Friday, May 3, 2013

Radio 92.9 EarthFest! May 18, 2013

It's that time of year again!  The fine folks at Radio 92.9 are hosting their annual EarthFest, presented by Whole Foods!

If you have never been to EarthFest, here's a quick rundown of what's goin' on:

Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Fastball, Gentlemen Hall, Camper Van Beethoven, and a local band yet to be determined will make your ears happy all afternoon.

There are all sorts of sponsors and free stuff to check out during the day!  Yep, you read that correctly.  Free.  Kinda goes along with the free concert!  Who doesn't like something that's free?  I guess that baby in the Jimmy Fallon credit card commercial... but check out some of these awesome sponsors!

Since it's EarthFest, we're trying to be kind to Mother Earth!  If you can... 

Go HERE for all things EarthFest.  Can't wait to see you there!  Who are YOU excited to see?  I am most excited for Vertical Horizon -  I've been a big fan since '98-'99.  Also, Gentlemen Hall is from the area, and I am looking forward to seeing them for the first time!  

What are you waiting for?  Get some friends together and come on down to the Hatch Shell on the 18th.  See you there!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday - 5/1/13

Yep, still off my usual schedule!  Oops.  

Did you pick up anything on Record Store Day?  I'm going to finally get to posting what I picked up soon, I promise.  

Here's what I'm listening to this week:

  • Mayer Hawthorne feat. Rizzle Kicks - The Walk (explicit) - This version isn't for the kiddies. This one, featuring the English hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks, is so much fun!  I'd love for these guys to collaborate with MH again.
  • Matt Nathanson - Mission Bells - The beat gets me instantly... 
  • Eric Clapton - Gotta Get Over - This makes me want to grab a guitar and jam along... even if I don't play the guitar.
  • Stars - This Charming Man (The Smiths cover) - I am a big Stars fan, but hadn't heard this cover until RadioBDC  used it as one of their nightly "Mandatory Morrissey" songs. You can hear the original here
  • Jamie N. Commons - Rumble and Sway - The River 92.5 has been playing this song, and I love it - definitely wanting to check out his other music.

So, #WhatchaListeningTo?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday - 3/4/13

Here's what I'm listening to this week.  Missed a few weeks, oops! Getting into the swing of things with a new job and a new commute, which means sometimes I'm in the car and sometimes I'm on the train.  Different music in different places, which I'm not mad about!  
  • Imagine Dragons - Demons - This comes on my car radio and I can't help but turn it up.  I love it.
  • Wyclef Jean - Gone Till November - I didn't realize how much of the lyrics I remembered!  Hey 1997, you had some good beats.  Wyclef, you ain't so bad yourself.
  • Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Magick
  • U2 - Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World - Can Bono do any wrong?
  • Ryan Lewis and Macklemore - Can't Hold Us - Perfect song choice for a commercial (it's been used in at least 1 or 2).
  • Bad Rabbits - Doin' It - Congrats to these local boys on the success of this track and of their new record!  They're getting all kinds of great publicity - MTV Buzzworthy has written about them here.  Check 'em out! 

So, #WhatchaListeningTo?

As always, I'm always looking for new suggestions for music to listen to on my commute and otherwise!  Tweet me @joannab or leave a comment here!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday 2/20/13

Here's what I'm listening to this week:

  • Fiction Family - Up Against The Wall - A great live version of this.  FF is made up of the frontman from Switchfoot and the guitarist from Nickel Creek. Lots of talent coming together! 
  • Spacehog - In the Meantime - I feel like I heard this during a '90s hour or something  recently.  Hey, 1994, heyyyyyy.
  • The Wombats - Jump Into the Fog
  • Mayer Hawthorne - Finally Falling - I was in Sports Authority when I heard this song.  Not the place I imagined that would have this song on a playlist, but gosh darn it, I was glad to hear it.   
    • PS - Dearest Mayer Hawthorne, I need to see you perform live. XOXO, J.
  • The Neighbourhood - Sweater Weather - This is from my friend Amy's Pick of the Week over on Radio 92.9.  I don't have to tell any of you fellow New Englanders that it's definitely sweater season in these parts, and the '60s-'70s beach rock vibe is big now, so I'm diggin' this one.  Good pick, Amy!
So, #WhatchaListeningTo? 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

In Concert: The Lumineers (Or, "Monday Is the New Friday")

Thanks to my lovely friend Amy, I had a last-minute surprise - a ticket to see The Lumineers at the House of Blues!  Last night, Monday, February 4, we hung out at the Lansdowne Pub while she and Radio 92.9 were giving away tickets to the show, albums by the band, chances to win ski passes and even a Jeep.
Step right up!
There was a group of 4 who won tickets through the station, and the 6 of us spent the whole evening enjoying drinks, interesting-looking treats at the Foundation Room (PS. I want to live there) and of course - good tunes.
Anyone thirsty?
Passion Fruit Mousse. You fancy, huh?
Pat won the tickets, and was celebrating his birthday all weekend (Happy Birthday!) and brought along his best buds Mike, Seth and Suzanne.

We watched the opener from the Foundation Room while having some drinks and food. We lost count of how many people were actually on stage for Y La Bamba but who cares?  They sounded pretty cool.  The band is from Portland, Oregon and describes themselves as "eclectic indie folk pop."  This song, "Juniper," has a great call-and-response and I love how their voices harmonize.

The crowd was in love with The Lumineers from the moment the lights came up.  Looking around, every fan around us was singing along - when the band performed their second single, "Stubborn Love", Y La Bamba joined them on stage.  I loved hearing "Ain't Nobody's Problem" - I love the build-up.

This moment was pretty great, when members of The Lumineers came out into the middle of the crowd and performed the hit "Ho Hey":

What did I learn that evening?
1. "Monday is the New Friday." - Mike
2. If you order Vodka and Red Bull shots at the House of Blues, they come as actual drinks, not shots.  Bottoms up!
3. The Lumineers has a HUGE following in Boston - it was a sold-out crowd!  I certainly recommend checking this band out when they're in your neck of the woods next.  You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday 1/30/13

Here's what I'm listening to this week - 
  • Imagine Dragons - Radioactive - a nice juxtaposition to "It's Time"; it shows what else this band is capable of giving listeners.  I'm certainly pickin' up what they're puttin' down.
  • Wilco - Dawned On Me - "I've been lost/ I've been found/ I've been taken/ by the sound/ My own worries/ and voices in my head..."
  • Brett Dennen - Closer To You - I love when artists put out these raw, real videos and allow the natural sound of the location where they're shooting the video to come through.
  • Travis - Selfish Jean - I like the comedian Demetri Martin.  I like this song.  Demetri Martin is in the video. It's all coming together.
  • Milo Greene - 1957 - I love the story behind the band name just as much as I am loving getting to know this band's music. They made a short film to accompany their album.  Dreamy, cinematic, indie pop... who do you think they sound like?
So, #WhatchaListeningTo?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

#WhatchaListeningTo Wednesday 1/23/13

Here's what I'm listening to this week:

  • A Silent Film - Harbour Lights - They're pretty great live, as I featured a few weeks ago
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop - Dance. 
    • Bonus - "Same Love", the first track from this NPR Tiny Desk Concert/All Songs Considered segment - not the safest for tiny ears, but my boyfriend suggested I check it out, and I'm glad I did.  Check it, yo.
  • Keane - Sovereign Light Cafe - something from Keane I haven't heard before.
  • Alpha Rev - Sing Loud  - a beautiful, driving beat and a sweet song.  I'd love to see Alpha Rev someday.
  • Capital Cities - Safe and Sound - I'm hearing a touch of City and Colour here, anyone else?

So, #WhatchaListeningTo?