If any more proof was needed that AM is a career highlight for Arctic Monkeys, the fact that the crowd Tuesday night met every new song with the same if not greater enthusiasm as the hits should provide it.
What is a problem, however, is that despite a fairly promising start, nothing at the beginning of MGMT can make up for the migraine inducing cacophony of pointless sound that is the album’s final half.
AM, the Sheffield band’s fifth album and their heaviest and danciest to date, isn’t for pre-gaming, or the start of the party. It’s for the wee hours, when the fog is thickest and you should really know better but just can’t help yourself.
The documentary was originally screened at South by Southwest in 2010 while Levon Helm was still alive, but with his death from cancer in 2012, the film now serves as a heartfelt tribute to a true American original.
There’s still an opening for someone to come along and write the final, definitive word on Black Flag. In the meantime, Spray Paint the Walls is a more than worthy placeholder, and is highly recommended. It’s just not quite what it could have been.
Here’s a band I’ve been listening to for more than a decade, whose music has always had the power to absolutely level me, and it never even occurred to me that I knew next to nothing about them!
None of this is to suggest that the members of Savages approve of the exploitation of women, whether those women are porn stars or just everyday women walking down the street. But it is to suggest that Savages are okay with sex.
Before this turns into too much of a love fest, I should point out that Paul McCartney really needs to work on his between song banter.
In these interviews, David Ensminger goes beyond questions of biography and discography to explore some of these artists’ more unlikely influences and their philosophies on not just punk, but life.
Well, maybe this isn’t the last time. Maybe this isn’t the last tour. Maybe they’ll be around for a few more years at least. And why the hell not? The Stones have still got it, and they’re almost worth the money.