Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Matt Wertz is back again with his newest album, Under Summer Sun, which hit stores and iTunes on September 16th. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fully live up to the expectations this time around. Those who have heard his music and have a strong allegiance to his talent, built up from hard work and experience, will find the quality of this latest release somewhat baffling.
Under Summer Sun is a collection of slightly-tweaked old favorites with a sprinkling of newly-minted tracks. These new songs, though undoubtedly crafted with the best of intentions, somehow lack the passion of his earlier work, serving more of a superfluous role rather than providing any sizable contribution. Wertz’s new recordings seem to just fill space on an album that feels haphazardly put together in a rush to be released. (Note: for a Summer titled album, it barely made the season. )
This newest project would have benefited tremendously from a little more patience and care. Wertz would have been better off delaying the release, and taking the time necessary to deliver a polished collection of all-new material. Despite the letdown, there is one track to mention off of this album.
"Keep Faith" shines brightly amid the other, not quite as intriguing new material. With heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies that have become Wertz’s trademark, this song aims to please. With the exception of aforementioned hit, Under Summer Sun is disappointing as a whole.
His older material is wonderful, but let’s save the reprises for the Matt Wertz greatest hits album and give the fans something unexpected. As for the majority of his new stuff, there is simply something missing; that special something behind the music and the lyrics that Wertz has come to be known and appreciated for by his fans. Hopefully, he can regain his soulful powerhouse the next time around. Matt Wertz is currently on tour through November.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
A Learjet, carrying Travis Barker of Blink-182 and DJ Adam Goldstein, crashed when it veered off of the runway just hours after the men performed together at a free show. The jet burst into flames, and claimed the lives of four other passengers. Among the dead include, the pilot, co-pilot, and two members of Barker's entourage, Chris Baker, 29 and Charles Still, 25.
Both are reported to be in critical, but stable condition at the Joseph Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga. E! Online is reporting that DJ AM is suffering from severe burns over 50% of his body, primarily in the face, while Barker has burns from the waist down.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and their friends.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
photos by Amy Willard
Following the catchy opener was Robert Randolph and the Family band. This funky soul act features the incredible talent of steel pedal guitarist, Robert Randolph. The rhythm and soul of this musically gifted group really got fans moving. The performance also featured guest vocals from Randolph's sister. Barricade Buzz was especially blown away by the versatility of this group, as musicians began trading off instruments halfway through the set.
Oh! Gravity, Nothing Is Sound, and Beautiful Letdown. The vocals of lead singer, Jon Foreman, really drew the crowd to the stage as more fans began filing into the pavilion. The spirited performance showcased the pure talent and soul of the band. Note worthy songs included "Awakening," "Oh! Gravity," the Americana packed message of "American Dream," and the ever popular "Dare You To Move," made popular by the major motion picture, A Walk to Remember.
Finally, the spirituality of the venue that night reached another level as Third Day began their set as the headliner. Fans quickly rose to their feat and lifted their hands in the air to praise this Georgia based band. The performance included songs off of their summer release, Revelation. Lead singer, Mac Powell, appeared to unite the crowd with his melodic vocals and his inspirational words. We were particularly moved by "Revelation," and enjoyed the "This Is Who I Am."
The Music Builds Tour delivered entertaining music with a side of spiritual enlightenment. The positive energy beaming from the stage was both enjoyable and inspiring. From the view of the audience, fans received comfort and hope with every melody sung. If you're looking your looking for a concert packed with energy and spirituality, then definitely catch this tour and help support Habitat for Humanity.
For more photos, visit the Photo Pit on this site.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Oct 31 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Nov 1 – Boston, MA @ Roxy
Nov 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
Nov 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov 5 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Nov 6 – Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
Nov 8 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos
Nov 9 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
Nov 11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Nov 12 – Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
Nov 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Nov 14 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
Nov 15 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Nov 16 – Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo
Nov 18 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
Nov 19 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Nov 21 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Nov 22 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth
Nov 23 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
Nov 25 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Nov 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Air Pavilion
Nov 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Grand
Nov 29 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
Dec 2 – West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
Dec 3 – San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
Dec 6 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
Dec 9 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Dec 10 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Pavilion at Concrete Street
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Photo by Amy Willard
Nashville, acoustic-rock upcomer, Matt Wertz has released his latest album today, Under Summer Sun. The full length record features popular singles, "5:19" and "Everything's Right." You can order the album off of iTunes or Amazon now.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here's a shot of Jars of Clay (more will be posted tomorrow)
photo by Amy Willard
Saturday, September 13, 2008
What was the last thing she chose to listen to before going under? Her favorite song, "All We Are," by Matt Nathanson.
