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SSPU

The cliche of epic rock shows is a dwindling and almost non-existent experience these days. If it weren’t for Bands like Kings of Leon and the SilverSun Pickups, our world would be a quiet and moreose place. I was lucky enough to have caught SSPU for their penultimate show on a two year touring stint. This show was especially interesting as it was the first time SSPU headlined the Fillmore – so they were as excited as the crowd was!

They put on a great show that left my good friend stunned like he was the first time he saw the Smashing Pumpkins.

There are few bands I would rather see at the moment – other than the Cult, Queens of the Stoneage or kings of leon – and the Fillmore is in the top 5 venues I have been to. If you haven’t yet seen (or at least listened to) this band, you should. SSPU has the right stuff and they definietely have my attention.

Myth

What an epic show! I was lucky enough to have been in Austin on May 9th, 2007 when Kings of Leon were playing Stubbs BBQ. What a great venue and amazing band. They put on a great show before being forced to cut the set short because of pending thunder storms. My Step-Dad Lonny and I (and a collegue Navendu) were stoked to be there for this event and made the most of it. We got there early in the 100 degree heat and waited in line to get an upfront position. 30 minutes after show ended the skies opened up and pounded the City with a heavy, dense rain for about an hour…it was a great close on a killer evening.

There are few bands I would rather see at the moment – other than the Cult, Queens of the Stoneage or Siversun Pickups – and Stubb’s is in the top 5 venues I have been to. Hearing “Arizona” live was incredible – this band has the right stuff and they definietely have my attention.

SSPU

So if you haven’t caught wind of them yet, you will. Who is SSPU you might ask…a new and improved version of the titanic 90’s Grunge group The Smashing Pumpkins.

This quartet from LA is a stellar band making some of the best music around right now and they sound richer than the guitar, bass, drums, and keys they actually are. You can get a sample of the sounds at SSPU.com.

Check out Carnavas (their first full length album) and Pikul (EP), both are stellar efforts that I highly recommend.

ArcticMonkeys

As you know, being the music nazi presuposes a certain level of cynicism with the introduction of the next "hot" thing in the music world.  It took me all of 5 minutes to hear-listen-visualize-truly understand just how impactful the Brittney Spears revolution would be with the release of "Oops I Did It Again".

On the other hand, I have found myself listening in wonder at the massive levels of hype with bands like Oasis, the Hives, the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and others.  While those bands mentioned are pretty good, the style and sounds seem "vaguely" familiar.  Here on the other hand, you have the Arctic Monkeys.  If you have not seen nor listened to the Arctic Monkeys, you can do so here.  For such a young group, they are tight.  Really. Tight.  Worth a spin or two to see if it catches you as it did me and if nothing else you can wonder what a Monkey in the Arctic might resemble.

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