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The Creators Project delivers unforgettable events celebrating art, music, and technology worldwide

New York City summers consist of two things: unbearable heat, and cultural events. And while the first makes for some stinky subway rides, the latter provides an array of free concerts in our parks, and so many opportunities to see music you may not normally get a chance to experience live.

This summer in particular began with a splash, as the first in a series of events called, The Creators Project, kicked off in the meatpacking district of NYC. Hipsters from every path of life assembled for one day only in the Milk Studios office (turned party house) to celebrate a mosh pit of art, music, and technology. With partners such as Intel and VICE (one of my faves!) it was guaranteed to be a sweet time.

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The Futureheads’ guitarist, Ross Millard, talks Manchester United, inventing privacy, and “The Chaos”

The Futureheads’ newest offering, “The Chaos”, is a truly electric album that doesn’t venture far from the band’s signature sound, but that has a healthy dose of fresh and new takes of what we love most about their music. Some standout tracks include “Struck Dumb,” which features a couple of heavier riffs, but has an overall playful tone, and “I Can Do That,” which has an upbeat feeling that is reminiscent of a Ramones tune. The band’s guitarist, Ross Millard, was kind enough to answer a few questions about The Futureheads’ music making process and their latest album:

Q: What makes your latest album, “The Chaos,” different from the rest? Was the writing / recording process enjoyable?

A: I think this is the first record that we’ve made with “full independence” in mind. I think it’s different because this record has it’s darker, more minor moments. We wanted the album to be a positive, uplifting record, but we wanted to acknowledge our surroundings and our times, so I guess it’s harps of light shafting through the darkness, this time. The process was enjoyable because we gave ourselves more time to make this record and didn’t impose much of a deadline on the finished product. Dave, our drummer, has had a son with his girlfriend and that meant we had to take our foot off the gas to a certain extent, but I think taking more time in the studio has benefitted all of us because the songs start to change and expand the longer you have them kicking around the rehearsal room.

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Them Crooked Vultures Self Titled Debut album available now.

ThemCrookedVulturesCoverThem Crooked Vultures are finally here for our auditory pleasures. The band is composed of Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, and the legendary bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. Being a huge fan of all three bands I had no doubt the collaboration would be nothing short of amazing, and how right I was to assume.

The project has been in the works since 2005 and four years later the result is an intricate and distinguishably refreshing sound that leaves no questions in regard to the love and devotion these musicians have for what they do. Although fans would easily be able to recognize Josh’s vocals, John on the bass, and Grohl on drums, the combination is quite unique, having little resemblance to the respective bands these musicians have been a part of. The album has traces of influence ranging from rock to funk to psychedelic, subtle similarities to both Queens Of The Stone Age and Zeppelin are inevitably present upon first hearing, but overall quite innovative in its own right.

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Pearl Jam’s 9th Album ‘Back Spacer’. You know you want it.

(editor’s note: This is the first of two reviews of Pearl Jam’s latest by Rock and Roll Report writers. We are a firm believer in not one person having a monopoly of what RRR thinks of anything so we will follow up Stef’s review with one by Bill tomorrow)

Reviewing the latest Pearl Jam album ‘Back Spacer’ turned out to be more challenging than I had expected. Having been exposed and become a fan of Pearl Jam at such a vulnerable time in my life (early teens.. YIKES!) there is a sentimental value attached to them which has most likely clouded my judgment when it comes to their music. The difficult part then was being able to make an assessment of the album without factoring in my respect and admiration, and without comparison to their first several albums, which hold a very special place in my heart.

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The Giraffes Rock the Mercury Lounge & Talk Music, Money and Getting Sardines Thrown on Stage!

fence_lined_up_01It’s mid July, the sun is shining, the air is warm, and life is overall pretty damn good. I’m in a car on the way to Coney Island, NY for a music festival, and the driver turns his Ipod on to a song on the playlist called ‘Having Fun’. I listen carefully, trying to place the sultry male voice against the hard rock/metal sound of the music. I want more. I want to know who this is, and why I haven’t heard it before.

I soon discover the song was by none other than The Giraffes: a Brooklyn based band who’s been around since the late 90’s. I feel ashamed and sorry for not having heard of them until this moment, but I quickly compose myself and inquire further. Turns out guitarist Damien Paris and drummer Andrew Totolos formed the band in ’96 and quickly gained notice in the hard rock scene at the time. After a few years, singer Aaron Lazaar joined the group and the band was then rounded out by bassist Jens Carstensen (whom I can’t forget to mention was rocking a boy-scout outfit at the show I saw at Mercury Lounge).

I was intrigued and needed to make some purchases, which included their self titled album ‘The Giraffes’. Once the “listen all day and night” phase passed, and I had marinated in their grunge and metal infused sound, I couldn’t ignore influences such as Black Sabbath, Iggy Pop, The Stooges and some similarities to contemporaries like Queens of the Stone Age (whom The Giraffes have been associated with in the past).

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CD Review: ‘In the Wooded Forest’ by Savoir Adore

savoir adore webYou won’t often find me seeking out poppy, experimental rock. But I can’t deny that it is sometimes catchy and appropriate, and makes good background music while doing certain chores, such as ironing clothes or dusting my bedroom. I gave ‘In The Wooded Forest’ the first full length album by Savoir Adore (a Brooklyn based indie band) a listen the other day while I was browsing the internet. I thought to myself “I’m gonna hate it and throw in Mastodon before the second song ends!”. But that was not the case. I made it through the entire album, even stopping to check what a couple of the tracks were called. Before I get into the music, i’d like to give props to the artist who made the album art. It compliments the music and what I think the band is emitting, quite successfully… and it’s pretty!

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The Rock and Roll Report Band of the Week is Drink Up Buttercup

Drink Up ButtercupIn the ferocious manner that indie music floods our senses lately, the good stuff can easily get drowned out by the rest.  Sometimes it just takes a little bit of luck to come across those hidden gems.  I had the pleasure of not only seeing the Philly-based band “Drink Up Buttercup” play twice recently, but I also got to ask them a few questions about the trials and tribulations (and of course the joys) of being a musician these days.

As I approached the boys whom where strewn across a 5 x 5 NYC sidewalk I was greeted with a crooked smile and a plume of cigarette smoke.  After the introductions (as I tried to get straight which boy was whom) we decided to walk to a nearby park (since it was a beautiful day, and New York had not seen sunshine in over 20 days) and sit by their van to conduct the interview.  I’m glad I was able to speak to these guys because some of the questions I asked developed into some very interesting conversations.

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Art of Shooting: Who says there is no room for girls in this rock and roll world?

art-of-shooting-webWelcome to the Northside Music Festival in Brooklyn NY. A place where artistic feedback is bouncing off every wall.  To enter the performance space where the Art of Shooting was playing this evening, I had to walk through a crowded Williamsburg restaurant, then through a narrow hallway where I was greeted by an awkward man with a smile.  I caught the tail end of the band playing before them, Neckbeard Telecaster, a group of 10 men playing at least 8 instruments  channeling their inner Johnny Cash, with a rock and roll edge.

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Live Show Review: Doves are back, full force.

the-dovesDoves fans are pretty devoted people, considering these guys have taken their sweet time to release their much anticipated fourth album ‘Kingdom of Rust’. I attended the concert a bit apprehensively, since I had originally planned on breaking a sweat at a Femi Kuti show. When my plans fell through, I decided to tag along with a few friends who were going to see these guys.