G-Eazy in SLC!

The man known as G-Eazy is currently moving up in the rap game in leaps and bounds. Almost as quick as his home basketball team the Golden State Warriors took over the NBA. Gerald Earl Gillum is a 26 year old rap artist coming out of Oakland, California. His first album had tremendous success peaking at number 3 on the US Billboard 200, and his latest album, When It’s Dark Out, has already hit number 5 on the same chart since it’s release date December 4th 2015.  To support his album’s release G-Eazy is hitting the road, and much to our delight he will be making a stop in Salt Lake City on January 9th at The Saltair.

Gerald is the Steph Curry of the hip hop world right now. He’s on fire. So much so that the show is entirely sold out already. Admittedly, the tickets have been on sale for a few weeks now, but nonetheless selling out The Saltair is not a small feat. Luckily for all the G-Eazy fans who procrastinated buying their tickets I have good news. There will be an after party at The Hotel Elevate, which is a 21+ club located in central Salt Lake City. G-Eazy himself will be hosting this party, so for those of you who are of age and either missed buying a ticket to the show, or just want some more Gerald for your night check the following link.

https://www.saltlakecityconcerts.net/eventx/g-eazy-official-afterparty/

G-Eazy has several songs on youtube in the million view range already, and countless in the hundred thousands. I’ve included a few songs for those of you who have not heard his music yet, and also anybody who just wants to hear some hot tunes.

 

 

 

REVIEW: In The Shade by Aspen Grove

What do you get when you cross Pink FloydGodspeed You! Black Emperor, and Salt Lake City? A fantastic local band called Aspen Grove! Aspen Grove, the band formally known as Archeopteryx makes some dang good music! This album is full of soothing vocals, bad ass instrumentals and radical chord progressions. Only three songs long this album has a soul behind it and you can here the passion in every bar.  It’s not every day that I get blown away by local bands but this one has something special. Even though at times the band has a tendency to vamp for a little to long it moves at a quick enough pace to keep me from having to strain my ears to enjoy it.  Most measures build on the last and it climax’s and melodic restitution’s kept me on the edge of my seat. Very good local album 9/10!

Listen to there album or download it here!

HOLY SMOKES THERE’S SOME GOOD MUSIC BEHIND THIS LINK!

Announcement by Dr. Cassel.

This Saturday, December 12th Shwayze will be playing In The Venue. The duo composed of rapper Shwayze and Guitarist Cisco Adler sound like a toned down LMFAO with an acoustic guitar. Their music describes girls, summer days, and partying over relaxed beats with recent albums altering that same sound and making it poppier. Most known for the singles off their first album “Shwayze” namely the songs Buzzin’ and Polaroid. They’ve released several albums since then to varying degrees of success with variations of the same musical style. If you’re looking for a fun concert experience with some throwback songs come check them out Saturday. Grab a ticket here and I’ll see you there.

-Dr. Cassell

Here is Couple of their songs if your interested.

 

REVIEW: DIGITONIUM BY TURKUAZ

Over the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of listening to Digitonium, the latest album from the Brooklyn funk/soul collective Turkuaz. I had never heard before but now I am fan. Overall Digitonium is playful yet complex record featuring a whopping 24 tracks. Clocking in at seventy nine minutes total run time, it can seem to be bit of a behemoth, though this is not to discourage the average listener, as the songs are very digestable individually. Turkuaz’s Digitonium is a foot taping good time.

As previously stated Digitonium is unmistakably a concept album from cover to cover. Coming in one of my favorite album cases of the past few years. The album plays as if it were the soundtrack to a retro video game with songs that are equal parts infectious and driving in a similar fashion to the soundtracks of Mega Man, Castlevania and that ilk. Particularly I found Murder Face, European festivity nightmare, Digitonium, and King of Computer impossible to at least bob your head to. Songs flow into on another like as if they were to rivers merging, the changes in rhythms can be seamless at time and honestly it can be hard to discern if the song has changed or just switched up its melody. If you have the time, give this thing its seventy nine minutes in one straight run through, you will not regret it, but you will see the records flaws.

This album could use an editor. Not because it is just long, a work should never just be judged by length, unless we are talking about solely commercial success. Rather several of the tracks do not seem complete, well thought out, or even necessary. Mostly these are the smaller tracks that add transitions between songs, they carry no weight and disappointingly add little effect to the album, these small pieces of polish are what a good record to a great record and Digitonium does not do them. This complaint is mainly seen near the end of the album specifically in tracks such as The Time Has Come and Bermuda just leave so much to be desired in both the suspension and overall power, it seems as though they could have been left out and nothing would have been lost or gained. Similarly this problem is glimpsed at just briefly in the track Zynth where there just does not seem to be enough material to warrant its 5 minutes length.

Wholly, Digitonium is a fun album, it is groovy, bouncy, and has had me awkwardly breaking into dance all around campus. As whole it is a good album just could have used a couple more coats of polish. Individually Turkuaz has made some exciting funk songs, and it’s great to see another band giving its hand to an under indulged genre. I am giving this one an uplifting 9/10

D.GLOVE: MY GLASS CEILING

My first run through of D.Glove’s album, My Glass Ceiling definitely captured my attention. But not for the right reasons. This album has a lot of moments that seem like generic reiterations of popular music themes. The issue was lack of lyrical creativity.

