’t have to throw a hissy fit.  The Jo’ Bros rounded out their four-song set with their hit single, bringing every tween girl in the room to their knees.  To be honest, the three siblings are great entertainers.  I was surprised at how much I seriously enjoyed their performance, not for its novelty value, but as an actual concert.

However, the true highlight of the event was having Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, at the event.  Michelle did give a speech towards the end of the show, but the best part was having the presidential family around for the entire show and seeing them dance the night away to the Jonas Brothers, Miley, and co.  The two Obama girls seemed to be having the times of their lives, a good start for their stay here in the nation’s capital.

So was the concert a blast? Yes.  Am I somewhat ashamed?  Sure.  Does that make me lame?  You be the judge (Yes.).  But in the end it was a fun part of the weekend-long celebration here in Washington, DC that it was truly special to be a part of.


Super Bonnaroo

February 6, 2008

Super Bowl, Super Tuesday, Mardi Gras… the “super” theme of this week continues this early Wednesday morning with the gigantic Bonnaroo 2008 lineup. The hot Tennessee summer will once again take over music lovers of all kinds at this festival which is running June 12-15 for the seventh straight year. With a clear evolution from the first Bonnaroo in 2002, this lineup presents one of the most dynamic sets of bands to date. It looks like the headliners are going to be Pearl Jam, Metallica, Jack Johnson, and Kanye West. Other highlights include: Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) and Alison Krauss, Sigur Ros, Phil Lesh and Friends, Umphreys Mcgee, My Morning Jacket, Iron and Wine, Allman Brothers Band, Lupe Fiasco, The Raconteurs, Broken Social Scene, Death Cab for Cutie, !!!, Jose Gonzalez, and Vampire Weekend.

The big news however, is that LED ZEPPELIN could also be headlining. Both the Associated Press, NME, and a bunch of other sites have announced this, yet it is not confirmed with the rest of the lineup on the Bonnaroo website. Hopefully this will be confirmed. I guess we will just have to wait and see. Even though I am very pleased with the lineups and can name at least 20 must-sees, I am a little skeptical about two things: 1) I’m not so sure that this lineup continues with the “tradition” of Bonnarro. It is clearly missing the abundance of jam, funk, jazz, and bluegrass bands that were included in the past. This makes me less skeptical compared to…2) METALLICA??? Even though this will probably be a very cool show considering the history of this band, there is no other band on this whole lineup to complement this show. Seems kind of random to me.

Regardless, I will still be there, and will be buying my ticket the second it goes on sale. What do you faithful ATG readers think? Whose going? What are you excited for? Let us know! Complete line-up after the jump.

Tennessee, Tennessee, ain’t no place I’d rather be,

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Zeppelin One Off Reunion: A Sign of More to Come?

December 11, 2007


Last night at London’s 02 arena, the legendary classic rock band Led Zeppelin reunited for the first time in 19 years for one of the most anticipated reunions since, well…The Police, about a year ago. But this event had a purpose, and that was to get back together to honor Atlantic Records founder, the late Ahmet Ertegun. The three remaining rock gods have given the drummer position to Jason Bonham, son of the original drummer, John Bonham, who has since passed away. What is still only their only gig lined up, last night’s show, according to NBE, was strictly music, and not much banter at all. But this is Led Zeppelin, who wants to hear them talk when they come out to rock? And rock they did as they played a stacked set to a packed crowd for what we can only hope to be the beginning of a 2008 reunion tour. (For those of you have not heard yet: pretty strong rumors have been flying around about a headlining spot at this year’s Bonnaroo). Be sure to search the Internet today for fan reviews and videos of what seems to have been an epic concert. Till then, here’s the setlist: Good Times Bad Times/ Ramble On/Black Dog/ In My Time of Dying/ For Your Life/ Trampled Under Foot/ Nobody’s Fault But Mine/ No Quarter/ Since I’ve Been Loving You/ Dazed and Confused/ Stairway to Heaven/ The Song Remains the Same/ Misty Mountain Hop/ Kashmir/ Enc 1: Whole Lotta Love/ Enc 2: Rock and Roll.

