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by AJ Ramirez

26 Aug 2009

Music does not always cost money these days, but it always costs time, something just as disappointing when it’s wasted. On occasion I’ve found myself listening to a CD of interesting sonic experiments, yet concurrently wondered if it occurred to the artist to ensure the record was an entertaining experience.

The concept of entertainment in music is one that is often outweighed by the quest for artistic exploration, but it’s one that should not be forgotten. The journey should be as rewarding as the destination. Unless there’s something provided during the listening experience to make it a rewarding sensation, chances are repeat plays will be few.

Consider that most albums will take an hour out of your day; this is especially important if you’re the sort to tune out the world to the detriment of everything else going one around you during the recording’s run-time. Live gigs have even more of an imperative to give you sufficient entertainment value. Depending on the type of show you are attending, you pay anywhere from pocket change to a small fortune to get a look at your latest sonic infatuation, and if you’re going to be there for an hour and a half (not counting finding parking, entrance queues, the opening acts, and trying to leave at the same time everybody else does) you should come away with a feeling a bit more satisfied than “Ehh, it was alright”. No matter what kind of musician and regardless of genre, at the end of the day, you have to ask: has the artist made an effort to entertain you, and can you honestly say that you were entertained?

One group whose chief goal it always was to deliver an entertaining spectacle was Queen, rock’s consummate showmen.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Aug 2009

Slaraffenland
We’re on Your Side
(Hometapes)
Releasing: 15 September 2009 (US)

SONG LIST
01 Long Gone
02 Meet and Greet
03 Too Late to Think
04 Stars and Smiles
05 The Right Place
06 Hunting
07 Falling Out
08 Postcard
09 Open Your Eyes
10 Away

Slaraffenland
Meet and Greet [MP3]
     

“Open Your Eyes” [MP3]
     

by Katharine Wray

26 Aug 2009

HBO’s True Blood’s opening credits do a bang-up job of setting the tone for the show. With images of naughtiness happening in nature, people and in between, it lets the audience know they’re in a different world with True Blood. Not to mention the song by Jace Everett.

by Thomas Hauner

25 Aug 2009

How long does it take to set up a bunch of drums, some keyboards and two amps?  Apparently, at least an hour.  The wait between opener, the Phenomenal Handclap Band, and headliner, Friendly Fires, was spectacularly long (longer than either’s actual set) but fans were rewarded with two stellar, albeit stylistically different, sets.

by Kirstie Shanley

25 Aug 2009

Fans of Scotland’s five-piece Trashcan Sinatras were thrilled last Sunday night to have the opportunity to see them playing songs again from their previous five studio albums as well as new material.  Devotees were also excited to be able to purchase their newest, soon to be officially released album, In the Music, which the band is planning on touring on more extensively in the fall.  Despite that The Trashcan Sinatras have technically been around for nearly 25 years, its members don’t seem worn down.  They haven’t lost their ability to be truly engaging live, finding a balance between subtlety and devoted cries.

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