Monday, March 10, 2014
The Boston native has this rocking track from the Beantown natives. Cobb was the unfortunate victim of a line drive pitch by Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals that hit his head in a game last year. The experience bonded the two players as Hosmer visited him in the hospital soon after the incident, but he is looking to put that awful image in the back of his head and focus on the possibilities that abound this year with this rocking track while out on the mound.
The multi-faceted Zobrist has a song from his wife that provides him with some motivation as he steps out to the batters box. Ben can be depedned upon to play multiple positions when needed, as has a strong glove that can stop balls from traveling any further in the outfield and an amazing arm that can stop would be runners from scoring at the plate. A truly gifted player that has all the tools necessary to play the game, both physical and mental.
The ace of the staff has this electric track from the Colorado based group as his signature walk up song. Winning the Cy Young award just two years ago, the Price is right with a devastating arsenal of pitches that clock somehwere in the vicinty of 95mph, and can go deep into ballgames and has his team firmly enthrenched on his shoulders.
The sleek third baseman and face of the franchise has this gritty track as his walk up tune. With jaw dropping fielding skills and a hot bat to boot, Longoria is a fan favorite down in St. Pete and recently signed a long term deal that will keep him down there for some time to come and most likely the duration of his career. An amazing player that any team would love to have on their roster.
This pitcher hailing from America's Heartland of Iowa has this strong hip-hop track from T.I. and his entrance song. The landlover had a breakout year a couple of years ago as a starter, but has struggled greatly down the stretch and has now moved into the bullpen in a mop up role. He has a strong pitch selection and a high mental aptitude, and is looking to get back to the level of success that he obtained a couple of years back.
The Tampa native has this bumping electronic track as his walk up song. The outfielder can be depended upon to deliver a clutch walk off hit here or there, and has a great glove that allows him to reach out and grab balls in his line of fire that come within vicinity of his radar. An extremely gifted and versatile player, Joyce is looking to improve upon the success that he obtained from years prior.
Another Matt from the Sunshine State has a wise walk up song choice in the form of this Metallica tune. Matt has been rounding out the starting rotation of the Rays since 2012, and has been making an indelible impression on the minds of Rays fans and baseball fanatics in general with his strong work ethic and ability to go deep into his outings that has made him a prize commodity in Florida and a highly touted and talented player in general.
The Rays have been a literal fountain of youth in recent years with a seemingly endless supply of highly touted prospects at their disposal that have very promising careers in baseball moving forward. One hinderance of the Rays is their low payroll and their inability to sign some of their players to long term deals that greatly impacts the long term future of the club moving forward, but the team's current paradigm will be enough to get them into the playoffs and how well they do from there will depend upon the characteristics of the players currently embedded within the fabric of the ballclub.
Night #1 Sun. April 6
9:00pm - Rebuilder
9:45pm - Tigerman WOAH
10:30pm - Sinnet
11:15pm - Guillermo Sexo
Night #2 Mon. April 7
9:00pm - Doom Lover
9:45pm - When Particles Collide
10:30pm - Goddamn Draculas
11:15pm - Emma Ate The Lion
Night #3 Tue. April 8
9:00pm - Barricades
9:45pm - Airport
10:30pm - ZL
11:15pm - The Life Electric
Night #4 Thur. April 10
9:30pm - Butterknife
10:15pm - Slowdim
11:00pm - Gondoliers
11:45pm - Western Education
Night #5 Fri. April 11
9:30pm - FEINTS
10:15pm - Petty Morals
11:00pm - Summoner
11:45pm - Vary Lumar
Night #6 Sat. April 12
9:30pm - Harris Hawk
10:15pm - Await Rescue
11:00pm - The Color and Sound
11:45pm - Yellabird
Doors for all of the shows open at 8:30 and they're all 18+ as well. Tickets go on sale today at noon via TicketWeb at this link right here. Get ready for one of the most exciting times of the year for the Boston music scene and for our very own edition of March Madness, but taking place in April!
