Thursday, May 02, 2013

Listening Post

I've gotta be honest -- I'm going through a really serious musical drought right now. Everything I listen to on alt radio sounds pretty much the same to me. It could be that I'm finally getting to the age when I'm just not as into what's "new" as I used to be, or it could be that everything really does sound pretty much the same and it's all pretty damn average. Take this year's KROQ Weenie Roast lineup for example: it boasts, along with the usual crop of KROQ-type headliners, Atlas Genius, Awolnation, and Imagine Dragons -- three bands that sound almost exactly alike to me and whom I tend to turn off with a roll of my eyes just about every time they pop up on my car's stereo.

But I guess there are a few bands out there who push out a song or two once in a while that I do kind of find myself enjoying. (Not exactly a ringing endorsement, I know.) The Boxer Rebellion are one of those bands. They've actually been around for more than ten years. and maybe that's why I don't mind getting behind them: they've been quietly toiling away without a ton of alt-rock radio airplay to break them huge.

Here's their new single, anyway. It's called Diamonds.

By the way, I'm out of town on a shoot for the next couple of days, but I should be able to post something minor from the hotel tonight. Until then, Cesca is continuing our week-long paranoid conspiracy take-down over at Banter. And my Ron Paul piece has now been cross-posted at HuffPo -- and the crazies are already coming out of the woodwork in the comment section to defend the great DR. Paul and wail about their disappearing civil rights. So that should keep you busy for a bit.


bafreeman said...

The Mike Dillon Band opened for Fishbone in Charlotte a few months ago. I'd never heard of them, but they blew me away. I'm not sure if I'd have liked their CD as much if I hadn't seen them play it live first, but if you're looking for something different, it's worth a listen.

Rob said...

This has actually been a pretty remarkable year for music so far – from both new and established bands. Maybe the problem is you're listening to the radio?