Tuesday night was the much awaited Motion City Soundtrack show at the 40 Watt. Being all ages, I took Morgie with me and we had a blast. Sing it Loud started playing the second we walked in. They were playing a lot of songs off their next album. I liked getting to hear these fun, new songs live, as well as some old favorites mixed in. After their set Morgan and I met up with some of our other friends. Caty and I scanned the merch booth and made great friends with Ben Peterson, Sing it Loud’s keyboardist. Morgan and I went back over there later and talked some to Nate Flynn. Ben and Nate could not have been nicer. They were both so sweet and took as much time to get to know us as we took to get to know them. A Rocket to the Moon played next. I was not too familiar with their music, only knowing one or two songs, but their set made me want to get acquainted. Next up, Fun went on. They were awesome. Their set was so playful and bouncy. I could have listened to them all night. Unfortunately they did leave the stage and it was the moment everyone was waiting for, Motion City. They played an amazing set. It has been over a year since the last time I saw them, and it was much overdue. Justin Pierre is amazingly talented and effortlessly cool. The highlight of my night would have to be their last song, “Everything is Alright.” Everyone went crazy. We were dancing and belting the lyrics along with Justin’s pitch perfect voice. It was an amazing night filled with great friends and awesome music. What more do you need?
Friday I saw Julian Casablancas at Centerstage. It was an amazing show. Julian, as well as his band, sounded incredible. My favorite point of the night is a tie between his slowed down, stripped down version of “You Only Live Once,” titled “I’ll Try Anything Once” (His voice accompanied only by his keyboardist, Nelson) or when he asked the crowd “Would it be weird if I played a Christmas song?” This was immediately followed by the cheers of the crowd and the jolly intro to “I Wish it was Christmas Today.” This was my first time being at Centerstage. I find that lots of times the venue I’m in affects my enjoyment of the show, and this one was perfect. It was a great way to kick off the weekend.
Motion City Soundtrack is coming back to Athens. I saw them a couple of years ago at the 40 Watt, and I can’t begin to explain my excitement to see them again. These guys are one of my all time favorite bands, and when they play live they do not dissapoint.
A couple of weeks ago I ventured to the Tabernacle to see Them Crooked Vultures. While I am not a huge Queens of the Stoneage fan, I love the Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin. I can’t even begin to put into words what it was like to see Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones up on stage together, let alone be in the same building as them. It was an incredible night, and an equally amazing show.
Valentine’s Day is both the most loving and most bitter of all holidays. Please join me in enjoying these anti-love music videos. The She & Him has always been one of my favorites. For some reason, cartoon blood just doesn’t make you as queasy. Jorma Taccone is precious in the Gnarles Barkley video, and while odd the video truly tells it like it is. Last, but not least, Karen O kills it in the “Maps” video. Her raw emotion is just as real as the tears streaming down her face.
Today is another aniversary. Five years ago, The Academy Is… realeased their album “Almost Here.” I could, and have listened to this album, all the way through. For more of my thoughts on it, click here.
Today is the one year anniversary of Blink 182’s announcement that they would be reuniting. I have by no means been listening to them as long as they have been around, but they are certainly one of my favorite bands. A highlight of my senior year has been making the bond between some of my closest friends even closer through their music and going to see them. Here’s to the past year, and many more to come.
Today was the first day of my last semester of Athens Youth Symphony. I have played cello in the orchestra at school since fourth grade and played in AYS all four years of high school. I saw these three cases sitting together today and couldn’t help but snap a picture. They are all so rich in color.
Whatever happens with these guys, I will always love them. They’re one of the first bands that I’ve truly loved. Since eighth grade I have rushed to collect their albums and soaked in every single lyric and note. The thing is, if Fall Out Boy was to break up I can’t say it’d be a total bummer. They have made some awesome tunes, but maybe it’s time to move on. Like in any relationship, people grow apart and move on to different things. Individually, each of these musicians have so much going on. Good luck to them in any future endeavors.