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    Amy Brooks' job as your on-air and behind the scenes host at Radio 92.9 is to deepen your music experience any way she can. She's so excited to be able to include you, Boston's most passionate music fans in concerts, meet and greets backstage and in pre-show events, plus in-studio interviews and webcasts with Radio 92.9 artists. Amy wants to hear from you. As she says, "Don't be shy...I'm not!" She's looking forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Big Data - things that make you go hmmm

"Dangerous"

This New York electronic pop duo has been called paranoid.  which makes sense, after all  they were incarnated thanks to the hazards of the internet in respect to our privacy as users. For example- we all forget that whatever info we share (on FB for example) is being watched and since we are being watched, can this info we so willingly share be one day used against us?  Ok, food for thought. Hmmm. Interesting I say.  Are we talking about a band?  Indeed.  A smart one.  I like music and the musicians who create it that makes me think. F*ck the "shut up and sing" movement of times past. No, they have my interest here... Go on Big Data.  Apparently, their fact finding tells us that the NSA (National Security Agency) is watching our every move on the wonderful world wide web.  So Daniel Armbruster and Alan Wilkis have a purpose and a theme, big brother is watching and they took it upon themselves to make us aware. Now, as this all sounds very poignant and serious and deep, their video and even this new song is less so.  In fact the video seems quite tame until the blood and gore starts, note to self.  Aside from their powerful, thought provoking name and message, their song "Dangerous" does have a playful yet appropriately ominous bass line. So I say, don't be too scared. Listen with an open mind right here on the very same internet about which the band is so very paranoid. Irony is best served with a side of "oh well".  No matter how dangerous. Read more...

Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better

Why am I such a skeptic? A trio is formed years ago, they sound great, end up with a handful of huge songs that people love and which will be heard for years to come on the radio, yet when one member splits off I roll my eyes. My knee jerk reaction is to say-what's the point? Even the great Eddie Vedder, it's true, I am mostly disinterested in his solo stuff. It' like a female sports reporter, the bar gets raised even HIGHER for that poor woman (although this is a terrible truth, not one I at all agree with). Read more...

J Roddy Walston and the Business who muscle a holler and a moan

Long live those... "Heavy Bells"

First, 3 seconds in to "Heavy Bells" the opening track on J Roddy Walston and the Business's 6th album since their 2002 inception, "Essential Tremors" I'm thinking it's some Appalachian back country piece, until the guitars kick and kick they do. That was when my hair blew back and the chills took over. I started running around the studio telling everyone to stop what they were doing and to listen to this track. Why was is I so compelled? I guess because of it's sheer simplicity. Because it's roots rock with blues and rasp and grit and guitar…as our long time friend Roger Daltry says "long live rock!" Read more...

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

Can someone please run me a cold shower?

"Have you got color in your cheeks Do you ever get the feeling that you can't shift the tide That sticks around like something's in your teeth..." Articles I have read have suggested Arctic Monkeys have produced a sexed up track here...but the lyrics suggest this is a simple love/break up song. Ok, I admit to needing a cold shower after 4+ minutes of the driving beat and stinging guitar. Hypnotic, sexy, slow and grinding. Read more...

Chvrches: no I didn't spell it wrong.

"The Mother We Share"

They didn't think the "v" was a big deal. Their friend who did the art for the band stylized the "u" in churches as a Roman "u" and they just carried it along to the printed name. Now, lead singer Laura Mayberry says, "people ask 'How do you pronounce that?'" But they seem to be ok with being in a band  that has a funny spelling. Chvrches is a young trio who calls Glasgow home even though they haven't been there lately after all of the festivals and European shows this summer. And to say they've been well received is an understatement. They have amazing chemistry and are definitely much in sync for a new band. "One of the things that brought the three of us together is our love for classical songwriting" says Mayberry in a recent online interview. Read more...

The Features

"This Disorder" from their LP "The Features" on Serpents and Snakes Records (co-owned by King's of Leon)

Much like lead vocalist Matt Pelham sings in his band's new song "This Disorder", I first noticed that we may indeed have a problem. A few years ago I was out with a group of girlfriends who had taken months to come to an agreement on a date to get together and once we were well situated at the dinner table all of their perfectly made up faces were buried in the LCD of their smartphone. Now, years later I hear this song and I say, YES! The Features have said it all with this song and so well, without lecture, or disappointment, just a tribute to reality. Read more...

Tame Impala (neither a small antelope, nor a sedan)

"Elephant"

Kevin Parker's Psychedelic Rock Project. That is what I am re-naming this unique Australian band known officially as Tame Impala. Band members have exited and entered but the energy doesn't much change and that's because it's Kevin Parker's psychedelic rock project.  He says their sound has a steady flowing rock groove with an emphasis on dream like melodies. So there you have it, my job here is done.  Their name is "just a reference to the African animal really, from a perspective of coming into contact with a live one in nature and having this real brief, unspoken moment but with some level of communication between yourself and this wild animal. Then the next minute it's gone returning to where it came from." according to Parker in an interview with www.louderthanwar.com. Read more...

Lorde

Royals

We'll never be Royals. Perhaps not. However at the ripe and sunny age of 16, she has a pretty good shot of either being treated like one or making as much money as the Queen. Born in Aukland New Zealand, Ella Yelich-O'Connor has been marching to the beat of her own drum or electronic drum beat which means she has an ear for music, but what's most stunning is her voice; rich with depth and...magic. Read more...

It's Bastille's Day

Bastille - "Pompeii"

"I could be working at McDonald's this time next year” says Dan Smith brainchild and massive talent behind the young new-age-synth-indie London based band Bastille, (named after the day he was born, July 14th - Bastille Day). He is genuinely floored by his band's chart success. When their debut album Bad Blood was released in the UK a couple of months back, it reached Number 1, fast. I don't think anybody, least of all us, expected that, we were totally blown away by it, and we're massively overwhelmed. Smith said in an interview with NME. (Click through to see/hear Pompeii) Read more...

New Politics

"Harlem"

"F**k it". Their words not mine, but, let's face it, not a bad motto. It's no Harlem Shake but, these guys cannot stand still. This song from Danish trio, New Politics has so much energy, no wonder it's got people spinning on their heads. Lead vocalist David Boyd is constantly in motion and that matters to the song because it speaks to his energy, confidence and his (the band's) overall appeal. It sets the mood - and their sound and this song begs movement! Read more...

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