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Smoke on the Water: Best Coast and Free Energy Played the South Street Seaport

Almost to the point of embarrassment, I finally made my way to the South Street Seaport for the free summer Friday shows this past week. Not for lack of quality artists, but more for the fact that a day job that doesnt recognize early end-of-week dismissals (umm, boo!) and a slew of other shows to attend, the bill of Free Energy and Best Coast was the perfect diversion from daily activities to where we put our foot down and said, "No. No more work...tonight we enjoy..." And so we did.



On an afternoon/early evening that saw the heat soar and the humiduty reach even higher, it was a refreshing change of pace to head down to the southernmost stretches of Manhattan for fun times with rad friends and cool bands. Best Coast kept it light and breezy with a number of songs from the recently released debut album, Crazy For You. Philly's Free Energy got the crowd in all sorts of sing-along spirits, even if we don't particularly care for their style of tunes. Seriously, Dream City? I liked it better when Norman Greenbaum first used the riff in Spirit in the Sky.


Regardless, we high-fived a ton of our most fun friends and made it through the evening without getting rained on, even though our super sweaty-soaked shirt could make it seem otherwise.


View pictures from the entire affair here.






mp3: Best Coast - Thats The Way Boys Are (Lesley Gore Cover)




Beastly Bits #120

This weekend is going to be nonstop on the fun tip...tonight, Free Energy and Best Coast play for FREE at the South Street Seaport. Tomorrow is HARD Fest on Governor's Island and Sunday is the icing on a cupcaker of days with Cap N Jazz reuniting at the Williamsburg Waterfront. No Age also plays...also, FREE again.



Know what else is free? Deeeez bits! Some say we're easy...some say we're cheap. I say, we's rad, ya dig?


Here's your LOL-Alert for today. Foxy Brown was arrested for mooning her neighbor. link


Watch Kele's new video for Everything You Wanted. link


Billy Corgan collapsed on stage at a gig in Tampa, FL last night. Dude's ok now. link


Mary Anne Hobbs resigned from Radio 1. Nooooo! link


As mentioned above, I'm so stoked for HARD Fest tomorrow. Grab two fresh new edits from event performers below.


mp3: M.I.A. - XXXO (Mujava and DJ Qness Serenity Re-Edit)

mp3: Die Antwoord - I Dont Need You (Van Scott Loves You Edit)



Miniature Tigers and Free Energy Play Bowery Ballroom on May 29

By way of Phoenix, the now Brooklyn-based Miniature Tigers sync up with Philly lads, Free Energy, for a night of rad tunes rooted in power, pop and precision. Beginning next week, the two bands will hit the States on a 10-city tour, which covers everything from Texas straight to our Eastern shores.



Gearing up for their sophomore album, Fortress (July 27), Miniature Tigers hit the road to preview the super slices of awesome held within the disc. Snagging skills from Neon Indian and Morning Benders, the lads have also recently released the Alan Palomo-produced Gold Skull. You can eat up the mp3 below.


Next weekend, the bands come through Bowery Ballroom. Do your ears a favor and get yourt ticket game on at this link. All tour dates below.


May 26 - Middle East - Cambridge, MA

May 27 - The Space - Hamden, CT
May 28 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA
May 29 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
May 30 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington DC
June 1 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
June 2 - Snug harbor - Charlotte, NC
June 3 - The Star Bar - Atlanta, GA
June 5 - Eleanor Tinsley Park - Houston, TX
June 6 - Cine El Rey Theater - McAllen, TX



mp3: Miniature Tigers - Mamma Mia (ABBA Cover)

mp3: Miniature Tigers - Gold Skull



Free Energy: Amplified (behind the band video!)

In the latest ABCNews Amplified webisode shorts, we get a peek inside the life and formation of Philadelphia band, Free Energy. The five member power pop-rock troupe includes members Scott Wells, Paul Sprangers, Evan Wells, Geoff Bucknam, and Nick Shuminksy. They released their James Murphy-produced debut album, Stuck on Nothing, earlier this year.



As interviewer Dan Harris notes, "They’re the first band I’ve ever met that cops to using self-help books as a source for lyrics."


Additionally, we learn this about the band: "Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells met in high school (we managed to get their yearbook pics, which you’ll enjoy), struggled as a minor indie rock band, and are now breaking out with songs inspired by Tom Petty, Thin Lizzy and AC/DC. In this interview, they talk about their prior band’snasty break-up, and their feelings about the critics who so frequently invoking the movie “Dazed and Confused” to describe their new music."


Watch the boys in the video below. Next up in the exclusive series will be either The Specials or Florence + the Machine. Either way...yay!




mp3: Free Energy - Bang Pop



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