In my least favorite chorus, D.Glove repeatedly says, “I just want to go down in history.” Not a bad thing as far as historical impact goes. Even though it is a positive desire his word choice loses creativity points.  Other notables include:

“I’m taking life day-by-day”
“Baby I would never ever go nowhere without you,
“When you’re not around me I always talk about you”
“My sunrise, My sunset, It’s one touch”
“It’s one breath, It’s our life, lets live it together”

This chorus feels slightly more thought out, and I have to give it praise. I would say D.Glove can improve his word choice.

The other major aspect of Hip-hop music, and music in general is the beats/production quality. Overall, D.Glove’s production quality was solidly satisfying. On-track, was number three titled, “Together.” The beat resembles an EDM song you’d hear at a rave. D.Glove combines Hip-hop and EDM by trying rap over the beat. For me, it missed the mark.

I noticed songs 4 and 5 have almost the exact same beat. Once again, I have to dock D.Glove for absence of ingenuity. His beats were all quality, but at times they didn’t mesh with the Rap.  These details didn’t jump out until the third playback, at which point I was hitting skip on almost every track.

D.Glove released his album My Glass Ceiling with the best intentions.  His themes and song concepts are all very positive, but something  miss-fired in the delivery.

It frustrated me to hear D.Glove’s basic and repetitive choruses, knowing he’s better. He gets props for crisp and clean production, but Beat flow and rapping didn’t work. I hear D.Glove’s potential, which is why I look forward to improvement.

Overall I’d give My Glass Ceiling by D.Glove, a stout 4/10

Review: “Sleep” by Tom the Lion Album

The first thing you will realize about Tom the Lion’s sophomore album Sleep is that it’s a little old, in fact about a year, but with our massive stacks of music you have to start somewhere. The first thing you will realize however, while you listen to the London, England based indie rock band is their unique spacey sound, which makes feel as though your floating in mid-air while still providing a surprisingly big, powerful and at times emotionally charged feel to their music. Perhaps the closest main stream equivalent to Tom the Lion would be to arena rock bands such as the Killers and U2, though where these bands tend to lean towards bigger powerful wafts of uplifting synthesizer lead, distortion filled moments of pure awesome (I’m one of the like five people who actually enjoyed the “crappy” album U2 dropped on everybody who IPhone a couple years back). Tom the Lion prefers to keep things on a lower more mellow level allowing for some beautifully musical moments where everything seems to align itself perfectly, creating complete Zen of synthesizer rich indie music.

Yet, the record is not perfect. Specifically there is a lack of dynamic range. Sleep is an album that loves its sound and refuses to deviate from an admittedly winning formula. From the Silent Partner to Winter’s wool Tom the Lion is at their best when they are laying down a slow but grooving rhythm overlaid by a myriad of melodies and counter melodies provided by spacy synths, guitars, and keyboards. This leads to some very well developed courses, and I found myself sing along far more than once. Though I sat listening to this album I found it impossible to tell most of the songs apart, while some level this is enjoyable as it makes the album feel cohesive as whole.  It does make looking at individual songs a bit bother, as while the hooks on tracks such as Ragdoll and Beholden are great, it can be hard to discern them apart once you get past the hooks. The one time the band does deviate from their formula, is in the track Oil Man which is interesting but ultimately falls flat in terms of giving any sort of substance besides deviation.

I am going to give this album a VERY solid seven out of ten. Tom the Lion, despite being a year old, proves to me I should learn their name with a fun and unique sound, and I look forward to seeing more or their stuff in our inbox. However this album just does not provide enough deviation and substance for me to truly appreciate their album. Though it is been a good entry point to a band who I hope will have long and exciting career.

Dylan Gardner Concert Review

If you hear any one of Dylan Gardner’s songs, you imagine him playing it in front of thousands. His music has that upbeat electronic sound that’s popular today without sounding like every other pop song on the radio. However, his August 25 concert at Kilby Court was played in front of only about 30 people.

A show of this small size could be awkward if the musician makes it so. However, Gardner brought an enthusiasm that was only amplified by the intimacy of the venue. But he wasn’t the only performer to play an energetic set.

The first opener, As We Speak, played a drum heavy set that got everyone jumping or dancing along with the beat. Based in Salt Lake City, As We Speak is a rock/alternative band. They just released their first EP, aptly titled The EP. They were clearly comfortable onstage, maintaining a relaxed but upbeat energy.

After As We Speak, another local band called RKDN came on. They also just released an EP called Stone Cold and played most of the songs off that EP. They heavily encouraged audience participation, teaching them the chorus to their song Silver so the audience could sing along. They also told the audience to dance numerous times during their song. Because their music is more electronic sounding than As We Speak, they were the perfect lead in for Dylan Gardner.

After the quick sound check, Gardner immediately launched into a lively rendition of one of his songs off his album debut album,  Adventures in Real Time. The most noticeable thing about it was the unique stage presence he brought. It was easy to see that Gardner was simply having fun onstage. He was laughing and smiling throughout the entirety of the song, something that continued throughout the concert. In addition, he brought a unique personality to his set that no other singer could replicate. For example, there is a short break in the recorded version of his song Let’s Get Started. However, he extended this break for as long as he could as the audience eagerly awaited him to pick it back up. “Oh you guys all know what’s going on. Usually I try to milk the audience for as long as possible but I could tell you guys knew,” Gardner remarked after the song was over. Over all, his concert can only be described as having an incredibly fun atmosphere.

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