Friday, March 7, 2014
For more on Fierce Bad Rabbit, 'Like' them on Facebook here and follow them on Twitter over here.
To get more info on the mates in Who Needs Heroes, head on over to their Facebook page here and give it a 'Like' to show your support of these guys who truly enjoy what they do for a living. Their latest album is titled "All That I Said, and All That I Did" and is available for streaming and purchase on their Bandcamp site conveniently located right here.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
They are scheduled to play at The Fader Fort on Saturday March 15th and you can get in by RSVP only at The Fader's site over here. Admission is 21+ and will be based on capacity and SXSW badge holders will be honored on a first come first serve basis. Julian also released a 2 minute album preview video on his website this morning that I've conveniently featured directly below for your viewing pleasure:
For more information on The Defibulators, give them a 'Like' on Facebook here and see what all the buzz and aura is surrounding them. You can follow them on Twitter as well right here and communicate directly with the band on a personal basis. Locate their official website over here to get a wide ranging plethora of information about them, including links to their music that is available on iTunes and Amazon MP3 among digital music providers.
Some exciting news coming in just now. Somerville, MA based company The Echo Nest announced via a press release this morning that they have been acquired by Spotify. The company has been in existence since 2005, and they have been pioneering the way people listen, see, think, and experience music in ways never thought possible. Read more about the acquisition from Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese:
“Since founding The Echo Nest, Brian Whitman and Tristan Jehan have created a company completely and beautifully obsessed with understanding the world of music to help fans discover more music, Joining forces with Spotify gives us the opportunity to continue doing so as part of the fastest-growing service in the world; we're thrilled to be part of a team equally as passionate about connecting more people with more music."
I was formerly an intern for The Echo Nest a few years back, and it was an absolutely amazing experience to be around people who were as obsessed with music as I was, and were aiming for a better understanding of how people listen to music and gather as much information as possible about people's listening habits and what artists they enjoyed listening to the most. The company will still continue to operate from its offices in Davis Square in Somerville and via its satellite office in San Francisco as well. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this gives Spotify a huge advantage over all the other streaming competitors currently out in the market.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
"Everyone in Scare Don't Fear is extremely proud to be a part of KBB Records. SDF are huge fans of Asking Alexandria, so when Ben and Kyle approached us about teaming up, we were stoked. We have been working at this goal for over five years and it's a very rewarding feeling to not only get signed, but to get signed to a label that has such an amazing team behind it. All of us are looking forward to building towards the future with KBB Records."
Believe it or not, I'm actually a huge Asking Alexandria fan and have been slowly getting into more metalcore music, and I think this venture by Ben Bruce is an awesome idea as it allows him to branch out to different areas and be a more multi faceted person in the process as well. Keep an eye out for Scare Don't Fear's debut album "From The Ground Up" that will be released this summer. For more information on the band, 'Like' them on Facebook right here and follow them on Twitter over here.
The first baseman and DH has this pop mainstay as his personal walk up song choice. Lind had a solid season last year, plating 23 homers and 67 RBI's and anchoring a solid offensive attack that drove in runs when counted upon. Lind has been with the Blue Jays since 2006, and has constantly been favored for his strong work ethic and offensive presence.
This prime starter has some excellent musical taste with this solid 311 track as his entrance song. Known as a strong starter, he has shortened seasons due to a variety of injuries, but he is highly regarded as a hard thrower with a decimating pitch arsenal that can reach low to high 90's at any given time, and is persistent as ever in his quest to finish each game deeply.
A starter now converted into a reliever, Cecil sports a commendable entrance song with this number here. While he didn't possess the tools needed to be a starter, Brett has turned into a commendable reliever usually pitching in mop up rolls when the team needs to plug in pitching right away to stop the bleeding, and Cecil always keeps his team and focus on the game ahead.