View the story by following the link below:
If you knew you would never be able to hear again... what would your last song be?
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I think it's because I remember the day so vividly....
I was just entering my second week of high school, and I was sitting in second period algebra class with Mrs. Mantillia. I remember joking around with my friend Dave, when Mrs. Brown frantically entered our class. She was looking for her cell phone to call her husband who works in New York City; we were all confused by her panic until we turned on the TV...
There, we all saw smoke billowing from the first tower. At first, I didn't think anything of it. A plane hitting a tower... clearly it had to be some sort of accident; then the second plane hit. This was no accident.
I remember the end of the period bell ringing and none of us knowing whether or not we should leave our classrooms. Obviously we had to continue on our day, so I headed to my next class, art.
I went to the studio up in the loft and sat down in front of the TV; no one bothered to set up their canvases, everyone's eyes were glued to the broadcast.
We all sat there... shocked and confused. "What the hell is this?" I remember thinking.
Then the towers fell. Like most people's reaction, my hand immediately covered my mouth in horror. "Oh my God."
The footage today still strikes an emotional chord-- just watching that cloud of dust and debris swallow Manhattan whole is enough to give anyone chills.
After the collapse, and the two other attacks, the principle made an announcement that the day would carry on as normal, but those with relatives in NYC, PA, and DC were excused to try to make phone calls.
My oldest brother was in New York at the time, luckily he was alright.
The rest of the day, as I recall, just had this weird vibe. I sat outside in the middle of the football field with my gym class, pretty much in silence. My teacher didn't know what to say, my friends didn't know what to say. I remember the silence; there wasn't a cloud, a bird, and certainly not a plane in the sky that afternoon.
It was surreal.
Every year on the anniversary, I think about that day. I think about where I was, and I click through pictures still saved to my computer; I don't want to ever forget it.
Last year, The Fray introduced a special 9/11 version of "How To Save a Life." It features recordings from the broadcasts of that fateful day. Now, many You Tube enthusiast have created visual tributes with the mp3. Here's a pretty good one I wanted to share.
In Memory of the Victims of 9/11
You Will NEVER Be Forgotten.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Those wanting to participate should meet at the Crofoot between 3-4 PM for a wristband and entry. (The video will wrap at approximately 8-9 PM.)
THIS IS FREE!
1 South Saginaw
Pontiac MI 48342
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
The video for the third single off of their latest release will be featured on BuzzNet.com, and a free download will be available on PollStar.com for the next two weeks.
The band is currently on tour with Lagwagon and will feature a show with Rancid, see dates below:
Thu 9/4 Call the Office
Fri 9/5 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
Sat 9/6 Metropolis
Sun 9/7 Imperial de Quebec Quebec City, ON
Mon 9/8 Pavilion Agricole Rimouski, QUE
Wed 9/10 The Marquee Club Halifax, NS
Thu 9/11 The Basement
Tue 9/16 The Fillmore at the TLA Philadelphia, PA
Wed 9/17 BB King’s Blues Club New York, NY
Fri 9/19 St. Andrew’s Hall Detroit, MI
Sat 9/20 Metro
Sun 9/21 Station 4
Tue 9/23 Pop’s
Thu 9/25 Ogden Theatre
Fri 9/26 In The Venue
Sat 9/27 Jillian’s
Sun 9/28 House of Blues
Tue 9/30 The Clubhouse
Fri 10/3 House of Blues
Sat 10/4 Phoenix Theatre
Sun 10/5 Henry Fonda Theater Los Angeles, CA*
Mon 10/6 The Dome
Tue 10/7 The Warehouse
Wed 10/8 Icon
* New date