The legendary Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90 this March in his home outside of St. Charles, Missouri. It was reported he died of natural causes. Death cannot stop a master musician considering his next and final album will be released in June featuring Nathaniel Rateliff. The influential musician who was born in 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri has been considered the father of rock n’ roll but is constantly compared to Elvis Presley, another founding father of rock n’ roll. There has been a long history of black people being compared to their white counterparts instead of being allowed to represent themselves. A major difference is as such, Chuck Berry is also known as a pioneer performer for rhythm and blues. Over the decades copious amounts of arguments have taken place about who is the founder of rock and roll, Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley. As music does not evolve in a linear fashion there is no way to definitely say which one was the “first” or most influential.
Death comes for us all but just like Presley and all those before him, Chuck Berry will be forever immortalized in his musical influence on all forms of music and musicians.
From the subways of Queens to somewhere in outer space, experimental indie folk band Freelance Whales showcases their ethereal sound with their newest album (released back in 2012), Diluvia, that “Absolute Punk” raves is “a celestial and cinematic tour-de-force” that “cements [the band’s] status as one of New York City's most creative and rewarding indie” groups. Once again travelling down the rocky path of a concept album, the band’s sophomore story this time focuses on space travel – which was inspired by movies and TV shows such as The NeverEnding Story and Battlestar Galactia.
There was one hell of a gigernio to be gotten to this past Thursday. The Menzingers, Jeff Rosenstock, and Rozwell Kid sold out Irving Plaza and I was lucky enough to be there. This was my first time at Irving Plaza, get ready for a ton of stairs (what's up with every NYC venue being the least accessible??), but not even close to the first time for seeing any of this crew. I'm used to seeing these boys pack 350 cap bowling alleys down the shore, so seeing them sell out a 1,025 cap venue made my little heart melt.
Area Getheads rejoice!!! We had the man himself come sit down in The X studio and chat with us LIVE. If you missed it, you're in luck! Listen below!
There was a gig to be gotten to this past Saturday at The Electric Oak. Sentient Moss celebrated their debut full-length Somebody, Somehow, which you can (and should) stream HERE. I was late to the gig for a necessary sushi run, but I would bet my bottom dollar Grin & Bear rocked everyone's socks off. They're fresh home from their tour with Halogens who closed out the night and left everyone in a stoked sweaty mess. I haven't gotten the pleasure of seeing Toy Cars in what seems like forever and I am kicking myself in the butt. Sleeping Patterns is one hell of a record. If there was one thing off about this killer gig, it had to be the exclusively. It's a rarity to show up to a D.I.Y show and be carded at the door. That on top of an 4 band bill of all dudes is not exactly my ideal gigerino but nevertheless, I had a frick fracking blast.
Under many inches of crusty Black Flag t-shirts you'll be able to find a very avid pop music fan, and an even bigger Jonas Brothers fan. I got the opportunity to catch DNCE at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair NJ, despite feeling archaic among the sea of 12 year olds I had an incredible time. DNCe puts on a live show that is fit for arenas rather than theaters. JinJoo constant shredding, Cole Whittle reaching a whole new tier of "extra", and Joe Jonas just existing should be enough for this band to make it into your rotation.
Check out some pictures from the show