Cinco de Mayo typically is celebrated here with copious margaritas, but this year the tequila shots can be chased with some tasty tunes. Two local bands, Starcoast and Lazy Dangers, are holding album release parties in Norfolk on Saturday.Starcoast will bring its upbeat indie rock and music from its new EP, “Glow,” to Toast. Lazy Dangers will play Americana from its sophomore album, “Kill the Past,” at Charlie’s American Cafe.The new album is a followup to Lazy Danger’s ironically titled first release, “Greatest Hits Volume 6.” The Virginia Beach band says its new record will be “the first summer blockbuster of the year.” They’ll be selling copies of “Kill the Past” at the concert, supported by hometown surf rockers Ladada and the quirky NYC duo Killin H8.Frontman Anthony Gragnano said the new album will stay true to the band’s folk sensibilities, with songs that start easy but build up with layers of … [Read more...] about Cinco de Mayo is New Album Day for two Hampton Roads bands
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The sound of Art Garfunkel sputtering will never rival his famed singing voice or his eloquent way with words. It is a memorable sputter nonetheless.The 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee recently underscored this during an hour-long phone interview from his New York penthouse, which overlooks Central Park.His sputter was prompted by two questions, asked as one.How often does Garfunkel change up his concert repertoire, which devotes nearly two-thirds of the selections to songs from his partnership with Paul Simon? Having made a dozen solo albums in the five decades since Simon & Garfunkel first imploded in 1970, might he favor more of his solo material on his current tour?“I very much stick to what I’ve been doing,” said Garfunkel, who performs Friday in San Diego at the Balboa Theatre with guitarist Tab Leven and keyboardist Dave Mackay.“Others might say: ‘You don’t change your show.’ I don’t. I love what I do. I am … [Read more...] about Art Garfunkel, with troubled waters behind him, discusses his new lease on music and life
Bernie Taupin has been been Elton John's musical collaborator for over 50 years, but his lyrics are only one side of his creativity, as Lee Cowan found out on a recent visit: You'd be hard pressed to find any musician not influenced in some way by Sir Elton John, including Lady Gaga. She recently joined some other big-name artists for an upcoming Grammy salute to the legend who is, indeed, "still standing." But it's not just Sir Elton's party. It's also for the man who has taken him down that Yellow Brick Road one word, one lyric at a time: Bernie Taupin, who generally prefers to stay out of the limelight. "I'm not the sort of person who sits around listening to my own music, or our own music," he said. "How can you avoid it?" asked Cowan. "It's hard to escape, right!" he laughed. "I mean, you're going to hear it in the supermarket and the elevator. But then I'd be a little upset if I didn't, I suppose." In the last five decades Elton John and Bernie Taupin have created at … [Read more...] about Bernie Taupin: A man of lyrics, and now art
The only things certain in college are cold pizza and Dave Matthews Band. While no student will ever have to justify the former as the go-to source of sustenance for late nights and early mornings, the iron grip that a mellow, marble-mouthed man and his eclectic band has on an entire nation of undergrads is a bit more perplexing: Why exactly does Matthews' patented brand of friendly jam-rock resonate so loudly with college students? And what indefinable quality does DMB possess that links it with the other artists that regularly blast from the quad at any given hour?While the world may never understand the secret to bro bandswe suspect it's got something to do with wearing Birkenstocks and wielding an acoustic guitarone thing is for sure: The old college playlist needs a major refresh. We took 15 of the usual suspects that permeate frat parties and found their musical kindred spirits, giving you the chance to discover new tunes without ditching your favorite sounds.If You Like: Dave … [Read more...] about The New College Playlist
Do you have a project you've always wanted to finish, but it just sitting in the the basement, or on your computer, or in the backyard? Then you've come to the right place! Everyone has their white whale. Join these guys in committing to getting started and then completing your Project X. You'll find support and maybe even the expertise you'll need. Want to add your Project X to the list? Click here.I have a stained glass project for my mother-in-laws kitchen. Cupboard doors that I have been putting off. Half the project is completed so I need to start the next phase. My goal: By the end of July I will be completely finished and she will be off my back. There, I said it. I'll keep you posted!healthfreek I’ve got SO MANY other things to get done to complete the house. The hardwood floors (exotic wood) in the bedrooms, the re-flashing of the chimney, removing 19 of the 20+ trees that are in our yard, remodeling our master bedroom… That’s just the … [Read more...] about You Can Finish What You Start!