Toronto's third baseman has this appropriately titled Nelly song as his walk up tune. The Canuck has turned in some sizable numbers last year, and has displayed a rugged and athletic sense with his body flailing around attempting to keep balls out of the outfield with spectacular acrobatic catches that are deemed by most to be impossible.
The shaggy haired outfielder has some good old Southern charm with this little nugget from Blake Shelton. The Georgia native has been performing well since he was acquired in a trade from the Cardinals in 2011, and has made some spectacular catches in the outfielder, while going out and making some strong at-bats that drive in runs that can alter the outcome of a game.
The strong hitting first baseman has some native Latin jams to keep him occupied when steps up to the plate. Acquired via a trade with the Reds in 2009, he has been making a strong impact on the club ever since he arrived in Toronto and recently inked a long term contract to stay with the club for the forseeable future.
Another strong hitting Dominician brings up the rear as Jose Bautista brings some Latin hip-hop into the mix with this jam here. Otherwise known as Joey Bats to his fans, Jose consistently puts up sky high numbers in the home run department and has been a fan favorite with his good looks and charisma doing wonders for the city of Toronto.
The once perfect game throwing Buehrle has some Southern fried country to go along with his mound entrance music. The strong throwing starter who is also an avid dog lover, has become Mr. Dependable with his long outings and strong work ethic that has served him well in the past when he pitched for the White Sox.
The former Met has the Imperial March theme from the Star Wars movie as his entrance music. One of the very few knuckleballers remaining in the game, Dickey sports a strong command of the extremely difficult pitch that constantly gives batters headaches and fits when up at the plate, and leaves them shaking their heads in disgust soon after.
The Blue Jays are still seeking their first playoff appearance since their back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993, and have been so close but oh so far with regard to making it to the postseason. The Blue Jays need a couple more pieces to put in place, and then they'll be right there in the conversation in their quest for October.
Things kick off with "Believer", a melodic, upbeat tune that features hints of banjo embedded within the intro and all the way throughout and coupled with the band's extremely well written lyrics give the prospective listener an idea as to how each of the songs from here on out are based and what types of emotions they can illicit from them as well. "Think About It" is a true delight with varying tempos of guitar riffs and the strong lead vocals of Zac Barnett delivering a melodic punch that can't be ignored and is one to be reckoned with and appreciated upon arrival. My favorite track off the album is one that I'm sure you're all familiar with, "Best Day of My Life". The track features stellar guitar riffs and Zac's introspective vocals working their magic throughout the banjo enhanced melodies that add a distinct element of authenticity that can't be replicated anywhere else, a purely fantastic track inside and out. "Trouble" features more noticeable folk elements derived from the prior tracks, and relies on the echoing and soothing vocals and some soft percussion elements that show the diversity that is just exploding out of the group right now. "Hit It" blasts it right out of the park with more intense percussion arrangements and varying tempos of instrumentation that are hard to keep track of at first, but you'll learn to adapt to over time.
The second half features "Love", a more toned down number that showcases the band's diversity and their ability to cater to different emotions and wavelengths that makes them a more diverse and well rounded group in the process. "Heart of Stone" is an intense, old school themed rocker that features a pulsating guitar riff that sets the bar pretty high, and shows the dynamic of the band in full force who are always tuned in literally as to how they want each song to sound and taking a meticulous approach each and every time. The title track closes us all out here with an authentic, down home folk track reminiscent of Mumford & Sons that shows all the influences that have gotten the band to this point, and how their music education has helped them get this far in their careers, and they are poised to get even better with each passing moment. The members all attended school in the Boston area at Berklee College of Music where they mastered the act of music performance and have clearly set their foot forward as to what they want to do for a career and proving that you can make a living off of it as well. I've been told by many that you can't make any money off of music journalism, but that's not why I'm in this business. I'm in it for the artists and not championing behind one particular band that I care about, I write for the music that I feel so passionate about and want people to better understand the music I listen to on a daily basis. American Authors are truly an inspiration for me in that department wholeheartedly.
