Posts tagged ‘Saturday’

The Bridge Session

By | March, 30, 2012

So, I’ve been absent for about two weeks now, and I really feel like I need to share this really well done collaboration that happened last Saturday night out in San Rafael, CA. The following concert was held at TRI Studios. TRI Studios is a state-of-the-art performance studio for broadcasting live HD video and audio streams directly to the Internet. The Bridge Session was presented by HeadCount. HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization that works with musicians to promote participation in democracy in the United States. It is best known for registering voters at concerts.

In between sets of the musical performance, political figures and activists weighed in on topics such as getting money out of politics, protecting the First Amendment and the 2012 Presidential election. Panelists included independent Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer, No Labels cofounder Mark McKinnon (a former media advisor to George W. Bush, John McCain, Bono and Lance Armstrong), climate change activist Jessy Tolkan, and Grateful Dead lyricist and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) cofounder John Perry Barlow.

More importantly to me is how the concert aimed to bridge the gap between Jam music and Indie Rock. Bob Weir was backed by an ensemble that included The National’s Scott and Bryan Devendorf and their bandmate Aaron Dessner, along with many longtime friends from Brooklyn’s vibrant independent music scene: Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett and Kyle Resnick, both frequent collaborators of The National, Walt Martin of The Walkmen, Conrad Doucette of Takka Takka, and Sam Cohen and Josh Kaufman of the Yellowbirds. Kaufman was also the event’s musical director.

Should We Even Care At All?

By | February, 11, 2012

Just to close out this week’s theme, is a disco-punk staple from the UK juggernaut Friendly Fires. They are a prime example of how much cooler dance music is when performed by an actual band. Having seen them live, they also prove that live music trumps a polished studio cut just about every time. With a little time and space to breathe the band offers some extended breaks in choice songs to give the effect of a DJ spinning in a packed dance club where the crowd is truly entranced by the beats being served. Watch the video for “Skeleton Boy” below, and try to tell me you’re not ready for the floor now.

Rubblebucket In the L.E.S.

By | January, 27, 2012

Rubblebucket is bringing their brand of funky, afrobeat inspired indie rock to Bowery Ballroom this Saturday night. Their new album, Omega La La is a decided shift in the band’s sound, from a more purist afrobeat style, to an artsier brand of dance rock that draws from seminal acts like David Bowie and the recent indie mainstay Little Dragon from Sweden. Rubblebucket is supported by two up and coming acts, Superhuman Happiness and Prussia, full event details can be viewed here. If you’re looking to go out dancing on Saturday night, but you don’t want to be at some trendy club in the Meatpacking District, come to see Rubblebucket and I guarantee it will the best $15 you’ve spent in a long time. I would suggest grabbing your tickets in advance here. If you need some more convincing, watch the video for “Silly Fathers” below.