Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jimmy Gnecco - Mystery Video + Summer Tour Dates

The video for Jimmy Gnecco's  Mystery, off of The Heart was released yesterday and its simply gorgeous. This song became a quick favorite from the minute I heard it - the video makes me love it more. I'd love to know who the song is about but I get the vibe that it's so insanely personal I know that I'd never ask Jimmy about it. He has mentioned that he wrote it in about 30 seconds though!

Also, Jimmy is touring this summer. Check out the dates!  More details on

June 24 - Northstar Bar, Philadelphia, PA
June 25 - Blind Tiger, Greensboro, NC
June 29 - Rodriguez Room @ The Goat Farm, Atlanta, GA
June 30 - Pale Eddies, Birmingham, AL
July 2 - Allways Lounge, New Orleans, LA
July 5 - The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
July 7 - 12th and Porter, Nashville, TN
July 8 - Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH
July 10 - TT the Bear's, Cambridge, MA
July 14 - Jammin' Java, Vienna, VA
July 15 - Culture Fix, New York, NY
July 17 - The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY
July 28 - The Walnut Room, Denver, CO
July 31 - Martini Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ
August 3 - Stubbs BBQ (Inside), Austin, TX
August 5 - The Prophet Bar, Dallas, TX

More dates TBA.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ryan Star - Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun 6.10.11

I'd never been to the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun before last weekend - but its a place I will definitely be back to. Its such a unique venue - literally right in the middle of the casino, and open, so anyone can see in but it's intimate and only holds about 300 people. Perfect for a night rocking out with Ryan Star and his band. I arrived around 530, as I wasn't sure what time doors were going to be opening and met up with Melissa, Emily and Christy. There wasn't a real long line when we arrived but as time went on (and we listened to soundcheck), the line got longer. Finally, around 645 we were allowed in, and seated. I was off to the left side of the stage, but at one of the front tables. We all got up once Ryan came out and stood at the stage anyway, so seating really didn't matter. The show was free, but not sold out - there were some empty booths along the back of the room.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

David Cook - WXLO Music Loft - Green Hills Golf Club 6.7.2011

David's been doing quite a bit of radio promo for his upcoming album, This Loud Morning, set to drop on June 28, and one of the stops along his way was in Worcester MA, at WXLO's Music Loft. I was stoked to win tickets, as I've been to a few other loft shows before, and they're always super intimate and super fun. I was surprised to find out that it was off site at Green Hills Golf Club in Worcester instead of at the radio station but it was a gorgeous summer night (a bit on the warm side) and we were in a gorgeous location.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

30 Seconds to Mars - A Cinematic Call to Arms (Cross Linked from The Screen Door)

I don't usually cross link to other blogger's posts but this is one really worth reading. This was posted on 30 Seconds to Mars' homepage today, as well as published on as part of the 13th anniversary of the site. This blog puts into words exactly what This is War, 30STM's latest album makes me feel when I listen to it. It's honest. And raw. And brilliant writing.

There's certain artists who's music I love because its good. I enjoy listening to it. I'd go see them in concert if they came locally, but wouldn't travel for it. Then there's artists that make music that make me feel. The songwriting is raw and honest and the vocals are incredible. 30 Seconds to Mars now goes onto that very short list of artists. (I'm sure from the bands I write about on my blog, you can guess who the others are).

Even if you're not a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars, I encourage you to read this. Because it holds true not just for that one band, but for any album or song that has ever made you feel alive, made you shed tears and be hopeful all at the same time. The one band that you will jump through hoops to see live, travel for, spend hours trying to explain to those who just don't get it - and then finding out that you're in good company when you find those who do.

30 Seconds to Mars - A Cinematic Call to Arms - The Screen Door, with Anthony Kuzminski