May 04, 2011

Grieves - Bloody Poetry

Seattle rapper Grieves has dropped a new single off his upcoming album Together/Apart along with a music video. It is at least as good as the other single that has been released. We're excited for the full album to drop! Check it out!

Grieves-"Bloody Poetry"

May 03, 2011

May 02, 2011

Radio Playlist #5: The Security Dilemma

Another show full of great music last night, especially in light of the tremendous events that unfolded directly before I went on-air. Enjoy!

The Security Dilemma-Show #5

May 01, 2011

Reviewed - Atmosphere

House Of Blues, Boston, MA

We at Write To The Beat are huge fans of Atmosphere, the premier independent rap group comprised of Slug (MC) and Ant (Producer). Last week we were not only able to catch their show at the House of Blues, but also privileged to sit down with Slug beforehand and ask him a few questions regarding the current tour, his views on music, his creative process, and the drive behind the group's newest album (The Family Sign, available on iTunes and Amazon). 

As for the show, it simply could not have been better. The night started with a range of openers, but the only one of real note was Grieves. The baby-faced white boy captivated the crowd and put on an impressively lively performance. Backed by producer Budo who accompanied him on trumpet, keyboards, and guitar at various times during the set, Grieves played new (material off his upcoming album Together/Apart), and old (tracks off his 2009 album Irreversible). To all in attendance, Grieves seemed to play the part of the prince, in line to inherit Slug's throne.

So when the King himself began his long-anticipated set, the crowd absolutely erupted. Slug's ability to master the audience while carefully balancing material both fun-loving and deathly serious was incredible. Backed by Ant on the turntables and both a keyboardist and guitarist, Slug ran through a broad selection of material from all the group's albums. Ranging from Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EP's ("Guns and Cigarettes") through God Loves Ugly ("GodLovesUgly", "Modern Man's Hustle" and "Shrapnel"), Seven's Travels ("Trying To Find A Balance"), and all the way up to their newest material, the group brought their A-game. Commanding the sold out crowd with experience and quite visible passion, Slug demonstrated all the reasons he's undoubtedly one of the best rappers in the game and an absolute must-see live performer.

Slug Interview

Atmosphere-"Modern Man's Hustle"

Atmosphere-"Guns and Cigarettes"


April 29, 2011

Reviewed - Pinback

Royale, Boston, MA

Last night, one half of the Galley had the pleasure of catching Pinback's show at Royale in Boston, MA. Led by singer/guitarist Rob Crow and singer/bassist/keyboardist Armistead Burwell Smith IV, Pinback captivated the crowd for almost two hours with their soothing sounds. Based in San Diego, CA, the group has recently released a new EP titled Information Retrieved, Pt. A ahead of their upcoming full length, expected in 2012. Crow and the boys ran through a huge portion of their catalog on stage, playing hits and deep cuts off all of their four full lengths. They sounded amazing live and I would definitely recommend catching them live if you can. Also keep an eye out for Judgement Day, the opening band that put on a rousing show (and played an incredible game of "Violin Hero") with their violin-cello-drums version of classical metal.

Pinback-"Non Photo-Blue"

Pinback-"Good To Sea"

April 27, 2011

Milo Greene - The Hello Sessions

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of stumbling upon information on Milo Greene, an L.A. based quintet that has been generating a bit of buzz over their two-song Hello Sessions. Reminiscent of Local Natives with a slightly poppier/peppier twist, these songs give me a lot of hope for the future of this group. Even though these are the only songs of theirs online, they have me as excited as two songs can get me. So excited in fact, that I already bought tickets to a show of theirs. "1957" is available for free download on Bandcamp. Give these guys a listen. You won't regret it!

Milo Greene-"1957"

Milo Greene-"Don't You Give Up On Me"

Radio Playlist #19 - Shower Hour

I had another great radio show last night. I played some new Fleet Foxes, and the Galley's interview with the great Slug of Atmosphere!! Check it out!

Shower Hour - Show #19