It’s hard to imagine anyone not getting sucked into Vampire Weekend’s whole-hearted goodness, and in fact, I’d be concerned about anyone who didn’t. Hype may be one thing, but it’s hard to argue with a solid record that guarantees a good time with every spin.
Conrad Keely is always keeping busy. …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead return to the United States this fall, and as their Myspace page informs, they’re still “on tour until they die” in support of last year's incredible release, So Divided. Glide recently spoke to Conrad about the many instruments he plays, and his early life in Olympia, WA and Austin TX.
Springsteen's true gift is how he is able to speak his mind without condescension, without judgment of his fellow man, and with a true message of hope. It is reasons like these that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band remains timeless after all these years.
With any luck, Because of the Times will eventually become the litmus test for other bands that, hopefully, will be given the same opportunity to naturally grow without the pretense of music as a disposable commodity. The album is a brash and unrelenting effort that remains humanely articulate to the very end.
Bloc Party, the U.K. band currently touring the U.S. in support of their latest album A Weekend in the City, are known for giving live performances that possess the fury of The Clash or The Buzzcocks in their prime.