TDP Recommends: “Golden Twin” by Wild Ones

Wild OnesOften times, the best kinds of songs are those during which one can sit back, nod in rhythm, and just jam in silence. If you are looking for this euphoric kind of effect, look no further than the band known as the Wild Ones. Sporting a lush and equally infectious sound, the Portland, Oregon-based five-piece teams together to seamlessly amalgamate influences that include hardcore punk, techno, and classical. As one could assume, the product of these diverse influences is impressively unique, creating a sound that is best described as a blissful pop paradise with an intense focus on musicality. Being one of the catchiest and most enjoyable songs from their most recent release Keep This Safe, “Golden Twin” encapsulates all of the Wild Ones’ potential and expresses just how versatile their pop and electronica-laced tracks can be. Dig it, Devils!

TDP Recommends: ‘Side of the Road’ by Big Black Delta

Big Black Delta is the solo project of former Mellowdrone vocalist Jonathan Bates. In the 2013 song “Side of the Road,”  Bates creates this well balanced electronica/ indie masterpiece, which displays great creativity and a unique sound. Dig it, Devils!

TDP Recommends: M83 – “Wait”

You know what’s worse than getting rejected from a college? Getting waitlisted. The wait list is the purgatory (or limbo, if you’re into Inception) of the college admissions process, and last weekend I found myself hanging out in this very purgatory. After going through denial, anger, bargaining, and depression, I have reached the last stage of the five stages of grief: acceptance. Maybe something good will happen, and if it doesn’t, c’est la vie. Because in the end, all I could do is to, well, wait.

And what better way to celebrate the waitlist than by listening to the fittingly named “Wait”? Behind the cryptic, sparse lyrics is an ethereal piece of music, so much that “Wait” has transcended its status as a song – it is a journey. The accompanying video takes “Wait” even further: it becomes an experience. “Wait” is so immersive, all sense of time and space is lost, leaving you with a sense of calmness – you might as well be floating in a cumulus cloud. And when the cloud dissipates, maybe the wait will be over. Dig it, Devils!

TDP Recommends: ‘Grease’ – Presented by the BHS Music Department

The BHS spring musical, Grease, opens this weekend and it promises to have you dancing in your seats.  This spoof of high school life in 1959 is full of teenage stereotypes and questionable messages, but there is no denying that it is F-U-N. If you missed today’s preview assembly of the show, you really missed out. The BHS Devils were born to hand jive, baby.

Greased Lightning_9563Fifties pop music, which is highlighted in the performance, is characterized by a mix of big-voiced crooning, R&B traditions, and sentimental swooning. (Just see Dr. Nassiff’s Sweet Sixteen for evidence of that point.) Directed by John Middleton-Cox, the high energy cast of BHS’s production of Grease does justice to a beloved era in music and American culture. From Steven Gelberg’s compelling delivery of “Those Magic Changes” to Mikayla Merrill-Withycombe’s beautiful rendition of “There are Worse Things I Could Do,” this production certainly spotlights the musical talent of BHS students and honors early American rock-n-roll.

Although John Travolta’s “Greased Lightnin'” has nothing on that of BHS’s own Mike Garcia, listening to it is a great way to get psyched up for the show. You can sing along to the soundtrack to the 1978 film adaptation of the musical by playing it below. Be prepared, though. The BHS production includes a few lyrical alterations that tone down  some of the play’s more suggestive content; this soundtrack does not.

Get your tickets to Grease before they sell out. You’ll dig it, Devils!

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TDP Recommends: “Flora” by Teen Daze

teen dazeIf beautifully trippy dreams had a soundtrack, what would it consist of? The answer to that question is anything written by Matthew Halverson, an electronic solo artist who goes by the name “Teen Daze.” Inspired by the gorgeous forests and nature present throughout his homeland in British Columbia, Canada, Halverson took to writing his “insular, droning ambient music” at the end of 2012 and hasn’t stopped since. He describes how rather than using his music as an escape or refuge from reality,  “he simply engages his work with his reality, his physical world.” Whether you’re inspired by the vast power of nature or not, his electronic instrumentals use music to paint a mental image of beauty, serenity, and pure energy that is best described as utterly ethereal. Being one of the best tracks on his most recent release Glacier, “Flora” expresses the impressive capability of Halverson to create an electronic symphony with chill synthesizers, fluid melodies, and bobbing grooves that could calm a bull in a china shop. So if you need a moment to just sit back, relax, dissolve, and absorb the energy of your surroundings, why not have Teen Daze’s “Flora” help make your meditative experience that much better? Dig it, Devils!

TDP Recommends: ‘I Can Only Give You Everything’ by Nick Waterhouse

Nick Waterhouse has soul. Although he got his start in the garage rock scene of Orange County, his time as an R&B DJ prompted a move to the South and the recording of his debut album, Time’s All Gone.  The album is strong from start to finish – full of swirling soul, smooth and howling vocals, frenzied rhythms, and high energy. Waterhouse, The Los Angeles guitarist and crooner, brought his Motown sound to the Brighton Music Hall last night to promote his upcoming album, Holly, which is due out on March 4th. Holly promises to be another stellar mix of throwbacks to the time in American music that brought us Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Etta James. This track, “I Can Only Give You Everything” is a mix of surf rock, soul, and sixties girl group, with a hint of doo wop swagger. It will tide you over until the release of his second album. Dig it, Devils!

TDP Recommends: “I Feel So” by Boxcar Racer

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This recommendation of “I Feel So” by Boxcar Racer comes just in time for another ‘throwback Thursday.’ This track, recorded back in 2001 as a side-project for Blink-182 singer, Tom Delonge, found its origins during a period of musical frustration for the singer, with Delonge admitting that he felt an “itch to do something where he didn’t feel locked in to what Blink was.” Using this frustration to his advantage during the side-project’s short-lived duration, Delonge was able to satisfy his creative desires, creating a record that was undoubtedly darker and more structurally complex than anything Blink-182 had released at that point in time. While today many only know Delonge for his amazingly popular endeavors with Blink-182, “I Feel So,” one of only two singles released from the self-titled Boxcar Racer album, encapsulates all of the angst and insecurity in a manner that acts as an excellent representation of the album as a whole. The track has it all, aggressive, more punk-driven sections, confessional lyrics, and a chorus that is memorable as it is easily relatable. Dig it, Devils! Check out the music video below:

TDP Recommends: “The Gardener” by The Tallest Man on Earth

Kristian Matsson is a talented folk singer/songwriter and performer who goes by the stage name of The Tallest Man On Earth.  His music incorporates elements similar to that of Bob Dylan and Eddie Vedder, with undertones reminiscent of Bon Iver, an artist with whom Matsson has toured.  His songs are typically home-recorded folk tracks featuring just his guitar and his voice, which provides a stripped-down sound that conveys his strong personal connection to his music. Although he sticks to one genre, his work is evident of his range as an artist; each song varies in sound and content. His narrative song, “The Gardener,” highlights Matsson’s enchanting music and poetic lyrics.  Dig it, Devils!


TDP Recommends: “…and to Those Who Carry On” by Gates

you are all you have left to fearGates, a five-piece alternative band from New Jersey, are the perfect example of a local band who aptly deserves every single ounce of attention they have been receiving. Since the release of their 2012 EP titled You Are All You Have Left to Fear, the band signed to California-based independent record label Pure Noise Records and had the opportunity to reissue their EP to a wider audience. With You Are All You Have Left to Fear, Gates have managed to create six tracks as impressive as they are unprecedentedly unique. On this standout track “…and to Those Who Carry On,” Gates highlight why they have progressed as a constantly expanding presence in the alternative/indie music scene, creating a masterfully composed track that has beautifully orchestrated guitar work, roaring and emotionally-gripping vocals, along with a musicality and overall atmosphere that could easily stir pensive thought and introspection. Check out the band’s studio version of the track as well as the live in-studio session version below:

TDP Music News: Fall Out Boy and Paramore Announce Monumentour

monumentourFall Out Boy and Paramore, two of the largest acts in the alternative music scene and each with their own new album, have just announced what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest rock tours of summer 2014 – The Monumentour. The two bands will be touring from coast to coast throughout the summer, and even better for us Devils, the bands will be making a stop on their tour in Massachusetts at the Xfinity Center on June 22nd! The rest of the dates for the Monumentour are below:


6/19 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre

6/21 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
6/22 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
6/24 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga PAC
6/25 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
6/27 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
6/28 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/30 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
7/2 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
7/3 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
7/6 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/8 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
7/11 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Fest
7/13 – White Creeks, TN @ The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel **
7/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/19 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Pavilion
7/22 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/23 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
7/25 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/26 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/27 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre **
7/29 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre @ Lakewood
8/1 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
8/4 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
8/5 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/7 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
8/8 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/10 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
8/12 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/13 – Orem, UT @ UCCU Center
8/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cosmopolitan **
8/16 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/17 – Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion