Despite the oomph of Living Colour’s music and the overtly political nature of the majority of their songs, the Commodore Ballroom stage was lit with levity and passion.
Rock, Pop & Folk
Jacuzzi Boys is the third full length from from Miami, Florida’s unruly children, and they seize the nostalgic dimension to the original garage punk movement, or rather, the American tradition of it, with enthusiasm.
For an all too brief 90-minute set, Tom Odell set the Biltmore stage in Vancouver alight with a fiery brew of rock and roll. And when we say rock and roll, we mean the piano-led fire and brimstone rock and roll that made a God out of Jerry Lee Lewis.
We proffer here our selection for the ten essential country albums of all time. While several are established classics, recorded decades ago, there are a few surprises here: some of the greatest country music was performed and recorded by unlikely sources: Ray Charles, Leon Russell, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Gram Parsons, to name a few. And there’s a newish release from 2010 that deserves your attention.
Living Colour came out of nowhere in 1988 with the hard-edged funk of ‘Vivid’. ‘Vivid’ cracked mainstream radio and blew up on MTV. For a while it looked like the black rock barrier had been reduced to rubble. Now, as the band celebrates the 25th anniversary of their debut, Vivoscene writer (and longtime fan) Jason Motz re-visits ‘Vivid’ to see what sets it apart from other hard rock albums of the day.
No other album of 2013 has as many earworms as Jay Arner’s harmonically rich debut platter. The future of Mint Records has not looked this bright since the days of Mass Romantic-era New Pornographers. ‘Jay Arner’ is resplendently catchy and despondently hooky.