Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Not Another Footnote Dance Party!

It's been a long winter. So far Spring has been a bit of a punch in the face for me. What to do when things get tough? Throw a dance party, that's what! 

I decided to shake off the winter and early spring blues I would organize a Divalicious Dance Party. There will be Soul, Pop, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, and Dance divas playing all night. Now you may be wondering why i am sharing this news with you, dear reader. Well, i wanted to ask you for some suggestions. What divas would you need to hear at a dance party? Feel free to share your answers in the comments. If you live in New Brunswick, Canada you should definitely come and join in the fun!  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Concert Coverage: Kate Nash at SLO Brew

Kate Nash took the small, intimate setting of San Luis Obispo, California's SLO Brewing Company by storm on Tuesday, the evening of April 15th, 2014.

There was an instant, electric buzz as Nash and her all girl band entered the stage.  They emerged after an artsy video played of Nash lip synching to "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore.  It was projected on the wall and played over, half a dozen, mini, TV screens that decorated the stage.  It was instantly clear that we, the audience, were in for a treat.

I've been to quite a few shows at the venue over my lifetime, but I can honestly say that this was the best one yet.  Kate Nash is undeniably cool.  She has a persona that is hard to nail down.  She plays both the tom boy and the girly girl.  She's crass yet loveable and by the end of the first song she leaves you wishing that she was your best friend, you older sister or (if you were the guy standing behind me) your wife.  When he kept yelling for her to marry him, she snarkily replied that she'd made worse decisions, so why not.

But lets not stop there.  Not only is Nash a wonderful personality, she's also talented to boot.  I was blown away by the artistry of both her and the rest of the band.  These girls are fierce, talented musicians who know how to pull the crowd into the show.  Plus, they all wore the cutest matching dresses, which didn't stop then from playing some really tasty licks on their instruments.

The music was a grand mix off of all three of Nash's albums.  She mixed classics from "Made of Bricks" with her new edgy sound out of "Girl Talk" and she gave us a few staples from "My Best Friend Is You as well.  But it didn't stop there.  She even admitted that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was her hero before the band busted into a cover of Joss Whedon's classic TV show's theme song.  You could instantly tell who else was a fan and I found myself in fantastic company.

Nash also interjected quite a few other opinions and fun facts during her set.  She displayed her outrage over the imprisonment of Pussy Riot before jumping in to her song, appropriately titled "Free My Pussy".  And also put out a call to arms for girls to get up on stage and perform.

There were dance parties on stage and pink balloons tossed into the crowd, as well as people body surfing through the crowd, all encouraged and started by Nash herself.  She has a few California dates left and will be performing at the 2nd weekend of Coachella.  If you're around you should definitely check out all of the wonder that is Kate Nash and her all girl band.

-Christianna Marks (The Snarky Badass)

Check out more on Kate Nash here:
My Ignorant Youth

Monday, April 14, 2014

Because... High Ball Stepper by Jack White

  • Because... this is visually stunning
  • Because... sometimes you need a good music only track
  • Because... it's off Jack's upcoming album Lazaretto
  • Because... it's cool to see what sound does to liquids 
  • Because... as we've discovered before, Jack's a genius

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Hummingbirds Are Recording A Full Length Album And They Need Your Help!

It's not a secret that we here at The Girl with the Blue Bow are huge fans of The Hummingbirds.  It's been almost two years since I stumbled upon them (literally) on the main shopping drag in their hometown, Liverpool, England.  Right away I knew that I had uncovered something really special in music, but you don't have to take my word for it.  The Hummingbirds snagged an award for being Liverpool's favorite band last year.  It's a pretty big deal and it's even better because they don't have an official album yet, just a few small EPS. 

Well, that's all about to change.  The boys are headed to the studio and they want our help to raise the funds.  They want this album to be the best it can be, so they're pulling out all the stops and offering us first dibs on their new project.

There is still 58 days to raise the rest of the funds on PledgeMusic and they've already covered 35% of their monetary goals.  The band is offering up a lot of awesome music swag.  It works out a bit better for you if you're actually from the UK, but the rest of us are able to help the guys out and get some awesome goodies at the same time too.  So no matter where you are, head over and pledge now.  Liverpool and The Girl with the Blue Bow endorse the band and we think you should join us!

Listen to The Hummingbirds EP on Spotify
Follow the bands journey to albumdom on Facebook and Twitter
For laughs follow the band's Instagram

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Not Another Footnote - Screaming Females

I recently attended a The Julie Ruin show. The opening band before my beloved Julie Ruin played were Screaming Females. I had never heard Screaming Females before and was delightfully surprised at how great they were. Sometimes, opening acts are something you must endure to get to the main act. On great nights, the opening act really is the warm up to the music that is to come later in the evening. Screaming Females were fun and put on a fantastic live show. Definitely something worth sharing. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Because... Get Yourself Together by Band Of Skulls

  • Because... it's got the coolest vibe
  • Because... this album is amazing
  • Because... this tune is a mixture of so many awesome styles
  • Because... it's just plain amazing

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Flashback - Blue Oyster Cult

We’ve all heard “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and maybe a few of you have heard, “Godzilla” but there’s a lot more to BOC. This is something I discovered when I was 17 years old going through my dad’s old 8 Tracks. Both “Agents of Fortune” and “Spectres” were among his massive stack of goodies. Both were vintage, worn, and smelt of stale booze, and had a distinct odor of 1977. Anyways, I’m not entirely sure if it was just the effect of listening to these on an actual 8 track or if in fact Blue Oyster Cult was epic; but they are a huge part of what the late 1970’s were all about. It doesn’t matter if you listened to “Don’t Fear the Reaper 500 times, you’ll still groove when you hear it 500 more.” But, that’s what every band aims to do ultimately. They put the hard work and dedication into a song for the sheer purpose that thirty years down the line kids will say, “Hey man! This song rocks!” I can’t speak for every aging rock star but I’m fairly confident they go to sleep nicely knowing that fact. Blue Oyster Cult is one of those bands that always get a flashback. Can you help it? Turn it on the radio and within the hour a BOC song will come on! They’ll always be with us. And better yet, they’ll always be with our children and they’re children, and so on… {Russian Doll situation}