It’s been nearly three years since the release of “Reflektor”, Arcade Fire’s fourth album. Everything leading up to the album’s release was incredibly exciting if you were even a casual Arcade Fire fan. I remember some of the things that stand out that propelled my excitement for the album at the time:
Personally, 2014 has been a crazy year. The quick version of the story is that I graduated college, moved and started my first real world job. 2014 has also been a crazy year for pop culture. 2014 produced a lot of good things, and below you’ll find a list of my favorite of those good things. Continue reading
30 years ago last month, one of the most iconic American albums of all time was released and sent its artist into the realm of super-stardom. I’m talking, of course, about Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A., and with Independence Day coming in just a matter of days, I can’t think of a better time to look back on the album.
Born in the U.S.A. has sold over 30 million copies and has had seven Top-10 singles. Rolling Stone magazine called it the 86th-greatest album of all time, and the album cover is one of the most striking and memorable covers out there. Despite the acclaim, some fans see this as Springsteen’s sell-out album, coming off a streak of classic albums such as Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and Nebraska. Even Springsteen himself has expressed mixed feelings towards the album. While it made him one of the most famous musicians of all time, the “grab-bag nature” of the album, as he calls it, made him reassess his music writing process.
While the love-it-or-hate-it nature of the album has spawned countless debates among fans, there is no denial that Born in the U.S.A. contains some of Springsteen’s most beloved songs. Here, in Track-By-Track, we’ll review each track on the album individually and look at just how iconic these songs are. Continue reading
The name Matt Mays may not ring a bell, but I assure you that if you give him a listen, you will not be disappointed. The Canadian rocker has been a part of a few bands over the past few years, and last year I got the joy of seeing him open up for one of my favorite bands, The Gaslight Anthem. I hadn’t listened to him or even heard of him before the concert, but his band’s performance was hands down one of the best I’ve ever seen live.
The band ended their set with an epic, emotional, unforgettable rendition of their song “Terminal Romance” off their album of the same name. It blew me away. The first thing I did when I got home from the concert was download the song from iTunes. And I haven’t been able to stop listening to it ever since. It’s a nearly 8 minute journey through a heartbreak, and while that may not be the best sale’s pitch, the anthem feel of the song makes it catchy enough to replay in your head over and over again. With lyrics like “Cause heartbreaks are uncurable/And I’m up all night/Stone-faced in New York City/Trying to set things right,” you feel like you’re following right along with the protagonist as he tries to get through the night.
“There ain’t nothing as dead as a dead romance/Nothing more alive than the city tonight.” Not only can you picture it, you can feel it. Check this song out, and while you’re at it, look the guy up on Spotify.
The Gaslight Anthem-Upstate Concert Hall-06/19/14
2014 should be a good year for The Gaslight Anthem, the alternative rock band straight out of New Jersey. They have a new album, called Get Hurt, coming out in August, as well as a world tour to promote it. Formed in 2006, they have been called a lot of things, from punk-rockers to Springsteen-wannabes. Over the course of four albums, they’ve really begun to find their niche though. The Gaslight Anthem specializes in music that conveys a sense of idealized romanticism and nostalgia, all while speaking to the working class every-man. It’s hard to not be a Gaslight fan without getting emotionally attached to the music. Continue reading