Here’s one that I’m glad I caught (but almost didn’t). LMN Band Love, Harper Blynn, has re-named themselves Mosco Rosco. Along with the new name comes what I’m told is a new sound! Not exactly sure how I feel about this as I adore the sounds of Harper Blynn, but I am optimistic. Regardless, the four gentlemen of Mosco Rosco are one of the tightest groups I have seen, musically. No doubt whatever sound they want to produce will be done incredibly well…and with some pizzazz!
For a hint at what is to come, here’s a listen to their song, “I Wanna Love You” featuring Reggie Watts. It’s got a very 70’s feel and makes you want to groove so I’m into it!
If you’re in LA, the band is doing a Monday residency the month of April at The Satellite!
To keep tabs on Mosco Rosco, here are some relevant links:
Once upon a time there was a pop band called Allstar Weekend. They were wildly popular, having toured all over the world and enjoying the perks of being a Disney-esque pop band. Then one day, they went into the studio to record a new album and realized they were a completely different band with a different sound than before. Thus began the transformation from AllStar Weekend to The Tragic Thrills.
Below is their newly released video for their single “Tears”
They’ve only played a handful of shows so far but if you like what you see (hear) you can catch them tonight (10/25) at the Bootleg with Irontom.
[Writer’s Note: I had this written up forever ago and just never got around to posting it. No idea why but here it is]
The first thing you need to know about Gin Wigmore is that she is a badass. The second thing you need to know about her is that she kicks ass.
I first saw Gin Wigmore at Warped Tour in Pomona at the end of the day and although I wasn’t familiar with her, I decided to stick around and see what she was like. It was the best decision I made all day, apart from going on the slip and slide to cool down. Gin has a wonderfully gritty voice that is truly captivating and I found myself getting closer to the stage the longer she played. With her blending of jazz, soul, folk, blues, and rock, Gin and her band evoke a feeling of nostalgia, New Orleans, and good times. Her newest release Gravel and Wine (produced by Butch Walker) has been on a continual loop in my truck. Get yours and join the Gin Club.
“I think tonight I’ll be head banging in my sleep” – friend after seeing Irontom for the first time
The quote is particularly relevant as it came from someone who’s last shows with me were Joshua Radin, Rachael Yamagata, and Ryan Cabrera. Irontom is…well, not like that.
Yes, this band is full of young promising talent. Yes, the music is fresh and exciting. Yes, there are quite a few bands that could be described as such. What sets Irontom apart is the seductive energy that comes through every rockin’ guitar lick or dramatic flick of frontman Harry Hayes’ hands. There is something about the band that can make just about anyone feel the groove and start to dance. They are that band that the more you listen to, the more you crave.
I’ve seen the band twice in the last week, so my craving is pretty extreme. Fortunately, the band is playing again next week opening for The Parlotones: Monday (May 6th) in San Diego at The Griffin and Tuesday (May 7th) at The Roxy.
If you can’t make it to Southern California, here are some other links to help you get more familiar with Irontom. Their The Loose EP can be downloaded on iTunes and the band has a new EP coming out something this month. Friend, follow, etc the band to get the details!
LA band Scarlet Grey disappeared to London for over a year and now emerge reformed and renamed. Making music under the moniker Dear Boy, front man Ben Grey is now joined by Keith Cooper (drums), Austin Hayman (Guitar), and Nils Bue (Bass). The band has been very mysterious about the new sound and general vibe, releasing a few largely uninformative teasers over the last few months. Today, fans finally get something more concrete, a video for Dear Boy’s first single, “Come Along”.
Check it out:
If you like what you hear and are in the LA area, be sure to get your tickets for the band’s LA debut at The Troubadour February 13th.
Leogun stormed into my life Wednesday night when they played an electrifying set at The Satellite. I don’t think this band has been around for too long (they joined facebook in April of 2012), but I’m sure it won’t take too long for their popularity to grow. They are the kind of band that demands notice. For a quick summary, their fb page gives two definitions for the term “Leogun”. The first is “a three-piece band from London, surging with a mix of blues, soul and a whole lotta rock & roll. With “bite your head off” choruses and a hunger to groove, LEOGUN mixes the musicality and heart bleeding emotion of The Racounteurs with all the sexual prowess and break-neck attitude of Queens of The Stone Age.” The second definition is “believed to be a were-lion, LEOGUN was a half man, half lion.” I think that sums up my experience of the band quite nicely.
Their debut self-titled EP comes out next week (10/16). Here are my quick thoughts on each song:
“Let’s Be Friends” – their first single, a great introduction to their rockin’ style with stand-out guitar licks, soaring yet gritty vocals, and brazen attitude all wrapped in a catchy tune.
“End of The World” – sung with abandon, it will seduce you
“You’d Better Love Me”- a blistering rock song that rightly demands the attentions of its listeners
“Everyday” – a slower-building jam that showcases the groovier side of the band but will have your head banging by the end
Here’s the band’s first official video:
Other important info to get you connected to the band:
There is probably a lot of great new music coming out today, but the one you absolutely need to get your hands on is the new Imagine Dragons CD, Night Visions. If you haven’t heard of this band, you’ve probably at least heard their songs on various movie trailers and TV show promos. They also snagged a MTV video music award nomination for their song “It’s Time” which will also be covered on an upcoming episode of Glee. In other words, this little rock band from Las Vegas has come a long way in the last year or so when I was rocking out with them at The Viper Room. They are one of my favorite rising bands and I couldn’t be happier for them!
Tonight, to celebrate their release, the band will be making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel so tune in!
Here’s a picture I took of Imagine Dragons last night when they did an acoustic set at The 98.7 Penthouse: