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Caribou

27 Oct

Caribou Live at The Clubhouse October 9th, 2010
by Sara Dalton
photo by Tyler Nevitt
The concert was scheduled to commence at 8:00pm on October 9th, but in true live-performance fashion, the show began at 9:45pm with Emerald. The set-up was sluggish and the band was the opposite of fascinating from the start. The group was a collection of three young guys (who did not even introduce themselves), and the only possible good quality about them was their guitar player.

The songs were monotonous, supplying the crowd with a cyclic serenade which could also be known as a headache. The least to say is that the concert started out almost two hours behind schedule with a particularly poor opening act.

The audience portrayed loyalty though, sticking through the struggling opening band to see the main men perform. And dedicated as they were, Caribou took stage with gracious smiles as a, “ thank you for waiting” commemoration. Dressed in all white and accompanied by their psychedelic background stood Dan Snaith, Ryan Smith, Brad Weber, and John Schmersal. Snaith settled with his drum set and his keyboard at the front of the stage while the other members became acclimated with their instruments as well.
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Grandchildren “Everlasting”

7 Oct

Grandchildren “Everlasting”              2010
Sara Dalton

Have you ever sat in the back seat of a car and wondered what the soundtrack to your thoughts would be? If you haven’t, please take the time to do so. If you have, then rest assured that Grandchildren’s debut album Everlasting is the answer to your question. Everlasting debuts not only a band that came
together to form a six-piece orchestra, but the talents that the members contain. The instrumental expansion that is Grandchildren is comprised of an assortment of intense talent. With vocalist Aleksander Martray, bassist and percussionist Russell Brodie, guitarist Adam Katz, drummer Roman Salcic, pianist and synthesizer pro John Vogel and Trsitan Palazzolo on everything and beyond— this sextet is spellbinding.

The album starts out with a hectic drum beat that is then accompanied by a tranquil piano hum. Martray enters with a voice that sounds almost dream-like and similar to Avey Tare of Animal Collective. In the first song of the album, “Cold Warrior,” steel drums are perceptible and repetitive yet still enjoyable.
Within the very next song, a profound guitar sound is created. In “Winterlude,” the guitar presents a classic resonance alike Explosions in the Sky, but is made its own when the guitar and synthesizer join in unison and are continually followed with crescendos of all instruments.
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Grandchildren Interview

29 Sep

Street Ape recently spoke with frontman Aleks Martray from the band Grandchildren about touring, the upcoming release of Everlasting, and everything in between. Check back for a full album review coming soon.

Grandchildren started off more so as a solo project; which grew into the full band was this the direction you wanted the project to go?

I think it’s really a perfect storm where everybody in the band has a really unique role because everybody plays multiple instruments.  Everybody is composers, everybody writes music, and so I think were definitely in a good place for being a 6 piece, a small orchestra,  So yeah, we’re pretty much where we want to be.

We all have known each other for a long time, playing in different projects and bands, and the album came together with us all living, playing shows, doing live (DIY) recording. Just the fact that the album is finally finished is huge with us so we can get back to living on the road, and connecting with the fans.

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No Age

29 Sep

No Age finally releases a follow up to Nouns with Everything in Between, an album, I’m personally looking forward to.

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The Music Box

21 Sep

The drive out to Los Angeles was all worth it when I had the opportunity to see the Local Natives show at the Music Box in Hollywood on Saturday night. It was the band’s second consecutive sold out show at the venue and the kids were just as energetic as the band swaying back and forth t0 the sounds.

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Local Natives Interview

20 Sep

Street Ape recently sat down with Andy, bassist of the Local Natives, for an one on one interview

There’s been a solid reaction to the album since the release of Gorilla Manor in February, how has the buzz picked up from your perspective?

Andy: Uhmm, I don’t know. I wish I had the answer there is no formula you know? People either love to hear or hate to hear but working hard. There wasn’t a specific moment that sparked it, playing tons of shows and really working on the music and my opinion taking things very seriously. I think that it’s super fun to be in a band but we started really paying attention to how we were writing the songs, what direction we wanted to go and once we set our sights on that went for it. Continue reading

Toro Y Moi

15 Sep

Toro Y Moi releases the Daytrotter Sessions

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