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The World’s Most Famous Busker, Glen Hansard

The World’s Most Famous Busker, Glen Hansard

From the streets of Dublin to the stage of the Academy Awards, it has been an incredible journey for the world’s most famous busker, Glen Hansard. With a voice has rough as gravel on whiskey flowing atop words and melodies that will make you remember what it’s like to be in love again, there is no denying the talent of this music veteran. But what makes Hansard so special is that his success comes from his music and not from the gains that have come from it. He famously busked on the streets with Bono from U2 on Christmas Eve two years ago, and in that moment he encapsulated what music is about. It is about people coming together and expressing their deepest emotions. And when that happens, we fall in love. We stop fearing being understood because we realize that everyone feels the same way. The fame, the money, all those bells and whistles are not what it is about, it is what being a celebrity is all about. Glen Hansard has just announced that he will be releasing a new album in September titled Didn’t He Ramble. The record will be the follow-up to his widely acclaimed 2012 solo debut, Rhythm and Repose, and from the teaser video for the song, “Winning Streak,” it looks like we are in the park for a worthy follow up. With rumors of Iron and Wine making an appearance on the album, and many other exciting snips and teasers, it just goes to show that if you make music for the love of it and leave the rest at the door,... read more
Stranger Cat, A Not So Strange Girl With A Passion

Stranger Cat, A Not So Strange Girl With A Passion

On a Monday night, I drove a few blocks down to 9th Street NW to the DC9, one of DC’s hot spots for upcoming bands and independent touring acts. I was on my way to see Porcelain Raft to continue an interview and review his show, but we will get to that later. The lights were set, the stage was buzzing with equipment and lights, dazzling the wonder of the crowds imagination. Then a girl walked up onto the stage, dressed in lace and bells, looking like she could have been anyone in that crowd. At first I honestly had no idea she was the opening act, but once the track began, and she opened her lips, I was floored. Behind the synthesizers, behind the lights and heavy bass, was an incredible voice of power and passion that I had not heard on a stage in a long time. The first time she said anything, a few songs into her set, was laughing after someone sent her an instant message on her laptop and everyone heard it’s arrival on the speaker. She smiled and joked while keeping her persona of mystery, and what would have been a moment of shyness was a moment of connectivity. After the show, I found her at the merch table and once the crowds had passed one by one, I got to sit down and just ask her, ‘Who is Stranger Cat’? She is young and she has been around, touring with S​haron Van Etten, Sufjan Stevens, and Marissa Nadler, just to name a few. She has been touring all through the USA and... read more
Show Review: Porcelain Raft @ DC9

Show Review: Porcelain Raft @ DC9

The first date of Porcelain Raft’s US tour took place on a Monday night live at the DC9 in Washington, D.C. The room was buzzing from the sounds of his opener, Stranger Cat, as a lone man took the stage under the bright lights and began to dazzle the crowd with his mastery of not only his instruments, but his external gear that manipulated the sounds into incredible pictures of colour. This was a night for new songs, and M​auro Remiddi was very humble to share with the crowd saying, ‘I have never played this before, so wish me luck.’ The crowd chanted back ‘Good Luck!’ and sent him off into a flawless rendition of his new work. When the songs would end, Remiddi would laugh and say, ‘The luck must have worked,’ but he is humble far beyond his ability and talent. There are very few shows that baffle me. As a musician and an audio engineer I am always looking at the gear, figuring out in my head, ‘How is he doing it?’ But honestly, I was completely consumed with questions as to what was doing what, and had no way to anticipate the waves of soundscapes that filled the room in tides. But my favorite part of the night was by far his last song. The lights cut, with only a single lamp on stage barely lighting the room. He invited the entire crowd to join him on the stage, and as we sat around a campfire of knobs and cables, he handed the girl next to me what looked like a small computer chip. The... read more
The Insane Magic Music of Frank

The Insane Magic Music of Frank

  On a stormy night after hours spent at the local bar, I found myself driving toward Baltimore. The sky lit up into flurries of light and thunder as I made my way into the arms of an old friend, greeting me with a cone and a warm place to lay. As the smoke filled the room, she asked me if I had ever watched the movie Frank, and thus began an incredible cinematic and musical journey. The movie is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, the alter ego of 1980s british musician Chris Sievey. The obvious visual weirdness will strike you right away as the musician named simply Frank, who the film is centered around, is always wearing a giant fake head made of fiberglass. But the story itself is beautiful, following a band trying to reach their furthest corners of musical inspiration and interpretation. Though the band in the film itself is fictional, it draws from many musicians and is more of a vessel to capture the struggle that goes on between members in a group. From insecurities and goal differences, the band ultimately reaches its fate but we are left with what we are always left with, the music. Though the soundtrack itself is extremely littered with song ideas, incomplete clips, and sometimes just transitional 50 second instrumentals, there is an incredibly cool body of work hidden within the mess. The music is raw, experimental, lyrically ambitious, and honestly and most importantly, it is unique and touching. There have been very few music-based films in the past 10, or even 20, years that come close to what... read more

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