It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled

Madison Homegrown Hip-Hop Fest

December 5, 2007


I know ATG is a global blog, but if any of you are going to be in the Midwest this weekend don’t do anything else but come to Madison, WI. We’ve got cold beer, fresh snow, and some bumpin’ Hip-Hop. This weekend, the University is putting on the Homegrown Hip Hop Festival featuring Rhymefest on Thursday 12/6 and Brother Ali on Saturday 12/8, and a whole lot more acts in between. Check it out and get there early, because even though this was just finalized, it’s going to be packed. A full schedule can be found at our music commitee’s official site.

MP3: Rhymefest – “Feva”
MP3: Brother Ali – “Forest Whitiker”

To gettin’ down with gettin’ down,

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All Things Go Presents: Mobius Band w/ Middle Distance Runner @ The Haunt, Ithaca, NY

November 5, 2007


Thank you guys for the feedback about what you want to see here. I took your advice, and am planning on multiple mixtapes and more frequent posting now that midterms have passed. More importantly though, we’re sponsoring a show! With the help of my friend Aaron over at Cornell, I’ve finally got a chance to hold the first All Things Go sponsored event, and I couldn’t have found two better bands for the first of hopefully many events. Mobius Band will be headlining the show, with local band Upstatescape and DC homeboys (and ATG favorites) Middle Distance Runner opening. The show is on next Friday, November 9th. I know this is short notice but we finally got the deal done so the show is set. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $7 at the doors, and doors are at 8:00. The show is at The Haunt (702 Willow Ave. Ithaca, NY). Unfortunately, I wont be able to make it, but be sure to find Aaron and thank him for putting everything together. Also, if you are in the Ithaca area, get your asses over to the show.

Check some music from Mobius Band and MDR:

MP3: Mobius Band – “Friends Like These”
MP3: Middle Distance Runner – “Naturally”

I seriously cannot stop listening to “Friends Like These”. Special thanks as well to Delta Chi Fraternity for co-sponsoring the show.


Virgin Festival – August 4th and 5th

August 2, 2007


After much deliberation, I have decided that I could not be considered a real blogger if I wasn’t in attendance at one of the massive festivals going on this weekend. Since Lollapalooza is a bit more expensive, is three days long, and is in Chicago, I decided against it and instead am attending Virgin Festival, which is in Baltimore (only 45 minutes away from here), has almost the same bands, and is much cheaper. Granted, I’m not too excited to see the headliners at this year’s Virgin Fest (sorry 311, Smashing Pumpkins, The Police and Beastie Boys). However, some of my absolute favorites will be performing what are sure to be some awesome sets. This saturday and sunday I will be enjoying performances by Girl Talk, M.I.A., Spoon, Modest Mouse, Regina Spektor, Explosions in the Sky, Interpol, TV on the Radio, LCD Soundsystem, Wu Tang and many more. Also, since Virgin Fest didn’t get Daft Punk (and Lolla did), I just got my ticket to see the French geniuses in Brooklyn on the 9th. Needless to say I am thoroughly pumped for my first festival.

Adrian and I will be doing some serious coverage of the festival (seeing as how most of the top blogs are probably going to be at Lolla except IGIF, who will be with us), so stick around here for updates with music, pictures, and hopefully some video footage.

Tickets are still available for both days, so if you live near Baltimore, or love music, get it together and come on down to Pimlico Race Track. Here’s some music from some of the artists to get you in the mood

MP3: M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
MP3: LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
MP3: Interpol – “The Heinrich Manuever”
MP3: Regina Spektor – “Hotel Song”
MP3: Peter Bjorn & John – “Amsterdam”

Spot me in the crowd and I’ll buy you a drink!


Of Montreal Live 9/28/06

October 22, 2006

I’m still astounded by the number of great bands that stop in Virginia. UVA has a reputation, a deserved reputation for being Dave Matthew’s perpetual jock itch. He’s already played at least 3 times here in a matter of months. But enough about Dave. The latest of the live line up that I looked upon was Of Montreal. I know, we here at ATG have hard on’s for certain bands (TED LEO), and Of Montreal is no exception.

How could we not when their live performances include band members in dresses, hot pants, and are half naked. The make-up was a nice touch. Other theatrics included coming out hiding behind gigantic masks, use of nunchuks and a katana, and what appeared to be a murder. I couldn’t see very well, but of course these were accessory elements to the show.

Instead of relying on their airy, 60’s pop-esque music, Of Montreal devoted a large portion of their set to playing material off their new record. The whimsicality has been replaced with an almost sexual, electronic element. Of course, their new album is planned for a release in the near future (sorry I can’t be specific).