In closing, a well recorded and implemented effort from American Authors, a band who are taking the high road to the promised land, with the fruits of their labor being immediately realized upon impact and are only going to get better as the days pass by.
Album Score: 4/5
- Think About It
- Best Day Of My Life
- Hit It
- Heart of Stone
- Oh, What A Life
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Boston's pride and joy Bearstronaut have just released their brand spanking new video for "Black Bells" this morning. The new song is a taste off their upcoming album and they hope to debut this song to thousands of music lovers on their journey to SXSW next week so if you plan on heading down to Austin, definitely stop by and check out one of Boston's fastest rising acts that have been on a roll lately.
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For more information on Danny Malone, click on his Facebook page here and 'Like' it so that you can stay in the constant stream of news going on in his musical environment. You may follow him on Twitter as well from over here and see when he may be stopping by the Boston area sometime soon for a concert performance. Visit his official website right here for more wide ranging info pertaining to him, and links to purchase his music in both physical and digital form.
Monday, March 3, 2014
The San Diego native has chosen this blazing hip-hop track as his entrance music. With exceptional fielding skills and a hot bat to boot, this outfielder is highly coveted by the Orioles staff and fans most importantly and marvel at his ability to catch balls falling rapidly all while blowing a bubble with his chewing gum at the same time, making him even more multi faceted in the process.
This song from the local Baltimore band is the choice of this strong pitcher. With incredible reflexes and his ability to pitch deep into ballgames, Matusz has been depended upon to deliver long outings and a sports a commendable pitch arsenal that gives him lots of options to figure out a plan of attack when facing dangerous hitters in the opposing teams' lineup.
This track from the Christian rock mainstays is the walk up song of first baseman a.k.a. Crush. This beast hit a career high 53 homers and 138 RBI's last year, becoming an instant highlight reel night after night on SportsCenter with his unique ability to murder balls at the plate, and disposing of them properly in ballparks night after night. His massive pythons and instant charm are his strong suit.
The strong arm of Chris Tillman has this country tinged tune as his entrance walk-up song. Tillman has been a part of the Orioles organization for a few years now, and his arm has proved worthy among the other guys in the pitching stage with some devastating pitches and long outings featured in his arsenal, he is definitely a component that the O's rely upon best.
Another part of the O's pitching staff has a wise song choice with O'Day choosing this awesome track from The Black Keys. Darren is one of the more unique pitchers in baseball with his ability to throw submarine style pitches that are used sparingly in clutch shut-down situations. A unique pitcher that can be a game changer when he is depended on by his teammates.
The slick fielding shortstop has this standout track from the electronic pioneer Moby. With indelible fielding skills and a solid offensive mindset at the plate, he is the embodiment of a model player and is consistently mentioned as one of the most skilled shortstops in baseball right now. A standout player that is omnipresent on the O's lineup card.
This highly touted O's backstop has this solid country tune as his walk up music. Wieters is known for having a calm and cool demeanor at the plate that keeps him and his team level headed in times of joy and in times of agony as well. With an amazing ability to dictate pitch selections to his pitcher, he has strong presence of mind to throw out would be base stealers waiting in the wings.
This fan favorite has this solid hip-hop tune as his entrance song. As a right fielder, Markakis has an amazing ability to size up balls traveling in his general direction and make an outstanding catch in the process. His offensive skills dwindled a little bit last year, but he is always looking to improve his plate discipline and his outlook when his turn comes up at the plate.
The Portland, ME native has this irish-rock tune from his New England homeland as his entrance walk-up tune. This DH always comes through in clutch situations and is quickly developing each and every time he comes up to bat. An unheralded player who doesn't get enough credit, Flaherty consistently does everything he can to lead his team to victory and gives 110%.
The Orioles have a little help in their pitching arsenal this year with the acquisition of Ubaldo Jimenez, so they are definitely a team to be feared this year and have a strong chance of making it back to the postseason this year if they play all their cards right. Great vibes and high hopes are abound in the city of Baltimore with the O's heading into this year.