West Coast Pop & Tunes o’ the Week!
As my excitement is about to boil over for a fantastic show tonight (presented by West Coast Pop and 100.5 the PEAK) at the Red Room in Vancouver, I thought I’d write a quick Tunes o’ the Week post and work off some of my musical arousal.
But first, a quick artist feature previewing tonight’s show! (Tickets are under $20! If you got nothing going on tonight)
The show tonight features a couple of acts who have seen a huge popularity gains in the past 12 months or so. Aidan Knight is a terrific singer/songwriter who’s proficiency on the acoustic guitar is only rivaled by his knack for writing indie folk gems. His current hit Jasper is a prime example of said gems. He also placed 5th in the 2010 PEAK Performance Project, and considering the talent pool in this project, this is an immense achievement
We Are the City is the other act playing tonight. They, too, have placed in the PEAK Performance Project. In 2009′s PPP, they actually placed 1st and took home $150,000. No big deal. The progressive, indie alt-rock trio has a sound that is much louder than a typical 3-piece. Lead singer Cayne McKenzie also plays keys and throws in a little synth bass for bottom end, while Andrew Huculiak (drums) and Blake Enemark (guitar) fill out the rhythm and high end. The trio recently released their 6-song EP called High School, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, you really are missing out.
Ok, time for tune-age. As always, click on the song names for links to the music!
The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness — Yes, the Strokes are back! And to be completely honest, I think this is one of the best songs the band has written. It’s longer than their typical tune at 3:55, it has a fantastic tempo and really intriguing guitar lines. Not to mention I haven’t heard Julian Casablancas sing with such great melody in… well, a long time.
Oldie But Goodie:
Traveling Wilburys – Runaway — This “supergroup” consisting of Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison do this cover better, again, in my humble opinion, than the original. The Traveling Wilburys were the reason I got into Bob Dylan. I only wish they put out a little more material..
Dan Auerbach – Goin’ Home — Recognize this familiar voice? Oh, that’s because he’s the lead singer/guitarist for the Black Keys. He has a solo album, and if you enjoy the Black Keys, and Auerbach’s voice in particular, you really need to buy this album.
Nadia von Hahn – Like Water — This talented songstress released her 7-song EP in October of 2010 and has captured my ear with her fantastic debut. This track is the CD opener and a lovely example of what Ms. von Hahn is all about. Lovely!
Brutally Honest Track: