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KROQ of the 90’s Weekend! by ClevelandBloggers
November 29, 2009, 8:09 pm
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Hey people! Sorry it’s been forever since I’ve posted something. On Thursday I was informed that the WHOLE holiday weekend is a Kroq of the 90’s Weekend. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when the radio station 106.7 KROQ plays only rock from the 90’s. A lot of really great songs and artists came from the 90’s…so here’s a countdown of the best songs of the 90’s. (According to VH1 Classic)

The 90’s were a very influential decade on not only music…but style. Out of the 90’s came the infamous “Generation X”. Beck Hansen, an alternative/anti-folk artist basically described Generation X with his song, “Loser”. In an interview, Beck recalls seeing people with shirts that read “Loser” on the front; in reference to his song…and “Generation X” written on the back. But, Beck certainly was not the only artist to describe this new generation of teens.

In 1992, Nirvana came into the picture with their song “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. This song was like nothing anyone had ever heard before. My mom’s friend, Toby even described the song as “A breath of fresh air.” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” gave something completely new to the music world. Nirvana was a grunge band that had a loud yet quiet sound. Unfortunately, their very successful career was cut short when lead singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain committed suicide. This left teenagers everywhere devastated.

The 90’s were definitely my favorite era for music. Although grunge and alternative rock were huge at the time, there were lots of other artists and groups from different genres that were very popular as well. Pop groups like the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync were the favorites of many. I even have an ‘N Sync Barbie! Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, The Notorious B.I.G., Cypress Hill, Dr. Dre, 2pac, and many others gained a lot of popularity in the 90’s as well.

Here are some of my favorite artists from the 90’s. (The ones in bold are the most popular)

Alice In Chains, The Aquabats, The Ataris, Bad Religion, Beck, Blind Melon, Blink-182, Bloodhound Gang, Blur, Bush, Butthole Surfers, The Candy Skins, Chevelle, Chumbawamba, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Face to Face, Filter, The Fluid, Foo Fighters, Gin Blossoms, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Harvey Danger, Hole, Hot Hot Heat, Incubus, Jane’s Addiction, Jimmy Eat World, Korn, The Lemonheads, Liam Lynch, Linkin Park, Lit, The Living End, Local H, Mary’s Danish, The Nextmen, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, No Doubt, Nobody, Oasis, The Offspring, Pearl Jam, Pennywise, Pixies, Porno for Pyros, The Presidents of the United States of America, Primus, Radiohead, Rancid, The Reatards, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Reel Big Fish, Rollins Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Social Distortion, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, Sugar Ray, Sum 41, Temple of the Dog, Tenacious D, They Might Be Giants, Third Eye Blind, Tool, Tripping Daisy, The Verve Pipe, The Verve, The Vines, Weezer, The White Stripes


(PS) Happy late Thanksgiving!

Cage the Elephant at El Rey Theatre 11/5/09 by ClevelandBloggers
November 7, 2009, 2:28 am
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Last night (11/5/09) I was blessed with concert tickets to see Cage the Elephant at El Rey Theatre. The opening bands were The Shackletons and Morning Teleportation. Both were really different, but good. The Shackletons had a heavy garage band sound to them, and the singer spoke the lyrics…rather than singing them; which gave a really unique sound. Morning Teleportation is really hard to explain…you’d have to hear them for yourself to understand how awesome they are. Cage the Elephant was supposed to come on at around 9:00 PM, but were about two hours late because they were at a Pixies concert. (We now know where they get some of their influence from)

Cage the Elephant was CRAZY! As soon as they started playing you could hear the excitement and intensity in the music. After about three songs, a mini-mosh pit started. Cage the Elephant has the best energy I’ve ever seen in a concert. The songs they played that are on their first album, Cage the Elephant sounded almost exactly like they would if you listened to it on your ipod. They introduced a few new songs as well, and from them it’s easy to see that their new album is definitely something to look forward to.

A little more than halfway through the show, Cage the Elephant played their song “Back Stabbin’ Betty”. It’s a very angry song, and watching it being performed achieved…dare I use a CORE word? I think I shall. “Back Stabbin’ Betty” achieved catharsis in the audience. People were screaming and cursing along with the singer and jumping around. A song that seemed to be so negative turned out to be the exact opposite, and helped to bring a crowd of people together. Mike Shultz, the singer started stage diving during this song, and to my surprise ended up on top of my friend and I! Two other songs that they performed really well were “In One Ear”, and “Free Love”. These two songs have amazing beats…and amazing lyrics to match. They make you not care about anything but the music.

Cage the Elephant are some extremely talented dudes, and I really hope to hear more from them in the future.


Silversun Pickups Are at it Again! by ClevelandBloggers
November 5, 2009, 12:47 am
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Silversun Pickups have recently released their new album, Swoon. This album brings the same loose, psychedelic indie-garage band vibe as their first, Carnavas. With songs on their latest album that have a quality so similar to “Little Lover’s So Polite” and “Melatonin” from Carnavas, it’s obvious that Silversun Pickups have not lost their edge. Brian Aubert, the lead singer and guitarist says “It’s fun to kind of put lyrics into melodies that are on another bed of music because they might be too dark. Melding the two together is very interesting to us.” The songs on all of their albums have a deep bass line and distorted keyboard noises that give a somewhat playful tune. Silversun Pickups have a similar style to Sonic Youth and The Pixies; and all three have female band members. They have an eclectic sound reminiscent of 90’s bands such as Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine.

Silversun Pickups are known for the bass in their songs. My personal favorite song by them is “Three Seed”, off of Carnavas…mainly because of the prominent bass line. The bass in “Three Seed” has an extremely melancholy sound to it. There isn’t as much keyboard used in this song, which I like better because it doesn’t distort too much of the guitar, bass, vocals, and drums. When bassist Nikki Monninger was asked which song she thinks should be in an iPod commercial she said “Three Seed. It just has a really sexy sound to it. It’s a slower jam as opposed to our other stuff that’s a lot heavier. It should be an iTunes commercial!”. “Substitution”, yet another single from Swoon sounds quite a bit like “Common Reactor”, the last song on Carnavas. While all of the songs have the same thread that allows you to recognize them as Silversun Pickups, they don’t sound like the same song. They all have a unique quality to them that can make someone remember the first time they ever heard “Lazy Eye”, the first single off their 2007 album, Carnavas.

All of the members have agreed that their sound is definitely “skitzophrenic”, in a sense that it’s all over the place. According to Brian Aubert, they can be “Loud and quiet and ugly and pretty.” So far, the top two Southern California radio stations that play Silversun Pickups the most are 106.7 KROQ, and STAR 98.7. You can also hear a lot of Silversun Pickups on Indie 103.1, which is now only available online. Silversun Pickups have become very successful over the past two and a half years, and even played the outdoor music festival, Coachella in both 2008 and 2009. I think it’s safe to say that Silversun Pickups are here to stay and will bring something new to the music world with every album they release.

Last US tour date for this year: Nov 03, 2009 Universal City, CA

(P.S.) I just wanted to let you all know that tomorrow I’ll be attending a Cage the Elephant conert at El Rey Theatre with your lovely Cleveland Life blogger, Halyna! For those of you interested in them, check back for a full review on Friday.

-Brenna Fletcher

(Your new music blogger)